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New York Times, Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 Grid has mirror symmetry. There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 74 for Mr. Collins. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter A. Collins notes:
A couple of weeks ago I was at a dinner engagement where I struck up a conversation with the gentleman across the table. He was quite ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Peter's puzzle fits into a whole lot of special categories: Puzzles with circles, Puzzles with unusual symmetry (in this case, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Man oh man I loved this one. I realize some people are going to hate it because it breaks all kinds of rules and it's light on theme ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1120 ( 23,388 )

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Across
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Leading : AHEAD
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Class-ranking stat : GPA
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N.C.A.A. part: Abbr. : ASSOC
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Ravel's "La ___" : VALSE
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Designer's major : ART
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Lincoln Center's Alice ___ Hall : TULLY
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Division signs : OBELI
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Chaotic scene : ZOO
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Valerie Harper title role : RHODA
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W.W. II female : WAC
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"No kidding!" : GEE
23
Islands finger food : POI
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Chicago Cubs' station : WGN
26
Have in mind : INTEND
28
Third-largest city in Italia : NAPOLI
30
Stereotypical Mensan : NERD
31
Most athletes are in it : SHAPE
35
"And giving ___, up the chimney ..." : ANOD
36
Privateer's potation : GROG
37
Boot one : ERR
38
To be, in Québec : ETRE
39
Org. criticized in "Sicko" : AMA
40
Software package medium : CDROM
42
Owing the pot : SHY
44
Direction indicator : ARROW
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Like some checking accounts : NOFEE
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Typical prerequisite to geom. : ALG
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Celebrity groom in '68 headlines : ARI
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Blue Jays, on scoreboards : TOR
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Put into play : USE
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With 57-Across, 1977 Jackson Browne album ... or a hint to what's depicted in this puzzle's grid : RUNNING
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See 55-Across : ONEMPTY
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Hightails it : SPEEDS
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Like eggs in omelets : BEATEN
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Pete Rose's 4,256 : HITS
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Mental picture : IMAGE
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Many hands may be found on it : FARM
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Tending to the matter : ONIT
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Someone born on Columbus Day, e.g. : LIBRA
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Chain that sells Borgsjö bookcases : IKEA
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P.I.'s : TECS
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Casey with a countdown : KASEM
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"___ Flux" (Charlize Theron movie) : AEON
Down
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Stating firmly : AVOWING
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Cuban dance : HABANERA
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Kind of force that affects charged particles : ELECTROMAGNETIC
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Handy way of communicating?: Abbr. : ASL
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Lower oneself : DEIGN
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Steady look : GAZE
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Moneymaker? : PRO
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On : ATOP
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Lobbies with trees, maybe : ATRIA
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Ndamukong ___, 2010 N.F.L. Defensive Rookie of the Year : SUH
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A bit dense : SLOWONTHEUPTAKE
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American flag : OLDGLORY
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Poison pill contents : CYANIDE
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Mag. staffers : EDS
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Number on a foam finger : ONE
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Musician Johnny Winter's musician brother : EDGAR
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Bel ___ cheese : PAESE
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Harry Potter's owl : HEDWIG
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Opposite of dep. : ARR
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On the double : PRONTO
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Shucker's debris : CORNSILK
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Night ray : MOONBEAM
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Eavesdropping distance : EARSHOT
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A bust may come of it : RAID
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Not busy : FREE
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1965 Physics Nobelist Richard : FEYNMAN
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Wolflike : LUPINE
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LP introduction of 1957 : STEREO
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Exterminators' targets : NESTS
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Omertà group : MAFIA
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Unaccounted for, briefly : MIA
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Six-pack ___ : ABS
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College sr.'s test : GRE

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

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