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New York Times, Wednesday, November 1, 2017

With 56-Across, lunchbox snacks ... or a hint to the black squares before 18-, 29-, 35- and 45-Across?

Author:
Herre Schouwerwou
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {QWX} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Schouwerwou. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Herre Schouwerwou notes:
DISCLAIMER: No animals were harmed in the making of this puzzle. I don't recall the exact inspiration for this puzzle, but I was ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
ANIMAL CRACKERS all broken up at the bottom of the box … "cracked," you might even say! Clever interpretation of CRACKERS, meaning ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times11/1/17 ( No. 24,830 )
Across
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Chaney of horror movies : LON
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Low-quality paper : RAG
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Winner of the four tennis majors and Olympic 8-Down : AGASSI
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"Heaven forbid!" : IHOPENOT
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Like lava or magma : MOLTEN
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Ewan who played Obi-Wan Kenobi : MCGREGOR
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"Let me find out" : ILLASK
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Rode the ump, say : BOOED
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Abbr. on a sign at a town line : ESTD
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Mushroom part : CAP
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Mall aid : MAP
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Cabbage with crinkly leaves : SAVOY
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Hurricane relief org. : FEMA
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Japan's national fruit : PERSIMMON
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Excited, with "up" : KEYED
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Weeder's tool : HOE
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Depilatory brand : NAIR
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"I'm c-c-cold!" : BRR
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Out of it : INADAZE
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Kenneth who played the title role in 1989's "Henry V" : BRANAGH
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I : ONE
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Salon job : COIF
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Houston of Texas : SAM
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Engraved pillar : STELE
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Ghostly figures : PHANTASMS
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Southern side : PONE
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Wearing a scowl : POUTY
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Cars are "parked" in it : JAM
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Cars are parked in it : LOT
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Place to hole up : LAIR
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Part of 52-Down : ROYAL
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With 56-Across, lunchbox snacks ... or a hint to the black squares before 18-, 29-, 35- and 45-Across? : ANIMAL
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See 54-Across : CRACKERS
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Bollywood soundtrack instruments : SITARS
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Persistently emphasize : HAMMERAT
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The early 20th century, for vaudeville : HEYDAY
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Unexpectedly come (by) : POP
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GPS part: Abbr. : SYS
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Place for a nest : LIMB
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"You've got to be kidding!" : OHCOMEON
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Forbidden zone : NOGOAREA
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English horn, e.g. : REED
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Lee who directed "Life of Pi" : ANG
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Melted marshmallows, e.g. : GOO
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Friendly relations : AMITY
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See 7-Across : GOLD
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The whole enchilada : ALL
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Actress Dash of "Clueless" : STACEY
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Bagel choice : SESAME
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Rubber stamp go-with : INKPAD
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Scrubs up, say : PREPS
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Noah of "The Daily Show" : TREVOR
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You might give him the business : SON
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Pollutant that's a portmanteau : SMAZE
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Lady friend, in Lille : AMIE
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Bit of office greenery : FERN
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Letter in an honor society's name : PHI
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Utterly absurd : INANE
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Food giant that merged with Heinz in 2015 : KRAFT
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Sea, colloquially : BRINY
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Bob who lost to Bill : DOLE
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Connection between banks? : BOAT
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Lode analysts : ASSAYERS
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Emission from radioactive decay : GAMMARAY
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Letters before Beagle or Bounty : HMS
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One of about 400,000 in the United States : CHURCH
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Water park sound : SPLASH
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Canadian $2 coin, informally : TOONIE
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Person or thing : ENTITY
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Polynesian finger food : POI
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"That's ___, son" (Foghorn Leghorn catchphrase) : AJOKE
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___-walsy : PALSY
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Logan of CBS News : LARA
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North-of-the-border force: Abbr. : RCMP
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D-Day vessels: Abbr. : LSTS
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"Spy vs. Spy" magazine : MAD
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Grammy category since 1988 : RAP
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First in a Latin 101 trio : AMO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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