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New York Times, Friday, February 6, 2015

32-Across : It underwent a long, massive breakup

Author:
Kyle Mahowald
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kyle Mahowald

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Mahowald. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kyle Mahowald notes:
I'm sort of amazed to realize it's been over 6 years since my last NY Times crossword. Apparently grad school can have that effect — I ... read more
Jill Denny notes:
Well, would you LOOK AT THAT — challenging Friday puzzle to start the weekend. The partitions make this feel like three separate ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:

Jill is one of XWord Info's world-famous(-ish) "J Crew," Jim and Jeff rounding out the trifecta.

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© 2015, The New York Times2/6/15 ( No. 23,831 )
Across
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"Check it out!" : LOOKATTHAT
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Book deals? : BETS
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Buoy : EXHILARATE
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Org chart topper : EXEC
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Many a collar attachment : DOGLICENSE
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When Romeo says he "saw true beauty" before seeing Juliet : NEER
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Like many babies at bedtime : ROCKED
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Players often pick it up : TEMPO
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The Mariners, e.g. : PROBES
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Like many hooks : JSHAPED
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Former consumer electronics company bought by Sony : AIWA
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Studio mixing equipment : PALETTES
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Comment to a card : YOURETOOMUCH
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Pep Boys product : STP
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It underwent a long, massive breakup : PANGAEA
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Leader who said "It is right to rebel" : MAO
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Question asked modestly in response to "That looks great on you" : THISOLDTHING
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Burmese pythons in the Everglades, e.g. : SCOURGES
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"My reply ___" (Magic 8 Ball answer) : ISNO
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Everglades transport : AIRBOAT
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"A sentiment appropriate to the occasion of another's superiority," per Ambrose Bierce : HATRED
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Geo. Washington was the U.S.'s first : LTGEN
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Fencing move that means "arrow" in French : FLECHE
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Sic ___ scriptum : ERAT
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Takes command of : SPEARHEADS
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Source of some fevers : MONO
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"No turning back now!" : ITSDOORDIE
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Get the picture : SNAP
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"Not so hard" : EASYDOESIT
Down
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Took command of : LED
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Brand name chosen for its symmetry : OXO
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Response to a puerile joke : OHGROWUP
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Metric pressure unit : KILOBAR
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"'Tis the Voice of the Lobster" reciter : ALICE
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Changes course : TACKS
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Tag base, perhaps : TREE
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Straight, say : HAND
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Cadillac model that debuted in 2012 : ATS
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It gets swung over : TEE
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Unworthy of : BENEATH
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Out of it? : EXEMPT
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Mobile home : TEEPEE
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New England delicacies : SCRODS
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1960s Robert Loggia series about a burglar-turned-bodyguard : THECAT
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Is beneficial : PAYS
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Real card : RIOT
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Crawford who won the 2014 Sixth Man of the Year Award : JAMAL
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Swung around : SLUED
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Dances by jumping in place : POGOS
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Screenwriter who knew the identity of Deep Throat before it was made public : EPHRON
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Region between the tundra and steppes : TAIGA
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Dawn : ONSET
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Makes out clumsily? : MISREADS
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Colonial heretic Hutchinson : ANNE
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Start of some pleas : OGOD
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Wear without straps : TUBETOP
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Informal greeting : HITHERE
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Alternative to Camels : SALEMS
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Fruit historically used for medicinal purposes : CITRON
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"Star Wars" surname : ORGANA
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Villain in a Nativity play : HEROD
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Sound heard before a big blow? : ACHOO
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Talk, with "up" : FESS
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Certain noble : LADY
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You, overseas : SIE
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Natl. Congress of Mothers, today : PTA
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Year the Liang dynasty began : DII
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Radio receiver : SET

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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