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New York Times, Friday, December 9, 2016

"The great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition," per Adam Smith

Author:
David Phillips
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Phillips

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQW} Spans: 2 Minimum word length: 4 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Phillips.
David Phillips notes:
This is an old-ish one...I want to say it's been between one and two years since acceptance. At any rate, this was an experiment in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Tough to get down to 64 words in a themeless without requiring some compromises. I enjoyed this puzzle, although there weren't as many ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times12/9/16 ( No. 24,503 )

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Across
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Little rascals : SCAMPS
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Man ___ : FRIDAY
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Joined the fray : HADATIT
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Like some roars : LEONINE
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Say, say, say? : ITERATE
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Web feed? : INSECTS
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Player of Molly on "Mike & Molly" : MELISSAMCCARTHY
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Some hosp. tests : MRIS
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Excessively tan : BAKE
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Like tritium and triplets : RARE
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Thirsts : YENS
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Suddenly changes direction : ZAGS
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Received high marks : GOTAS
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Change affiliations : REALIGN
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Flask material : PYREX
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Gist of a Dear John letter : ITSOVER
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Mont Cervin and others : ALPES
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Tennis star nicknamed Le Crocodile : LACOSTE
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Unearthly : ALIEN
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See 53-Across : PICK
40
Annoyance : PEST
42
Take off : SOAR
43
Sender of a billet-doux : BEAU
44
"Ish" : ORSO
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Where Roger Ebert's reviews appeared for 47 years : CHICAGOSUNTIMES
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Gets one's feet wet : EASESIN
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Team "spawned" in 1993 : MARLINS
51
Certain trysts : NOONERS
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"The great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition," per Adam Smith : SCIENCE
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With 39-Across, teeth-cleaning aid : DENTAL
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Registered, as a complaint : LODGED
Down
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Shake on the dance floor : SHIMMY
2
One serving a function : CATERER
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Virginia Woolf's given name at birth : ADELINE
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___ Mayer, Yahoo C.E.O. beginning in 2012 : MARISSA
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Ed promoters : PTAS
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Goes unused : SITS
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Cross swords : FENCE
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Gift on el 14 de febrero : ROSA
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Mistakenly : INERROR
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State for the record : DICTATE
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One of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands : ANTHRAX
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"All right already!" : YESYES
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Things steeped in tradition? : TEABAGS
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Affection from a pooch : LICKS
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Pair on Mississippi's state quarter : MAGNOLIAS
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Dreaded dermal development : ZITS
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Street cart offering : GYRO
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Home security measure : LIEN
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Hit with the bill? : PECK
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Suckers : VACUUMS
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Song sung to Lilo in "Lilo & Stitch" : ALOHAOE
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Intermediary : LIAISON
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Kind of yield : PERCENT
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Like a rained-on parade : SPOILED
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Giving a name : TERMING
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Pith : ESSENCE
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Move up the ranks : ASCEND
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Drones : PEONS
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Got rid of : TOSSED
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Female hip-hop fan : BGIRL
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Between ports : ASEA
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It reacts with H2SO4 : NACL
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The Magi, e.g. : TRIO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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