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FILL-IN-THE-BLANKS

New York Times, Sunday, December 28, 2014

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQXYZ} This is puzzle # 71 for Mr. Krozel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joe Krozel notes:
This theme originated with my observation that SUPERSONIC contains the word PERSON, so I checked the clue and puzzle databases and didn't see that any constructor had connected the two ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I really dug both the idea and the execution. Joe takes in-the-language phrases like MISSING PERSON and finds a word (or phrase) it could be missing from. SU______IC was baffling at first, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

I liked this one even more than Jeff did. Each of the theme entries was fun.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1228 ( 23,791 )
Across
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Where it's lonely at, it's said : THETOP
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Semi parts : CABS
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Powder holder : KEG
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It shrinks in the light : PUPIL
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Pass on, as stories : RETELL
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Modern juice ingredient : ALOEVERA
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Striped beast : OKAPI
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Mrs. King on TV's "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" : AMANDA
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Imports : MEANINGS
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Host Jay and family : LENOS
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Su____ic : MISSINGPERSON
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Political capital? : PEE
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Antimalarial agent : DDT
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Result of a burn : PEEL
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Ob____ly : DELETEDSCENE
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"Game of Thrones" airer : HBO
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Din : ROAR
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Italian tourist destination : LIDO
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Sultanate next to an emirate : OMAN
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"Friday the 13th" sequel subtitled "Jason Lives" : PARTVI
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Bad-tempered, in Shakespeare : CURST
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Something banned by international treaty : LANDMINE
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____t : UNUSEDMINUTES
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Sign of summer : LEO
54
Fish-and-chips fish : COD
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Bygone sports cars : MGS
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Call for : NEED
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Arrive casually, informally : BOPIN
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They may be checked for checks : IDS
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Opposite of "Brr!" : IMHOT
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Grp. with auditors : IRS
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Checkout headache : LINE
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Pack, as a car : LOADUP
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D-Day locale : CAEN
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Lo____y : DROPPEDCALL
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Soave, e.g. : VINO
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Last : ENDURE
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Masked "bandit" : COON
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W.W. II domain: Abbr. : ETO
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They start in middle school : TEENS
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Ransom specification : SUM
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Soda nuts : KOLAS
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Manhattan neighborhood east of N.Y.U. : NOHO
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Anne Hathaway's persona in 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises" : CAT
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Sternward : AFT
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"I've got good news and bad news" speaker : DOC
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Li____nt : FORFEITEDGAME
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It's often face-down in a jewelry store : PRICETAG
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Ibis relative : STORK
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Messed (up) : LOUSED
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Spices (up) : PEPS
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Part of town : AREA
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Get back (to) : RSVP
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Flight board abbr. : ETD
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Ca____t : STRIPPEDBARE
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One of a Latin trio : AMAS
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It may follow you or me : TOO
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It may be smoked in England : EEL
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Wor____er : ABANDONEDSHIP
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Eggs, e.g. : OVALS
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Like oysters as an appetizer, often : EATENRAW
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"That's completely wrong, you idiot!" : NONONO
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Change, as a password : RESET
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1976 hit for Hall & Oates : SHESGONE
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Curved fasteners : UBOLTS
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Some Deco works : ERTES
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"How pathetic" : SAD
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Book of Mormon book : ENOS
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Not marry Mr. Right, say : SETTLE
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Ride around some parking lots : TRAM
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Half- : HEMI
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H's : ETAS
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Sawbucks : TENSPOTS
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Song on a reunion tour, maybe : OLDIE
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Virgin offering : PLANERIDE
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Group of like-minded thinkers : CAMP
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Boat direction : ALEE
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Executive group : BOARD
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Pick up on : SENSE
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Relative of a pound : KENNEL
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Energy unit : ERG
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It's on the right when you're driving : GASPEDAL
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Ends of the world : POLES
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Luau staple : UKE
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Plague, e.g. : PANDEMIC
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Apple picker's pick? : IPODNANO
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Didn't just talk : LISTENED
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Instrument in Vermeer's "The Music Lesson" : VIOL
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Shine, in product names : GLO
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"Modern Family" co-star : EDONEILL
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Preposition between two times : TIL
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.biz alternative : COM
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Fill-in-the-blanks activity : HANGMAN
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Like some cotton : BRUSHED
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Jefferson Airplane genre : ACIDROCK
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Operate : RUN
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Exfoliation tool : PUMICE
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Let it all out : VENT
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Chafe : RUB
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E____hen : STOLENART
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Unenthusiastic : TEPID
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Birdbrain : DODO
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Yom Kippur War politician : MEIR
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Partial translation of "Auld Lang Syne" : SINCE
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Ones who are never out of order? : NEATNIKS
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Except : SAVE
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Duty : ONUS
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"Scary Movie," e.g. : SPOOF
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Like many toy trucks : DIECAST
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Anonymous : UNNAMED
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Up on things : POSTED
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Mailing to a record exec, once : DEMOTAPE
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Preppy wear : POLOS
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Hot goods : LOOT
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Like talking in a theater, e.g. : RUDE
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Flap : TODO
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Destination between LAX and Sea-Tac : SFO
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Some computer aids : HELPMENUS
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Modern place to buy games : APPSTORE
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Stew about : FRETOVER
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Sirloin cut : TIPROAST
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Negligent : CARELESS
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Drop the ball : ERR
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"So much for that" : GUESSNOT
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Hit TV series set in Las Vegas : CSI
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High school makeup test, for short? : GED
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Tapered off : ABATED
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Airport shuttle, maybe : VAN
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Rats and gnats : PESTS
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What you might get by breaking 4-Down : ABES
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0-100, e.g. : RANGE
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Classic example of corporate malfeasance : ENRON
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Building block : ADOBE
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"Hawaii Five-O" crime-fighter, informally : DANO
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Isn't square, say : OWES
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News anchor Lester : HOLT
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I.M.F. part: Abbr. : INTL
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Ask : POSE
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Rebel leader : LEE
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"I knew it!" : AHA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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