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New York Times, Thursday, December 26, 2013

Chaos ... or a hint to the contents of 17-, 28-, 34- and 43-Across

Author:
Tim Croce
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Croce. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tim Croce notes:
By the time this reaches you, I hope all who celebrate have had a Merry Christmas. It's unusual to see theme answers arranged like the ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
When I started at The Times in 1993, I was cautioned that ANAL (23D) was not an appropriate word for the paper to run in a puzzle. But ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Tim Croce is most well-known for his wide-open themeless grids, but he also works on themed puzzles, and today's is a stonker. GENERAL ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times12/26/13 ( No. 23,424 )
Across
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Some tubers : IDAHOS
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Anyway : AFTERALL
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Unqualified : ARRANT
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Jamaican rum liqueur : TIAMARIA
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Many a Manhattan Project worker : NUCLEARENGINEER
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Search for, in a way : GOOGLE
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Undiluted : STRONG
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Brown shade : SIENNA
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Toward safety : ALEE
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One on One: ___ vs. Larry Bird (old video game) : DRJ
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Growth on wet rocks or the surface of stagnant water : GREENALGAE
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Pre-Susan B. Anthony dollar coins, informally : IKES
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Bygone Brazilian airline : VARIG
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What a coiled spring or charged battery has, in physics : POTENTIALENERGY
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Public, as dirty laundry : AIRED
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Skinny : DOPE
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Targeted area? : RIFLERANGE
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Hit with an electric bolt : ZAP
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Silents sex symbol : BARA
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Bogged down : INARUT
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Animated greetings : ECARDS
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Oscillates : VARIES
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Chaos ... or a hint to the contents of 17-, 28-, 34- and 43-Across : GENERALDISARRAY
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Dubai-based airline : EMIRATES
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California's ___ National Forest : SIERRA
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Private dining area? : MESSTENT
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Maxim : OLDSAW
Down
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Golfer Baker-Finch, winner of the 1991 British Open : IAN
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Sedate, say : DRUG
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Using the bow, in music : ARCO
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Purity rings? : HALOS
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Old iPod Nano capacity : ONEGIG
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More rough around the edges, perhaps : STALER
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Partook of : ATE
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End of a French film : FIN
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Auto necessities : TAGS
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Discharge : EMIT
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Completely tuckered out : RANRAGGED
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Site of some piercings : AREOLA
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Name on a property deed, maybe : LIENEE
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Brobdingnagian : LARGE
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Surrealist Magritte : RENE
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Silver Stater : NEVADAN
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Fastidious to a fault : ANAL
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Skinny-___ : DIP
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1929's "Street Girl" was its first official production : RKO
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Deep black : JET
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"The Way I ___" (2007 Timbaland hit) : ARE
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Architectural designer of New York's Museum for African Art : LIN
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Vikings, e.g. : SEAFARERS
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Zip : NIL
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Nickname for a junior's junior : TRE
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Yesterday: It. : IERI
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Cartoonist Chast : ROZ
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1.0 is not a good one, in brief : GPA
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"You betcha!" : YEP
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Flower cluster on a single stem, as in the honey locust : RACEME
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Many Shiites : IRANIS
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Language of Pandora : NAVI
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Richard ___, former chief of the N.Y.S.E. : GRASSO
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Continental pass name : EURAIL
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Embellish, in a way : BEGEM
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Like chestnuts : TIRED
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Alternative to hell? : DRAT
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Be plenty good for : SATE
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Slips : ERRS
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"The poet in my heart," per a Fleetwood Mac song : SARA
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Sports anchor Berman : LEN
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48 U.S. states observe it: Abbr. : DST
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Ship's departure? : YAW

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