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New York Times, Thursday, February 22, 2018

Backtracking ... or what 17-, 27- and 46-Across are doing?

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQW} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 53 for Ms. Burnikel.
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
Will and the team helped me with the current theme set. I originally had SOUP OR SALAD (later on CAESAR SALAD/CHICKEN SOUP), they ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I like theme type mashups — so interesting to cram together two tried-and-true ideas to form something new. 1.) Reversals. Many ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times2/22/18 ( No. 24,943 )

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Across
1
Request to be connected on social media : ADDME
6
A long, long time : AGES
10
Becomes obscure, in a way, with "up" : FOGS
14
Wilt : DROOP
15
Writer/filmmaker Ephron : NORA
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Like instructions you have to hold in your mind : ORAL
17
Home of the Masters : AUGUSTANATIONAL
20
Doc who might treat sleep apnea : ENT
21
They're often caught and passed around : COLDS
22
Fallback strategy : PLANB
23
Mountaineer's need : ROPE
25
Word before little and late : TOO
26
Stomping ground : HAUNT
27
Something unknowns are introduced in : PREALGEBRA
30
Needle, say : ANNOY
32
Producer of inflation : AIR
33
Minnesota senator Klobuchar : AMY
36
Divide into 120° sections, say : TRISECT
39
It's not working : LEISURE
42
Bub : MAC
43
One who might be second-guessed by instant replays : UMP
45
Easy-to-park cars : MINIS
46
Starters : APPETIZERS
50
Didn't feel like moving, maybe : ACHED
52
Orioles legend Ripken : CAL
53
Shot in the dark : STAB
56
Plant life : FLORA
57
Ventured : DARED
59
"___ caution" : USE
60
Backtracking ... or what 17-, 27- and 46-Across are doing? : REVERSINGCOURSE
63
Pink-slipped : AXED
64
Couple of chips, maybe : ANTE
65
Despicable sort : CREEP
66
Whups : TANS
67
Cross : MEET
68
What bagpipes are often played in : KILTS
Down
1
Alfred who coined the term "inferiority complex" : ADLER
2
Max Build-Up Remover brand : DRANO
3
"Easy! Everything will be O.K." : DONTPANIC
4
Sound on Old MacDonald's farm : MOO
5
Way impressive : EPIC
6
Having hands, in a way : ANALOG
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Ski resort transport : GONDOLA
8
Low ones are best, in brief : ERAS
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Didn't get bought : SAT
10
Muff : FOULUP
11
Nonmonetary donation : ORGAN
12
Haggard : GAUNT
13
More than a sliver : SLAB
18
Schlep : TOTE
19
Bicker (with) : SPAR
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Match maker? : EROS
26
"Take one" : HERE
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"Later!" : BYE
29
Feel under par : AIL
30
Convenience store convenience : ATM
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Publisher of American Hunter magazine, for short : NRA
33
Nude : AUNATUREL
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X-ray alternative : MRI
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"Absolutely!" : YES
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Like forgetful actors : CUED
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Celebrity gossip site : TMZ
40
Frequent visitor to a principal's office : IMP
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Nurses : SIPS
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Hot : PICANTE
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Reduces to bits : SHREDS
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Back end : REAR
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Firing range sight : TARGET
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Standard util. : ELEC
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Amazon's voice-controlled assistant : ALEXA
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Group of 13 : COVEN
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___ management : ASSET
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Traffic signals : BEEPS
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Brotherhood, for short : FRAT
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Banquet : DINE
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Come to port : DOCK
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Toucan ___, Froot Loops mascot : SAM
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New England state sch. : URI

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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