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New York Times, Monday, February 10, 2014

Author:
C. W. Stewart
Editor:
Will Shortz
Item in the hardware department with a "+" or "-" on its head
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Carolyn W. Stewart

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {GJQVX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 20 for Ms. Stewart. Monday freshness: 63%
Carolyn W. Stewart notes:
As many constructors will tell you, certain words and phrases simply suggest themes for crossword puzzles. Today's theme stemmed from ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice way to start out a week, an easy-breezy theme: phrases with REC smack dab in the middle. C.W. chose some nice themers, SPARE CASH ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times2/10/14 ( No. 23,470 )
Across
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Period just before dark : DUSK
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Sprint : DASH
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Barnyard brayers : ASSES
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"Do ___ others as ..." : UNTO
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___-bitty : ITTY
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Goes like a racecar : ZOOMS
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Item accompanying a pencil in miniature golf : SCORECARD
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Em and Jemima : AUNTS
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Judging component at a beauty pageant : TALENT
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Face-to-face exams : ORALS
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Hurled weapon : SPEAR
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Money available for nonessentials : SPARECASH
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Poet Ogden : NASH
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Hawaiian medicine man : KAHUNA
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C.I.O.'s partner : AFL
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Lifeguard areas : POOLS
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When flights are due in, for short : ETAS
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Food, warmth or a cozy bed : CREATURECOMFORT
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See 33-Down : HAND
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Hotel robe material : TERRY
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Cloud's place : SKY
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Samantha's mother on "Bewitched" : ENDORA
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___ of Sandwich : EARL
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Stuffed figure in a cornfield : SCARECROW
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Make sport of : TEASE
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Native of 58-Across : ALEUT
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The Last Frontier state : ALASKA
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Beginning of a Flintstones cry : YABBA
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Gym locale ... or feature of 17-, 24-, 38- and 50-Across : RECCENTER
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Premature : EARLY
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Elvis's middle name : ARON
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Many a new driver : TEEN
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High heels, e.g. : SHOES
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It's often long at Disneyland : LINE
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Dinner scraps : ORTS
Down
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Does some light housework : DUSTS
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Take the lid off : UNCAP
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Embezzled, e.g. : STOLE
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Like Hyundais or Kias : KOREAN
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Place to find wds. : DICT
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One thing ___ time : ATA
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Barber's sharpener : STROP
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Nine-headed serpent of myth : HYDRA
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Red or pink bloom : AZALEA
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Second-in-command in a kitchen : SOUSCHEF
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Junior, to Senior : SON
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CPR expert : EMT
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Leaky tire sound : SSS
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Mesmerized : ENRAPT
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Noah's construction : ARK
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Position between second and third, informally : SHORT
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Hyundai and Kia : AUTOS
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Cattiness : SNARK
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Quickly made, as a decision : HASTY
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Not worth a ___ : SOU
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Symptoms of rheumatism : ACHES
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Swiss currency : FRANC
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With 42-Across, help out : LENDA
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"To Kill a Mockingbird" author Harper : LEE
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Item in the hardware department with a "+" or "-" on its head : SCREW
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So darned cute : ADORABLE
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___ pro nobis : ORA
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___ Beach, S.C. : MYRTLE
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Pass-the-baton events : RELAYS
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Fortunate card to have with a queen or king in blackjack : ACE
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Makeshift shelter : LEANTO
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Out of town? : RURAL
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Cheri formerly of "S.N.L." : OTERI
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Fall bloomer : ASTER
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Sport with clay pigeons : SKEET
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Makes, as wages : EARNS
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Proactiv target : ACNE
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"You betcha!" : YES
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Response to a massage : AAH
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Preppy, party-loving, egotistical male, in modern lingo : BRO
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Swindle : CON

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

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