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New York Times, Thursday, October 24, 2013

Unwelcome reversal ... or a title for this puzzle?

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 73 for Mr. Collins.
Peter A. Collins notes:
This one started with ELEVATOR OPERATOR. First, I thought it was interesting that this 16-letter phrase alternates between vowels and ... read more
Will Shortz notes:

It blows me away that Pete found a way to run BOOMERANG EFFECT straight through two pairs of theme answers. Wow, wow, wow! The grid has a nice low word count besides.

Jeff Chen notes:
Neat idea for a Thursday puzzle. Tricky, with a wicked clue "Unwelcome reversal..." for the revealer, alluding to the fact that four ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times10/24/13 ( No. 23,361 )
Across
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Become comfortable with : ADAPTTO
8
Spots for dipping, once : INKPOTS
15
Bought more Time? : RENEWED
16
Reads with effort : DECODES
17
Danced to Julio Sosa music, say : TANGOED
18
One-third of a French revolutionary's cry : EGALITE
19
She who says "sí": Abbr. : SRA
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QB targets : WRS
21
Like the women in a famous Rubens painting : SABINE
22
Hepster : CAT
23
QB goals : TDS
24
Investment house employee : ANALYST
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Trap : PIEHOLE
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Either of two N.F.L. coaches named Jim : MORA
33
Lift : HEAVE
35
One vote in Vichy : NON
36
Unwelcome reversal ... or a title for this puzzle? : BOOMERANGEFFECT
40
It might come after sex : ISM
41
Singer/actress Lenya : LOTTE
42
"This guy walks into ___ ..." : ABAR
43
China collections : TEASETS
45
What the Beatles had but Wings didn't? : ARTICLE
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Actress Gardner : AVA
49
Flotsam or Jetsam in "The Little Mermaid" : EEL
50
Blazing : AFLARE
53
Nasdaq unit: Abbr. : STK
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Prefix with color : TRI
57
Contemptuous one : FLOUTER
58
Bridge type : AUCTION
60
Uranium 235, e.g. : ISOTOPE
61
Chenoweth of Broadway's "Wicked" : KRISTIN
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Some slow dances : BOLEROS
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Necessitates : ENTAILS
Down
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Field of many nonprofits : ARTS
2
Prayer starter, often : DEAR
3
Karina in many a Jean-Luc Godard film : ANNA
4
Square ___ : PEG
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With 6-Down, mutual relationship : TWOWAY
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See 5-Down : STREET
7
Track figures : ODDS
8
Dangerous time : IDES
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With 10-Down, critical comments : NEGATIVE
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See 9-Down : FEEDBACK
11
Shoe shiner : POLISH
12
Asgard ruler : ODIN
13
Head of the Seine? : TETE
14
Green Bay-to-Greenville dir. : SSE
22
Paella ingredient, perhaps : CLAM
24
Scope : AMBIT
25
Prop for many a western : NOOSE
26
Something made in a chocolate factory? : AROMA
27
"___ life" : THATS
28
___-day calendar : PAGEA
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End of an era? : ONEBC
30
What pulls out all the stops? : LOCAL
31
___ nous : ENTRE
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Tinnitus treater: Abbr. : ENT
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With 38-Down, one who may give you a lift : ELEVATOR
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See 37-Down : OPERATOR
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Bomb : FAIL
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Pay tribute to : SALUTE
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With 47-Down, means of getting home, maybe : RETURN
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See 46-Down : TICKET
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To boot : ALSO
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Dupe : FOOL
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"___ Tu" (1974 hit) : ERES
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Benefit : SAKE
54
New World monkey : TITI
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Churn : ROIL
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Sights at many interstate exits : INNS
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Small story : FIB
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LAX patrollers : TSA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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