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New York Times, Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Classic root beer brand ... or a hint to the answers to this puzzle's starred clues

Author:
Michael Dewey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Dewey

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Dewey.
Michael Dewey notes:
This puzzle is my sixth publication in the New York Times. The initial version of the grid was completed some three years ago, but it ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Interesting take on an initialisms puzzle, this one based on A* W*, tied together by the A AND W revealer. Some nice theme entries, ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times10/5/16 ( No. 24,438 )

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Across
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*Mac-vs.-PC during the early 2000s, e.g. : ADWAR
6
*Give a worn appearance to, as jeans : ACIDWASH
14
Not neutral : BIASED
16
Securer of locks : BARRETTE
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Verdi work that was the first opera to be recorded in its entirety : ERNANI
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Going nowhere : IMMOBILE
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New York rail and bus inits. : MTA
20
Austrian city where Kepler taught : GRAZ
21
Distance ÷ time: Abbr. : VEL
22
*Road to ancient Rome : APPIANWAY
26
Villainous "Get Smart" group : KAOS
27
26-Across, to Maxwell Smart : FOE
28
Sushi bar tuna : AHI
29
Islam's largest branch : SUNNI
31
Brouhahas : TODOS
34
Pacific Ocean phenomenon : ELNINO
36
*Tucson collegians : ARIZONAWILDCATS
41
How police may investigate : ONATIP
42
"Alrighty then ..." : OKNOW
43
Dirty-looking : DINGY
45
A GPS coordinate: Abbr. : LAT
47
Turf ___ (football ailment) : TOE
48
"Me too" : SAME
49
*Holy Communion drink : ALTARWINE
52
Cool ___ cucumber : ASA
53
Former U.N. secretary general ___ Annan : KOFI
55
"Bali ___" : HAI
56
Mississippi's state tree : MAGNOLIA
58
Oldest entertainment awards ceremony : OSCARS
62
Like barely spicy chili : ONEALARM
63
Makes a lasting impression? : ETCHES
64
*Radio medium : AIRWAVES
65
Classic root beer brand ... or a hint to the answers to this puzzle's starred clues : AANDW
Down
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Broadway's Burrows : ABE
2
Co. board member : DIR
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Sickly-looking : WAN
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"Me too" : ASAMI
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Lead-in to cop or car : RENTA
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*Salem witch trials accuser : ABIGAILWILLIAMS
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Altima or Accord alternative : CAMRY
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Rombauer of cookery : IRMA
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Health adviser on talk TV : DROZ
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Where to use a browser : WEB
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Anxiety-treating medication : ATIVAN
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Canonized fifth-century pope : STLEOI
13
Formal footwear : HEELS
15
Roman goddess of the hunt : DIANA
22
Mennen product : AFTA
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D-worthy : POOR
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Lead-in to cab : PEDI
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Bread choice : WHEAT
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Sound eliciting a "Who's there?" : KNOCK
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R.S.V.P. part : SIL
30
Word processing command : UNDO
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A greenhouse gas : OZONE
33
Spotify selection : SONG
35
Bite playfully : NIPAT
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Roll-call call : NAY
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37-Down caller : ANTI
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Animator's creation : TOON
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___'Pea : SWEE
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Aquafina competitor : DASANI
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Graphics-capturing device : IMAGER
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Chevy model : TAHOE
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Pago Pago's locale : SAMOA
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Flambé, say : AFIRE
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Dreads sporter : RASTA
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Religion with pentagrams : WICCA
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Caffeine-laden nut : KOLA
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Norway's patron saint : OLAV
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Rustic denial : NAW
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"Kung Fu" actor Philip : AHN
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Visibly abashed : RED
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202.5° : SSW

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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