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New York Times, Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Author:
Greg Johnson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Greg Johnson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: When this puzzle is done, the circled letters, reading from top to bottom, will spell something that belongs in the center square.
Greg Johnson notes:
My original submission for this puzzle included a maze drawn with black bars (see right). That did not survive, unfortunately. The ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
As a kid, I spent many hours, many days, many weeks, poring over "D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths." I love Greek mythology. I mean, I ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0107 ( 23,801 )
Across
1
Blubber : SOB
4
Smartphone relative, for short : PDA
7
Allergy sufferer's concern : ASTHMA
13
Maze runner? : THESEUS
15
Item used by 13-Across to navigate the 22-Across : THREAD
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Visibly upset ... or happy : INTEARS
17
Slangy word of regret : SHOULDA
18
Pink-colored, to Pedro : ROSA
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Org. for seniors : AARP
21
Late TV newsman Garrick : UTLEY
22
Home of the [circled letters] : LABYRINTH
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-like : ISH
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Registered workers? : CLERKS
29
Poli-___ : SCI
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Like some breaking news, nowadays : TWEETED
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Goes on and on : YAMMERS
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"Me, too" : SOAMI
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Sharon of Israel : ARIEL
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Announcement at an airport : ARRIVAL
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Worker with a béret, maybe : ARTISTE
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QB's goals : TDS
45
First-timer : NEWBIE
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Began a relationship : MET
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Ruler of 30-Down : KINGMINOS
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Spatter catcher : APRON
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5:2, e.g. : ODDS
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"My bad!" : OOPS
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Front-___ (some washing machines) : LOADERS
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JFK-based carrier : JETBLUE
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Avoid, as the [circled letters] : ESCAPE
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Daughter of 48-Across who helped 13-Across : ARIADNE
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Plan so that maybe one can : SEEKTO
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White House advisory grp. : NSC
67
Motor oil choice : STP
Down
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Kool-Aid packet direction : STIR
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"I'm in for it now!" : OHNO
3
They're placed in Vegas : BETS
4
Soup veggie : PEA
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Resistant to wear and tear : DURABLE
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Analyzed : ASSAYED
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Sports dept. : ATH
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"Give me a ___" : SHOUT
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Tell it to the judge : TRUTH
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Dante's "Inferno" : HELL
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Constructed : MADE
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Old TV's "Queen for ___" : ADAY
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Circus balancer : SEAL
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Like some punk rockers' hair : SPIKY
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Basics of education, colloquially : RRR
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End of Arthur Miller's "The Crucible," e.g. : ACTIV
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Intel org. : NSA
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Where ___ (a happening place) : ITSAT
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Weapon used to slay the [circled letters] : SWORD
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Catches word of : HEARS
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Earthquake : SEISM
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Home of the [circled letters] : CRETE
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Key : ISLET
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U.K. record label : EMI
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San ___ : MATEO
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Hosp. scan : MRI
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Many a girl's middle name : ANN
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They stick together in the playroom : LEGOS
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Third-largest French-speaking city in the world [hint: it's in Ivory Coast] : ABIDJAN
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Some salon workers : RINSERS
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Iraq war subj. : WMD
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Big name in the film industry : KODAK
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Bumbling : INEPT
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Japanese noodles : SOBA
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Quaffs in pints : ALES
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Sit (for) : POSE
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Campaign : RACE
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88, e.g., familiarly : OLDS
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Give up, at least for now : PUNT
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Ooze : SEEP
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___ Speedwagon : REO
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Constantly twirling a lock of hair, e.g. : TIC

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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