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New York Times, Monday, December 17, 2018

Commandeers ... or a friendly hello to the people starting 18-, 24-, 51- and 62-Across?

Author:
Brian Thomas and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Thomas. This is puzzle # 62 for Ms. Michaels. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Constructor notes:
ACME: This fun idea was all Brian's! I just talked him into making the theme phrases horizontal rather than vertical. He was going ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Now, this is what I call a gateway puzzle! Interesting and easy to comprehend theme + nice extras + smooth fill = oh so accessible to ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times12/17/18 ( No. 25,241 )

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Across
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Baseball's record-setting Ripken : CAL
4
Catches a touchdown pass, e.g. : SCORES
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Not much : ABIT
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Lead-in to carte or mode : ALA
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Tel Aviv's land : ISRAEL
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Helen of ___ (mythical beauty) : TROY
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Flier that may carry rabies : BAT
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Small bird of prey : SPARROWHAWK
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French girlfriend : AMIE
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Ginger ___ (soft drink) : ALE
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Seaweed, e.g. : ALGAE
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Something falling down, in a children's song : LONDONBRIDGE
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Lucy of 2000's "Charlie's Angels" : LIU
29
Summons, as strength : MUSTERS
33
Put the kibosh on : SCOTCH
36
Actor Efron of "High School Musical" : ZAC
37
Sign by a fire escape : EXIT
38
"Mazel ___!" : TOV
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Commandeers ... or a friendly hello to the people starting 18-, 24-, 51- and 62-Across? : HIJACKS
42
Inits. on an airport uniform : TSA
43
___ out a living (barely gets by) : EKES
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Moonshine container : JUG
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Carriage named for an English county : SURREY
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Careful reading : PERUSAL
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Farrow of "Hannah and Her Sisters" : MIA
51
Dorothy's footwear in "The Wizard of Oz" : RUBYSLIPPERS
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White-faced : ASHEN
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Bit of cookware : PAN
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Biz bigwig : EXEC
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What follows Thanksgiving : BLACKFRIDAY
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"What ___?!" (cry of surprise) : THE
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Volcanic flow : LAVA
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From not long ago : RECENT
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Was in charge of : RAN
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In a dead heat : EVEN
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No longer shrink-wrapped : OPENED
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First Republican prez : ABE
Down
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Group of schemers : CABAL
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Mission where Davy Crockett was killed : ALAMO
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Don Juan sort : LATINLOVER
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Bro's sibling : SIS
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Network for political junkies : CSPAN
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Big name in toothbrushes : ORALB
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Pinker in the middle, say : RARER
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Always, in poetry : EER
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___-mo (replay option) : SLO
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Olympics competitor : ATHLETE
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Toot one's own horn : BRAG
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Sioux City's state : IOWA
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Young 'un : TYKE
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Goes back and forth, as a tail : WAGS
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Revise copy : EDIT
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"That's gotta hurt!" : OUCH
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Big name in desktops : IMAC
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Teals and mallards : DUCKS
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Start of a newsboy's cry : EXTRAEXTRA
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Move skyward : RISE
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Obedience school command : STAY
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"Watch your ___!" : STEP
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Soft drink choice : COKE
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Muslim woman's head cover : HIJAB
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Make a sharp turn back : ZAG
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Bastille Day's month : JULY
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Kind of pump : SUMP
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"I'm up for doing the job!" : SURECAN
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Like thumped watermelons making a deep sound : RIPE
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Like ships on the ocean floor : SUNK
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Pizazz : SPICE
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Filled with cargo : LADEN
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Harebrained : INANE
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2007's Record of the Year by Amy Winehouse : REHAB
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Big public display : SCENE
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Up to the task : ABLE
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Czech or Croat : SLAV
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"Girls Just Want to ___ Fun" : HAVE
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Jimi Hendrix's do, informally : FRO
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Sen.'s counterpart : REP
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Paycheck stub abbr. : YTD

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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