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New York Times, Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QV} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Bruce Haight notes:
My first version of this puzzle had a self-centered string of I's going down the middle of the puzzle from top to bottom. It didn't ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun idea, JACK and the BEANSTALK theme today, with the GIANT at the top. I like the visual, imagining JACK at the bottom, about to ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1223 ( 23,786 )
Across
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Espresso and cappuccino : COFFEES
8
2014 World Series winners : GIANTS
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Become rusted : OXIDIZE
15
Largest country in Africa since the breakup of Sudan in 2011 : ALGERIA
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Illuminated from behind : REARLIT
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Bright, as a fire : BLAZING
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Tonsil doc : ENT
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One helping an addict : ENABLER
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Spell-off : BEE
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Snicker : TEEHEE
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___ flash : NEWS
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Like Santa's helpers : ELFIN
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Coarse, as humor : EARTHY
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New York Stock Exchange symbol : BULL
32
Pale : WAN
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Mad ___ : HATTER
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Buddy : BRO
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Wayward offspring, informally : BADSEED
40
Day-___ : GLO
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Kebab stick : SKEWER
43
General on Chinese menus : TSO
44
"Sands of Iwo ___" : JIMA
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Fanatic : MANIAC
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Attempt, as a field goal : GOFOR
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Org. in the "Dirty Harry" movies : SFPD
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Fend off, as mosquitoes : SLAPAT
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"We Three Kings of Orient ___" : ARE
54
Vexes : RANKLES
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Snatch : NAB
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Take back, as a false charge : RETRACT
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Milan opera house : LASCALA
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Rapper with the 1991 hit "Rico Suave" : GERARDO
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Greek personification of the outer sea : OCEANUS
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Commandeer : HIJACK
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Clichéd gift on Mother's Day : PERFUME
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Center : CORE
2
Plural animal name that does not end in "-s" : OXEN
3
Italian carmaker : FIAT
4
Fireside chat prez : FDR
5
Brennan of "Private Benjamin" : EILEEN
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Online publication : EZINE
7
Advance, as a clock : SETAHEAD
8
Ibsen's "Hedda ___" : GABLER
9
"Winnie ___ Pu" : ILLE
10
Lab culture medium : AGAR
11
Pince-___ (glasses that clip to the nose) : NEZ
12
Cree, Creek or Crow : TRIBE
13
Muscle : SINEW
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The 13 of PG-13 and 17 of NC-17 : AGES
21
Storied locale for the circled letters in 8- and 65-Across : BEANSTALK
23
Dusk-dawn connector : TIL
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WaPo competitor : NYT
25
Declines : EBBS
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Lie in wait : LURK
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Ice mass : FLOE
29
"The Cosby Show" son : THEO
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Duped : HAD
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Give a heads-up : WARN
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Weekly "Whew!" : TGIF
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Ticklish red Muppet : ELMO
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Engine sound at Indy : ROAR
38
Actress Arthur : BEA
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Bake in a sauce : ESCALLOP
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One justification for the Iraq war, for short : WMD
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Make a quick note of : JOT
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Violates the rules : ISNTOK
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Real hoot : GASSER
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Puppeteer Tony : SARG
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Former F.B.I. chief Louis : FREEH
50
___ dish : PETRI
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"Ciao" : PEACE
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___ avis : RARA
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Flexible, electrically : ACDC
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When repeated, Mork's sign-off : NANU
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One in the class of '12 or '13, now : ALUM
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Diamond bag : BASE
60
British rule in old India : RAJ
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Half-___ (low-octane drink order) : CAF

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

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