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New York Times, Sunday, December 29, 2013

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 25, Columns: 17 Words: 138, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JX} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. Scrabble average: 1.71 This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joel Fagliano notes:
I've always liked Sunday puzzles that have multiple layers to them. With such a big grid, if you crack the theme early (or even worse, off the title) it ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
When Joel showed me this puzzle last summer, my heart sank a bit, because I remembered Mike Shteyman's take on the same theme in 2006 — right down to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Beautiful work from Joel, as usual. Not only does the puzzle take the shape of a pool table, and contain a pyramid of POOL BALLS, but it also has theme ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1229 ( 23,427 )
Across
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One at a woman's side? : POCKETBOOK
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Fixes keys : TUNES
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Person who might bump into you on a subway : PICKPOCKET
16
Starbucks size : VENTI
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Model/actress Keibler : STACY
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Brother of Prometheus : ATLAS
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Choice : ELITE
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Road runners : AUTOS
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Animal with a flexible snout : COATI
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Unduly : TOO
23
Spoken instruction in animal training : VERBALCUE
26
Best Musical of 1975, with "The" : WIZ
27
Completely dominates : OWNS
29
He said the most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible : TSELIOT
30
"Oh, hmm ..." : ISEE
31
Elevator ___ : CAR
33
New York Titans' org. : AFL
35
Bit of hopscotch equipment : SIDEWALKCHALK
42
Shady spot : BOWER
44
In a state of conflict : AFOUL
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Bee product : QUILT
48
Iowa's ___ Colonies : AMANA
49
Name that's Hebrew for "pleasant" : NAOMI
50
"Something ought to finally go my way" : IMDUE
51
Philadelphia/New Jersey connector : WALTWHITMANBRIDGE
54
Half of sechs : DREI
55
"Il était ___ fois" (French fairy tale start) : UNE
56
Brand name that's an anagram of 31-Across : RCA
57
Rejections : NOES
58
Acted like a rat : SANG
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"Howdy" : HIYA
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Item on a chain : POCKETWATCH
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Center of activity : HUB
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Like some expenses : OUTOFPOCKET
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Pop icon? : PEPSI
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Wash against, as the shore : LAPAT
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Like some duties : CIVIC
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Finsteraarhorn, e.g. : ALP
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It's often divided into sections 0, 2, 4, 6, etc. : DRESSRACK
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Country where the Blue Nile originates: Abbr. : ETH
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Part of the healing process : SCAB
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___ distance : ATA
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A balconette is a low-cut style of one : BRA
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Mlle., in Madrid : SRTA
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Like a Monday morning quarterback? : SORE
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Symbols of dirtiness : PIGPENS
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"___ the Air" (2009 Clooney movie) : UPIN
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Part of FEMA: Abbr. : EMER
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Rat : STOOLIE
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"Shoot!" : DANG
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Pass again on the track : RELAP
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Big dos : BALLS
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Fake : FORGE
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Precept : TENET
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Dangerous person to play against for money : SHARK
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Old Olds : CIERA
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No-goodnik : LOUSE
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Sounds from Santa : HOS
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Sincere : HEARTFELT
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Ad Council output, briefly : PSA
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First president with a Twitter account : OBAMA
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Decoration under a dish : DOILY
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2010 earthquake site : HAITI
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Walk heavily : TRAMP
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Universal ___ : DONOR
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Blown out? : ERROR
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Best hand in Texas hold 'em : POCKETACES
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Talk face-to-face? : SKYPE
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Having a ton of money to draw on : DEEPPOCKET
Down
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Presidential power first used by James Madison : POCKETVETO
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Not on deck, say : BELOW
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Sometimes-caramelized item : ONION
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First National Leaguer with eight consecutive 100-R.B.I. seasons : OTT
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Chicken ___ : KIEV
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Michael and Peter : TSARS
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Lab item that sounds like a popular website : UTUBE
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Birth-related : NATAL
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Reason for a food recall : ECOLI
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Big name in food service : SYSCO
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Show anxiety, in a way : PACE
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1989 world champion figure skater : ITO
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Bear necessities? : CLAWS
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Talk show starting in 2012 : KATIE
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Miniature : POCKETSIZE
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To be, to Béatrice : ETRE
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Jazz quintet's home : UTAH
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Half of the Nobel Prize winners, typically : SCIENTISTS
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Secret society in Dan Brown's "Angels & Demons" : ILLUMINATI
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"Let's call it ___" : ADRAW
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Muslim ascetic : FAQIR
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Low, moist area : SWALE
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On the way out : WANING
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___ worse than death : AFATE
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Hang (over) : LOOM
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Harold's partner in comedies : KUMAR
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Ice : CLINCH
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Friendly term of address : KIDDO
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Madam : BAWD
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"The Wire" antihero : OMAR
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Downhill sport : LUGE
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Tight ends? : TEES
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"Come again?" : HUNH
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Scott of "Happy Days" : BAIO
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You'll trip if you drop it : ACID
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"Gross!" : YUCK
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Well-protected, nonrunning quarterback : POCKETPASSER
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Sign word often translated into multiple languages : WELCOME
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Duds : APPAREL
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Tries : HASAGOAT
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Emotional peaks : UPS
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Pressing needs? : BARBELLS
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Unlike eagles : OVERPAR
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Appropriate : FITTING
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Silver, say : POCKETCHANGE
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Next-to-last #1 Beatles hit : LETITBE
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Sully : TARNISH
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Spits rhymes : RAPS
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Beer buy : CASE
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Tongue-lash : BERATE
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Subject of a 2009 national tournament cheating scandal : SUDOKU
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"Meet the Press" guest, for short : POL
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Possibly : PERHAPS
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Formed rising bubbles : FROTHED
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It's "not" in Scotland : NAE
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Apiece, at Wimbledon : ALL
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Army attack helicopter : COBRA
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___ Pitman, developer of shorthand : ISAAC
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Freedom Tower feature : SPIRE
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Bar at the bar : ESTOP
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Microwaveable snack item : HOTPOCKET
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States further : ADDS
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Corner piece : ROOK
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Miniature : TINY
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Dud : FLOP
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Jane who becomes Mrs. Rochester : EYRE
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Cause of a sudden drop in altitude : AIRPOCKET
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Marie Curie, e.g.: Abbr. : MME
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Word often shortened to one letter in text messages : ARE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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