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New York Times, Friday, December 12, 2014

Mohamed ___, Egyptian president removed from power in July 2013

Author:
Evan Birnholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Evan Birnholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 31 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Birnholz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Evan Birnholz notes:
This puzzle went through a strange evolution. I submitted the initial draft (to right) in August 2013, but Will nixed it because he ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice work from one of the young guns today, KEEP(in') IT REAL. It took me a long time to get toeholds into the puzzle, but it all ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times12/12/14 ( No. 23,775 )
Across
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Person at the top of the order : ABBESS
7
Excited : AMPEDUP
14
Fan's output : COOLAIR
16
Brand behind the mouthwash Plax : COLGATE
17
Tex-Mex item : TOSTADA
18
Robert Goulet, e.g. : CROONER
19
Annual event held in the Theresienwiese : OKTOBERFEST
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Certain tube filler : NEON
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Slangy goodbye : KEEPITREAL
27
Relative of a harrier : ERN
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All hits all the time? : FIGHT
29
Reply on the radio : WILCO
30
Person with important clerical duties : VICAR
31
Tuber grown south of the border : JICAMA
32
Tomfoolery : HIJINKS
35
Ones trying to prevent stealing : BASEMEN
36
Stud muffin : ADONIS
37
Certain branches : SECTS
38
The tropics and others : ZONES
39
Uses maximally : MILKS
40
Ceiling : CAP
43
Influential figure in upward mobility? : ELISHAOTIS
45
___ Ball (event at Hogwarts during the Triwizard Tournament) : YULE
46
Their best-selling (23x platinum) album had no title : LEDZEPPELIN
48
Series of drug-related offenses? : THEWIRE
52
Politico who wrote "The Truth (With Jokes)" : FRANKEN
53
Skin cream ingredient : RETINOL
54
Square snack : SALTINE
55
Licensing requirement, maybe : EYETEST
56
Wee : TEENSY
Down
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Start to play? : ACTONE
2
Talk show V.I.P. : BOOKER
3
Common ground? : BOSTON
4
John in a studio : ELTON
5
9-5, e.g. : SAAB
6
Talk show V.I.P.'s : SIDEKICKS
7
Put up with : ACCEPT
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Mohamed ___, Egyptian president removed from power in July 2013 : MORSI
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Thickening agents? : PLOTTWISTS
10
Psych 101 subject : EGO
11
Judo ranking : DAN
12
Trojan competitor : UTE
13
So says : PER
15
21-Across, e.g. : RAREGAS
20
N.H.L. players' representative Donald : FEHR
23
Reduces to bits : RICES
24
Land east of Babylonia : ELAM
25
Fictional corporation that made a jet-propelled unicycle : ACME
26
It has points of interest : LOAN
28
This is the end : FINISHLINE
30
Tree huggers? : VINES
31
Half a nursery rhyme couple : JACKSPRAT
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Run through the gantlet, say : HAZE
33
Pop ___ : IDOL
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Iowa politico Ernst : JONI
35
Credo : BELIEFS
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___ bath : SITZ
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Car modified for flying in "The Absent-Minded Professor" : MODELT
40
"Home Alone" star, 1990 : CULKIN
41
Time Lords on "Doctor Who," e.g. : ALIENS
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Big name in retail : PENNEY
44
Planes, quaintly : AEROS
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Broadway character who sings "The Rumor" : YENTE
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Not that bright : PALE
48
Number of weeks in il Giro d'Italia : TRE
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"Stop right there!" : HEY
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When le Tour de France is held : ETE
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Romeo's was "a most sharp sauce" : WIT

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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