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New York Times, Thursday, December 18, 2014

A butterfly flying into a house is said to be a good one

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QWZ} This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2014, The New York Times12/18/14 ( No. 23,781 )
Across
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Nincompoops : DIPS
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Pharaonic symbol : ASP
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Opposite of hip : STODGY
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A butterfly flying into a house is said to be a good one : OMEN
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Former name of the physics unit siemens : MHO
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Stannite or cassiterite : TINORE
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*X-ray : JALOPIES
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Ones who are never billed? : EXTRAS
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15-Across's symbol, when turned upside down : OMEGA
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Go without saying? : MIME
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It's all abuzz : HIVE
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*Ashtray : RIPTOPIECES
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___ King (big name in cooling) : THERMO
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Defunct G.M. division : OLDS
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Included on an email : CCED
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"___ Como Va" : OYE
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Ingolstadt-based automaker : AUDI
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*Outlay : KNUCKLEDRAGGER
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Cheese ___ : CURL
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Classical concert halls : ODEONS
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*Airway : DETERIORATE
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Frist's successor as Senate majority leader : REID
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Part of an engineering project : SPAN
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Important acid : AMINO
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Palestinian guest at Camp David : ARAFAT
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Hint to interpreting the five starred clues : PIGLATIN
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Rival of Caesars : MIRAGE
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With 45-Down, phrase accompanying a handshake : ITS
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Bank : RELY
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George who directed "Miracle on 34th Street" : SEATON
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Roseanne's man on "Roseanne" : DAN
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Green card distributor, informally : AMEX
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Good place to kick back? : DOJO
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Muslim scholar : IMAM
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The King of Football : PELE
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French, e.g., to Brits : SNOG
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"___ missing something here?" : AMI
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One of the original Stooges : SHEMP
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Propose as fact : POSIT
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Carillon holder : STEEPLE
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B'way purchases : TIX
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Performing, say : ONTHESTAGE
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Dialect in ancient Greece : DORIC
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Serious : GRAVE
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Acceptances : YESES
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Italian city known for its cheese : PARMA
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At anchor : MOORED
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Kind of exchange : ION
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Nez Perce Natl. Forest locale : IDA
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Something Nurse Ratched did not dispense : TLC
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Rube : HICK
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Square : EVEN
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Attribute of the 1%? : REDUCEDFAT
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Spoonful, say : DOLLOP
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What a seed often has : BYE
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Black on the Supreme Court : HUGO
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Location of a bad apple? : EDEN
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Shelter investigator, for short : IRS
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Skunk : CUR
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Actress Wiig : KRISTEN
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Codswallop : ROT
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See 65-Across : ADEAL
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1/8 ounces : DRAMS
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Otherworldly : EERIE
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Diadem : TIARA
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Allegro : RAPID
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Santa ___ Derby : ANITA
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Rooney ___, star of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" : MARA
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Thing : ITEM
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Lotus-laden waterway : NILE
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Inky : ONYX
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Long ___ : AGO
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TV channel with the slogan "Get Smarter Now" : GSN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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