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New York Times, Friday, October 9, 2015

Like some shady contracts, from an auditor's standpoint

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Steinberg

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQVWX} This is puzzle # 46 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Steinberg notes:
I constructed this puzzle in March 2014, during my junior year of high school. Wait a second, what's high school? Oh yeah, that's so ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Very nice construction from the recent Stanford matriculate. I very much appreciate his quest to stay further and further away from ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times10/9/15 ( No. 24,076 )

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Pro accompanier? : RATA
5
Automaker that originally sold sewing machines : OPEL
9
League of nations : BLOC
13
Add some sparkle to : ADORN
15
Star protector : BODYGUARD
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"Hands off!" : LETGO
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Apple tech station : GENIUSBAR
19
Bunny habitat : PLAYBOYMANSION
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Holy terror : HELLION
22
It leads to a logical conclusion : ERGO
24
Old English letter : EDH
25
High-tech pointer : LASERPEN
29
Chooses a course : OPTS
32
Pro counterpart : LAYMAN
34
Blade in a lock : OAR
35
Patriotic org. founded in 1889 : SAR
36
Partnership : CAHOOTS
37
Uplifting feet? : ODE
38
___ broche (skewered) : ALA
39
Boards on a ship : PLANKS
40
Ran across the border : BLED
41
Workplaces where speed is the first order of business? : METHLABS
43
Spray source : UZI
45
Bubbly source : ASTI
46
Parrot or ape : IMITATE
50
Ones working near the poles? : TOPLESSDANCERS
55
Table game in a rec room : AIRHOCKEY
56
Insinuated : GOTAT
57
Piquant deli order : ONIONROLL
58
"___ when?" : SINCE
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Spring : LEAP
60
Risk territory west of Siberia : URAL
61
"Big ___" (comic strip) : NATE
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"Lord of the Flies" chief : RALPH
2
Singer of the 2012 Bond film theme : ADELE
3
Smash to bits : TOTAL
4
Holders of diamonds? : ARGYLES
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Delivery specialist : OBGYN
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46-Down, for one : POEM
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Buchanan of mystery : EDNA
8
"___ Eyes" (1975 #2 hit) : LYIN
9
Comparatively ornamented : BUSIER
10
Potential employees : LABORPOOL
11
Fruit-flavored refreshment : ORANGEADE
12
Burnable medium, briefly : CDR
14
Like some shady contracts, from an auditor's standpoint : NOBID
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Grissom aboard Apollo 1 : GUS
20
"Lux-x-xurious!" : OOHLALA
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How some legal rights are made : ONRED
25
Where Interpol is headquartered : LYONS
26
Out of control : AMOK
27
Citrus fruit from Japan : SATSUMA
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U.S. Navy O-1: Abbr. : ENS
29
Former cave dweller, informally : OSAMA
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It was divided after W.W. II : PALESTINE
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Mediterranean bistro : TRATTORIA
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Starbuck's order giver : AHAB
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U.S. Army E-4: Abbr. : CPL
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Modern transaction unit : BITCOIN
42
Subject of XXL magazine : HIPHOP
44
Sharp knocks : ZINGS
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Tennyson composition : IDYLL
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Hartford-based Fortune 100 company : AETNA
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Plot for development : TRACT
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Accented perfume bottle name : ESTEE
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Former N.B.A. coach Kruger : LON
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Linen shade : ECRU
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Candy bar with a crown logo : SKOR
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Ward in pictures : SELA
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Tech company that was the subject of a 1997 Time cover : AOL

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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