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New York Times, Saturday, December 20, 2014

Author:
Kevin G. Der and Ian Livengood
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.65865
Kevin G. Der
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554/12/20109/15/20164
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1.64371
Ian Livengood

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Der. This is puzzle # 44 for Mr. Livengood. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
KEVIN: Working with collaborators lately has been great fun. Ian's puzzle sense and high standards with skill to match are helpful ... read more
Will Shortz notes:

(Mr. Shortz's detailed notes are on a separate page.)

Jeff Chen notes:
As a solver, I've come to fear the 64 and 66-word themeless. At 68 or 70 words, there's huge potential to cram a huge quantity of ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1220 ( 23,783 )

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Across
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Where much grass grows : POTFARMS
9
Moolah : WAMPUM
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Jazz/funk fusion genre : AFROBEAT
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Creature with a crest : IGUANA
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Enterprise headquarters : STARBASE
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Tap : CALLON
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Place for a sucker : TENTACLE
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Faiths : CREEDS
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Rosetta Stone symbol : ANKH
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Betty's sister on "Ugly Betty" : HILDA
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One ferried by Charon : SOUL
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Plato portrayer in "Rebel Without a Cause" : MINEO
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Org. seeking to catch 11-Down : DEA
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Cork's place, maybe : POPGUN
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Tameness : DOCILITY
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In abundance : APLENTY
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"Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme" playwright : MOLIERE
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Positive response to "How ya doin'?" : REALGOOD
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Sherlock Holmes cover-up? : ULSTER
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Rugby four-pointer : TRY
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Flying female fighters in W.W. II : WASPS
44
Orange side dish : YAMS
46
Hip, with "in" : CLUED
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Lolcats, e.g. : MEME
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Kind of bullet : TRACER
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Before making one's debut? : PRENATAL
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Photoshop command : ROTATE
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Cross words? : HATEMAIL
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Tip-offs, maybe : ALERTS
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Nexus 7 rival : IPADMINI
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"No doubt!" : YESYES
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Important figure in business : NETSALES
Down
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Tagliatelle, e.g. : PASTA
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A lot : OFTEN
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One delivering a knockout, informally : TRANK
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Into the open : FORTH
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Ones repeating "I do" in 1976? : ABBA
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Access, as a pocket : REACHINTO
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Literary/film critic Janet : MASLIN
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Girded : STEELED
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Practice with the Book of Shadows : WICCA
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Stabilizing kitchen supply : AGAR
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See 26-Across : MULES
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Faddish food regimen : PALEODIET
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Italian count? : UNODUETRE
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Murderer : MANSLAYER
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Dr. ___ (archenemy of the Fantastic Four) : DOOM
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___ bean : MUNG
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Caterer's preparation : PARTYTRAY
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Figaro, e.g. : OPERAROLE
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Ones with recess appointments? : PLAYMATES
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What keeps a part apart? : GEL
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Power outage? : COUPDETAT
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Shangri-la's lack : ILLS
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Symbol of purity, in Lille : LIS
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Caterwaul : YOWL
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Heir apparent to a French king : DAUPHIN
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Wear for Clint Eastwood in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" : SERAPE
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Blood-curdling : SCARY
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Garden ___ : CRESS
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Her "little baby loves clambake," in a 1967 Elvis song : MAMMA
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Cyber Monday activity : ETAIL
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Home for Deer Isle and Moosehead Lake : MAINE
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Dock ___, Pirate who claimed to have thrown a no-hitter on LSD : ELLIS
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Novel's end? : ETTE
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"___ Declassified" (old Nickelodeon show) : NEDS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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