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New York Times, Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Author:
Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Gray. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tracy Gray notes:
I am excited to have my fifth puzzle published in the NYT today! The inspiration for this puzzle came from a beer I was drinking at ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
Everyone understood the theme here, right? There's no answer that explains that each of the five long Across entries ends in some ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I often say how hard it is to construct a smooth but interesting early-week puzzle, and Tracy has succeeded today. I really liked the ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1231 ( 23,429 )

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Across
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Insurance giant with a duck in its ads : AFLAC
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"I messed up!" : MYBAD
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Food preservative, for short : BHT
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Pack animal : LLAMA
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Eagle's nest : AERIE
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Big name in jeans : LEE
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Being extravagant and self-indulgent : LIVINGLARGE
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Comfort ___ : INN
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Place to relax : SPA
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Baseball count : OUTS
22
North American finch : JUNCO
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"Ragged Dick" author : HORATIOALGER
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Site of Kubla Khan's "pleasure dome" : XANADU
30
___ terrier : SKYE
31
Pirouette : TWIRL
32
Barbershop symbol : POLE
34
Pocket watch accessory : FOB
37
Illumination in "The Star-Spangled Banner" : ROCKETSREDGLARE
41
Adam's ___ (water) : ALE
42
Gorgons : HAGS
43
One of Spain's Balearics : IBIZA
44
"Survivor" immunity token : IDOL
46
King Arthur's resting place : AVALON
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All-malt beer : PREMIUMLAGER
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Jeweler's eyepiece : LOUPE
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Feminine name suffix : ETTA
54
Terrier's bark : ARF
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Cause of inflation? : AIR
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Scotch whisky brand : CHIVASREGAL
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Mop & ___ (floor cleaner) : GLO
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"Raw" or "burnt" color : UMBER
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It's moving at the movies : IMAGE
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Lombard Street feature : ESS
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"The Wrestler" actress Marisa : TOMEI
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Blender setting : PUREE
Down
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"___ right with the world" : ALLS
2
1960s hairstyle : FLIP
3
Volcanic emission : LAVA
4
Bordeaux buddy : AMI
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Be lovey-dovey : CANOODLE
6
Valletta is its capital : MALTA
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It's not used to make matzo : YEAST
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"It's c-c-cold!" : BRR
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2008 U.S. govt. bailout recipient : AIG
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Record spinner : DEEJAY
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Fancy gold jewelry, e.g. : BLING
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Ergo : HENCE
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Opera's Mario Lanza, for one : TENOR
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Expert : GURU
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Suffix with glob : ULE
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"Listen up!," old-style : HARK
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Archipelago parts : ISLES
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Green-lighted : OKED
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Bonus, in ads : XTRA
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Barracks no-show : AWOL
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"Good job!" : NICE
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"The Lord is my shepherd ...," e.g. : PSALM
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Assn. or grp. : ORG
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Not make the grade? : FAIL
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Rice-shaped pasta : ORZO
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Noggin : BEAN
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G : THOU
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Be concerned, slangily : GIVEARIP
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Letter-shaped shelf support : LBAR
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Jackanapes : IMP
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Like most jigsaw puzzles : DIECUT
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I.R.S. employees: Abbr. : AGTS
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French beach : PLAGE
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Stirs up : ROILS
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Continental cash : EUROS
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Flood barrier : LEVEE
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Creator of the game Missile Command : ATARI
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Petri dish gel : AGAR
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Storm : RAGE
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Hightail it away : FLEE
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Managed care plan, for short : HMO
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Co. with the motto "Think" : IBM
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Australia's national bird : EMU

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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