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New York Times, Monday, December 12, 2016

Author:
Mark McClain
Editor:
Will Shortz
Communication problem ... illustrated literally by the black squares before 5-, 19-, 26-, 54-, 65- and 73-Across
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. McClain.
Mark McClain notes:
Modern language study was my favorite academic pursuit in high school and college (though I ended up majoring in economics). I learned ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Six literal foreign LANGUAGE BARRIERs today, a black square breaking up HIN/DU, UR/DU, etc. It's a ton of theme material to work with, ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times12/12/16 ( No. 24,506 )
Across
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Lower part of the leg : SHIN
5
"Mon ___!" (French cry) : DIEU
9
Noted rocker/humanitarian : BONO
13
Homeland of 9-Across : EIRE
14
Omega's opposite, alphabetically : ALPHA
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Stratford-upon-___ : AVON
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Ones taking captain's orders : CREW
18
Maestro Kurt ___ : MASUR
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Responsibility : DUTY
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Coffee break hour : TENAM
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Knight time? : YORE
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Visa alternative : AMEX
24
Folk singer Pete : SEEGER
26
Frenzied : MANIC
28
Brother of Donald Trump Jr. : ERIC
30
"The Star-Spangled Banner," e.g. : ANTHEM
34
High/low card : ACE
37
Egypt's capital : CAIRO
40
Two-door auto : COUPE
41
Communication problem ... illustrated literally by the black squares before 5-, 19-, 26-, 54-, 65- and 73-Across : LANGUAGEBARRIER
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"Have a taste!" : TRYIT
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Biscuit with English tea : SCONE
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Item in a golfer's bag : TEE
47
Norway's patron saint : OLAFII
49
Landing approximations, for short : ETAS
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Chaim who played Tevye in "Fiddler on the Roof" : TOPOL
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Formal-sounding commitment : ISHALL
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Works of Keats : ODES
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Sluggers' stats : RBIS
63
Great Lakes natives : ERIES
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Friends and neighbors : KITH
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Wasn't up to par : AILED
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Slightest bit : IOTA
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Late attorney general Janet : RENO
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Mello ___ (soft drink) : YELLO
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Dart (around) : FLIT
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"Make it snappy!" : ASAP
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Actress Ward : SELA
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Cookie holders : TINS
Down
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Religious offshoots : SECTS
2
Successful job applicant : HIREE
3
"Me, Myself & ___" (Jim Carrey movie) : IRENE
4
Music genre for 36-Down : NEWAGE
5
Reservoir creator : DAM
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"Now ___ me down to sleep" : ILAY
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English racing venue : EPSOM
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"Star Trek" officer with an earpiece : UHURA
9
Troublemaker : BADACTOR
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It goes down a fallopian tube : OVUM
11
A sixteenth is a short one : NOTE
12
Black gemstone : ONYX
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Bull-riding venue : ARENA
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Friend of Romeo : MERCUTIO
25
Lobbying org. that fights music piracy : RIAA
27
Augment : INCREASE
29
"Smokes" : CIGS
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Eight, in France : HUIT
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Weapon in fencing : EPEE
33
A ___ pittance : MERE
34
Choir voice : ALTO
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Sagan who hosted "Cosmos" : CARL
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One-named singer from County Donegal : ENYA
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___ center (place for a Ping-Pong table) : REC
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Orchestra reed : OBOE
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Moneymaking part of a museum : GIFTSHOP
43
2016 #1 album by Rihanna : ANTI
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"___ the Lord my soul to keep" : IPRAY
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Short ___ (quick work) : SHRIFT
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Theater awards : OBIES
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City NNE of Paris : LILLE
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Garlicky mayo : AIOLI
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Admit at the door : LETIN
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Exams for future J.D.s : LSATS
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Vegetable that becomes gooey when cooked : OKRA
59
Conks out : DIES
60
Sicilian volcano : ETNA
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Go along with a bear market : SELL
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___ good deed : DOA

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