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New York Times, Thursday, December 7, 2017

Author:
Dan Schoenholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dan Schoenholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Schoenholz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: The answers to the five starred clues have a very unusual property in common. What is it? And can you think of a familiar two-word exclamation, of five and three letters, respectively, that shares that property?
Dan Schoenholz notes:
Themes based on words that sound like letters have been done fairly often: a great example is this Sunday puzzle by Ashish Vengsarkar ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat finds, multi-word phrases where the last word sounds like a letter, and the first word starts with that letter. JOHN JAY, BUSY ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1207 ( 24,866 )
Across
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1, for 45° : TANGENT
8
Spotlight hog : HAM
11
Circuit : LAP
14
Radio component : AMTUNER
15
1961 Literature Nobelist Andric : IVO
16
Words of homage : ODE
17
*First Supreme Court chief justice : JOHNJAY
18
Bungles : GOOFSUP
20
Conciliatory offering : SOP
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*It's west of Okinawa : CHINASEA
22
Johnny who sang on the duet "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" : MATHIS
25
Beverage that contains taurine : REDBULL
26
Part of a stage : APRON
27
Bluejacket : TAR
28
Draft choice : ALE
29
Still competing : INIT
30
Show ___ : BIZ
31
The Wildcats of the Big 12 Conference, informally : KSTATE
34
Bank statement abbr. : DEP
35
*Sort with a full schedule : BUSYBEE
37
Essen article : DER
38
Respectful greeting : SALAAM
40
___ gun (sci-fi weapon) : ION
41
Paraphernalia : GEAR
42
Cougar prey : ELK
43
Medication-regulating org. : FDA
44
"I've seen ___" : WORSE
45
Visa problem : LATEFEE
47
Obeyed an order at the dentist's : RINSED
48
*Oil, jocularly : TEXASTEA
49
Neighbor of Ky. : IND
50
Generally : OVERALL
51
*"I don't care either way" : UPTOYOU
55
Baseball great Hodges : GIL
56
Sign of summer : LEO
57
Kitchen tools : PEELERS
58
Numbskull : ASS
59
"Yikes!" : EEK
60
Reachable : INRANGE
Down
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___ Express (train from Delhi to Agra) : TAJ
2
Latin lover's word : AMO
3
Kind of root in math : NTH
4
Crime show sound effect : GUNSHOT
5
Legally prohibit : ENJOIN
6
Occurrences during half-moons : NEAPS
7
Test : TRY
8
Word before calling or learning : HIGHER
9
Circumvent : AVOID
10
Hypothetical settlement : MOONBASE
11
Big bargains, maybe : LOSSLEADERS
12
Challenge to ___ : ADUEL
13
Hip-hop's Salt-N-___ : PEPA
19
Crack in the crust : FAULT
21
Surprisingly, it just might work : CRAZYIDEA
22
Octet in "The 12 Days of Christmas" : MAIDS
23
Breathing problem : APNEA
24
Jumps rarely attempted in women's figure skating : TRIPLEAXELS
27
Christmas song contraction : TIS
30
Depress, with "out" : BUM
31
Knowledge : KEN
32
Rib : TEASE
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Made a faux pas : ERRED
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Common fund-raiser : BAKESALE
36
Diva's accessory : BOA
39
Place where one is encouraged to swear? : ALTAR
41
Ski slope sight : GONDOLA
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"How ya holdin' up?" : FEELOK
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Perpetual period in Narnia in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" : WINTER
45
San Francisco's ___ Stadium : LEVIS
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N.J. city on the Hudson : FTLEE
47
Grow red, say : RIPEN
48
___ party : TOGA
51
Longtime news inits. : UPI
52
Currency adopted after the Meiji Restoration : YEN
53
___ chart : ORG
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Exploit : USE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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