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New York Times, Thursday, December 3, 2015

34-Across : Conform

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {KQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 83 for Mr. Merrell. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Patrick Merrell notes:
It probably makes little difference, but my submitted clues for the five theme entries represented a multimedia smorgasbord: a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat idea, requiring two steps to figure out what was going on. After uncovering the IV in the central themer, I had a feeling Roman ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times12/3/15 ( No. 24,131 )
Across
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Tie that binds : STRAP
6
Occasion of overindulgence : ORGY
10
Skater's leap : LUTZ
14
Many a party has one : THEME
15
Plain and simple : MERE
16
___ Ansari of "Parks and Recreation" : AZIZ
17
Disney character who sings "Part of Your World" : ARIEL
18
Jannings who won the first-ever Oscar : EMIL
19
Airhead : DITZ
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Almost out of energy : RUNNINGONEMPTY
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Inveigle : COAX
24
Group Theatre playwright of the 1930s : ODETS
28
Works of Carl Maria von Weber : OPERAS
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Time to get a babysitter, maybe : DATENIGHT
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Conform : FITIN
35
One of the acting Hemsworths : LIAM
37
Shoreline opening : RIA
38
Patriotic Clint Eastwood movie : FLAGSOFOURFATHERS
42
Volunteer's first word : ILL
43
Bit of SWAT garb : VEST
44
Carlo ___ (wine brand) : ROSSI
45
DC Comics character with a whip : CATWOMAN
48
Hotel fillers : GUESTS
49
Lyre player of mythology : ERATO
50
Move often preceding a pirouette : PLIE
52
Rather informative program, once? : CBSEVENINGNEWS
59
Kid : JOSH
62
"Suicide Blonde" band, 1990 : INXS
63
Medium for Biggie Smalls : RADIO
64
First-aid gel : ALOE
65
"Out! I said out!" : SCAT
66
"That's not for me" : IPASS
67
Travel : WEND
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Antennae, so to speak : EARS
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Band director's concern : TEMPO
Down
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One of 12 in the European Union logo : STAR
2
Kind of street, informally : THRU
3
It can pull a bit to one side : REIN
4
Emphatic agreement : AMEN
5
Expert divers : PELICANS
6
The end : OMEGA
7
D.J.'s play : REMIX
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Not looking good : GRIM
9
Distress call : YELP
10
Part of the "wedding of the century" : LADYDI
11
Strong arm : UZI
12
Little bird : TIT
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Last entry in the Random House Unabridged Dictionary : ZZZ
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Rebuffs : NOS
22
Food safety subj. : TOX
25
Way out : EGRESS
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Craving : THIRST
27
Equilibrium : STASIS
28
Microsoft product : OFFICE
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Important member of a group : PILLAR
30
String substitute? : ETALIA
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Fix : RIG
32
Loco : DAFT
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Doc bloc : AMA
35
Financial claim : LIEN
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They're often stuck in the I.C.U. : IVS
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The origin of species? : OVA
40
Coen brothers Best Picture nominee : TRUEGRIT
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Help with making the bed? : HOE
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Hankered : ITCHED
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Pitchfork wielders, perhaps : MOB
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Certain spirit : GIN
50
"Cars" producer : PIXAR
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Has a bias : LISTS
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Clincher : VISE
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Sun worshipers : INCA
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It might get hot under the collar : NAPE
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Town whose exports are waxed : EDAM
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Bit of smoke : WISP
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O.K. : SOSO
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Part of a 53-Down : JAW
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Charge call : OLE
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___ of God : SON

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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