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New York Times, Monday, March 16, 2015

One thanked in the statement "Thank you for your service"

Author:
Ian Livengood
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ian Livengood

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 46 for Mr. Livengood.
Ian Livengood notes:
I filled the grid around the "Q" and 22- / 26-Down (running through three theme answers). Usually 3x7 corners don't really do it for ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Ian puts on his usual clinic today, four themers hiding diminutive nicknames, plus the SMALL TALK revealer. All themers are two(ish) ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times3/16/15 ( No. 23,869 )

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Streisand, familiarly : BABS
5
"Planet of the ___" : APES
9
Banana split or fudge brownie : TREAT
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Pac-12 hoops giant : UCLA
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Depend (on) : RELY
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Grand Canyon pack animal : BURRO
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Toy in a water fight : SQUIRTGUN
19
Urban renewal areas : SLUMS
20
High-end leather variety : SUEDE
21
___ good job : DOA
23
Breyers rival : EDYS
24
"Shop ___ you drop" : TIL
25
Crispy seafood dish : FRIEDSHRIMP
29
___ pro nobis : ORA
30
III, to Jr. : SON
31
That woman : SHE
32
Chinese path of enlightenment : TAO
33
Worshipers' seats : PEWS
35
Carry-___ (airplane totes) : ONS
37
Singing, juggling or performing magic : TALENT
39
1995 crime caper based on an Elmore Leonard novel : GETSHORTY
42
PC key combo : ALTTAB
45
Garden tool : HOE
46
"Grade A" purchase : EGGS
50
Reason to play overtime : TIE
51
One thanked in the statement "Thank you for your service" : VET
53
Japanese path of enlightenment : ZEN
55
Over there, to a poet : YON
56
Hall-of-Fame Dodger nicknamed "The Little Colonel" : PEEWEEREESE
59
Hosp. body scan : MRI
60
This: Sp. : ESTA
61
Basketball net holder : RIM
62
Greek column variety : IONIC
64
Still kicking : ALIVE
66
Chitchat ... or an apt title for this puzzle? : SMALLTALK
69
Heavenly body with a tail : COMET
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Overly promote : HYPE
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Tahiti, for one : ISLE
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Big-mouthed pitchers : EWERS
73
Venomous Nile dwellers : ASPS
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* : STAR
Down
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Spot about every two blocks on a major city street : BUSSTOP
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Obtain : ACQUIRE
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Sunday liquor prohibition : BLUELAW
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"You ___ it, brother!" : SAID
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Field for Robert Indiana or Georgia O'Keeffe : ART
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Hatrack piece : PEG
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Avoid, as capture : ELUDE
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Clerical gatherings : SYNODS
9
"Conan" network : TBS
10
Aid in drawing straight lines : RULER
11
Well-educated : ERUDITE
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Every West Point graduate until 1980 : ARMYMAN
13
Drunkard : TOSSPOT
18
Gridiron officials, in brief : REFS
22
Wood sources for baseball bats : ASHTREES
26
Barq's or Mug : ROOTBEER
27
Overnight stops on road trips : INNS
28
Furnace output : HEAT
34
___ Pepper : SGT
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"Quiet!" : SHH
38
Potent cleaning solution : LYE
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Roof overhang : EAVE
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Trickle (through) : OOZE
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In a calm state : ATPEACE
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Stays off the grid, say : LIESLOW
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When a golf round starts : TEETIME
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Pommel horse user : GYMNAST
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Thug : GORILLA
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Tee-hee : SNICKER
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Yearwood of country music : TRISHA
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Simon who won a Tony for writing "The Odd Couple" : NEIL
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Vacillate : WAVER
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Top TV honors : EMMYS
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Soul singer Redding : OTIS
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U.F.O. crew, supposedly : ETS
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Words With Friends, e.g. : APP
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TV exec Moonves : LES

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

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