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New York Times, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Author:
Julian Lim
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Julian Lim

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Lim. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun interpretation of phrases containing OUT today. TAKE OUT ORDER stood OUT for me, as the base phrase is solid and the resulting ... read more

Fun interpretation of phrases containing OUT today. TAKE OUT ORDER stood OUT for me, as the base phrase is solid and the resulting kooky definition is surprising. Interesting take on breaking the "dupe" rule of crosswords, where an answer ought not be duplicated elsewhere in the grid. (Will plays a bit looser with this rule than other editors, which is completely in his right, as the editor gets to make the rules.)

CPR kit

I personally like "clue echoes," so seeing [Letters on some kits] in sequential acrosses was neat. I wasn't sure at first if a CPR kit was a thing, but some Googling shows it to be fine.

Loved the clue for MACS. For those of us PC users, "Safari" is an internet browser widely used on Macs. And an interesting clue in [They may be paddled], which wasn't CANOES or KAYAKS or BOATS. I wonder if this might stir a little controversy, especially given all the recent NFL violence issues. It is a clever misdirection in the clue, though.

Finally, I bet there will be grousing about LIEF. I doubt I would ever choose to use LIEF, but that's personal preference – although it's not a terribly current word, it does have literary value. I did hesitate when I got there, especially since LAEF (Et ALIA felt equally correct to me) seemed as good as LAEF. Er, LIEF. Perhaps an easier or less ambiguous crossing would have been better there.

Oh, let's not forget HOT PINK! Great entry worked into the fill. Not totally sure it's a super-popular Victoria's Secret color, but this clue is bound to spark some discussion.

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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0204 ( 23,829 )
Across
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Muck : MIRE
5
Hilton competitor : HYATT
10
Overlord's domain : FIEF
14
Green card issuer, informally : AMEX
15
Specks : MOTES
16
Word repeated in ___ City, ___ : IOWA
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Eye an election official? : CHECKOUTCOUNTER
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Bulgaria's capital : SOFIA
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"Fie!" : BAH
22
They may be paddled : REARS
23
Laid-back : TYPEB
25
Tennis champion with the 2009 memoir "Open" : AGASSI
26
Decimate a monastery's occupants? : TAKEOUTORDER
30
"Ready when you are!" : ALLSET
31
Formal vote : YEA
32
Desk jockey's happy yell : TGIF
36
Prevarication : LIE
37
Letters on some kits : DIY
39
Letters on some kits : CPR
41
"The Prague Cemetery" author, 2010 : ECO
42
Happily, old-style : LIEF
44
Many Ph.D. candidates : TAS
46
Capital about 60 miles from the Caspian Sea : TEHRAN
48
Warning shouted to a lacrosse defenseman? : LOOKOUTPOINT
51
Heavenly ring bearer? : SATURN
54
High-and-mighty sort : SNOOT
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Unique : ALONE
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___ sauce : SOY
57
Let's say, informally : SPOSE
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Develop one's comedy acts? : WORKOUTROUTINES
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___ Modern (London museum) : TATE
65
Report card report : MARKS
66
Tidal term : NEAP
67
Glutted (on), briefly : ODED
68
Afflictions sometimes caused by sleep deprivation : STYES
69
Musical Perry : KATY
Down
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Safari vehicles? : MACS
2
"If you ask me," in textspeak : IMHO
3
Good snorkeling locale : REEF
4
Fires up : EXCITES
5
Grp. with a co-pay : HMO
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"For sure!" : YOUBET
7
"Good going, kid!" : ATTABOY
8
Corporate department that offers support : TECH
9
Chinese menu general : TSO
10
Pricey pieces : FINEART
11
Bitsy pieces : IOTAS
12
Some still-life subjects : EWERS
13
46-Across tongue : FARSI
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Flattened : KAYOED
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It might be sexual : URGE
24
"Here, try wearing this" : PUTITON
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Accept after a while : ADAPTTO
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With one's head in the clouds? : TALL
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Et ___ (and others: Lat.) : ALII
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"Der Goldfisch" painter : KLEE
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Parks' partner, familiarly : REC
33
Spice Girl Halliwell : GERI
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Statement of confidence : ICAN
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Word choice? : FONT
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Talk incessantly : YAK
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Share, as a blog entry : REPOST
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Didn't make the grade? : FLUNKED
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"My bad" : SOSORRY
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Popular color at Victoria's Secret : HOTPINK
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Bicolor snack : OREO
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Separate, as oxen : UNYOKE
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Dealt with : SAWTO
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Tons : ALOAD
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Rich European dessert : TORTE
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Paramedic's "pronto" : STAT
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Ready for service : ONEA
59
Airplane ticket info : SEAT
60
Spot : ESPY
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Speech coach's targets : UMS
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___ Midway : USS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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