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New York Times, Monday, December 23, 2013

"Believe you me!" ... or what you can do with the start of 18-, 24-, 53- or 63-Across?

Author:
Michael Blake and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Blake
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231.636
Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 1 Scrabble average: 1.88 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Blake. This is puzzle # 41 for Ms. Michaels.
Constructor notes:
Andrea: Michael and I met at a construction lunch and became good friends a half dozen years ago. Many of our puzzles are from ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Andrea Carla Michaels is the most "promiscuous" of New York Times crossword constructors. This is her 20th collaboration in The Times ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun start to the holiday week from Michael and Andrea. With a bit of cheekiness in SPERM WHALE (and its SPERM bank theme answer), it's ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times12/23/13 ( No. 23,421 )
Across
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Coca-___ : COLA
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It represents a family on a coat of arms : CREST
10
Sound from Big Ben : BONG
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Police action : RAID
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___ de Mayo (Mexican holiday) : CINCO
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Love: Lat. : AMOR
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Italian soup pasta : ORZO
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Mammal with the largest brain of any animal : SPERMWHALE
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Holy hymn : PSALM
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Thin-layered mineral : MICA
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Complain, complain, complain : NAG
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Riding on someone else's shoulders : PIGGYBACKING
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Marsh gas : METHANE
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School for an English prince : ETON
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Blood classification system : ABO
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Opposite of fem. : MASC
35
44-Across, en español : OJOS
39
"Believe you me!" ... or what you can do with the start of 18-, 24-, 53- or 63-Across? : TAKEITTOTHEBANK
44
Peepers : EYES
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Je ne sais ___ : QUOI
46
Xbox alternative : WII
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___ & Chandon (Champagne) : MOET
51
Chicken pieces that aren't legs, thighs or wings : BREASTS
53
Young Indiana Jones portrayer : RIVERPHOENIX
57
Street: Abbr. : AVE
58
Director Joel or Ethan : COEN
59
Hog sounds : OINKS
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Dry-ice contraption for theatrical effect : FOGMACHINE
67
Squeal of delight : OOOH
68
Trolley : TRAM
69
Vietnam's capital : HANOI
70
Produce : MAKE
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"Auld Lang ___" : SYNE
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Back of a boat : STERN
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Like show horses' feet : SHOD
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Corn, wheat or soybeans : CROP
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Relatives of paddles : OARS
3
Multitalented Minnelli : LIZA
4
Newspaperman Ochs : ADOLPH
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Hypodermic amts. : CCS
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___ Van Winkle : RIP
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A Hatfield, to a McCoy : ENEMY
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Professional writer : SCRIBE
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Philanderer, in slang : TOMCAT
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Cry before "humbug" : BAH
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Muscat citizen : OMANI
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Fastballer Ryan : NOLAN
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Allman brother who married Cher : GREGG
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Texas city on the Brazos : WACO
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Home for the Dolphins : MIAMI
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Flying pest : GNAT
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Heroic exploit : GEST
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Old radio or TV part : KNOB
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Aussie's buddy : MATE
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Online auction site : EBAY
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Puff from a joint : TOKE
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___ au vin : COQ
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1975 shark thriller : JAWS
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"You can count ___" : ONIT
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Equipment for schussing : SKIS
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Salinger's "For ___ - With Love and Squalor" : ESME
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London subway, with "the" : TUBE
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What Little Boy Blue blew : HORN
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"Old MacDonald" refrain : EIEIO
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Shamu, for one : ORCA
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Pleistocene and Eocene, for two : EPOCHS
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Something to pass at a fund-raiser : THEHAT
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Self-evident truths : AXIOMS
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Whitewater transports : RAFTS
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Piano key material, once : IVORY
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Eschewing both meat and dairy : VEGAN
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Cat-___-tails (whip) : ONINE
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Ark builder : NOAH
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Executioner in "The Mikado" : KOKO
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What many furry animals do in the spring : SHED
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Butterfly or Bovary: Abbr. : MME
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Neither's partner : NOR
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German "a" : EIN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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