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New York Times, Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Skip, as the "f" and "the" in "two of the clock"

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 82, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 74 for Mr. Krozel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2015, The New York Times2/3/15 ( No. 23,828 )
Across
1
*PS : GLOBAL
7
US*S : POSTAL
13
I*S : REVENUE
15
GE* : DIPLOMA
16
*PO : INITIAL
17
H*MES : ONTARIO
18
T*IF : GOD
19
T*T : NITRO
21
SWA* : KISS
22
F*C : TRADE
24
B*W : THE
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I*U : CARE
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*NT : EAR
30
V*T : ADDED
34
*TA : PARENT
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S*O : ROOM
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C*T : RAY
39
*M : ANTE
40
BP*E : ORDER
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*OS : SAVE
43
FW*W : ITS
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*TC : OVER
45
R*I : BATTED
47
H*H : ROYAL
49
*YI : FOR
51
W*D : MASS
52
NAS*AR : CAR
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GO* : PARTY
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W*W : WIDE
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G* : ISSUE
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*YSE : NEW
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USN* : ACADEMY
66
B*T : LETTUCE
69
AA*P : RETIRED
70
N*F : SCIENCE
71
U*PS : STATES
72
*RA : EARNED
Down
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Small eel : GRIG
2
Jay formerly of "The Tonight Show" : LENO
3
Virgil contemporary : OVID
4
Transaction with a bookie : BET
5
"Wheel of Fortune" purchase : ANI
6
Actress Patten or Anders : LUANA
7
Wine grape variety : PINOT
8
Choose : OPT
9
Quenched : SLAKED
10
Doughnuts, mathematically : TORI
11
Les Trois Mousquetaires, to one another : AMIS
12
Ho Chi Minh trail setting : LAOS
14
Skip, as the "f" and "the" in "two of the clock" : ELIDE
15
Golden, in France : DOR
20
Things "on my guitar" in a 2008 Taylor Swift hit : TEARDROPS
22
Decision-maker's drawing : TREE
23
Stimpy's pal in cartoons : REN
25
One going for big laughs, say : HAM
26
Division of a long poem : CANTO
27
Like many young Brooklynites, stereotypically : ARTSY
29
Food traditionally eaten with a miniature spoon : ROE
31
Cries of annoyance : DRATS
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Gutters are attached to them : EAVES
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Like purple hair : DYED
34
Put together, as socks : PAIR
35
Good, in a Jewish exclamation : TOV
37
Sun or planet : ORB
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One counting to 10, maybe : REF
42
"Don't leave me!" : STAY
44
Ending with pay or plug : OLA
46
Qty. : AMT
48
Nailed the test : ACEDIT
50
Actor Julia and others : RAULS
53
Layers of frost : RIMES
55
Sports star-turned-model Gabrielle : REECE
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Events of 1914-18 and 1939-45 : WARS
57
"Law & Order: SVU" actor : ICET
58
Numbers to crunch : DATA
60
Rocker Barrett of the original Pink Floyd : SYD
61
Former Georgia senator Sam : NUNN
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Behold, to Cicero : ECCE
63
Do some yard work : WEED
65
Before, in poetry : ERE
67
Aunt, in Latin America : TIA
68
Three: Prefix : TER

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