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New York Times, Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Company that buried 700,000+ unsold video games in 1983

Author:
David Alfred Bywaters
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Alfred Bywaters

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Bywaters.
David Alfred Bywaters notes:
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© 2016, The New York Times12/13/16 ( No. 24,507 )
Across
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"What a relief!" : PHEW
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Pleasant scent : AROMA
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Gaelic language : ERSE
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Per unit : EACH
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Home on an estate : MANOR
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Fail to persevere : QUIT
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Legal actions provoked by oversimple jigsaw puzzles? : THREEPIECESUITS
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Lead-in to kraut or braten : SAUER
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"Well, obviously!" : DUH
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Like some French sauces : WINEY
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Ad word suggesting a lack of undesirable moisture : DRI
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Object of early Christian condemnation : PAGAN
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Mother-of-pearl source : ABALONE
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Like a short play : ONEACT
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Law documents concerning pugilists? : BOXERBRIEFS
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Tavern : BAR
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Daring : BOLD
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See 51-Across : ONRYE
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Smoke an e-cigarette : VAPE
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Paris-to-Berlin dir. : ENE
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Court precedents involving games of hoops? : BASKETCASES
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Affirmative to a commanding officer : YESSIR
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Touchdown pass catchers, e.g. : SCORERS
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Does a tech job : CODES
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With 40-Across, common deli sandwich : HAM
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Numbskull : IDIOT
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Animal with an opposable thumb : APE
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Trace of color : TINGE
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Attorneys' fees paid with gold fillings? : DENTALRETAINERS
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Departed : LEFT
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Company that buried 700,000+ unsold video games in 1983 : ATARI
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Journey : TRIP
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Love god : EROS
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Tatter : SHRED
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Conglomerate originally named Tokyo Tsushin Kogyo : SONY
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Parrots and ferrets : PETS
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Response to a joke : HAHA
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Neutral shade : ECRU
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Coaxed : WHEEDLED
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Rock-and-roll need : AMP
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Unwelcome cry at the front door : RAID
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Best : ONEUP
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Chocolaty hot beverage : MOCHA
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Exist : ARE
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Like most carousel animals : EQUINE
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Destroy : RUIN
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Internet destination : SITE
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Online crafts seller : ETSY
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What "oopsy" signals : ERROR
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Graceful birds : SWANS
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Like some boat motor types : INBOARD
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Command to a dog after a ball is thrown : GOFETCH
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Monk's home : ABBEY
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Frontiersman Daniel : BOONE
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Wheel connectors : AXLES
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Shore birds : ERNS
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Humiliate : ABASE
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Pickled flower bud : CAPER
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Lock of hair : TRESS
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Annoy : IRK
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Places for contacts : EYES
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Troublesome critters : VARMINTS
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Flora and fauna : BIOTA
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South American animal also known as a "hog-nosed coon" : COATI
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Big name in lawn care : SCOTTS
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Google ___ : EARTH
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Primitive weapon : SPEAR
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Not working : IDLE
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Bambi, e.g. : DEER
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What a help desk provides : INFO
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Ser : Spanish :: ___ : French : ETRE
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Fiddling emperor : NERO
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Smile : GRIN
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Get a look at : ESPY
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___ Cruces, N.M. : LAS
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Help : AID

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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