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New York Times, Friday, November 16, 2012

Author:
Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 27 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Fleming. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Victor Fleming notes:

This was my second Times crossword with legal phrases as the theme. The first was a 9/13/2007 collaboration with Joe Krozel, in which he made a grid with seven 15-letter legal phrases! In my March 23, 2011, transmittal letter, I wrote, "Here's a puzzle you might like for a Friday. The grid is similar to puzzle 8 at the ACPT. It looks themeless and is pretty much clued as though it were. Yet, there's a theme."

If you've read my earlier notes, you'll know that for a time I obsessed over whether and to what extent my theme clues were edited. I don't even check this anymore. Factors that affect clue editing include time lapse between receipt and publication, what's in the previous and subsequent puzzle, and the editor's sense of the audience. But since I've pulled the manuscript ... Two of my four theme clues were retained verbatim! And, while over half of my other clues were changed, Will definitely improved the puzzle's overall merit with his editing!

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© 2012, The New York TimesNo. 1116 ( 23,019 )
Across
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Spans usually starting in the fall : TVSEASONS
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Marilyn of R&B : MCCOO
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Turn in : HITTHEHAY
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Lei Day "hey" : ALOHA
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Cause for acquittal : REASONABLEDOUBT
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Beard of botany : AWN
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"___ & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood" (reality series) : TORI
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Prefix with chemical : PETRO
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Buckos : LADS
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Scratches : RASPS
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Millions of addresses start with it : HTTP
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Exams for students potentially most interested in this puzzle's theme, in brief : LSATS
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Rx order : SCRIP
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Yellowfin, on a menu : AHI
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Wanted to undo : RUED
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Dancer enslaved by Jabba the Hutt : OOLA
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Contracted muscle? : PEC
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Worked for a 40-Across : CADDIED
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Paid driver? : GOLFPRO
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Brazilian calendar span : ANO
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Go through channels? : SAIL
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The Imbaba Bridge spans it : NILE
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Cause of a bank fee, briefly : NSF
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Big-headed major-league mascot : MRMET
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Far out : NEATO
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Local govt. units : TWPS
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Set for biking : GEARS
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Means of enforcing compliance : WRIT
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Versifier's inspiration : ERATO
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Prefix with god : DEMI
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One to emulate in an Aesop fable : ANT
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Show some photos, perhaps : PROVIDEEVIDENCE
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Many ___ (quite some while) : AMOON
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Ride in a joyride, often : STOLENCAR
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Prepare, as some beans : REFRY
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Cows : THREATENS
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One held in bondage : THRALL
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Consider : VIEWAS
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Something applied to a suit : STANDARDOFPROOF
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Subjects of an as-yet-fruitless search, briefly : ETS
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On ___ streak : AHOT
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Caballero : SENOR
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Family in a Margaret Mitchell best seller : OHARAS
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Company with a triangular logo : NABISCO
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One of four in mythology?: Abbr. : SYL
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Arrived in time for : MADE
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Yard sale? : CLOTH
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Date with a judge? : COURTAPPEARANCE
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"Such a headache!" : OHBOTHER
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Nosebag nibble : OAT
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Fifth star in a constellation : EPSILON
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Formalwear accessory : STUD
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___ rock (music genre) : PROG
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___ Rivera (Los Angeles suburb) : PICO
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Earth-shaking event : SEISM
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"Maverick" runner of 2008 : PALIN
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"Heavens!" : DEARGOD
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Slope : CANT
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Grilling demand : ANSWERME
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Stopping point? : DIME
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Raced : FLEW
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"He ___ Me" (old hymn) : LEADETH
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Actor Morgan of "The Sixth Sense" : TREVOR
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Grocery container : TINCAN
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Fun-loving fishers : OTTERS
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Not gobble, say : SAVOR
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Prepare to be snapped : SMILE
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Elfin : TINY
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A good one is often carried out : IDEA
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40-Across's concern : PAR
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Fig. followed by "or so" : EST
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One who might write an Rx for drops : ENT

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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