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New York Times, Thursday, November 17, 2016

Author:
Timothy Polin and Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.626150
Timothy Polin
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877/7/20066/14/201815
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1.48057
Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 63, Blocks: 57 Missing: {FJQVXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Polin. This is puzzle # 83 for Mr. Krozel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: In the print version of this puzzle, the five squares in 50-Across each have a small number in them, as follows: 5 | 29 | 47 | 34 | 43
Constructor notes:
JOE: Tim bounced a preliminary idea off of me for a pyramid puzzle, and I responded with suggestions on how he might cut down the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm a sucker for visual puzzles, and simply having a MUMMY buried within a pyramid of black squares might have gotten this puzzle the ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1117 ( 24,481 )

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Across
1
Mitch who wrote the best seller "The Five People You Meet in Heaven" : ALBOM
6
Careful way to think : TWICE
11
Tree frog with a distinctive call : PEEPER
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Go after, as a fly : SWATAT
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Krypton, for one : RAREGAS
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Extras in many apocalyptic movies : LOOTERS
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Common scam : PYRAMIDSCHEME
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Criminals : LAWBREAKERS
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Company's marketing group : SALESTEAM
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Nice ideas come from them : TETES
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Leave in a bad way : STRAP
24
Class for a one-L : TORTS
25
Big name in chain saws : STIHL
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Harold who directed "Groundhog Day" : RAMIS
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King of the 18th dynasty : TUT
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Dawdler : SNAIL
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Bishop's title in the Coptic Church : ABBA
34
"The only sensual pleasure without vice," per Samuel Johnson : MUSIC
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Latina title: Abbr. : SRTA
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Camera variety, briefly : SLR
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In pen? : CAGEDUP
40
Reactions of wonderment : AHS
41
They come with strings attached : TEABAGS
43
Cry : YELLOUT
45
One of the eggs used in this 1986 film is now exhibited at the Smithsonian : ALIENS
46
"Popeye" villain who sailed the Black Barnacle : SEAHAG
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Fed up with : MADAT
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Whirlpool subsidiary : AMANA
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Comment to a brother or sister : AMEN
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See Notepad : MUMMY
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Black birds : ANIS
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Longtime home of the Tappet Brothers : NPR
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When repeated, testing of a mic : TAP
Down
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Passover mo., often : APR
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Get off the ground? : LEAP
3
Color akin to turquoise : BERYL
4
Work not of the buffa style : OPERASERIA
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Power plant quantity : MEGAWATTS
6
They beat as one, in a U2 song : TWOHEARTS
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Hookups for hydrants : WATERMAINS
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Things : ITEMS
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Give a rip : CARE
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French connections : ETS
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Doesn't stick to the topic : RAMBLES
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Eyes, shoulders and knees have them : SOCKETS
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Father figures : SIRES
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Exams with a max. score of 180 : LSATS
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Académie ___ Beaux-Arts : DES
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Video game featuring an archaeologist heroine : TOMBRAIDER
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Insect with multi-queen colonies : PHARAOHANT
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Piece of living room décor : TABLELAMP
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Eurozone member beginning in 2015 : LITHUANIA
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Dreaded guy? : RASTAMAN
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Big jerks? : TUGS
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Walk all over : USE
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Having everything in its place : TIDY
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Done in desperation : LASTGASP
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Hot rod wheels : MAGS
35
Prompts : CUES
38
Jargon : CANT
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Sentence shortener, at times : PLEA
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Hit on the head : BEAN
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High priest? : LAMA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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