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New York Times, Monday, February 29, 2016

24-Down : More macho

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQ} This is puzzle # 49 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
LEAP DAY commemoration, four holidays ending in DAY "leaping" over a black square: MOT/HERS (day), LA/BOR (day), VETE/RANS (day), and ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is the sixth Leap Day puzzle in the Shortz Era.

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© 2016, The New York Times2/29/16 ( No. 24,219 )
Across
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Apelike : SIMIAN
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"Ah, gotcha" : ISEE
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4.0 is a great one, in brief : GPA
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Frigid time, climatically speaking : ICEAGE
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Repair : MEND
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Male sheep : RAM
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Witty remark : BONMOT
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The past, from a feminist standpoint : HERSTORY
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Social slight : SNUB
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Crafty Norse god : LOKI
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Loud laughs : YUKS
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"No more for me, thanks" : IMSET
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___ Crunch (Quaker cereal) : CAPN
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Milan opera house : LASCALA
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Reason to stare off into space : BOREDOM
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Mine find : ORE
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Finnish telecom giant : NOKIA
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Auto with the slogan "Zoom-zoom" : MAZDA
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___ populi : VOX
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2/29/16, e.g. ... or a hint to the circled squares in this puzzle : LEAPDAY
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German article : EIN
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Louvre pyramid architect : IMPEI
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"Well, I ___ hand it to you ..." : GOTTA
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Regret : RUE
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Gullibility : NAIVETE
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Kidnappers' demands : RANSOMS
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How to address a king : SIRE
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Area of a rectangle = length x ___ : WIDTH
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Tiny bit : IOTA
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"Quickly!," in an order : ASAP
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Helper: Abbr. : ASST
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Once-ubiquitous red fixture seen along London streets : PHONEBOX
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Out of neutral : INGEAR
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Feel sick : AIL
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Become less full, as the moon : WANE
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Quality of a diva : BIGEGO
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___ Equis (Mexican beer) : DOS
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Things dyed for Easter : EGGS
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Call for help : MAYDAY
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Kids in the fam : SIBS
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Clickable image : ICON
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Waiter's handout : MENU
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___ pentameter : IAMBIC
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Long, long ___ : AGO
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Ping-Pong table divider : NET
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"Can we turn on the A/C in here?!" : IMHOT
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Look for : SEEK
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Fermi of physics : ENRICO
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Newspaper staffers, in brief : EDS
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Where the 9/11 Memorial is : GROUNDZERO
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The "P" of PRNDL : PARK
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Schumer and Poehler : AMYS
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Highly competitive, as a personality : TYPEA
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Possible result of a cracked pipe : LEAKAGE
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More macho : MANLIER
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___ gin fizz : SLOE
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Tropical insect that "marches" : ARMYANT
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"I'm ___ it" (McDonald's slogan) : LOVIN
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Scent : AROMA
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Johnny Rotten's punk band, with "the" : SEXPISTOLS
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Scary experience for an LSD user : BADTRIP
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Intense hatred : ODIUM
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What male lions have that lionesses lack : MANES
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Wall St. debut : IPO
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Somewhat : ATAD
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Aquafina rival : EVIAN
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Lipton item attached to a string : TEABAG
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Scooby-Doo's pal : SHAGGY
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Becomes fuller, as the moon : WAXES
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Apple tablet : IPAD
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Its postal abbreviation is also an exclamation : OHIO
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Ballad, e.g. : SONG
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Edible part of a sunflower : SEED
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"Iliad," e.g. : SAGA
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"Iliad" locale : TROY
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Female sheep : EWE
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Tech giant with a striped blue logo : IBM
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Actress Vardalos : NIA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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