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New York Times, Thursday, December 24, 2015

Author:
Derek Bowman
Editor:
Will Shortz
With 58-Across, "Antigone" and others ... or, when reinterpreted, a hint to 17-, 31- and 50-Across
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Derek Bowman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 67, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Bowman. Thursday freshness: 58%
Derek Bowman notes:
For this puzzle, the seed was solving the straightforward entry SOCRATES in another puzzle and seeing it as SO/CRATES and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat findings, famous Greeks whose names can be split up for funny results. HIPPO CRATES reminds me of Bill and Ted calling ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times12/24/15 ( No. 24,152 )
Across
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Early 1990s CBS series about the exploits of real-life police officers : TOPCOPS
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With 58-Across, "Antigone" and others ... or, when reinterpreted, a hint to 17-, 31- and 50-Across : GREEK
13
Sizable plot : ONEACRE
14
Dumas's "The Count of Monte ___" : CRISTO
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Nickname for a little person : SHORTIE
16
Whom Plato called "the tenth Muse" : SAPPHO
17
Packing boxes for heavyweights? : HIPPOCRATES
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First name in mystery : ERLE
20
Faith for 21-Across : ISLAM
21
Noted American follower of 20-Across : ALI
24
Be furious : SEETHE
26
Buzz : CREWCUT
28
"La ___ Bonita" (Madonna hit) : ISLA
30
Home of the first full-time automobile service station : OHIO
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Order to Onassis to block a brand of underwear? : ARISTOPHANES
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Flush : EVEN
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Sail support : SPAR
38
Come up with : CONCOCT
41
1997 #1 hit with a nonsense title : MMMBOP
46
"I ___ you" : OWE
47
"Gremlins" co-star Phoebe : CATES
49
Empty container's weight : TARE
50
Shows a Sega Genesis rival at an expo? : DEMOSTHENES
52
Noted writer of victory odes : PINDAR
55
Where Nordstrom is headquartered : SEATTLE
56
Duke of ___ ("King Lear" character) : ALBANY
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Serious : EARNEST
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See 8-Across : PLAYS
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Place where you might be asked "Need a lift?" : SKIAREA
Down
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Comedy's Daniel and reggae's Peter : TOSHES
2
Available to work, in Britain : ONHIRE
3
Time Inc. publication : PEOPLE
4
Nap site : CARPET
5
Numerical prefix : OCTO
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Least affordable : PRICIEST
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Good investor types, you'd think : SEERS
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Golfer McDowell, 2010 U.S. Open champion : GRAEME
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Castigates : RIPS
10
Clairvoyant's letters : ESP
11
Landlocked African country: Abbr. : ETH
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"Rock and Roll, Hoochie ___" (1974 Rick Derringer hit) : KOO
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Red giant type : CSTAR
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Cartoonist whom John Steinbeck said "may very possibly be the best writer in the world today" : ALCAPP
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Not just smart : ACHE
22
San ___ (Argentine province or its capital) : LUIS
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"What was ___ do?" : ITO
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Half of a matching set : HIS
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Came out on top : WON
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Was bested by : LOSTTO
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Pledge : AVOW
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Russo of "Thor: The Dark World" : RENE
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Company closing? : INC
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Slab from the meat counter : HAMSTEAK
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Weaponize : ARM
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Prefix with system : ECO
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Loads and loads : OCEANS
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Apt anagram of MY CAR : CAMRY
42
One blowing off steam in Italy? : MTETNA
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Some back-and-forth : BANTER
44
"Otherwise ... !!!" : ORELSE
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Coin minted until 2001 : PESETA
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Slalom paths : ESSES
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Decisive time : DDAY
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Mata ___ : HARI
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Drivel : PAP
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"___ Be Home for Christmas" : ILL
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Org. in which big Bucks earn big bucks : NBA

Answer summary:
1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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