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New York Times, Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Exclamation that's a homophone of 53-Down

Author:
Stu Ockman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Stu Ockman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QX} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Ockman. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Stu Ockman notes:
When I first submitted this grid to Will in March 2013 (see right), Paula let me know that most of the theme examples "feel ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's rare for me to not figure out a puzzle's theme. Sure, I miss certain elements maybe once a month, but it's pretty rare that I ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
I think there are a couple of reasons for the theme confusion. First, assuming Jeff's analysis is correct, the theme is entirely ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1217 ( 23,780 )

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Across
1
Homey : DAWG
5
Talks like a tosspot : SLURS
10
Corp. money execs : CFOS
14
Subject of a court bargain : PLEA
15
Spicy Eastern cuisine : HUNAN
16
"Nuts" director Martin : RITT
17
Hyperbole for an arduous task : ITLLTAKEFOREVER
20
"Two-L" beast : LLAMA
21
Writer ___ Rogers St. Johns : ADELA
22
Oxymoron for cautious travel : MAKEHASTESLOWLY
27
Classic time to duel : ATNOON
28
Earn, as profit : REAP
29
Maritime alert : SOS
30
Rive Gauche's river : SEINE
31
Nada : ZILCH
32
Squash units : SETS
33
Pesky arachnids : MITES
34
Parks in 1955 news : ROSA
38
Wired : HYPER
39
Jiggly treat : JELLO
40
Ending for a 10-Down : ISM
43
Flavoring for a French cordial : ANIS
44
"Body Heat" director Lawrence : KASDAN
45
Litotes for beauty : NOTUNATTRACTIVE
48
Intentionally mislead : LIETO
49
Like MGM's lion : AROAR
50
Simile for denseness : ASTHICKASABRICK
56
Leakes of reality TV : NENE
57
Play the siren : TEMPT
58
Hairy son of Isaac : ESAU
59
Sweetie : DEAR
60
Cheese choice : SWISS
61
Exclamation that's a homophone of 53-Down : AHME
Down
1
Printer resolution fig. : DPI
2
Pilot's abbr. : ALT
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Tightly interlocked : WELLKNIT
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Many Spanish Armada ships : GALLEONS
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Tribal healer : SHAMAN
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"Last Days" actor Haas : LUKAS
7
Article in Le Monde : UNE
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Prince William's mil. branch : RAF
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___-Caps (movie theater candy) : SNO
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Literally, "I believe" : CREDO
11
Reporter's questions, collectively : FIVEWS
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Opera with "Ave Maria" : OTELLO
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Many pound dogs : STRAYS
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Lake near Reno : TAHOE
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Alice's sitcom husband : RALPH
22
Part of W.M.D. : MASS
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Precisely, after "to" : ATEE
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Least fresh : TRITEST
25
Angler with pots : EELER
26
Some bunts, for short : SACS
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"Hush!" : ZIPIT
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Avian mimic : MYNA
34
Place to stop and text, perhaps : RESTAREA
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Ancestor of Scottish Gaelic and Manx : OLDIRISH
36
Many a Balkan native : SLAV
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Top-notch : AONE
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Red River delta capital : HANOI
39
Ebenezer's ghostly ex-partner : JACOB
40
Far from shore : INLAND
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"Got it" : SOISEE
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Eur. erupter : MTETNA
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Gold standards : KARATS
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King Arthur's father ___ Pendragon : UTHER
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Talks like Don Corleone : RASPS
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Number after a decimal: Abbr. : CTS
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London's ___ Gardens : KEW
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French friend : AMI
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Ending with nanny or spy : CAM
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Scrabble 10-pointer, spelled out : KUE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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