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New York Times, Saturday, October 15, 2016

Author:
Mark Diehl
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark Diehl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 24 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 1 Average word length: 6.28 This is puzzle # 64 for Mr. Diehl. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mark Diehl notes:
Started with this nice wide open grid and settled on WATERMELONJUICE as the lengthwise 15 through the middle, but the resulting SE ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I admire people who can make good, low-word-count themelesses without using cheater squares. These extra black squares are a ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1015 ( 24,448 )
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Something that might be built around a police station : TVDRAMA
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Hen tracks : SCRAWLS
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Came aboard, in a way : HIREDON
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Long-running Joel McHale show on E! : THESOUP
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Not free : ATACOST
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Seedy place : RATHOLE
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Bengali who won the 1913 Literature Nobel : TAGORE
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Small glass disk used as an ornament in a stained-glass window : RONDELLE
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Melted munchie : SMORE
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Kind of bean : MUNG
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Follower of a team : SLED
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Rear : HIND
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Source of anago sushi : CONGER
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Golf units: Abbr. : YDS
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Roughly half of all binary code : ONES
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"Friendly staff" or "For a limited time only" : ADSPEAK
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Swallowing worry in an old wives' tale : WATERMELONSEEDS
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Potential libel defendant : TABLOID
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Next ___ : EXIT
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Latin trio leader : AMO
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No-brainers? : MORONS
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Call from the lobby, perhaps : PAGE
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"Utopia" writer, 1516 : MORE
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"___ thou love me?": Juliet : DOST
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Completely block : DAMUP
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"The difference between ordinary and extraordinary," per Vladimir Horowitz : PRACTICE
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Steve Buscemi's role in "Reservoir Dogs" : MRPINK
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Reveal : UNCLOAK
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Triple-platinum Lady Gaga hit of 2011 : YOUANDI
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Longtime fitness guru Jack : LALANNE
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Keep close relations? : INBREED
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Part of a physical : EYETEST
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Common dorm room decorations : POSTERS
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Words of explanation : THATSHOW
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Something sweet potatoes provide : VITAMINA
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Brightly colored marine fish : DRAGONET
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Three albums bound together, e.g. : RECORDSET
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Hero-worship, say : ADORE
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Jazz pianist Allison : MOSE
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Raid target : ANT
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Forte : STRONGPOINT
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Directive in tennis after odd-numbered games : CHANGEENDS
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On a pension: Abbr. : RETD
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Lent symbols : ASHES
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Unclear, as thinking : WOOLLY
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Put off guard : LULLED
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Blender settings : SPEEDS
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Goes without a leash : RUNSLOOSE
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A child can have a blast with it : MODELROCKET
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People ruled by an elective monarchy : CAMBODIANS
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___ al Khaymah (one of U.A.E.'s seven emirates) : RAS
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Isolate : KEEPAPART
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Go head-to-head with? : RAM
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Doctor's patient, e.g. : EXAMINEE
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Create a tunnel beneath : DIGUNDER
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"The Brady Bunch" bunch : STEPKIDS
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Shot glass? : AMPULE
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Béchamel sauce with Gruyère added : MORNAY
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Font of knowledge : ORACLE
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Brilliance : ECLAT
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Easily outscores : DRUBS
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What calisthenics improve : TONE
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One up front? : MONO
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High-pitched cry : YIP

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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