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New York Times, Thursday, February 25, 2016

Focal points of many F.A.A. investigations ... or a description of 18-, 24- and 40-Across?

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 43 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 48 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2016, The New York Times2/25/16 ( No. 24,215 )

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Across
1
Squelch : STIFLE
7
Landlord on "Three's Company" : MRROPER
14
Jumped up and down, perhaps : POGOED
15
Towering over : WAYABOVE
16
One of the rooms in Clue : LOUNGE
17
Neighbor of Miss Gulch : AUNTIEEM
18
South American monkey's handhold? : AMAZONVINE
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Mount that's a poker term when read backward : ETNA
21
Urge : YEN
22
Give ___ whirl : ITA
23
Verizon FiOS, e.g., for short : ISP
24
[Insert your least favorite congressman here]? : YAHOOPOLITICO
31
Second-class person, informally? : SOPH
32
"Quit your excuses" : NOBUTS
33
"___ con Dios" (Spanish farewell) : VAYA
35
Affectation : AIRS
36
"Junk" : HEROIN
38
Veterinarian's branch of sci. : ZOOL
40
Bird watcher upon spotting the rare California condor? : VULTUREGAWKER
43
Bobs and buns : DOS
44
___ Fridays : TGI
45
Friend of Fidel : CHE
47
Types : ILKS
49
Focal points of many F.A.A. investigations ... or a description of 18-, 24- and 40-Across? : CRASHSITES
53
Figure in Matisse's "Le Bateau" : SAILBOAT
55
Soften : EASEUP
56
Boston specialty : CREAMPIE
57
Out of service? : EXARMY
58
Landlocked European : SERBIAN
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"America's diner is always open" sloganeer : DENNYS
Down
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Spread out : SPLAY
2
Pennsylvania senator Pat : TOOMEY
3
Cactus flower eaters : IGUANAS
4
Epitome of cool, with "the" : FONZ
5
Small construction company : LEGO
6
___ Prairie, Minn. : EDEN
7
View from Hilo : MAUNALOA
8
Baseball Hall-of-Famer Sandberg : RYNE
9
Word that can precede or follow pack : RAT
10
2015 award for "Hamilton" : OBIE
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Aristotle work that began literary theory : POETICS
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"Yeah, but still ..." : EVENSO
13
Update, cartographer-style : REMAP
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Serve : WAITON
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A-lister : VIP
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Shack : HOVEL
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Style with illusory motion : OPART
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"Silly goose!" : OHYOU
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One of the Balearic Islands : IBIZA
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Best-selling author of legal thrillers : TUROW
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"No worries" : ITSOK
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J.F.K. conveyance : AIRTRAIN
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More burly : HUSKIER
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Render invalid : NEGATE
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Stand taken by one making a speech : LECTERN
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1958 hit with the lyric "Your love has given me wings" : VOLARE
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Grunts : GIS
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Watery, as eyes : RHEUMY
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Checkers, e.g. : DISCS
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They're given for Best Upset and Best Play : ESPYS
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Sidewalk section, e.g. : SLAB
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Setting of a top 10 Barry Manilow hit : COPA
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Be mindful of : HEED
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___-Altenburg (old German duchy) : SAXE
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"This ___ outrage!" : ISAN
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Ratio involving height and weight, for short : BMI

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle.

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