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New York Times, Friday, November 15, 2013

Assertion more likely to be correct if 8-Down is given

Author:
David Woolf
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 26 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 3 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Woolf.
David Woolf notes:
I started puzzling and constructing around the same time. Which is to say I started out only being able to solve (and construct) ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
This is David Woolf's debut. All three 15-letter answers are particularly nice. OSCAR WAO was new to me, but I've read up a little on ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! Some great entries today; I love to see snappy phrases like CASH BARS and SEA OTTERS, and it's nice that OSCAR WAO gets his ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times11/15/13 ( No. 23,383 )

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Across
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Their drinks are not on the house : CASHBARS
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Rough limestone regions with sinkholes and caverns : KARSTS
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Novel title character with a "brief, wondrous life" : OSCARWAO
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Hawaii's Forbidden Isle : NIIHAU
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"... period!" : NOIFSANDSORBUTS
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One buzzing off? : GNAT
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Three Stooges display : IDIOCY
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Some lab leaders, for short : TAS
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Like most hall-of-fame inductees: Abbr. : RET
23
Gave belts or socks : STRUCK
24
Swamp : MIRE
25
Female friends, to Francisco : AMIGAS
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Early-millennium year : MII
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Jet black : ONYX
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Some are soft-shell : TACOS
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Spread out : OPENED
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He cast the Killing Curse on Dumbledore : SNAPE
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What the Flying Wallendas refuse to use : NET
34
Powerful Hindu deities : DEVAS
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That same number of : ASMANY
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Diner's words of thanks : GRACE
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Unlucky accidents, old-style : HAPS
44
Co. led by Baryshnikov in the 1980s : ABT
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It broke up in the age of dinosaurs : PANGEA
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Not procrastinating : ONIT
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Midday assignation, in slang : NOONER
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Stink : ADO
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Olive ___ : OYL
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More pointed : ACUTER
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Give an underhanded hand? : ABET
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Assertion more likely to be correct if 8-Down is given : THETRUTHWILLOUT
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Decision makers : COURTS
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Axis, e.g. : ALLIANCE
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"Fingers crossed" : HOPESO
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Whose eyes Puck squeezes magical juice on : LYSANDER
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"Well done!" : CONGRATS
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With no dissenters : ASONEMAN
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Common result of a slipped disk : SCIATICA
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Foil feature : HAFT
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Realty ad abbr. : BRS
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Lies ahead : AWAITS
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What a vacay provides : RANDR
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What an interrogator might administer : SODIUMPENTOTHAL
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Bring home, as a run : KNOCKIN
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Light as a feather : AIRY
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One in a cage : RIB
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Confined : SHUTIN
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Vast historical region controlled by the Mongols : TATARY
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Kingdom next to Kent : SUSSEX
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See 24-Down : SOCIETY
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They aid responses, in brief : SASES
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With 18-Down, life today : MODERN
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Transcend : GOPAST
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Speaking of repeatedly, to a Brit : ONABOUT
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1984 award for Elmore Leonard : EDGAR
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Drifting type : VAGABOND
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Good hand holding in Omaha Hi-Lo : ACEDEUCE
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It has the densest fur of any animal : SEAOTTER
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Alpine skier Julia who won Olympic gold in 2006 : MANCUSO
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Still-produced stuff : HOOTCH
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Slangy segue : ANYHOO
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Awful accident : PILEUP
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Hazards : PERILS
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Afresh : NEWLY
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Film and theater : ARTS
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Actor Rickman who played 32-Across : ALAN
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Low numero : TRE
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___ Fáil (Irish coronation stone) : LIA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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