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New York Times, Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Exam for an ambitious H.S. student ... or what this puzzle has been?

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. Polin.
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© 2017, The New York Times2/21/17 ( No. 24,577 )
Across
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Plants used to make tequila : AGAVES
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Health resort amenity : SPA
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Penne ___ vodka : ALLA
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Flying insect with prominent eyespots : IOMOTH
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University address ender : EDU
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Painful muscle injury : TEAR
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Frozen CO2, familiarly : DRYICE
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Grooming accessory that may be stuck in the hair : AFROPICK
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Classic American dessert : APPLEPIE
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Lays out neatly : ARRAYS
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Granola morsel : OAT
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Tenant : LESSEE
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"___ already said too much" : IVE
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Smaller cousin of the double bass : CELLO
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Would-be attorneys' hurdles, briefly : LSATS
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Qatari capital : DOHA
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Like some profs. : ASST
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Frame job : SETUP
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Cass of the Mamas & the Papas : ELLIOT
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Obi-Wan ___ (Jedi knight) : KENOBI
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Taking no guff : STERN
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Spitting sound : PTUI
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Federal tax agts. : TMEN
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Rain delay covers : TARPS
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Undergoes oxidation : RUSTS
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Driver's licenses and such, for short : IDS
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BlackBerry alternative : IPHONE
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Sans prescription, in brief : OTC
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Washington and environs, informally : DCAREA
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Material to sketch on : ARTPAPER
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Michael Corleone player in "The Godfather" : ALPACINO
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Relating to songbirds : OSCINE
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Take care of, as the bill : FOOT
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Ornamental pond fish : KOI
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Trade associations : GUILDS
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Genre : TYPE
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"www" address : URL
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Exam for an ambitious H.S. student ... or what this puzzle has been? : APTEST
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Opera set in Egypt : AIDA
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Trail mix : GORP
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"Parks and Recreation" star : AMYPOEHLER
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"And there it is!" : VOILA
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"And so on and so forth" : ETCETC
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Generic name for a herding dog : SHEP
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Congers, e.g. : SEAEELS
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Sharable PC file : PDF
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Invisible emanations : AURAS
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Currently : ATPRESENT
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___ Organa ("Star Wars" princess) : LEIA
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Having an open, delicate pattern : LACY
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Chests in synagogues : ARKS
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Ultimatum's end : ORELSE
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Societal troubles : ILLS
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Barfly : SOT
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Explanatory Latin phrase : IDEST
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Physicist Alessandro, inventor of the electric battery : VOLTA
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Grab a bite : EAT
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Nuclear reactor : ATOMICPILE
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Went leisurely downriver, perhaps : TUBED
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Recasts damaging information in a favorable light, say : SPINS
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Plane hijacker : AIRPIRATE
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How freelance work is typically done : ONSPEC
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Pup : wolf :: ___ : fox : KIT
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Expert : PRO
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Source of healthful fatty acids in a StarKist can : TUNAOIL
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Exploiter : USER
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Absorbs, as gravy : SOPSUP
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5-7-5 verse : HAIKU
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Wordlessly implied : TACIT
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Batty : DAFT
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Sicken with sentiment : CLOY
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Per person : APOP
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Garment draped over the shoulders : TOGA
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Draws to a close : ENDS
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Be at leisure : REST
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Neither here ___ there : NOR

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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