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New York Times, Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Game of motor precision that, strangely enough, is often played while inebriated

Author:
Michael Shteyman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 51 for Mr. Shteyman.
Michael Shteyman notes:
You are seeing a puzzle sixteen years in the making! This was my very first crossword sent to The Times back in 1999. The theme ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Very nice construction. Tough to achieve theme interlock, and four crossing themers often creates difficulty in filling a grid. ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times2/25/15 ( No. 23,850 )

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Across
1
Part of "rico" or "roja" : ROLLEDR
8
Lives in a cell? : AMEBAE
14
Like the praying mantis, anatomically [weird, but true] : ONEEARED
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Goofs : BONERS
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Guaranteed to succeed : CANTLOSE
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Covets : ENVIES
19
Bit of smoke : WISP
21
1,000 kilogrammes : TONNE
22
Midwest capital #1 : LANSINGMICHIGAN
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Take on : ADOPT
29
Many radio songs after Thanksgiving : NOELS
30
Think up : IDEATE
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Where to find some very sick individuals, for short : ICU
33
U.F.O. shape : DISK
37
Midwest capital #2 : LINCOLNNEBRASKA
40
Samberg formerly of "S.N.L." : ANDY
41
"So ___ me" : SUE
42
In a way : SORTOF
43
Like early visitors to modern Nova Scotia : NORSE
45
Illustration on many a birth announcement : STORK
46
Midwest capital #3 : STPAULMINNESOTA
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Location for patient information : CHART
52
Wee bit : IOTA
53
Junta, e.g. : REGIME
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Carpal tunnel syndrome preventer : WRISTPAD
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Flabbergasts : AMAZES
62
Stellar student's boast : AAVERAGE
63
Group of people living together : MENAGE
64
What a yellow flag may signify : PENALTY
Down
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Mythical bird with an enormous wingspan : ROC
2
Lead-in to date or dare : ONA
3
Spy novelist Deighton : LEN
4
Chair umpire's call : LET
5
Suffix with arbor : EAL
6
Be overwhelmed : DROWN
7
Terminate a contract ... or extend it : RESIGN
8
First prez to sport a beard : ABE
9
Their days are numbered : MONTHS
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Final stanza in a poem : ENVOI
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Life form : BEING
12
Sports venue : ARENA
13
German steel city : ESSEN
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Midwest capital #4 : DESMOINESIOWA
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Musical composition : PIECE
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Boxer Ali : LAILA
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Computer extra : ADDIN
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Constantly : NOEND
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Constantly daydreaming, say : SPACY
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Leave ___ the pros : ITTO
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Black suit : CLUBS
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Symbol on the flag de Argentina : ELSOL
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Game of motor precision that, strangely enough, is often played while inebriated : DARTS
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Playground retort : ISTOO
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Women's tennis garment : SKORT
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"The Trial" author : KAFKA
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Paavo ___, the Flying Finn of 1920s Olympics : NURMI
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Jack's love in "Titanic" : ROSE
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Eggnog ingredient : NUTMEG
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Catch : ENTRAP
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"Get lost!" : SCRAM
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Principal melody : THEME
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Polytheistic : PAGAN
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Trevor of the N.B.A. : ARIZA
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Like Little Red Riding Hood : NAIVE
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Las Vegas-to-Austin dir. : ESE
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V.I.P. on the Hill: Abbr. : SEN
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Singing syllable : TRA
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Hang out, with "around" : PAL
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F.B.I. employee: Abbr. : AGT
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Susan of old TV's "The Partridge Family" : DEY

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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