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New York Times, Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
Like either word in the answers to the five starred clues
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David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {QVZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 57 for Mr. Steinberg.
David Steinberg notes:
This puzzle was accepted recently, so I'm delighted to see it come out so soon! I came up with the idea this summer while interning ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Great theme idea — both words in each theme phrase are also verbs in the PAST TENSE. I'm sure I've seen something similar before, but ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times12/7/16 ( No. 24,501 )
Across
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One of two in "Hamilton" : ACT
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Back end of a horse : RUMP
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Form an impression of : JUDGE
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Question asked with an open mouth : WHA
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Border with many posts : FENCE
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Some are restricted : AREAS
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*Expense independent of production : FIXEDCOST
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Hoops : BBALL
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Pop open, as a bottle : UNCORK
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Does something naughty : ISBAD
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Bird on Canada's $1 coin : LOON
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*How Clayton Kershaw pitches : LEFTHANDED
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"Frankenstein" author : SHELLEY
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___ Duncan, Obama education secretary : ARNE
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Org. that investigated Al Capone : IRS
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Munch Museum's city : OSLO
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Disposed (to) : PRONE
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*One of a dozen for a sweetheart : CUTROSE
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*Decathlon event : SHOTPUT
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Surrounding : ABOUT
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Phobia : FEAR
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Girl in the fam : SIS
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Things that may be locked or sealed : LIPS
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High-end British sports car : MCLAREN
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*Something to make up : LOSTGROUND
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Fried ___ (Southern dish) : OKRA
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Designated dwarf planet since 2006 : PLUTO
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A.P. Latin reading : AENEID
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Trickery : WILES
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Like either word in the answers to the five starred clues : PASTTENSE
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Disjointed : APART
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Essayist's starting point : TOPIC
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"Sure do" : YEP
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Final authority : SAYSO
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Adirondack chair part : SLAT
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Certain female soldier : ANT
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Like an epic fail : AWFUL
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Slacks material : CHINO
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Mexican tourist city known for its silver : TAXCO
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Impulsive : RECKLESS
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"___ momento" : UNO
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Hosts : MCS
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Diminutive, fashionwise : PETITE
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Obese "Star Wars" character : JABBA
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Some street scenes : URBANART
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Spy communication spots : DEADDROPS
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Square dance party? : GAL
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Subj. for many green card seekers : ESL
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Only four-term prez : FDR
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Many, many years : EONS
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Unlikely to ask someone out : SHY
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Vogue competitor : ELLE
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___ Rida ("My House" rapper) : FLO
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Jaded feeling : ENNUI
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Specifics, slangily : DEETS
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"I don't give a ___" : HOOT
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Bluff-busting words : ICALL
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Florida senator Marco : RUBIO
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Blows the whistle : STOPSPLAY
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Dermatologist's concern : PORE
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Cattle thieves : RUSTLERS
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Actor Penn of "Milk" : SEAN
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Working diligently : HARDATIT
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Bug that thrives in the winter : FLU
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"I pity the fool" speaker : MRT
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Takes over : COOPTS
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Zip : NONE
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Zip : GUSTO
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Mombasa is its second-largest city : KENYA
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Up : RISEN
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Skilled : ADEPT
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Besides others: Abbr. : ETC
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Used to be : WAS
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Sam Adams Rebel ___ : IPA
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I.S.P. whose logo contains a period : AOL
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Eponymous Belgian tourist locale : SPA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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