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New York Times, Thursday, March 1, 2018

Classic letter puzzle -- or, when parsed differently, a hint to three Down answers in this puzzle

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 This is puzzle # 45 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Tim combines two theme types today — a WORD rebus + parsing WORD as "W or D" for a Schrödinger (jokes can be delivered WRYLY or DRYLY, ... read more
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Z
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T
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A
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S
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R
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W
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P
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O
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A
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F
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M
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H
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D
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WORD
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P
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A
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C
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D
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C
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R
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L
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O
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H
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Y
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G
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P
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L
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D
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Y
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P
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WORD
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P
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O
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H
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P
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N
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S
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W
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Q
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N
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© 2018, The New York Times3/1/18 ( No. 24,950 )
Across
1
Sorority letter : ZETA
5
Spread around : STREW
10
Leader in white : POPE
14
Mao Zedong or Mahatma Gandhi : ICON
15
Castle with famous steps : IRENE
16
___ Karakum (Asian desert) : ARAL
17
Conservative : TORY
18
"Bring it on!" or "Let's rumble!" : FIGHTINGWORDS
20
Narrow margin : INCH
21
Fictional home in Georgia : TARA
22
Spinny billiards shot : MASSE
23
Potato harvesting aid : HOE
25
Hardly : SELDOM
27
Writing/editing aid : WORDPROCESSOR
30
Band with the aptly titled album "Powerage" : ACDC
34
Girl's name that's a body part in reverse : RAE
35
Argentine author Jorge ___ Borges : LUIS
36
"Yeah, right" : OHSURE
38
Haute couture inits. : YSL
39
Shape on a suspension bridge : ARC
40
School yardstick, for short : GPA
41
No mas! : PAS
42
Bring about : LEADTO
44
Pupil surrounder : IRIS
45
___ budget : ONA
46
Dum-dum : YOYO
47
Recommend, as an applicant : PUTINAWORDFOR
50
Was on first : OPENED
52
One might be nervous : TIC
53
Where many people make connections : OHARE
56
Take a header : TRIP
58
Honker : NOSE
61
Classic letter puzzle -- or, when parsed differently, a hint to three Down answers in this puzzle : WORDSQUARE
63
Like goo : ICKY
64
"Don't look at me!" : NOTI
65
Playwright Chekhov : ANTON
66
Gritty genre : NOIR
67
Kind of terrier : SKYE
68
Awkward period, often : TEENS
69
Up (for) or down (for) : GAME
Down
1
Baked pasta dish : ZITI
2
Taxing subject, briefly? : ECON
3
Pre-Olympic event : TORCHRELAY
4
"Moving right along ..." : ANYHOO
5
Strain : SIFT
6
Period when mammals first appeared : TRIASSIC
7
Backslide : REGRESS
8
Treat as a saint : ENHALO
9
Monsoonlike : WET
10
Wide-brimmed hats : PANAMAS
11
Assns. : ORGS
12
Things at the ends of dogs' legs : PAWS
13
Otherwise : ELSE
19
Texter's qualifier : IMO
24
Show of brilliance : ECLAT
26
Pay a visit : DROPIN
27
How some jokes are delivered : WRYLY
28
Evening stroll : PASEO
29
Blue area on a Risk board : EUROPE
31
Place for a marshmallow : CUPOFCOCOA
32
Product with a pipe on its packaging : DRANO
33
Annual cinéma award : CESAR
37
Attacks : HASAT
40
Where a bowl is set : GRIDIRON
43
Last-ditch : DOORDIE
44
Repeat for emphasis : ITERATE
48
Disharmonize : UNTUNE
49
Entertaining, in a way : WINING
51
Foot: Lat. : PES
53
Has control over : OWNS
54
Tee shot goof : HOOK
55
Bohemian : ARTY
57
Writes : PENS
59
Take the top off : SKIM
60
Literary heroine who says "Even for me life had its gleams of sunshine" : EYRE
62
Chewed stimulant in the Mideast : QAT

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

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