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New York Times, Monday, December 9, 2013

Author:
Nina Rulon-Miller
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Nina Rulon-Miller

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Rulon-Miller. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Nina Rulon-Miller notes:
I am a retired college professor, living in Maryland near DC. After seeing the "WordPlay" film, I decided to try to construct a ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
I've held this puzzle for 3-1/2 years, which is an unusually long time for any day of the week, but especially for a Monday. That's ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 1209 ( 23,407 )
Across
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___, crackle, pop : SNAP
5
When repeated, lucky lottery purchaser's cry : IWON
9
___ Crunch (Quaker cereal) : CAPN
13
Regretful one : RUER
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Emperor at the Circus Maximus : NERO
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Ho-ho-hoing : JOLLY
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Coerce : STRONGARM
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1940s computer : ENIAC
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Hitchcock roles, famously : CAMEOS
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Play-Doh, e.g. : PUTTY
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"I tawt I taw a puddy ___" : TAT
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Treeless plain : STEPPE
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Perched on : ATOP
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Abbr. on a bottle of Courvoisier : VSOP
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Civic group with more than 45,000 affiliates : LIONSCLUB
31
Font lines : SERIFS
34
Dairy Queen purchase : CONE
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Martians, e.g., in brief : ETS
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Like some broadcast frequencies : ULTRAHIGH
39
Admirals' org. : USN
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Mars' Greek counterpart : ARES
43
Moistens, as a turkey : BASTES
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Illicit Prohibition-era establishment : SPEAKEASY
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"How r u?," e.g. : TEXT
51
River to the North Sea : ELBE
52
Cast (off) : SLOUGH
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Jason Bourne, for one : SPY
56
Uncles' wives : AUNTS
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"Pretty" thing to say, with a cherry on top? : PLEASE
60
The ___ Brothers (R&B group) : ISLEY
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Where lifeboats are generally stored : UPPERDECK
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Head, as a committee ... or a word that can follow the ends of 16-, 29-, 36-, 47- and 61-Across : CHAIR
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Nietzsche's "no" : NEIN
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Onetime Harper's Bazaar illustrator : ERTE
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Observed : EYED
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Summers in St.-Tropez : ETES
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Cape Canaveral acronym : NASA
Down
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Sophs., in two years : SRS
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Crackpot : NUTCASE
3
Seltzer-making device : AERATOR
4
Dance for 1-Down : PROM
5
Gold bar : INGOT
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One that goes "pop" in a children's song : WEASEL
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Rink star Bobby : ORR
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___ de plume : NOM
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Popular cold and flu medicine : CONTAC
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Somewhat : ALITTLE
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Develop in a particular way : PLAYOUT
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The Big Apple: Abbr. : NYC
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Game: Fr. : JEU
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Super ___, old game console : NES
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Fountain head? : PENNIB
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Some Sharp and Sony products : TVS
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"Les Demoiselles d'Avignon" artist : PICASSO
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Winnie-the-___ : POOH
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Airer of Masterpiece Classics : PBS
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More, to a musician : PIU
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___ Genesis, old game console : SEGA
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Criticism, informally : FLAK
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Accent : STRESS
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Authentic : REAL
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D.D.E.'s predecessor : HST
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Manipulate : USE
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Ostentatious : SPLASHY
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Interstellar clouds : NEBULAE
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Tile piece : TESSERA
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Anticipates : EXPECTS
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Home in the mud : STY
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Epic tale that begins with the flight from Troy : AENEID
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Marketer's target, maybe : YUPPIE
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Small, secluded valleys : GLENS
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___ Majesty the Queen : HER
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Mars' Norse counterpart : TYR
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Yemeni port : ADEN
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Glacier, essentially : ICE
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Article in Arles : UNE
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Cat or gerbil, e.g. : PET
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Mauna ___ Observatories : KEA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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