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New York Times, Wednesday, October 3, 2018

God who banished 63-Across to the sky, as depicted by the constellation formed by the X's in this puzzle's finished grid

Author:
Jennifer Nutt
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jennifer Nutt

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Nutt. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jennifer Nutt notes:
I considered other constellations for a puzzle theme, but Cassiopeia won out because it has only has five main stars. Soon after this ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Lovely gridwork. I had a funny feeling something was going on, what with so many Xs popping up during my solve. An even funnier ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Cassiopeia is one of the easiest constellations to spot if you live in the northern hemisphere, and it's visible year round. Look for ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1003 ( 25,166 )

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Across
1
The challengers : THEM
5
Sailor's quaff : GROG
9
Presidential perk until 1977 : YACHT
14
Speck : IOTA
15
Roof feature : EAVE
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Jibe : AGREE
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Roald who wrote "James and the Giant Peach" : DAHL
18
Sea nymphs, in Greek mythology : THENEREIDS
20
Like Edward Snowden : EXILED
22
Tear in two : REND
23
Rank for Jay Landsman on "The Wire": Abbr. : SGT
24
Munch Museum city : OSLO
25
Gives comfort : SOLACES
27
Generation ___ : GAP
29
Had by heart : KNEW
32
1,000 in a metric ton : KILOS
33
Certain operating system : UNIX
35
Check closely : EXAMINE
37
Gobble down : SNARF
39
Muckraker Tarbell : IDA
40
An American abroad : EXPAT
44
Like Brutalist architecture : AUSTERE
47
Top-notch : AONE
48
Utah's ___ Canyon : BRYCE
50
Annual Austin festival, for short : SXSW
52
Prince George, to Prince William : SON
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Like a dog on a walk, usually : LEASHED
55
Haul : TOTE
57
Tuna type : AHI
58
Nonhumanities subjects, for short : STEM
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Immature : UNRIPE
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Vain queen who boasted that she was more beautiful than 18-Across : CASSIOPEIA
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Object of worship : IDOL
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"Don't Cry for Me Argentina" musical : EVITA
68
Actor Epps : OMAR
69
Chasers in many a chase scene : COPS
70
Mails : SENDS
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Upscale : TONY
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Place to play musical spoons : KNEE
Down
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It ebbs and flows : TIDE
2
Hoodwink : HOAX
3
Where 63-Across ruled prior to her banishment : ETHIOPIA
4
Locales for many food courts : MALLS
5
Finish : GETDONE
6
"Go, team!" : RAH
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Finished : OVER
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Big factor in longevity : GENES
9
Football field marking : YARDLINE
10
Mature : AGE
11
Shortening brand : CRISCO
12
Garden dividers : HEDGES
13
Lab work : TESTS
19
Long, thin mushroom : ENOKI
21
Herd at Yellowstone : ELK
26
"She" responds to voice commands : ALEXA
27
Director Van Sant : GUS
28
Writer Beattie : ANN
30
One end of a maze : EXIT
31
Moves like a heron : WADES
34
Checks for a fracture, perhaps : XRAYS
36
"Das Kapital" author : MARX
38
Purplish-red flowers : FUCHSIAS
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God who banished 63-Across to the sky, as depicted by the constellation formed by the X's in this puzzle's finished grid : POSEIDON
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Year abroad : ANO
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Base ___ : TEN
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Handle : SEETO
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Where a river meets the sea : ESTUARY
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Sit quietly, perhaps : BEHAVE
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Cereal fruit : RAISIN
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Took gold : WON
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Gets ready to play hockey, with "up" : LACES
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Train stop : DEPOT
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Guessing a number an audience member has thought of, e.g. : TRICK
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Office note : MEMO
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Alexander who wrote "The Dunciad" : POPE
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Besides : ELSE
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Norm: Abbr. : STD
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English novelist McEwan : IAN

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