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New York Times, Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Something carried surreptitiously into an alt-rock concert?

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JVX} This is puzzle # 57 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2016, The New York Times11/23/16 ( No. 24,487 )

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Fast-food chain known for its root beer : AANDW
6
Edit menu option : FIND
10
Iridescent stone : OPAL
14
Princess Peach's savior in video games : MARIO
15
Musical instrument with a flared end : OBOE
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Like N.F.L. games ending in a tie : RARE
17
Standard feature of an action film : CHASESCENE
19
Lakeside Ohio county : ERIE
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Something carried surreptitiously into an alt-rock concert? : HIPSTERFLASK
22
Financing initials : APR
25
The sun : SOL
26
___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
27
Perfect truck driver for the job? : DREAMTEAMSTER
32
Company that makes Valium : ROCHE
33
Family man : PAPA
34
Some E.R. cases : ODS
37
Race in an H. G. Wells book : ELOI
38
Suspicious : SHADY
40
Palindromic blast : TOOT
41
___ cent : PER
42
Two twos, for one : PAIR
43
Overly sentimental : SAPPY
44
Female street-racing champion? : DRAGSTERQUEEN
48
Tip on a sweatshirt string : AGLET
50
Note to a creditor : IOU
51
Bagel variety : RYE
52
Ostentatious member of the Mafia? : FLASHMOBSTER
57
Piercing place : LOBE
58
Prime hunting time : OPENSEASON
62
Filmmaker Ferrara : ABEL
63
Allocate, with "out" : METE
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Full of oomph : ZIPPY
65
Sentence structure? : CELL
66
___ for life : SCAR
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Delight : ELATE
Down
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"The Walking Dead" network : AMC
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"That feels so-o-o good!" : AAH
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Org. for piece keepers? : NRA
4
Gossip : DISH
5
Quaint lament : WOEISME
6
Ship part spelled with two apostrophes : FOCSLE
7
"Uh-huh, of course" : IBET
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Amount left in Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard : NONE
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Animal in "Home on the Range" : DEER
10
Ultimatum ending : ORELSE
11
High military figure? : PARATROOPER
12
Occur : ARISE
13
Vichyssoise vegetables : LEEKS
18
Help at the gym, say : SPOT
21
Salty salad topping : FETA
22
Noneditorial magazine worker, informally : ADREP
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"1984" worker : PROLE
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RCA, for one : RECORDLABEL
28
Sushi tuna : AHI
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Separate : APART
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"What, me worry?" magazine : MAD
31
Nathan Hale, for the Colonies : SPY
35
One of a Disney septet : DOPEY
36
Composer Jule : STYNE
38
Furniture concern : SAG
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___ and hers : HIS
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T, on a fraternity house : TAU
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Something hikers take : PATH
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Tight hug : SQUEEZE
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Scalp, say : RESELL
46
Longtime Disney C.E.O. : EISNER
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Becomes compost : ROTS
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Company whose spokesduck is on Twitter : AFLAC
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Boston daily : GLOBE
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"Choosy ___ choose Jif" (ad slogan) : MOMS
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Crude letters? : OPEC
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Testing stage : BETA
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Skatepark fixture : RAIL
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Massage place : SPA
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___-out clause : OPT
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Former PBS host with a bow tie : NYE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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