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New York Times, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

"I'm buying!," at a bar ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Chen.
Jeff Chen notes:
Genius, simply pure genius. What else can I say about my "JEFF vs. DAN" contest... or should I say, my "JEFF vs. DAN" con? (rubbing ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've said over and over how I'm never going to tackle another puzzle with perimeter themers. They take so long to execute and are so ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times3/12/14 ( No. 23,500 )

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Across
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White breakfast beverage : MILK
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Orange breakfast beverage : JUICE
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Tan breakfast beverage : TEA
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Blunted blade : EPEE
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What a "V" signals to a violinist : UPBOW
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Sock : SLUG
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Middle of a simile : ASAN
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Work like a dog : SLAVE
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Body lotion brand : KERI
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Admonition to the overly curious : DONTSTARE
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Nut often found on a sticky bun : PECAN
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Agitated state : SNIT
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Ungentlemanly sort : CAD
25
R. E. Lee's org. : CSA
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Like some shopping : ONESTOP
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Best-liked, in chat rooms : FAV
34
Kid's retort : IAMSO
36
Words said while tapping on a watch : TIMETOGO
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"I'm buying!," at a bar ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : DRINKSALLAROUND
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Good-looking person? : EAGLEEYE
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"10" star : DEREK
43
Density symbol : RHO
44
Alternative to pasta : RISOTTO
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Agcy. for retirees : SSA
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"___ Misérables" : LES
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They build up in pores : OILS
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Rainbow-shaped : ARCED
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Story threads : PLOTLINES
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Bet : LAID
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Fire-starting aid : FLINT
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___ bene : NOTA
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One of Isaac's twins : ESAU
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Start of an elimination rhyme : EENIE
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Endor denizen : EWOK
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Fizzy dinner quaff : POP
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Plain dinner quaff : WATER
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Genteel dinner quaff : WINE
Down
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Product of fermenting honey : MEAD
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___ facto : IPSO
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Not marbled, say : LEAN
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Jonathan and Martha of Smallville : KENTS
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Newly arrived : JUSTIN
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Pulling an all-nighter, e.g. : UPLATE
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Letter-shaped construction component : IBAR
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Pirate hide-out, often : COVE
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Meadow mother : EWE
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Clucked : TSKED
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G.E. component: Abbr. : ELEC
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Halo, e.g. : AURA
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Clear libation popular in England : GIN
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Hornswoggled : SNOOKERED
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Cutout toy : PAPERDOLL
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Knocked-out state : COMA
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Product of fermenting apples : CIDER
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England's Fergie, formally : SARAH
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Bud in the Southwest : AMIGO
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Fifth-century pope called "the Great" : STLEO
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Before, briefly : TIL
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Trey beaters : FOURS
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Moorehead of "Citizen Kane" : AGNES
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Clear libation popular in Russia : VODKA
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Presenter of many a spoof, for short : SNL
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Stocking stuffer? : TOE
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Six, in Seville : SEIS
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Old-timey agreements : AYS
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Nickname for the $2 Canadian coin : TOONIE
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Nervous giggle : TITTER
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Was a prelude (to) : LEDUP
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Muscle connector : SINEW
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Product of fermenting barley : ALE
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Speak like a tough guy, say : RASP
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"Ta-ta!" : CIAO
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"Nolo contendere," e.g. : PLEA
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Dryer fuzz : LINT
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"___ get it!" : NOWI
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School for James Bond : ETON
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Clear libation popular in Japan : SAKE
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Not a lot : FEW

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

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