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New York Times, Thursday, December 5, 2013

Puzzlement ... or a hint to getting the 10 words on the perimeter of this puzzle

Author:
Dan Schoenholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dan Schoenholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQX} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Schoenholz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Dan Schoenholz notes:
Jeff Chen (2/23/12) and Elizabeth Gorski (8/18/13) weren't kidding when they wrote about the challenges inherent in constructing a ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
How long did it take you to catch on to this puzzle's theme? Since this sort of theme has appeared several times before, maybe not ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A clever idea for a theme! CONFUSION parsed as CON FUSION, i.e. requiring the fusion of CON to 10 perimeter answers in order to make ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times12/5/13 ( No. 23,403 )

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Across
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Like a satellite dish : CAVE
5
Court disaster? : TEMPT
10
Call or email : TACT
14
Pac-12 team : UTES
15
Like the characters in "Angela's Ashes" : IRISH
16
Vol. 1 of a four-volume encyclopedia, maybe : ATOE
17
Unwind : REST
18
Secure, in a way : BATTENDOWN
20
Criticizes : RAPS
21
Real conclusion? : IST
22
In stitches : SEAMED
23
What a yeanling may grow up to be : EWE
24
Clarke who played the bride of Frankenstein : MAE
25
"O Tannenbaum" subject : FIR
26
Hot blood : IRE
27
Seekers of drug stores? : NARCOS
29
Technical writer's target : ENDUSER
31
Holyfield rival : TYSON
32
Shade of green : PEA
33
Classic Ford : LTD
34
Puzzlement ... or a hint to getting the 10 words on the perimeter of this puzzle : CONFUSION
38
Counterpart of paleo- : NEO
40
Word with wheel or deal : BIG
41
Did some surgery on, as an eye : LASED
45
Coke source : SODACAN
47
King of pop music : CAROLE
48
Early 10th-century year : CMI
49
Fingers : IDS
50
Glimmer : RAY
51
Anatomical foot : PES
52
Kidding type : RIBBER
54
Give a whuppin' : TAN
55
Bric-a-___ : BRAC
56
Out to lunch : INLALALAND
58
Unwind : LAZE
59
Duke, e.g. : PEER
60
Like some errors : FATAL
61
"___ unrelated matter ..." : ONAN
62
Pageant, e.g. : TEST
63
Repentant : TRITE
64
Peace : CORD
Down
1
Simultaneous : CURRENT
2
Eroded : ATEAWAY
3
Evening service : VESPERS
4
Back-of-the-envelope figs. : ESTS
5
Leg bones : TIBIAS
6
Backspace, maybe : ERASE
7
2012 political chant : MITT
8
West Coast setting: Abbr. : PST
9
Locale of long-running Mideast conflict : THESINAI
10
"Voilà!" : TADA
11
Democritus or Leucippus, philosophically : ATOMIST
12
Shrank : COWERED
13
Title seeker : TENDER
19
Napoleon Dynamite, e.g. : NERD
24
One to start? : MONO
25
Charges : FEES
28
___ butter : COCOA
30
Kind of nerve : ULNAR
32
Bulldog-like toy : PUG
35
June event televised by ESPN : NBADRAFT
36
Half-sawbucks : FINS
37
Cosmetics brand : OLAY
38
Name in an envelope : NOMINEE
39
Food : EDIBLES
42
Member of a 2000s TV family : SOPRANO
43
Nephew of Moses : ELEAZAR
44
Be patronizing : DESCEND
45
Call up : SCRIPT
46
Sky: Fr. : CIEL
47
Lightheaded one? : CANDLE
50
Stormed : RANAT
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One of Homer's greatest creations? : BART
54
"Mon Oncle" star : TATI
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Tea Party, e.g. : BLOC
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Choreographer Lubovitch : LAR

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

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