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New York Times, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Author:
Tom McCoy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tom McCoy

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. McCoy. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tom McCoy notes:
My worst fear as a constructor was realized when, as I was putting the completed grid into an envelope to submit it, I noticed that I ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0203 ( 24,193 )
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Infomercial presentation, e.g. : SPIEL
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Many fourth-down plays : PUNTS
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Take to the hills? : SKI
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Scaly wall-scaler : GECKO
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HI hi : ALOHA
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QB Brady : TOM
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Seize the reins : TAKECONTROL
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Bauxite or galena : ORE
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Fall guy? : SKYDIVER
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What pi may be used to find : AREA
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Female lead in "Gattaca" and "Kill Bill" : UMATHURMAN
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Drive away : REPEL
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Tirade : RANT
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Bourgeoisie ... or a description of each group of circled letters? : MIDDLECLASS
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Sound from a terrier : ARF
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Genre of Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" : SCIFI
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Avail : AID
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Concur : AGREE
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Adjust, as a watch : SET
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Baseball position ... or a description of each group of circled letters? : CENTERFIELD
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Barn neighbor : SILO
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Itty-bitty : EENSY
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In eager anticipation : ALLATINGLE
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F.B.I. action : RAID
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Superstate in "1984" : EASTASIA
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Avail oneself of : USE
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Followers of Lord Voldemort : DEATHEATERS
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Beseech : BEG
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Go around in circles : ORBIT
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What might get an A1 application? : STEAK
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"What ___ the odds?!" : ARE
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Some Arizona flora : CACTI
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Grosses : EARNS
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Pepper and others: Abbr. : SGTS
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Maximum : PEAK
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Gross : ICKY
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Barely obtained, with "out" : EKED
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Focal points : LOCI
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"The Hunger Games" nation : PANEM
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Very, very : ULTRA
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"Neither snow ___ rain ..." : NOR
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However, in brief : THO
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"My Gal ___" (song classic) : SAL
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Hurricane, e.g. : STORM
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Land partitioned in 1945 : KOREA
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"That is to say ..." : IMEAN
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Future seed : OVULE
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"___ washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life": Picasso : ART
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Commerce : TRADE
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Owns : HAS
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Hazardous : UNSAFE
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Source of about 20% of the calories consumed by humanity : RICE
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Work with 31-Down : EDIT
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File name ending in Adobe Acrobat : PDF
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Draw out : ELICIT
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Some submissions: Abbr. : MSS
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Group of established works : CANON
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Put a match to : LIT
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God whose name is a homophone of a zodiac sign : ARES
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Count (on) : RELY
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Made dinner for : FED
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Cotton ___ : GIN
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___ Whitney : ELI
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Witherspoon of "Legally Blonde" : REESE
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Down : SAD
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Dutch Caribbean island : ARUBA
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Surgical beam : LASER
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Feudal lord : LIEGE
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Question sometimes accompanied by an elbow jab : GETIT
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Christine of "Chicago Hope" : LAHTI
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Shock, in a way : TASE
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The U.N.'s Kofi ___ Annan : ATTA
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Forward-looking person? : SEER
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Persia, nowadays : IRAN
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Requests, with "for" : ASKS
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File name ending in Word : DOC
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Long time : ERA
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Epitome of simplicity : ABC

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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