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New York Times, Thursday, October 8, 2015

Author:
Stu Ockman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Stu Ockman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JKVW} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Ockman. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Stu Ockman notes:
When I submitted the final manuscript of this puzzle to Will, it included an "Easter egg" — the longest familiar word that starts and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Word trivia is a gold mine for crossword themes. I ran across the DESSERTS / STRESSED reversal a few years ago, but it was nice to ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1008 ( 24,075 )
Across
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Up : AHEAD
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Group of whales : GAM
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Shade of purple : GRAPE
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XXII Winter Olympics locale : SOCHI
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Outer opening? : EXO
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Bluesman Willie : LOMAX
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Longest common word in the English language ... that has its letters in reverse alphabetical order : SPOONFEED
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Synchronously : ASONE
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Fir coat? : TINSEL
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... that forms another word when read backward : DESSERTS
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Not estos or 60-Down : OTROS
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Producer of change : MINT
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Contemporary of Faraday : OHM
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Goes (for) : OPTS
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In a slip : MOORED
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Slinky, e.g. : COIL
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Neighbor of Manhattan's Little Italy : SOHO
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Airheaded : SPACY
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... that has no repeated letters : UNCOPYRIGHTABLE
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Auto option : LEASE
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Srta., on the Seine : MLLE
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Doubly bent construction piece : ZBAR
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Loafers : IDLERS
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Edward who wrote "A Book of Nonsense" : LEAR
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"___ a bird ..." : ITS
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Melville adventure : OMOO
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Not stay on topic : DRIFT
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... that has five consecutive vowels : QUEUEING
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Suppress : STIFLE
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Old court org. : USLTA
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... that is spelled entirely from the last dozen letters of the alphabet : TORTUROUS
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"Turn on the A.C." : IMHOT
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Pub suds : ALE
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Old company whose logo featured a torch : AMOCO
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Patriot who said "Government even in its best state is but a necessary evil" : PAINE
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Many an email attachment : PDF
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Gets on board : LADES
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Right hand: Abbr. : ASST
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Early settlers around the Grand Canyon : HOPI
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Budget-minded : ECONOMICAL
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Lots : AHOST
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Moolah : DINERO
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"Hmm, I don't know about that" : GEE
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Cut from the payroll : AXED
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Purchase from an I.S.P. : MODEM
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1980s social policy : GLASNOST
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Pink gem : ROSETOPAZ
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What conquers "omnia," in a phrase : AMOR
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What a hot dog might do : PANT
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Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, e.g. : EXES
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Bunny of children's literature : FLOPSY
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Resident of a popular "City" : SIM
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Subject of radar tracking : STORM
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Latin eyes : OCULI
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Gave an edge to : HONED
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Talker-upper, maybe : SHILL
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Carrots and lettuce, humorously : RABBITFOOD
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Splendor : ECLAT
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Batik artists : DYERS
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Miss : LOSEOUTON
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Like many beach bods : OGLED
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Spread through : PERMEATE
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Whom Kane in "Citizen Kane" is based on : HEARST
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"___ heard" : SOI
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Fraternity initiation, e.g. : RITUAL
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Coming up : ONTAP
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Terra ___ : FIRMA
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W. C. Fields's "I am free of all prejudice. I hate everyone equally," e.g. : QUIP
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Cadet's sch. : USMA
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All-grade : ELHI
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Alchemist's quest : GOLD
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Man of Fortune : LUCE
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See 23-Across : ESOS
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One calling the shots? : REF

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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