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New York Times, Thursday, October 27, 2016

29-Across : #1 hit for Bill Withers (1972) and Club Nouveau (1987)

Author:
Milo Beckman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Beckman. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Milo Beckman notes:
A few years ago, I wanted to make a puzzle where the solution involved leaving some squares blank. My original idea involved theme ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat concept, but difficult to explain. Four answers have "ghost" implied: (GHOST) TOWNS, (GHOST) WRITTEN, (GHOST) BUSTERS, and ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times10/27/16 ( No. 24,460 )
Across
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Blu-ray ancestor : VCR
4
European History and Physics C: Mechanics, for two : APTESTS
11
One may be open at the bar : MIC
14
Fair-hiring inits. : EOE
15
Midriff-showing garment : CROPTOP
16
"Kinda sorta" : ISH
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Area ___ : RUG
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Tile in a mosaic : TESSERA
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The "World's Most Dangerous Group" : NWA
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Like fish and chips : BRITISH
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Like many celebrity memoirs : GHOSTWRITTEN
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Some gold rush remnants : GHOSTTOWNS
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Sister publication of 16 Magazine : TEENBEAT
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What's done in Haiti? : FINI
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Suffix with drunk : ARD
28
Column on an airport screen: Abbr. : ARRS
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#1 hit for Bill Withers (1972) and Club Nouveau (1987) : LEANONME
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___ es Salaam : DAR
34
Address not found on a GPS : URL
35
Full of ghosts ... like four answers in this puzzle? : HAUNTED
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"Now I ain't sayin' ___ a gold digger" (Kanye West lyric) : SHE
40
___ Pérignon (brand of bubbly) : DOM
41
Milton Berle hosted the world's first one : TELETHON
43
Berry said to have anti-aging qualities : ACAI
46
Crew leader, for short : COX
47
Advice between "buy" and "sell" : HOLD
48
Zapper : LASERGUN
51
Campfire entertainment : GHOSTSTORY
53
Monster film hit of 1984 : GHOSTBUSTERS
54
How the fashionable dress : SMARTLY
56
Grp. that brought Colbert to Baghdad : USO
57
"That was over the line" : NOTCOOL
59
Like on Twitter, informally : FAV
60
Bleu expanse : MER
61
School assignment specification : DUEDATE
62
Word before "Happy New Year!" : ONE
63
It went boom, for short : SST
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Repeat offenses, metaphorically : STRIKES
65
GPS lines: Abbr. : RDS
Down
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Sink or swim, e.g. : VERB
2
Package delivery person : COURIER
3
Fit for a queen : REGINAL
4
It follows a curtain-raising : ACTI
5
Inauguration V.I.P.: Abbr. : PRES
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Comedian Daniel : TOSH
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Brief records, in brief : EPS
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Knight's ride : STEED
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Shredded : TORE
10
4,200 feet, for the Golden Gate Bridge : SPAN
11
One involved with underground rock bands? : MINER
12
"This ___!" (fighting words) : ISWAR
13
Tête-à-têtes : CHATS
21
Element #50 : TIN
23
Ingot, e.g. : BAR
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Home of the Thunder, the Double-A affiliate of the Yankees : TRENTON
26
Certain bug : FLU
27
___ Darya : AMU
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"Now you're talking!" : OHO
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"Smokey, this is not ___. This is bowling. There are rules" ("The Big Lebowski" quote) : NAM
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Joe Biden's home: Abbr. : DEL
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Suffix with hater : ADE
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Ted Cruz's home: Abbr. : TEX
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Aimed at : SHOTFOR
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Suriname colonizer : HOLLAND
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Last song recorded by all four Beatles, with "the" : END
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German article : DIE
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By way of: Abbr. : THR
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Reunion attendees : ALUMS
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Welfare worker's workload : CASES
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Of ___ (so to speak) : ASORT
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More adorable : CUTER
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Boxing segments: Abbr. : RNDS
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Joint ailment : GOUT
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Bit of dust : MOTE
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Tap options : ALES
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Take a long bath : SOAK
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Fashion's ___ Saint Laurent : YVES
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Early fifth-century year : CDI

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

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