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New York Times, Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Author:
Jeffrey Wechsler
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeffrey Wechsler

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Wechsler. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeffrey Wechsler notes:
For some reason the phrase "LOOP DE LOOP" came to mind, and I thought it might become a valid puzzle theme by means of setting the letters of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
As soon as I uncovered the first set of L O O P circles, I raced to the center to fill in LOOPS THE LOOPS. Well, that didn't fit. LOOPING THE ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1230 ( 23,793 )
Across
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Feature of a royal event : POMP
5
What bulldogs' jowls do : SAG
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Food for Fido, perhaps : SCRAPS
14
"Hasta luego!" : ADIOS
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Houlihan : Maj. :: Klinger : ___ : CPL
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"House" star Hugh : LAURIE
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Xerox competitor : RICOH
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Friend of Pooh : ROO
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Not forgotten : INMIND
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Green who was on four seasons of "The Voice" : CEELO
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U.N. grp. monitoring workers' rights : ILO
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Brown v. Board of Education city : TOPEKA
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Cheerleaders' handfuls : POMPOMS
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Announcer Johnny famous for crying "Come on down!" : OLSON
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Point the finger at : ACCUSE
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Our planet, to Germans : ERDE
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Be impending : LOOM
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North Carolinian : TARHEEL
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Chem., e.g. : SCI
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Maneuver for slot car racers or stunt pilots, as suggested by this puzzle's circled letters : LOOPDELOOPDELOOP
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Yodeler's locale : ALP
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Jonathan Swift, notably : IRONIST
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Food for Fido : ALPO
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Zairean president Mobutu ___ Seko : SESE
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Goes around : ORBITS
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Sound in a lamasery : CHANT
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Had a good day on the links, say : SHOTPAR
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Transcribe again : RECOPY
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Expert : ACE
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Shakes, as in a car chase : LOSES
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Iris ring : AREOLE
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Toon chihuahua : REN
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Film producer Carlo : PONTI
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Like Greece or Serbia : BALKAN
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Oslo Accords grp. : PLO
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Ethnic group of Southeast Asia : HMONG
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Dry cleaning targets : STAINS
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Punch-in-the-stomach sound : OOF
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Bird in a Hans Christian Andersen tale : SWAN
Down
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Setting for Seurat's "La Grande Jatte" : PARC
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Toon beagle : ODIE
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Victims of the farmer's wife : MICE
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Certain water circulator : POOLPUMP
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Gift vouchers, arcade tickets and such : SCRIP
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Olympic gold medalist Ohno : APOLO
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Atmosphere of many a Poe story : GLOOM
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Sexy skirt feature : SLIT
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Kiss and cuddle : CANOODLE
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Dishevel, as bed linen : RUMPLE
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Zodiac opener : ARIES
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Socialist, disparagingly : PINKO
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Alternative to an S.U.V. : SEDAN
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Waves away : SHOOS
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Olympic lengths : METERS
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Permeates, with "through" : SEEPS
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Penne ___ vodka : ALLA
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Composure : COOL
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Farm enclosure ... or a farmers' group : COOP
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Common grass variety named for its color : REDTOP
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Lily family plants : ALOES
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A Reagan : RON
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___ polloi : HOI
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Arias, usually : SOLI
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Egyptian Christian : COPT
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Wall St. debuts : IPOS
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Schedule for take-off? : DIETPLAN
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Parts of chemistry buildings : LABROOMS
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"Jersey Shore" housemate : SNOOKI
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"The Honeymooners" husband : RALPH
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Chesapeake Bay feast : CRABS
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Western Afghan city : HERAT
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Amtrak option : ACELA
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___ Productions (Oprah Winfrey company) : HARPO
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Big name in kitchen sponges : OCELO
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:50 : TENOF
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Itches : YENS
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The white of a whiteout : SNOW
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European smoker : ETNA
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11-Down, for one : SIGN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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