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New York Times, Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Shift responsibility for some missing campsite food?

Author:
Ed Sessa
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Edward Sessa notes:
This theme required entries in which each beginning/ending word in every phrase could function as both a noun and a verb, and when ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
"X the Y" phrases changed into "Y the X" with amusing results. I love the image of a poor duck sitting inside a holding cell, the ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times2/18/15 ( No. 23,843 )

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Across
1
Letters on Soyuz rockets : CCCP
5
St. Francis' home : ASSISI
11
Some gas stations : BPS
14
Fifth-longest bone in the human body : ULNA
15
One navigating the web? : SPIDER
16
Problem on the red carpet, maybe : RIP
17
Mollycoddle Dwayne Johnson? : BABYTHEROCK
19
108-card game : UNO
20
Onetime Microsoft encyclopedia : ENCARTA
21
Really digging : INTO
22
Enters charges against a restaurant employee? : BOOKSTHECOOK
27
One of the Waughs : EVELYN
30
Worthless stuff : TRIPE
31
Miffed : SORE
32
Major League Baseball's oldest-ever rookie (age 42) : PAIGE
33
French surname starter : DES
36
Try to find out what's what at a pond? : QUESTIONTHEDUCK
40
Sound of a lit fuse : SSS
41
Battery terminal : ANODE
42
Thru 12th grade : ELHI
43
Tea party crasher of fiction : ALICE
44
Polytetrafluoroethylene, commercially : TEFLON
46
Shift responsibility for some missing campsite food? : BLAMETHEBEAR
50
Cheery air : LILT
51
Cry at an unveiling : ETVOILA
55
Back, to Popeye : AFT
56
Kayo Popeye? : DECKTHESWAB
60
Letter after wye : ZEE
61
Fly : AVIATE
62
"Beloved" author Morrison : TONI
63
Foul up : ERR
64
Betty Crocker bowlful : BATTER
65
Sulky mood : SNIT
Down
1
21-Down unit : CUBE
2
Kiltie's group : CLAN
3
"Closing Bell" channel : CNBC
4
Balance sheet heading : PAYABLES
5
Kutcher who hosted "Punk'd" : ASHTON
6
Command to Rover : SPEAK
7
Round Table title : SIR
8
Answer to a judge : IDO
9
Instant : SEC
10
Tee off : IRK
11
Musical Mars : BRUNO
12
Piebald horse : PINTO
13
Bogeyman : SPOOK
18
Priam's domain : TROY
21
Motel freebie : ICE
23
One who can't find a seat, say : STANDEE
24
Hackneyed : TRITE
25
Dow Jones extreme : HIGH
26
Weapon with a bell guard : EPEE
27
Attys.' titles : ESQS
28
R.S.V.P. part : VOUS
29
"___ Tu" (1974 hit) : ERES
32
Bowwow : POOCH
33
Dimwitted : DULL
34
Empty hall phenomenon : ECHO
35
It's all around you : SKIN
37
Campfire story : TALE
38
Rolling ___ (rich) : INIT
39
Gets out of the freezer, say : DEFROSTS
43
Oz. or qt. : AMT
44
Leash : TETHER
45
Mansard part : EAVE
46
Five-alarmer, e.g. : BLAZE
47
One who never changes jobs : LIFER
48
Take up or let out : ALTER
49
Midler of "The Rose" : BETTE
52
Victor's boast : IWON
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Legal scholar Guinier : LANI
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To some degree : ABIT
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Apply sparingly : DAB
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A Gabor : EVA
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Op. ___ : CIT
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Kit ___ bar : KAT

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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