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New York Times, Thursday, December 22, 2016

44-Across : Pirate captain mentioned in Poe's "The Gold-Bug"

Author:
Mark MacLachlan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQWXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. MacLachlan. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mark MacLachlan notes:
I'm super excited to publish my first NYT crossword puzzle! I can't remember how this idea originated, but it was a year or two ago. I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
(AL)UMINUM SIDING added to today's puzzle, featuring the chemical symbol for aluminum, Al. Check out the grid below for the deets. ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times12/22/16 ( No. 24,516 )
Across
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Hitchcock, for one : ALFRED
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Leave rolling in the aisles : SLAY
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Divulge : REVEAL
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Women's beauty magazine : ALLURE
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Zilch : NONE
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Army V.I.P. : GENERAL
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Islands attire : ALOHASHIRTS
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Certain football pass : LATERAL
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Bright-eyed : ALERT
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Fencing option : EPEE
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Huge : COLOSSAL
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Narrow valley : GLEN
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Buddy : BRO
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TV character who says "You know I wouldn't talk in front of anyone but you" : MRED
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Like some sex : PREMARITAL
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Support group for adolescents : ALATEEN
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What may be dispensed from a dispenser : SOAP
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Phone button : REDIAL
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International prize first awarded to Stephen Hawking in 1979 : ALBERTEINSTEINMEDAL
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Claim : ALLEGE
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Things that may all be off : BETS
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Conclude negotiations : DOADEAL
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Taverns and such : ALESELLERS
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Buildup behind a dam : SILT
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___ bran : OAT
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Pirate captain mentioned in Poe's "The Gold-Bug" : KIDD
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With 42-Down, home construction material ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : ALUMINUM
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Modest skirt : MIDI
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Perfect : IDEAL
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Whales like the one in "Moby-Dick" : ALBINOS
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Prudish : PURITANICAL
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Checks for the ex : ALIMONY
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Actor Ken : OLIN
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Like arrangements for some wedding receptions : FLORAL
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Pilgrims John and Priscilla : ALDENS
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Leader between Mao and Jiang : DENG
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Not dressy : CASUAL
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Arctic shipping hazard : FLOE
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Region in western Germany : RUHR
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Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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From abroad? : DES
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Took potshots (at) : SNIPED
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Actress Sophia : LOREN
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A penny is a small one : ANTE
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Word cried 15 times in a row by Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally ..." : YES
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Not a knockoff : REAL
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Inner: Prefix : ENTO
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Some aerial show formations : VEES
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Bungles : ERRS
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Melancholy : GLOOM
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Moon of Saturn that's a French woman's name : HELENE
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Brunch option : CREPE
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Fairy tale sister : GRETEL
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Teacher's handfuls : BRATS
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Database manager's option : MERGE
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Writes on a blog : POSTS
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One of the founders of Westworld, on HBO's "Westworld" : ARNOLD
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Prepare for framing again, say : REMAT
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Fingered : IDED
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Big-selling Procter & Gamble product : TIDE
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Competent : ABLE
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Course requirements? : TEES
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Dog in the funnies : SNERT
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Girder also known as a rolled-steel joist : IBEAM
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Victor's cry : IDIDIT
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Punk : LOUSY
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See 45-Across : SIDING
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Competitor of Sapporo : KIRIN
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Competitor of eBay : UBID
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Act out : MIME
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A party to : INON
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Rennes rejections : NONS
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Lounging slipper : MULE
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"To Live and Die ___" (1985 film) : INLA
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God, in Granada : DIOS
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Neutral shade : ECRU
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Peeved, informally : POD
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Steelers' grp. : AFC

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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