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New York Times, Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Atypical ... or like the first word in the answer to 18-, 24-, 51- or 62-Across

Author:
Tom McCoy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQVXZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. McCoy.
Tom McCoy notes:
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© 2015, The New York Times12/22/15 ( No. 24,150 )
Across
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Zealous : ARDENT
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Meh : BLAH
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River near the Valley of the Kings : NILE
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Avoid attention : LIELOW
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Weapon in Clue : ROPE
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One of 10, say, in a supermarket's express checkout lane : ITEM
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Kids' event that goes into the wee hours : PAJAMAPARTY
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Convo : CHAT
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Throw (together) : SLAP
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In stitches : SEWN
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Lay's product : CHIPS
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Something in a movie star's frame? : SUNGLASSLENS
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Condensed periodical : DIGEST
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___ sour (drink) : WHISKEY
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Pianist's practice piece : ETUDE
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Mount of the Bible : SINAI
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Water, potentially : ICE
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Symbol for water potential : PSI
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Atypical ... or like the first word in the answer to 18-, 24-, 51- or 62-Across : SINGULAR
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Spare bed, often : COT
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One of the kings in the Valley of the Kings, informally : TUT
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See 8-Down : DOONE
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Dweller on the tip of the Arabian Peninsula : OMANI
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Like the population of Alaska vis-à-vis New Jersey : SPARSER
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What the remorseful might make : AMENDS
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Certain wrinkle remover : TROUSERPRESS
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Meh : HOHUM
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Weeding tools : HOES
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Clog or pump : SHOE
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Word with googly or goo-goo : EYES
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Sidestroke component : SCISSORKICK
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Mythos : LORE
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Gives two big thumbs down : PANS
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Ballet position on tiptoe : POINTE
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The Black Keys and the White Stripes : DUOS
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Relief provider for a burn : ALOE
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Altercations : SETTOS
Down
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Mont Blanc and Matterhorn : ALPS
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Iranian currency : RIAL
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___ vu : DEJA
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Slipped by : ELAPSED
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___ de plume : NOM
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Quaint three-word contraction : TWASNT
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Melee : BRAWL
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With 44-Across, 1869 romance by R. D. Blackmore : LORNA
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Fitting : APT
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"Whoa there!" : HEY
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Recesses : NICHES
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Mantra of the Little Engine That Could : ITHINKICAN
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Tiny time adjustment : LEAPSECOND
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Ambulance workers, for short : EMTS
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Identify (as) : PEG
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Roman 151 : CLI
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Employs : USES
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Marshy valley : SWALE
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LaBeouf of "Transformers" : SHIA
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University divs. : DEPTS
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Line of latitude : ITSUPTOYOU
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Popular musical game beginning in 2005 : GUITARHERO
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Fabled mountain dwellers : YETIS
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A little night noise : SNORE
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"Where did ___ wrong?" : IGO
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Wimple wearer : NUN
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Midmonth date : IDES
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CD-___ (storage objects) : ROMS
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Collection that, despite its name, is orderly and compact : MESSKIT
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Awakens : ROUSES
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n(n+1)/2, for all integers from 1 to n : SUM
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"___ Fables" : AESOPS
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African animal you might get a charge out of? : RHINO
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Gang : POSSE
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Hi-___ monitor : RES
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Had in hand : HELD
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When repeated, a subtle (or sometimes not-so-subtle) comment : HINT
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Eight: Prefix : OCTO
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Squeaks (by) : EKES
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Where you might wear only a towel : SPA
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Silent ___ (presidential nickname) : CAL
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Caviar, e.g. : ROE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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