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New York Times, Monday, February 3, 2014

Checkout counter staple ... or, when read as three words, what 20-, 31-, 47- and 55-Across have in common

Author:
Sean Dobbin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Dobbin.
Sean Dobbin notes:
This puzzle is one of my first constructions and the second that Will accepted. It's the last of what I would call my "Delaware ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
A little crossword news: the 15th Westport Public Library Crossword Contest was held this past Saturday. About 120 crossword ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Man vs. Puzzle outed! I had to use every last ounce of my mental faculties to figure out who this mysterious new NYT xw blogger was ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times2/3/14 ( No. 23,463 )

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Across
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___ of the Apostles : ACTS
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Gentleman's partner : LADY
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Veranda : PORCH
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Circle : LOOP
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"Essays of ___" (1823 volume) : ELIA
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French farewell : ADIEU
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Leader of Qatar : EMIR
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Run ___ (go wild) : AMOK
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Mechanical man : ROBOT
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January 1 to December 31 : CALENDARYEAR
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Chicago trains : ELS
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Tack on : ADD
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Little devil : IMP
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Texter's "If you ask me ..." : IMO
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First pilot to travel faster than the speed of sound : CHUCKYEAGER
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Florida city between Tampa and Fort Myers : SARASOTA
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Egyptian peninsula : SINAI
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Curves : ARCS
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Evening news hour : TENPM
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Snorkasaurus of toondom : DINO
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Contents of some urns : ASHES
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Line across a circle : DIAMETER
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Area around a henhouse : CHICKENYARD
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Hosp. areas : ERS
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Barrett of Pink Floyd : SYD
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Slip of paper in a poker pot : IOU
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Recipe meas. : TSP
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Bright color : CANARYYELLOW
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Everglades critter : GATOR
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Black: Fr. : NOIR
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Prefix with dynamic : AERO
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Chicago airport : OHARE
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Deal (with) : COPE
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Burrito alternative : TACO
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Cold-weather jacket : PARKA
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Squeezed (out) : EKED
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Spoken : ORAL
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Baldwin of "30 Rock" : ALEC
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Result of a concussion, maybe : COMA
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"Double, double, ___ and trouble" : TOIL
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Binge : SPREE
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Air rifle pellets : LEADSHOT
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___ mater : ALMA
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Fashionable Christian : DIOR
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Gab and gab some more : YAKYAK
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Fourth of July and Veterans Day events : PARADES
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Aroma : ODOR
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Tidbit often served barbecue-style : RIB
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Co. head : CEO
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Thatch-roofed dwelling, maybe : HUT
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Pennant race inits. : NLCS
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Big name in ice cream : EDY
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Set on fire : IGNITE
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More cruel : MEANER
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Rap sheet listings : PRIORS
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"Inside Llewyn Davis" actor Oscar and others : ISAACS
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Like wetland : MARSHY
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Common corsage flower : ORCHID
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Member of a Western tribe : UTE
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Checkout counter staple ... or, when read as three words, what 20-, 31-, 47- and 55-Across have in common : CANDY
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Helper : AIDE
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"Hold on ___!" : ASEC
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Zadora of "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" : PIA
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Like Joan of Arc : MARTYRED
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Vail in the winter, e.g. : SKIAREA
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Goods: Abbr. : MDSE
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Seeming eternity : EON
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Subtlety : NUANCE
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Philosopher who said "Writing is the geometry of the soul" : PLATO
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Popped topper : CORK
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Corner piece in chess : ROOK
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"Eek!" : YIPE
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Shakespearean king : LEAR
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Killer whale : ORCA
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Winter wear material : WOOL
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Republicans, for short : GOP
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"Oh, I see!" : AHA
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Paving material : TAR

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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