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New York Times, Monday, December 29, 2014

51-Down : "Use your head!"

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQV} This is puzzle # 84 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter A. Collins notes:
For those of you who care about such things, I mailed this puzzle in on November 13, 2013, and it was accepted on February 5, 2014. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Super fun punchline, playing on the old joke of "spelling it out" as I T O U T. Hits my 4th grade funny bone right on the spot. And ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times12/29/14 ( No. 23,792 )

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Titanic victim John Jacob ___ : ASTOR
6
Diner's card : MENU
10
Put-down : SLUR
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Havana hero José : MARTI
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Getting ___ years : ONIN
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Musical pitch : TONE
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*What a good speaker maintains with the audience : EYECONTACT
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Female org. since the 1850s : YWCA
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U.S. intelligence org. : NSA
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___ nut (Chinese fruit) : LITCHI
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Opposite of spicy : MILD
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Internet business : DOTCOM
25
*Golfers' bookings : TEETIMES
27
Somewhat : ABIT
29
Fox News anchor Smith : SHEP
30
*"Man!" : OHBROTHER
35
"August: ___ County" (2008 Pulitzer Prize-winning play) : OSAGE
38
Twosome : DUO
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Weightless state, informally : ZEROG
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Director's end-of-scene cry : CUT
42
What i.o.u.'s represent : DEBTS
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*"Wait, wait ... go back" : YOULOSTME
48
Lansing's home: Abbr. : MICH
50
Cross through : XOUT
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*Bit of Boston Harbor debris in 1773 : TEACHEST
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Second-stringers : BTEAMS
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"___! The Herald Angels Sing" : HARK
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Regular : NORMAL
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___ constrictor : BOA
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___ of Wight : ISLE
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Leave no room for misinterpretation ... or what the first words of the answers to the five starred clues do, literally : SPELLITOUT
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Putin's refusal : NYET
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German automaker : OPEL
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Vikings, e.g. : NORSE
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Letters between jays and ells : KAYS
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Wall Street inits. : NYSE
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___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
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Change, as the Constitution : AMEND
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Final approval : SAYSO
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October 31 option : TREAT
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Needing no Rx : OTC
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1970 John Wayne film : RIOLOBO
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Glam rock band ___ the Hoople : MOTT
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Put into law : ENACT
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Small recess : NICHE
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Loosens, as laces : UNTIES
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Thwarts : STYMIES
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Not joint-pounding, as aerobics : LOWIMPACT
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Title for Sam or Ben : UNCLE
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Enjoys Joyce, Carroll or Oates : READS
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U.S.S. ___ (aircraft carrier named for a former admiral) : NIMITZ
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Pace or race follower : CAR
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Howe'er : THO
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Unnamed others : THEY
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Like integers of the form 2n + 1 : ODD
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Shade : HUE
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"One Love" singer : BOBMARLEY
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Suffix with ranch : ERO
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Sauce thickener : ROUX
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Doublemint, for one : GUM
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Juillet's season : ETE
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Worldwide : GLOBAL
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Lottery buys : TICKETS
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Univ., e.g. : SCH
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Writer's plan : OUTLINE
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Jeanne d'Arc, for one: Abbr. : STE
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Muppet maker Jim : HENSON
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"Use your head!" : THINK
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Course for which you hardly need to 51-Down : EASYA
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Maudlin : SOPPY
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Forest units : TREES
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Call off, as a mission : ABORT
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One just squeaking by? : MOUSE
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Fills up : SATES
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Fr. girl : MLLE
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Lean-___ (rude shelters) : TOS

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