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New York Times, Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Author:
Ruth Bloomfield Margolin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ruth B. Margolin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQWYZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Margolin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ruth B. Margolin notes:
Naive constructor wanders unknowingly into the quicksand of a tricky-to-implement perimeter theme. Whichever path she takes, the theme ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
"Perimeter puzzles" rely on a revealer to makes sense of the answers around the edges. SUBMERGED didn't make sense to me at first — ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0224 ( 24,214 )
Across
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Lofty in thought or manner : SUBLIME
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Like the area between city and farm : SUBURBAN
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Puts down by force : SUBDUES
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Apple originally marketed to schools : EMAC
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Blackmore's Doone : LORNA
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M.I.T. part: Abbr. : INST
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M.I.T. part: Abbr. : TECH
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Make impure : TAINT
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City on the Arno : PISA
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S.U.V. named for a lake : TAHOE
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Football legend Amos Alonzo ___ : STAGG
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Number of states that border the Mississippi : TEN
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Composer of music "as ignorable as it is interesting" : ENO
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D-Day vessels, for short : LSTS
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With all judges present : ENBANC
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Greet, as the new year : RINGIN
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Popular Bach piece for the lute : BOURREE
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Twinings in London is one : TEAHOUSE
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Super Bowl highlights, to many : ADS
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Goes underwater ... or a hint to the answers on the perimeter of this puzzle : SUBMERGES
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"Six-pack" muscles : ABS
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Talent show judge, often : PANELIST
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LP protectors : SLEEVES
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Bow respectfully : SALAAM
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Fruitcake fruit : CITRON
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Eartha who sang "C'est Si Bon" : KITT
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Mani-pedi spot : SPA
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Mens ___ (criminal intent) : REA
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"Star Wars" droid, informally : ARTOO
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Upper reaches of space : ETHER
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"You've Got a Friend ___" : INME
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Yoga posture : ASANA
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Diva ___ Te Kanawa : KIRI
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Wasabi ___ (bar snack) : PEAS
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Politico lampooned by Fey : PALIN
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Sign to heed : OMEN
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Underlying theme : SUBTEXT
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Take away : SUBTRACT
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Become less intense : SUBSIDE
Down
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Renter from a renter : SUBLETTER
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"This is no joke!" : IMEANIT
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Speed of sound : MACHONE
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Guitar amp effect : ECHO
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Extreme: Abbr. : ULT
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Comedians' shindig : ROAST
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Yanks' allies in W.W. I and II : BRITS
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Visitor to Siam, on stage and film : ANNA
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"Explorer" channel : NATGEO
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Stock market fluctuation : DIP
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Acrobat's wear : UNITARD
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Dead Sea Scrolls sect : ESSENES
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Meat of the matter : SUBSTANCE
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College benefactor Yale : ELIHU
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Serengeti antelope : GNU
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Hoity-toity sort : SNOB
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Rio's land, to natives : BRASIL
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Thigh-slapper : GASSER
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Capital on the Aare : BERN
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World Series game sextet : UMPS
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Triton's domain : SEA
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Tale of adventure : GEST
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Send over the moon : ELATE
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Property recipient, in law : ALIENEE
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Loser to VHS : BETAMAX
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Sushi bar option : SASHIMI
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Like the pointed end of a pencil : TAPERED
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The "2" in the formula for water, e.g. : SUBSCRIPT
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U.S. broadcaster overseas : VOA
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Totally absorbed : ENRAPT
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U.S.S. Nautilus, for one : SUBMARINE
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Eucalyptus-munching animal : KOALA
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Column style : IONIC
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Central figure in a Mussorgsky opera : TSAR
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Ring stoppages, for short : TKOS
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Guinness suffix : EST
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Formicide's target : ANT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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