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New York Times, Thursday, November 24, 2016

With 59-Across, necessary substitutions, phonetically, for understanding the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Brian J. MacDonald
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. MacDonald.
Brian J. MacDonald notes:
Happy Thanksgiving! I am honored and thrilled to have my first puzzle published in the New York Times. I want to thank Will Shortz, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! Play on the STATE POSTAL CODES and phonetics, i.e. empty nest = MT nest = MONTANA NEST. I particularly liked aisle seat = IL ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times11/24/16 ( No. 24,488 )
Across
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Male hedgehogs : BOARS
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Thoroughbred farm employee : GROOM
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Piece of legislation : ACT
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How some stocks are sold : ATPAR
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Like some mattresses and batter : LUMPY
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"My Orcha'd in Linden ___" (classic poem) : LEA
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*Place where kids aren't found now : MONTANANEST
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Food that's cured : LOX
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Gripe : BEEF
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Some investigators, informally : TMEN
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Martini's partner : ROSSI
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Authoritarian's reason : ISAIDSO
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Baseball feature : SEAM
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*Whenever : NEBRASKATIME
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Winery output : CASKS
35
Listing on an athletic schedule : MEET
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Piece of legislation : LAW
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Some classic computers : IBMS
38
With 59-Across, necessary substitutions, phonetically, for understanding the answers to the starred clues : STATE
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Allele, e.g. : GENE
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Stylized Tesla logo : TEE
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Electrical units : OHMS
43
All-around Canadian put-down : HOSER
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*Air passenger's request, maybe : ILLINOISSEAT
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Spanish dramatist ___ de Vega : LOPE
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Stephen Colbert and Conan O'Brien : TVHOSTS
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Tons of, informally : LOTSA
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Silk dress, maybe : SARI
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"Sharknado" actress Reid : TARA
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"Ended, ___ it begun" (Emily Dickinson poem) : ERE
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See 38-Across : POSTALCODES
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Starbucks units: Abbr. : OZS
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The Jetsons' boy : ELROY
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Successfully brings around : SWAYS
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"As if!" : NOT
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Woodworkers' tools : RASPS
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On edge : ANTSY
Down
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Cartoon title character adapted from a Felix Salten novel : BAMBI
2
First tribe encountered by Lewis and Clark : OTOES
3
Sleep study diagnosis : APNEA
4
Stoolies : RATFINKS
5
Mrs., abroad : SRA
6
Red-carpet looks : GLAMOR
7
Viking character : RUNE
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Film for which Gregory Peck had the highest-paid performance of his career, with "The" : OMEN
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Black ___ : OPS
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"I've got this" : MYTREAT
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Happy as a clam : ALLSMILES
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Biz bigs : CEOS
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Cry on the street : TAXI
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Federal investigative grp. : NTSB
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___ bran : OAT
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Montréal's Île ___ Soeurs : DES
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___-Ball : SKEE
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Collect : AMASS
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Collection : SET
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Some locks : MANE
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Washstand accompanier : EWER
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Commercial lead-in to group : CITI
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Victim of murder one : ABEL
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Basic scrutiny : SMELLTEST
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One going on foot? : SHOE
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"More than I needed to know!" : TMI
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Really have at it : GOTOTOWN
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In theory : ONPAPER
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Derisive laugh : HAH
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Apple platform : IOS
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Cheats, euphemistically : STRAYS
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What superheroes battle : EVIL
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1978 Peace co-Nobelist : SADAT
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Baskets made from beyond the arc, informally : TREYS
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Pert : SASSY
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Rock's Kings of ___ : LEON
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Ricelike pasta : ORZO
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Historical group of 15, for short : SSRS
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On : ATOP
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Rock-___, classic jukebox : OLA
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Johnny Reb's org. : CSA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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