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New York Times, Thursday, January 7, 2016

With 36- and 40-Across, organization whose name hints at some missing letters in this puzzle

Author:
Andrew J. Ries
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Ries

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Ries.
Jeff Chen notes:
What a cool triple-stack revealer in DOCTORS / WITHOUT / BORDERS! Three medium-length words chunked cleanly atop each other right in ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Here's a nice touch; each entry that extends beyond the grid is also a legitimate crossword answer in its truncated form.

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T
2
R
3
U
4
E
5
D
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A
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T
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P
9
R
10
E
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D
12
E
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M
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W
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N
S
O
M
E
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O
E
R
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U
T
A
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I
A
S
S
U
M
E
18
P
O
O
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L
B
O
Y
20
N
A
H
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B
A
N
22
T
U
23
S
O
L
I
D
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A
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T
T
N
26
O
P
27
T
28
G
I
L
A
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R
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O
V
E
S
31
H
U
S
H
32
M
O
N
E
Y
33
O
P
E
D
34
D
O
C
T
O
R
S
35
D
E
N
36
W
I
T
H
O
U
T
37
C
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H
39
E
40
B
O
R
D
E
R
S
41
B
O
O
T
42
A
43
N
44
D
R
E
G
I
D
E
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B
R
A
N
D
46
L
O
R
I
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E
G
O
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S
E
A
T
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I
V
I
N
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S
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G
N
52
A
W
S
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T
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K
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O
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B
E
N
G
A
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L
I
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R
I
T
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E
A
I
D
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I
L
K
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G
E
T
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A
S
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N
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N
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S
S
S
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A
N
Y
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© 2016, The New York Times1/7/16 ( No. 24,166 )
Across
1
"Yep, you're right" : TRUEDAT
8
Set opening? : PRE
11
Boxer, e.g., for short : DEM
14
Appealing in appearance : WINSOME
15
Poetic preposition : OER
16
Stage legend Hagen : UTA
17
"It's my understanding that ..." : IASSUME
18
Worker who may skim off the top? : POOLBOY
20
Passing remark? : NAH
21
Zulu, e.g. : BANTU
23
Dense : SOLID
24
Interoffice email abbr. : ATTN
26
Decide (to) : OPT
28
Colorado tributary : GILA
29
Large numbers : DROVES
31
Sum for keeping mum : HUSHMONEY
33
Lassoed : ROPED
34
With 36- and 40-Across, organization whose name hints at some missing letters in this puzzle : DOCTORS
35
Site for a famed garden : EDEN
36
See 34-Across : WITHOUT
37
Think (over) : CHEW
40
See 34-Across : BORDERS
41
Diner option : BOOTH
42
Literature Nobelist between Hermann Hesse and T. S. Eliot : ANDREGIDE
45
1950s sex symbol : BRANDO
46
Actress Singer : LORI
47
I : EGO
48
Banana ___ : SEAT
49
Political commentator Molly : IVINS
51
Eats (at) : GNAWS
53
Boxer's achievement, for short : TKO
56
India's national anthem was originally written in it : BENGALI
58
Walgreens competitor : RITEAID
60
Variety : ILK
61
See the humor in : GET
62
Totally far-fetched : ASININE
63
Draft letters : SSS
64
Unspecified amount : ANY
65
Mom and dad, slangily : THEOLDS
Down
1
King's little cousin : TWIN
2
Pirate-fighting org. : RIAA
3
Bearded : UNSHAVEN
4
Non-P.C. add-on? : ESS
5
Questions : DOUBTS
6
Abdullah I made it a capital city : AMMAN
7
___ idol : TEEN
8
Short-term retail location, nowadays : POPUPSTORE
9
Chocolaty goodie : OREO
10
Round numbers? : ZEROS
11
"Juno and the Paycock" setting : DUBLIN
12
French star : ETOILE
13
Cry for help, or a time for celebration : MAYDAY
19
Apple's apple and others : LOGOS
22
Mentioned : TOUCHEDON
25
Former Alaska politico Stevens : TED
27
Cleveland's bills, for short : THOUS
29
Staff : ROD
30
Expose, in verse : OPE
31
"Hallelujah!" : HOTDIGGITY
32
Star of the short-lived reality show "I Pity the Fool" : MRT
34
Strains with sadness : DIRGE
36
Blue state? : WOE
37
Jacket flap : COATTAIL
38
Sweets alternative : HON
39
Terminal listing, in brief : ETD
40
Come with : BRING
41
Cupped apparel : BRA
42
Stand outs? : ALIBIS
43
Much of a literature class's studies : NOVELS
44
What you might meet someone for : DRINKS
45
Closest friend, informally : BESTIE
48
Result of a perfect shot : SWISH
50
TV host who inspired Neil deGrasse Tyson : SAGAN
52
"How now!" follower in "Hamlet" : ARAT
54
Variety : KIND
55
Wordsmiths' paeans : ODES
57
Longtime leader in late-night : LENO
59
Musician Brian : ENO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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