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New York Times, Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Call it quits ... with a hint to 17-, 23-, 48- and 56-Across

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Donaldson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Samuel A. Donaldson notes:
I brainstormed phrases that could work as revealing entries for add-a-letter and drop-a-letter themes. THROW IN THE TOWEL stood out, ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Besides the theme, my favorite entries here are AL CAPP, OH MY, PT BOAT, PHREAK, and YOU ARE HERE. I also kind of like I CHOKED, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A few years ago, I was working on a construction at my local bagel shop, and a guy said, "Excuse me, but is that Crossword Compiler?". ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times10/16/13 ( No. 23,353 )
Across
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Creator of Fearless Fosdick : ALCAPP
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"This is bad" : OHMY
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Word part: Abbr. : SYL
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Kind of pork on a Chinese menu : MOOSHU
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What's to eat : FARE
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Cedar Rapids college : COE
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Blow away singer Johnny? : FLOORMATHIS
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National Dog Day mo. : AUG
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Navigational aid : MAP
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Name on some euros : EIRE
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Mountain goat's perch : CRAG
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Boars? : BACONFATHERS
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"In the end the pressure got to me" : ICHOKED
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Bluffer's words : IRAISE
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What may precede one : NOON
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"You wish!" : ASIF
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Sounds of relief : AHS
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Call it quits ... with a hint to 17-, 23-, 48- and 56-Across : THROWINTHETOWEL
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Western treaty grp. : OAS
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First Chinese dynasty : HSIA
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Inspiration for a "Jackass" stunt, maybe : DARE
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"No acting up!" : BEGOOD
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Ticked off : ANNOYED
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Sala? : HISPANICROOM
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Salt Lake City athletes : UTES
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Zwei cubed : ACHT
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Bub : MAC
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"Jeez Louise!" : MAN
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Toddler raised on chocolate? : HERSHEYBABY
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Slip-___ (some shoes) : ONS
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Removal from harm's way, for short : EVAC
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Hotelier Helmsley and others : LEONAS
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Hwy. : RTE
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Warrior princess of TV : XENA
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J.F.K.'s W.W. II craft : PTBOAT
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Like most car radios : AMFM
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Showgirl in the song "Copacabana" : LOLA
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Many a city dwelling : COOP
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Volcano on Kyushu : ASO
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Telephone system hacker : PHREAK
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Rock that may float : PUMICE
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End of a lame pickup line : OFTEN
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"You wish!" : HAH
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Med. scan : MRI
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Cry that may accompany fist-pumping : YES
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Frightens off : SCARESAWAY
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Words on a 20-Across at a mall : YOUAREHERE
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Hosiery brand that sponsored women-only 10K races : LEGGS
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Biogenesis scandal nickname : AROD
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Hellenic X : CHI
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U2's frontman : BONO
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Shore dinner entree : FISH
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Indy racer Luyendyk : ARIE
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Ex-president who swore in President Hoover : TAFT
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Digging, so to speak : INTO
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One sharing living space : COHABITANT
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Practical smarts : HORSESENSE
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One-time link : ATA
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Anchorage-to-Nome racer : SLED
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"Hang on a sec!" : WHOA
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Currently airs : ISON
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Spiders' nests : NIDI
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Lamar who married a Kardashian : ODOM
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Navigational aid, for short : GPS
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Angel or enemy preceder : ARCH
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Totally useless : NOHELP
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"Give me a sec" : NOTYET
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Bookstore section : HUMOR
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First to stab Caesar : CASCA
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Ranchero's hand : MANO
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Simple quatrain form : ABAA
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Dermatologist's concern : CYST
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Put the whammy on : HEX
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Time to revel : EVE
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Sought office : RAN
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Go for apples : BOB

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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