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New York Times, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Author:
Paula Gamache
Editor:
Will Shortz
50-Across : *Observe closely
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Paula Gamache

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 100 for Ms. Gamache. Wednesday freshness: 79%
Jeff Chen notes:
Interesting to see how different Paula's and my interpretation of this theme were. I remember starting with a giant list of words that ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times12/16/15 ( No. 24,144 )
Across
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Xbox alternative : WII
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Salinger's "For ___ - With Love and Squalor" : ESME
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Assail with expletives : CUSSAT
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Elect (to) : OPT
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Do perfectly : NAIL
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Off the ship : ASHORE
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*Colorful North American waterfowl : WOODDUCK
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Symbol of busyness : BEAVER
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Rioter's haul : LOOT
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*Fleet operator : AIRLINE
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*Class determinant in boxing : BODYWEIGHT
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Gamboling spots : LEAS
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New Age Grammy winner : ENYA
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Aussie hoppers : ROOS
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"___ luck!" : LOTSA
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New beginning? : NEO
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Inner: Prefix : ENTO
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___ bran : OAT
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Part of a student's address : EDU
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Cul-de-sac ... or what either part of the answer to each starred clue is? : DEADEND
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Very loud, on a score : FFF
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Law grads, briefly : JDS
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"The stars" : FATE
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Not 100% : ILL
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What a back door may open to : ALLEY
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Helluva party : BASH
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Christmas ___ : TREE
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Big brand of sports equipment : VOIT
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*Top on official stationery : LETTERHEAD
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*Observe closely : EYEBALL
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Entry on a sports schedule : MEET
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"You've got that all wrong!" : NONONO
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*Swimmer with a prehensile tail : SEAHORSE
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Is a bad winner : GLOATS
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___-Seltzer : ALKA
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Asset for a gunfighter : AIM
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Kitt who sang "Santa Baby" : EARTHA
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Central Park's ___ Boathouse : LOEB
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Stores for G.I.s : PXS
Down
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Bowl over : WOW
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Facebook had one in 2012, for short : IPO
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"See?!" : ITOLDYOU
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Fund : ENDOW
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Sweet white wine from Bordeaux : SAUTERNES
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Input jack abbr. : MIC
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Member of a fraternal group : ELK
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Let a hack do the driving : CABIT
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___-friendly : USER
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Food item often caramelized : SHALLOT
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Old political council : SOVIET
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Concert venues : ARENAS
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Mother ___ : TERESA
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1977 hit by 55-Down : DOYA
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Understanding sounds : AHS
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Nota ___ : BENE
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Linear, for short : ONED
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It's not much : IOTA
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Olive oil and nuts have this : GOODFAT
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Put on : LADE
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Vortex in the sink : EDDY
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Ambitious and unscrupulous : ONTHEMAKE
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Middle ___ : EAST
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It can easily go up in flames : FIRETRAP
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Pet pest : FLEA
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Took to the hills : FLED
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Propellerless craft : JETBOAT
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Exact satisfaction for : AVENGE
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New Orleans university : LOYOLA
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Property claim holder : LIENOR
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Unit of sound named for an inventor : BEL
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Van Gogh's brother : THEO
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Novelist Mario Vargas ___ : LLOSA
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Place to kick a habit : REHAB
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Literary collection: Abbr. : ANTH
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Mule of song : SAL
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Grp. that sang 18-Down : ELO
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___ Flags : SIX
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Printing measures : EMS

Answer summary:
4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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