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New York Times, Thursday, November 28, 2013

Author:
Loren Muse Smith and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 14 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQZ} Spans: 2 Scrabble average: 1.85 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Smith. This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
Loren: First I have to say that Jeff Chen is the nicest, most generous person in Crossworld. And I am so enjoying reading his ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
This is Loren Muse Smith's first New York Times crossword, and what an auspicious debut. The theme is ingenious, and the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Loren was so much fun to meet last year at the ACPT. Such a nice person, fun to hang out with, and a great sense of humor. ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1128 ( 23,396 )

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Across
1
Not for the Parti Québécois? : PAS
4
Comcast and CenturyLink, in brief : ISPS
8
Terminal info : ETAS
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Words of praise : ODE
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Org. that fought Napster : RIAA
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Hook's place : CLASP
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Joe Louis, to fans : THEBROWNBOMBER
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Kind of bean : SOYA
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Out, in a way : UNDER
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For instance : SAY
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Flower feature : CALYX
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Anti-apartheid activist Steve : BIKO
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Base of a certain pole, figuratively : LOWMAN
27
Grate : RASP
31
Some radios : AMS
34
One interested in current affairs? : HANGGLIDER
36
Host of the 1972 Winter Olympics : SAPPORO
38
___ it all : ABOVE
39
Stowed stuff : STASH
40
Isn't content with the status quo, say : ASPIRES
42
Gang Green member : NEWYORKJET
45
Some TV drama settings, for short : ERS
46
___ in progress (iPhone phrase) : SYNC
47
Cottonwoods : ALAMOS
49
Tennis's Mandlikova : HANA
51
Classic toothpaste name : IPANA
54
"Gross!" : EEW
57
Recipe instruction : MIXIN
59
Door fixture : HASP
61
Cult classic whose title is depicted four times in this puzzle : SNAKESONAPLANE
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Beaker material : PYREX
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Mrs. James Joyce : NORA
66
Toon's place : CEL
67
Positive principle : YANG
68
Mother of Nike, in Greek myth : STYX
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Historic leader? : PRE
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They may be cast-iron : POTS
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For a specific purpose : ADHOC
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"I'm outta here!" : SEEYA
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Like some verbs: Abbr. : IRR
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Little Bighorn conflict : SIOUXWAR
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Future queen, maybe : PAWN
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Balloon ballast : SANDBAG
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Street shader : ELM
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Keep ___ on : TABS
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Lost : ASEA
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Nimble : SPRY
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Blarney Castle's county : CORK
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Cinderella's soiree : BALL
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Human ___ : BEING
22
Chant from a 32-Down, maybe : YOHOHO
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Small antelope : ORIBI
26
6 letters : MNO
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Hold dear : ADORE
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Cut : SEVER
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Voice mail imperative : PRESS
31
Orgs. : ASSNS
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See 22-Down : MATEY
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Offspring : SPAWN
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Object of scrutiny at airport security : LAPTOP
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Outwit, in a way, with "out" : PSYCH
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Horror film director Alexandre ___ : AJA
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School at which students are collared? : SEMINARY
43
Some queens : RANIS
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"Ah-OO-gah!" horns : KLAXONS
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Canadian-born comedian once featured on the cover of Time : SAHL
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Kind of card : AMEX
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Antidiscrimination grp. : NAACP
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Ed of "Up" : ASNER
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Spot : ESPY
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"A Day Without Rain" singer : ENYA
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Tip off : WARN
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Playing longer than expected, for short : INOT
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One-named sports star who was once the highest-paid athlete in the world : PELE
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Party congregation site, maybe : KEG
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Bellum's opposite : PAX

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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