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New York Times, Monday, October 21, 2013

5-Down : Show that's bo-o-oring

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Gary Cee notes:
I heard the phrase BREAKOUT STAR on TV and wondered if there had ever been a crossword based on two-word phrases beginning with a ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
A simple theme with a solid construction — a bread-and-butter Monday puzzle. Among the nontheme entries, I especially like BAND-AID, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun offering to start the week. Standard type of theme, where the first word of each phrase is synonymous. To Gary's credit, I didn't ... read more
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C
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A
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T
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T
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Y
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D
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R
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V
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P
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P
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R
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R
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W
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A
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G
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D
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L
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F
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N
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S
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B
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K
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D
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D
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Q
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C
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H
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L
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A
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L
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G
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Z
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© 2013, The New York Times10/21/13 ( No. 23,358 )
Across
1
Slyly spiteful : CATTY
6
The "D" of PRNDL : DRIVE
11
Easy-to-chew food : PAP
14
Mutual of ___ (insurance giant) : OMAHA
15
Aid in detecting speeders : RADAR
16
___ Direction (boy band) : ONE
17
John Cusack thriller based on a Grisham novel : RUNAWAYJURY
19
"Golly!" : GEE
20
Inviting : ASKING
21
"Gimme ___!" (start of an Iowa cheer) : ANI
22
Southward : DOWN
23
"___ Misérables" : LES
24
Santa's little helper : ELF
26
Snouts : NOSES
28
Newly famous celebrity : BREAKOUTSTAR
32
___ date (make some plans) : SETA
35
Tuna container : TIN
36
Lying on one's back : SUPINE
37
Conductors of impulses from nerve cells : AXONS
39
Grazing area : LEA
41
Judicial statements : DICTA
42
Fought like the Hatfields and McCoys : FEUDED
44
Abbr. after a lawyer's name : ESQ
46
Lose traction : SKID
47
Stipulation that frees one of liability : ESCAPECLAUSE
50
Minor difficulty : HITCH
51
Bit of butter : PAT
52
"He said, ___ said" : SHE
55
Praise : LAUD
57
Nautical record : LOG
59
Nautical unit of measure : FATHOM
61
Swiss peak : ALP
62
Part of a ski jump just before going airborne : TAKEOFFRAMP
64
Bronx ___ : ZOO
65
Pop concert venue : ARENA
66
Strong, seasoned stock, in cookery : FUMET
67
Japanese money : YEN
68
Military cap : BERET
69
Run-down, as a bar : SEEDY
Down
1
Atoll composition : CORAL
2
Tell jokes, say : AMUSE
3
Oxygen suppliers for scuba divers : TANKS
4
Spicy Southeast Asian cuisine : THAI
5
Show that's bo-o-oring : YAWNER
6
Unmoist : DRY
7
Indian nobleman : RAJA
8
"Can't say" : IDUNNO
9
Sundry : VARIOUS
10
Suffix with crock or mock : ERY
11
Toy that hops : POGOSTICK
12
All over again : ANEW
13
Ball-___ hammer : PEEN
18
Shoelace end : AGLET
22
Hate, hate, hate : DESPISE
25
"Words ___ me!" : FAIL
27
Macho sort : STUD
28
Quick but temporary fix : BANDAID
29
Prepare for prayer : KNEEL
30
Voting against : ANTI
31
What library patrons do : READ
32
How the cautious play it : SAFE
33
Mates who've split : EXES
34
Mention in passing : TOUCHUPON
38
Aug. follower : SEPT
40
Inits. on a rush order : ASAP
43
State openly, as for a customs official : DECLARE
45
Drink, as of ale : QUAFF
48
Tight necklace : CHOKER
49
Fills with personnel : STAFFS
52
Disgrace : SHAME
53
___ in on (got closer to) : HOMED
54
"E" on a gas gauge : EMPTY
55
Indolent : LAZY
56
___ vera : ALOE
58
Trait transmitter : GENE
60
Factual : TRUE
62
File extension? : TAB
63
Grain in Cheerios : OAT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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