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New York Times, Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Doubleheader ... or what 17-, 29- and 48-Across are?
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Robyn Weintraub

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Weintraub. Wednesday freshness: 17%
Robyn Weintraub notes:
I started 'playing' with this game theme a long time ago. I had SORRY OTHELLO from the very beginning, and would crack myself up ... read more
Will Shortz notes:

A cute theme idea with all good examples. Games are a fun topic for a crossword anyway.

Jeff Chen notes:
Fun theme today, two games paired together to give us wacky BACK TO BACK GAMES phrases. Each of the three theme phrases works pretty ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times10/23/13 ( No. 23,360 )
Across
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Keystone place : ARCH
5
Some vacation spots : ISLES
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Uttered, as a farewell : BADE
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Carnaby Street's locale : SOHO
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Brown, in a way : SAUTE
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Gershwin's "Summertime" is one : ARIA
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Tornado monitors? : TWISTERCHECKERS
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AOL or MSN : ISP
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Like Mao's "little" book : RED
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Tito, the King of Latin Music : PUENTE
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Deg. from M.I.T. Sloan : MBA
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Note in a poker pot : IOU
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Cafeteria stack : TRAYS
29
What the only detective on a case has? : CLUEMONOPOLY
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"It ___ over till ..." : AINT
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Improve, as one's manners : REFINE
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Prefix with classical : NEO
38
What a bouncer may confiscate : FAKEID
40
Makes tough : STEELS
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Medevac destinations, briefly : ERS
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New British royal of 2013 : GEORGE
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Smelling salts holder : VIAL
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What a remorseful Iago might have said? : SORRYOTHELLO
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Send as payment : REMIT
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Classic car whose name is a monogram : REO
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___ Antiqua : ARS
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Draw out : ELICIT
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Get into : DON
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Wash. neighbor : IDA
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Doubleheader ... or what 17-, 29- and 48-Across are? : BACKTOBACKGAMES
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To be, to Béatrice : ETRE
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Make blond, maybe : COLOR
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Primordial ___ : SOUP
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Spanish province or its capital : LEON
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Fraternity letter : KAPPA
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Band with the 1987 hit "Need You Tonight" : INXS
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Sparkling Italian export : ASTI
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Toils on a trireme : ROWS
3
High-pitched group with a 1958 #1 hit, with "the" : CHIPMUNKS
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Yuletide interjections : HOS
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"Point taken" : ISEE
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Rush-hour subway rider, metaphorically : SARDINE
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Director Jean-___ Godard : LUC
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Ordinal suffix : ETH
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Flow slowly : SEEP
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Business with an enticing aroma : BAKERY
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Fight site : ARENA
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Like some looks and laundry : DIRTY
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Slacks off : EASES
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Disneyland vehicle : TRAM
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Often-breaded piece of meat : CUTLET
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___ noire : BETE
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Shot-to-the-solar-plexus sound : OOF
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Reuters alternative : UPI
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It may have outdoor seating : CAFE
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"That is so not true!" : LIAR
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Happy Meal with a Sprite, e.g. : ORDER
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Beginning : ONSET
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"Lost in Yonkers" playwright : NEILSIMON
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Airline that doesn't fly on the Sabbath : ELAL
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Kon-Tiki Museum city : OSLO
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Outfielder's cry : IGOTIT
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In perpetuum : EVER
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Legendary Boston Garden skater : ORR
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Part of a Reuben : RYE
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Half a police interrogation team, maybe : GOODCOP
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Make queasy : SICKEN
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Pend : HANG
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Revolting sort : REBEL
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Make up? : ELATE
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Prefix with brewery : MICRO
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Clock sound : TOCK
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Gumbo need : OKRA
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Pierre's pair : DEUX
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Deadly snakes : ASPS
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Deadly snake : BOA
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Peak next to a glacier, maybe : ALP
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"Just ___ suspected" : ASI

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

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