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New York Times, Monday, February 18, 2013

Set of people receiving a placebo, perhaps ... or what the ends of 20-, 28- and 41-Across belong to?

Author:
Jeffrey Harris
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeffrey Harris

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FQVY} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Harris. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2013, The New York Times2/18/13 ( No. 23,113 )
Across
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Thin opening : SLIT
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Economist Smith who coined the term "invisible hand" : ADAM
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Planet's path : ORBIT
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Biblical ark builder : NOAH
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"The ___ Ranger" : LONE
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"Alfie" star Michael : CAINE
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Zenith : ACME
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Stringed instrument for a madrigal : LUTE
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Kind of steak : TBONE
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Home of the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil : GOBBLERSKNOB
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Carry with effort : LUG
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Drowsiness-inducing drug : OPIATE
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Simply adorable : CUTEASABUTTON
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"Oh, man!" : JEEZ
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Zoo enclosures : CAGES
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Maximum number of terms for a U.S. president : TWO
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Hoedown females : GALS
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High-pitched warble : TRILL
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Speaker's stand : DAIS
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Fitting : APT
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Green with the 2010 hit "Forget You" : CEELO
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Shiites or Sunnis : SECT
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Underhanded commercial ploy : BAITANDSWITCH
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Los Angeles district near Sherman Oaks : ENCINO
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China's Chairman ___ : MAO
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Set of people receiving a placebo, perhaps ... or what the ends of 20-, 28- and 41-Across belong to? : CONTROLGROUP
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Lessen : ABATE
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Dubuque's state : IOWA
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In addition : ALSO
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Arctic or Antarctic : POLAR
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Singsongy cadence : LILT
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Like games that head into overtime : TIED
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Ones at the top of the corporate ladder : EXECS
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"What ___ is new?" : ELSE
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Concludes : ENDS
Down
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Get caught on something : SNAG
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Plumb crazy : LOCO
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Poetic foot : IAMB
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Low spirits, as experienced by St. Louis's hockey team? : THEBLUES
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State without proof : ALLEGE
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Gloomy : DOUR
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Kitchen pests : ANTS
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Timid : MEEK
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Sea creature with suckers : OCTOPUS
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See 43-Down : RABBIT
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Who's Who entry, briefly : BIO
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Quaint lodging : INN
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Golf peg : TEE
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Skating jump : LUTZ
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___ Peace Prize : NOBEL
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Add to an e-mail, as a file : ATTACH
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"Specifically ..." : TOWIT
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Deputy sheriff in "The Dukes of Hazzard" : ENOS
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Boston N.B.A.'er : CELTIC
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Like wealthy landowners : ACRED
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Goes to sea : SAILS
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Shining : AGLOW
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Tokyo's home : JAPAN
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Kaplan of "Welcome Back, Kotter" : GABE
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Mortise's partner, in carpentry : TENON
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Put ornaments on : DECORATE
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Ones paddling down a river, say : CANOERS
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Male deer : STAG
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Breath mint brand : TICTAC
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The White 10-Down's cry in "Alice in Wonderland" : IMLATE
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Scrabble piece : TILE
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Agitate : ROIL
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Big-eyed birds : OWLS
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Actress Lena : OLIN
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Like thrift store merchandise : USED
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Pea holders : PODS
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Gorilla : APE
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Emulate Muhammad Ali : BOX
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Brewery product : ALE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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