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New York Times, Tuesday, October 4, 2016

61-Down : "Oh, before I forget ...," in a text

Author:
Sam Buchbinder
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Buchbinder.
Sam Buchbinder notes:
The idea for the puzzle stemmed from hearing the phrase "Knuckle Sandwich" (and realizing it was 15 letters...), and I began thinking ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm getting hungry, with a DRINK, CHIPS, SANDWICH, and COOKIE neatly hidden in the grid. Sam did a great job of choosing themers that ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times10/4/16 ( No. 24,437 )
Across
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President who ended "don't ask, don't tell" : OBAMA
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Women's suffrage leader Carrie Chapman ___ : CATT
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Swanky : POSH
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Fortuneteller's deck : TAROT
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"Famous" snack maker : AMOS
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Teeny : ITTY
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Overboard, to a sailor : INTHEDRINK
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Maryland athlete, for short : TERP
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Talk back to : SASS
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Actress Skye of "Say Anything ..." : IONE
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Jazz vocalist Carmen ___ : MCRAE
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Data storage devices : MEMORYCHIPS
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"Let me take care of that" : IGOTIT
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Function : USE
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Kathmandu's land : NEPAL
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Chicken of the Sea product : TUNA
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___ team (police unit) : SWAT
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Punch in the mouth, slangily : KNUCKLESANDWICH
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Neither good nor bad : SOSO
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To whom God said "For dust you are and to dust you will return" : ADAM
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Nintendo character who hatches from an egg : YOSHI
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Prefix with athlete : TRI
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Website that investigates urban legends : SNOPES
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Bright sort : SMARTCOOKIE
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International court site, with "The" : HAGUE
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Jagged cliff : CRAG
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___ fide : BONA
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With 2-Down, star of 2003's "Hulk" : ERIC
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Backpack containers where you can find the ends of 17-, 23-, 38- and 47-Across : LUNCHBOXES
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No-longer-fashionable fur : MINK
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Common ingredient in lotions : ALOE
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Dance move added to the O.E.D. in 2015 : TWERK
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Things to hang coats on : PEGS
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"What a ___!" ("Too bad!") : PITY
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Meanders : WENDS
Down
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Soul singer Redding : OTIS
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See 59-Across : BANA
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The "A" of B.A. : ARTS
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___ scale (measure of hardness) : MOHS
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Had dinner : ATE
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Rebound on a pool table : CAROM
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___ acid (protein builder) : AMINO
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Photocopier powder : TONER
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"Naughty!" : TSK
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Is a romancer, old-style : PITCHESWOO
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Former "S.N.L." comic Cheri, whose last name rhymes with her first : OTERI
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Bridle rein, e.g. : STRAP
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Promotes, with "up" : HYPES
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Weight-loss program : DIET
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Show hosts, in brief : MCS
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Skim or 2% : MILK
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Chinese money : YUAN
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Signs, as a contract : INKS
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Jets quarterback Smith : GENO
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Grand work : OPUS
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Street vendors selling Mexican food : TACOTRUCKS
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Senator Cruz : TED
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Made in ___ : USA
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Place of service for John McCain, briefly : NAM
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Bit of smoke : WISP
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Aftereffect from working out : ACHE
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"___ ends here!" (fighting words) : THIS
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Of the flock : LAIC
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Unit of force : DYNE
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GPS calculation: Abbr. : RTE
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[Ah, me] : SIGH
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Oldest of the Three Stooges : SHEMP
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___ Antoinette : MARIE
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Getting into a gray area? : AGING
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Eyes: Lat. : OCULI
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Words after "like it" and "ready" : ORNOT
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Singer Musgraves who won a 2013 Grammy for Best Country Album : KACEY
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Heavyweight champ Riddick : BOWE
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Headstrong animals : OXEN
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Do 10 crosswords in a row, say, with "out" : NERD
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Questions : ASKS
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Once around the track : LAP
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"Oh, before I forget ...," in a text : BTW

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

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