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New York Times, Saturday, March 15, 2014

How the descriptions of most things usually end?

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 28 Missing: {QVX} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Sessa. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Edward Sessa notes:
With this puzzle there were four "seed" words which I wanted to keep if possible, one in each section: HOLMESIAN, leading off the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
This puzzle was right up my alley. A pretty standard-ish layout with 70 words, but jam-packed with great entries, from the classic ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times3/15/14 ( No. 23,503 )

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Across
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Like some methods of detection : HOLMESIAN
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Winter athletes' pull-ups? : TBARS
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Without requiring scrutiny : ATAGLANCE
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Last name in the skin care industry : ARPEL
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Indication that one wants to get smacked : KISSYFACE
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Producer of "whirlybirds" : MAPLE
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How the descriptions of most things usually end? : EST
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Cast : SENT
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Like many taxis : HAILED
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Bathhouse square : TILE
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N.B.A. team starting in 1988 : HORNETS
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A line, e.g. : SUBWAY
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A lines, e.g. : SERIFS
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"Essays in Love" writer ___ de Botton : ALAIN
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People everywhere : HUMANRACE
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Since 2010 it's had a shield on its back : CENT
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Buckles : WARPS
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Jack for Jacques? : EURO
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Two or three in a row, say : SEATMATES
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Texas state tree : PECAN
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Prevent from having anything? : NEUTER
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What cookies are often baked in : DOZENS
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Stung : SMARTED
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Swiss bank depositor? : AARE
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Spare change collector : TIPJAR
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Spare change collectors : BUMS
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Vineyard, in Vichy : CRU
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Song of exultation : PAEAN
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Sexy : BODACIOUS
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Failed in a big way : ATEIT
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Seaweed used in home brewing : IRISHMOSS
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Some men's sizes : TALLS
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One controlling drones : BEEKEEPER
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Relative of a haddock : HAKE
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Uplifting company? : OTIS
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Bad way to finish : LAST
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Classic two-seaters : MGS
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Blissful : ELYSIAN
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Without incident, say : SAFELY
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Lacking a point : INANE
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A teller might update it: Abbr. : ACCT
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Connection between Obama and Robinson? : NEE
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Member of the marmoset family : TAMARIN
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Cold discomfort, of sorts : BRAINFREEZE
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Poppycock : APPLESAUCE
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Found new tenants for : RELET
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Polar bearers? : SLEDS
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They're often accompanied by "Hava Nagila" : HORAS
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Penalty for some overly prolific posters : TWITTERJAIL
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Rope and dope sources : HEMPS
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Body bags? : SACS
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Title 54-Across of film : ULEE
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Skin behind a slip, perhaps : BANANAPEEL
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Less likely to have waffles : SURER
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Like supervillains : HATED
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Grape, Cherry or Strawberry lead-in : CRAN
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A lot of the time? : EONS
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Need for life : WATER
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Staples of Marvel Comics : MUTANTS
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Cayenne producer : PORSCHE
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Velvety pink : DAMASK
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Annual winter honoree, briefly : STPAT
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Modern two-seater : MIATA
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Murphy of "To Hell and Back" : AUDIE
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"Zzz" inducer : BORE
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Something to buy into : COOP
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Device : RUSE
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Miracle on Ice loser of '80 : USSR
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Crab house accessory : BIB
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"___ Wed" (2007 Erica Durance movie) : IME

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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