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New York Times, Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Author:
Kevan Choset
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kevan Choset

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Choset. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kevan Choset notes:
This puzzle falls into the genre of "common phrase that can be interpreted in a wordplay-y way." I'm a big fan of pop culture, and ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
When editing this puzzle, I noticed that the grid had ISAACS at 30A crossing ISAK at 28D, which really wasn't good, as they're ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
As an unabashed dorknerd, I couldn't help but smile when I came across MIDDLE EARTH as today's revealer (fair warning: I would love to ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1022 ( 23,359 )
Across
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Now, in Acapulco : AHORA
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Like a college course labeled "101" : BASIC
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551, once : DLI
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One using Yelp or TripAdvisor, perhaps : RATER
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Prefix with biology : ETHNO
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Suffix with planet or fact : OID
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Overcome an unpleasant misunderstanding : CLEARTHEAIR
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Fall mo. : OCT
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Bit of crew equipment : OAR
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___ tai : MAI
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Actor Milo : OSHEA
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Left-brain activity : LINEARTHINKING
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"Anderson Cooper 360°" channel : CNN
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Asimov and Newton : ISAACS
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March honoree, for short : STPAT
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"And ___ bed" : SOTO
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"The Wonder Years" teen, for short : KEV
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2004 film featuring Dustin Hoffman : IHEARTHUCKABEES
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Half a bikini : BRA
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Accompanying : WITH
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Final approval : SAYSO
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Anderson Cooper, e.g. : ANCHOR
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Midpoint: Abbr. : CTR
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Reason to see a rheumatologist : ACUTEARTHRITIS
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Instrument played by George Harrison : SITAR
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Gulf state: Abbr. : UAE
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Loony : NUT
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___ Paulo, Brazil : SAO
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"The Lord of the Rings" setting ... or a feature of 17-, 24-, 38- and 49-Across? : MIDDLEEARTH
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Young Darth Vader, to friends : ANI
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Filmmaker Morris : ERROL
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He-Man's sister : SHERA
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Initials of fashion : YSL
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Oracles : SEERS
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Point toward : AIMAT
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Instruction to play with the bow : ARCO
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Special-request flight meal option : HALAL
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Cheri formerly of "S.N.L." : OTERI
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"The Crying Game" actor Stephen : REA
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Sheet music abbr. : ARR
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Joy formerly of "The View" : BEHAR
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Failed in a big way : ATEIT
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"___ Na Na" : SHA
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Common pasta suffix : INI
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Mexican beer : CORONA
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Thingamajig : DOOHICKEY
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Royalty payers, say : LICENSEES
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Collar attachment : IDTAG
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Certain Fed : TMAN
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Reggae precursor : SKA
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Org. with Lions, Tigers and Bears : NCAA
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___'acte : ENTR
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Thumb a ride : HITCH
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Escapes injury : ISOK
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Fam. member : SIB
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Allies of the Trojans in the "Iliad" : THRACIANS
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What pad Thai is often cooked in : PEANUTOIL
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Bake, as eggs : SHIRR
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Not closeted : OUT
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Letters on brandy : VSO
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Old draft category for civilian workers : TWOA
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Italian wine area : ASTI
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Cartoon boy who can be described by an anagram of his name : BART
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It runs the 'L' : CTA
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Mercury counterpart : HERMES
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Native Canadian : CREE
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Test, as ore : ASSAY
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Mary or Elizabeth : TUDOR
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Cough drop brand : HALLS
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Like some legal proceedings : INREM
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Kama ___ : SUTRA
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Word said while pointing : THAT
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Dander : IRE
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Dr. ___ : DRE
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Spanish 57-Down : ESA
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Tuna type : AHI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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