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New York Times, Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Author:
Alex Boisvert and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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115/29/20063/23/20162
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1.58211
Alex Boisvert
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1.639292
Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Boisvert. This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
I've always been impressed by Alex. I first encountered his work when I got tired of formatting my NYT crossword submissions by hand. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What you see is a complete redo of the grid Will accepted a few years ago. Alex and I could only make the original work with the ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0323 ( 24,242 )
Across
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Fritter away : WASTE
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Strongman player on "The A-Team" : MRT
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Spanish ___ : MOSS
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It preceded "Eleven," "Twelve" and "Thirteen" on the big screen : OCEANS
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Slip in a pot : IOU
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It becomes its own synonym when "cap" is added in front : ABLE
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*Speedy shipping option : NEXTDAYAIR
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Hollywood's Ken or Lena : OLIN
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Have confidence in : TRUST
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International airport near Tokyo : NARITA
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*Romantic comedy featuring two members of the Brat Pack : ABOUTLASTNIGHT
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A person's soul mate : THEONE
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Pink-slip : CAN
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Odin sacrificed one for wisdom : EYE
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Percentages and such : DATA
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Like much car chase footage : AERIAL
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*Going back to square one : STARTINGALLOVER
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Hand-played drum : TOMTOM
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Presley's "___ Las Vegas" : VIVA
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HBO rival : SHO
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Uncover, poetically : OPE
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Bishop and knight : PIECES
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*Recurring soap opera plot device : LONGLOSTFATHER
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"Hold on, I just might have a good solution ..." : UNLESS
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"Care to explain?" : HOWSO
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Desktop pic : ICON
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Minuet meter ... or a description of the answers to the starred clues? : TRIPLETIME
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Converse : CHAT
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"___ Mutual Friend" : OUR
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Heavy hitter : SLEDGE
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Life span of a star : EONS
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One end of a rainbow : RED
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Something to take a nip from : FLASK
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Came out on top : WON
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Bridge four-pointer : ACE
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Congress : SEX
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Decorative ink : TATTOOART
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Evasive maneuver : ENDRUN
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Sporty Mazda : MIATA
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French king : ROI
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Beat a hasty retreat : TURNTAIL
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Native Kiwis : MAORI
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Necessitate : OBLIGE
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Like the toves in "Jabberwocky" : SLITHY
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Half of Congress : SENATE
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Brown, in a way : SAUTE
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Fashion inits. : YSL
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Historical record : ANNAL
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At the drop of ___ : AHAT
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Testing stage : BETA
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"Make like a tree and leave!" : SCRAM
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Gridiron successes, for short : TDS
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Chips in a pot : ANTES
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I : EGO
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Where couples may register under assumed names : LOVEHOTEL
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Obnoxious sorts : TOOLS
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Charlatan, of a sort : IMPOSTOR
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Smoking cigars, e.g. : VICE
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It becomes its own synonym when "for" is added in front : EVER
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Dorm V.I.P.s : RAS
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Gated water channel : SLUICE
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Bigwig : HONCHO
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Checked out : ONLOAN
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Parts of ratchets : PAWLS
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Reflexive pronoun : ITSELF
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Ladies' counterparts : GENTS
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Position for Cal Ripken Jr. : THIRD
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Snappy dresser : FOP
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Young competitor in "The Hunger Games" : RUE
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Mrs. McKinley : IDA
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Booker T.'s backup : MGS
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"Oh, no!" : EEK

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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