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New York Times, Thursday, December 14, 2017

With 43-Down, make peace ... or what you must do to complete this puzzle?

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 2 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 44 for Mr. Polin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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Tim wants us to BURY THE / HATCHET, embedding four AXs below the grid. Neat idea! It's been long enough since we've had a ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times12/14/17 ( No. 24,873 )
Across
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Fall apart in competition : TANK
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Discards : SHEDS
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Calculating sorts, in brief : CPAS
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Slews : ATON
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Many-time film co-star of Shatner and Nimoy : TAKEI
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2,800-mile river to the Laptev Sea : LENA
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Hand on a hacienda : MANO
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Chosen few : ELECT
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Given to pretension : ARTY
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Got plenty of healthful food : ATEWELL
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Some wind blowers : OBOISTS
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Model company? : LIONEL
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Store with magazines : ARMORY
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Tiny fey sort : ELF
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Involuntary test subjects : LABMICE
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Refusal in Inverness : NAE
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Ocular affliction : STYE
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Hero architect in "The Fountainhead" : ROARK
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Ones easily taken : SAPS
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Bad candidate for gymnastics : OAF
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In history : AGO
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It had more than 10 million subscribers in the 1990s : AOL
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Knotty growth : BURL
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Anniversary gift between pottery and steel : TIN
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___ Tzu (dog) : SHIH
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Get comfy on a sofa or bed, say : CURLUP
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Like some avant-garde music : ATONAL
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It's well-rounded : ORB
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Image in the night sky over Gotham : BAT
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___ Balls (snack items) : SNO
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Second City train inits. : CTA
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Very basic things : LYES
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Wrapped up in court? : ROBED
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Pretended : MOCK
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Part of a flight : STEP
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Grace's last name on "Will & Grace" : ADLER
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Comment section disclaimer : IMHO
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Quite : OHSO
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Coffeehouse selection : LATTE
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Gather : MEET
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Swamp dweller : NEWT
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Antiseptic brand since 1889 : LYSOL
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Diminutive Italian suffix : ETTA
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"Hot" things : TAMALES
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Slanted : ATATILT
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"Butt out!" : NONEOFYOURBEESWAX
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Not anonymous : KNOWN
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With 45-Down, effect used by astronomers to measure distance : STELLAR
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Room in Clue : HALL
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Barely make (out) : EKE
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Contemporary of Modernism : DECO
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With 46-Down, chill out : SITBACK
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Insured's filing : CLAIM
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Everyone's duty? : PERSONALINCOMETAX
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Defense against infestation : ANTTRAP
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Agrees : SAYSYES
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Potential dragon roll ingredient : EEL
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Extraction target : ORE
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You may follow in its wake : BOAT
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Stable figures? : MAGI
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Unyielding : IRON
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17th ___ of Oxford, author of Shakespeare's plays, by some accounts : EARL
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London area next to Mayfair : SOHO
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Goof : FLUB
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Regarding : ASTO
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With 43-Down, make peace ... or what you must do to complete this puzzle? : BURYTHE
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See 40-Down : HATCHET
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Chuck who was part of the Watergate Seven : COLSON
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See 5-Down : PARALLAX
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See 9-Down : ANDRELAX
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Great Plains tribe : LAKOTA
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Order in a rush order : TODAY
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Take care of : SEETO
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Tricky situation : SPOT
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Nonkosher deli orders : BLTS
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Act out : MIME

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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