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New York Times, Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Author:
Jacob Stulberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jacob Stulberg
Example of a nonahedron

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jacob Stulberg notes:
In the original version of this puzzle, I made the rookie mistake of placing NONAHEDRON at 56A without considering that I'd eventually ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1119 ( 23,752 )
Across
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Like a new recruit : RAW
4
Raise, as Old Glory : HOIST
9
Fritter away : WASTE
14
Patterned after : ALA
15
Come to mind : OCCUR
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"In the red," e.g. : IDIOM
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NAFTA signatory: Abbr. : MEX
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With 64-Across, words of certainty ... or a hint to 23-, 40- and 56-Across : THERESNOTWO
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At attention : ERECT
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One headed for Ellis Island, say : EMIGRANT
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"Silkwood" screenwriter : NORAEPHRON
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Gaelic tongue : ERSE
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___ Croft (Angelina Jolie role) : LARA
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Clerical nickname : REV
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Cuisine in which "phat mama" is a noodle dish : THAI
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Little pain in the you-know-where : IMP
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Archipelago makeup : ISLES
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Like Advil vis-à-vis Vicodin : NONPRESCRIPTION
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Mormon's obligation : TITHE
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Make darts, say : SEW
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Bit of dinero : PESO
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"Fire away!" : ASK
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Instrument in the painting "The Spirit of '76" : FIFE
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Contest with seconds : DUEL
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Convention outcome : NOMINATION
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Where the Joads were driven from : OKLAHOMA
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Presto or largo : TEMPO
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See 18-Across : WAYSABOUTIT
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Adopt-a-thon adoptee : PET
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Krupp Works city : ESSEN
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Took a spin : DROVE
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Bard's preposition : ERE
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Dirty looks? : LEERS
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"Cowboy and the Senorita," e.g. : OATER
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One in knickers : LAD
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Noodle dish : RAMEN
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Last Oldsmobile : ALERO
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Car wash machine : WAXER
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Cold sufferer's drink : HOTTEA
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Gaelic "Gee!" : OCH
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It might go away for the summer : ICE
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Not so iffy : SURER
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Something a seismograph picks up : TREMOR
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Buffalo ___ : WING
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Be wild for : ADORE
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Instrument with sympathetic strings : SITAR
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Dots on a map : TOWNS
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Act badly, in a way : EMOTE
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It has a reciprocal function : SINE
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Self-proclaimed leader of ISIS, e.g. : CALIPH
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___-dieu : PRIE
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Prosciutto and others : HAMS
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Big wheel : VIP
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Discharge letters? : TNT
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___ polloi : HOI
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Aardvark's morsel : ANT
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IBM-compatibles, e.g. : PCS
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Tropicana Field site, informally : STPETE
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Factor in club selection : LIE
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Canon offering : EOS
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Nestlé ___ Caps : SNO
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Stephen of "Citizen X" : REA
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Lower one's A.P.R., perhaps : REFI
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"Heads ___, tails ..." : IWIN
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Elitist : SNOB
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___ dragon (huge lizard) : KOMODO
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Like a "before" versus "after" photo subject, say : FATTER
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Carpentry peg : DOWEL
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Czar's edict : UKASE
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"Family Ties" mother : ELYSE
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___ tag : LASER
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Tierney of "ER" : MAURA
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Urge forward : IMPEL
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Record store section : OPERA
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Jotted down : NOTED
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A Katzenjammer kid : HANS
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Rug rat : TOT
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"You're all ___ got" : IVE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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