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New York Times, Monday, December 22, 2014

Something often seen on a street corner, briefly ... or, literally, something seen in each corner of this puzzle

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 69 for Ms. Lempel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lynn Lempel notes:
It's often hard to remember what actually triggered a puzzle. In this case, I think I was pondering "crossings," like RR crossings — ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice start to the week from Lynn, featuring four PED XINGs, literally the PED trio of letters crossing in four corners (as highlighted ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times12/22/14 ( No. 23,785 )
Across
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Slur over, as a syllable : ELIDE
6
___ David (presidential retreat) : CAMP
10
Boozer's binge : JAG
13
Uncle who told Br'er Rabbit tales : REMUS
14
Where China and India are : ASIA
15
Push's opposite : PULL
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Stares open-mouthed : GAPES
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What a whetstone gives a knife : SHARPEDGE
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Hurriedly left by car : SPEDAWAY
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Highway divider : MEDIAN
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Repeated word in "The Banana Boat Song" : DAYO
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Derrière : REAR
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Pique performance? : SNIT
26
Jottings : NOTES
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Write-up on the recently deceased : OBIT
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Weighty books : TOMES
35
Survey anew : REMAP
37
Genetic stuff : RNA
38
Be behind in bills : OWE
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Something often seen on a street corner, briefly ... or, literally, something seen in each corner of this puzzle : PEDXING
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Follower of Mar. : APR
42
Hurried : RAN
43
Fido tormentors : FLEAS
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Quizzed : ASKED
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Story set on Mount Olympus, e.g. : MYTH
48
Dadaist Max : ERNST
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"___, meeny, miney, mo ..." : EENY
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Ugly Middle-earth creatures : ORCS
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Gunslinger Wyatt : EARP
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"Enough!" : STOPIT
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Panicky onrush : STAMPEDE
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Wishful fantasy : PIPEDREAM
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Helpers around the House, say : AIDES
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Gung-ho : AVID
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Capri, for one : ISLE
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Rapscallion : SCAMP
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Fish eggs : ROE
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Director Joel or Ethan : COEN
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Wise man : SOLON
Down
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Measures of work, in physics : ERGS
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High jump : LEAP
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Roadblock : IMPEDIMENT
4
What a pregnant woman or a library book has : DUEDATE
5
Op-ed piece, e.g. : ESSAY
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Hidalgo home : CASA
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Like a post-volcanic landscape : ASHY
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Hamm in the National Soccer Hall of Fame : MIA
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Cheese to sprinkle on spaghetti : PARMESAN
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Dame Dench : JUDI
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Simple aquatic plant : ALGA
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Narrow valley : GLEN
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Martinez with three Cy Young Awards : PEDRO
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Split-___ soup : PEA
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Got the gold : WON
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Neglectful : REMISS
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Attack violently, as a fortress : STORM
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"Can't be done!" : NOWAY
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Buys on Amazon, say : ORDERS
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Lyndon Johnson or George W. Bush : TEXAN
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It may bring you to a screeching halt : BRAKEPEDAL
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How many forms are filled out : INPEN
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Late : TARDY
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Beach lotion letters : SPF
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Links org. : PGA
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Thrilling : ELECTRIC
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Title cop played by Al Pacino in 1973 : SERPICO
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Had aspirations : HOPED
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Lipton product : TEA
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Free (of) : RID
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Gather : AMASS
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Practice boxing : SPAR
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Recorder for couch potatoes : TIVO
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Mayberry boy : OPIE
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Post-Christmas store event : SALE
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Feds who catch counterfeiters : TMEN
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Floor model, often : DEMO
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Channel with many game highlights : ESPN
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That: Sp. : ESO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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