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New York Times, Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Author:
David Woolf
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Woolf

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Woolf. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Woolf notes:
This is a pretty theme dense puzzle, and as such, it came with a unique set of constraints. There are three consecutive 13-letter ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I like not seeing a theme coming. Neat to reach the end of this one and smack my forehead, knowing that I could have figured out the ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

In 2009, Jeremy Newton had a standard version of this automatic puzzle.

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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 1231 ( 23,794 )

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Across
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Manual : STICK
6
What "you had me at," in a classic movie line : HELLO
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See 30-Down : RAT
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Sauce commonly served with seafood : AIOLI
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Had a home-cooked meal : ATEIN
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Treasure lost on the Spanish Main : ORO
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Material that may be acid-washed : DENIM
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*Legoland, for one : THEMEPARK
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Cut : OMIT
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Busy time at Speedway or Churchill Downs : RACEDAY
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1992 or 2006 Winter Olympics locale : ALP
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Next-to-last word in a fairy tale : EVER
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Actor with the movie line "Me, I always tell the truth. Even when I lie" : PACINO
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*Tricky football play : DOUBLEREVERSE
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First word in a fairy tale : ONCE
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Actress Sorvino : MIRA
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*Like you or me? : GENDERNEUTRAL
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South American wildcat : EYRA
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Does something with : USES
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*Essential feature of a PC : INTERNALDRIVE
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Art house showings : INDIES
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Level : TIER
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Rig : FIX
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Aid for store security : MALLCOP
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Sign on again : REUP
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*Equal rival : SWEETNLOW
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Some help they are! : MAIDS
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Place for a stud : EAR
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TV actor Jason : OMARA
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One of eight popes : URBAN
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Home of Team Coco : TBS
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Hear again, as a case : RETRY
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Quintet representing the ends of the answers to the five starred clues : PRNDL
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Pathetic : SAD
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Very rare baseball result : TIE
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Lithium-___ battery : ION
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Award coveted on "Mad Men" : CLIO
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Late-night host on ABC : KIMMEL
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Mad ___ : HATTER
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Old verb ending : ETH
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Be creepy, in a way : LEER
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Home of the oldest continuously functioning university in the Americas : LIMAPERU
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Common diamond measure : ONECARAT
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One who lines up speakers? : ROADIE
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Firth of Clyde island : ARRAN
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Locale of a Godzilla rampage : TOKYO
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Weightlifter's pride : PECS
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"___ been thinking ..." : IVE
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Hubbub : ADO
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Tennis court determination : LONG
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Brownish purple : PUCE
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Leftover : REMNANT
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#1 Michael Jackson song about an 11-Across : BEN
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Strive : VIE
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Smoke ___ : DETECTOR
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"Look this way" : EYESONME
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School basics, in a manner of speaking : RRR
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Pioneering sci-fi play : RUR
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"In your dreams!" : ASIF
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Big name in jeans : LEVI
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Prurient interest : SEX
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Do-nothings : IDLERS
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West ___ virus : NILE
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What the Heimlich maneuver clears : AIRWAY
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Big name in jeans : LEE
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Generate, as support : DRUMUP
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"No more for me, please" : IMSET
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Muslim princely title : NAWAB
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Map showing property divisions : PLAT
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Catherine who married Henry VIII : PARR
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Bobby who won two Stanley Cups : ORR
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Son of, in foreign names : IBN
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Jay on "Modern Family," e.g. : DAD
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Show for which Conan O'Brien once wrote, in brief : SNL

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

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