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New York Times, Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Word that can precede either part of 17-, 25-, 38-, 54- and 63-Across

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 7 for Ms. Weintraub.
Robyn Weintraub notes:
Initially, I was playing with the concept of "Opening Night," in which NIGHT would be the 'opening' for various other words. I had ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Good example of the "both words can follow" type theme. It's been a few months since we saw our last one, and I appreciate Will ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times3/24/15 ( No. 23,877 )

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Across
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Shade of white : PEARL
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Instruction on a frozen turkey : THAW
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"Doctor Zhivago" woman : LARA
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First two words of Genesis : INTHE
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Smooth, as the way : EASE
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"... if ___ a wiz there was" : EVER
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Debate team or Model United Nations : SCHOOLCLUB
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Steady look : GAZE
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Upbraided, with "off" : TOLD
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"Now it all makes sense!" : AHA
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Card game with a bank : FARO
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World peace and the golden rule : IDEALS
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Aid on "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" : LIFELINE
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Tennis call : LET
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Tiebreakers, for short : OTS
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Drenched with a sudden flow : SLUICED
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___ jockey (office worker) : DESK
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Queen of Olympus : HERA
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Letters at the end of the O.E.D. : ZEDS
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Commuter's reference guide : TIMETABLE
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6, in the set [3,5,5,6,6,6,7] : MODE
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Distance unit on a treasure map : PACE
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Not incl. : ADDL
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Shooter's position in a fort : PARAPET
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British business abbr. : LTD
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Suffix with confident : IAL
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Atrium feature : SKYLIGHT
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It may require a proof of purchase : REBATE
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Xmas poem opener : TWAS
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Trouble : WOE
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Boxers Muhammad and Laila : ALIS
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Place where things get stuck : CRAW
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It's not an automatic feature : STICKSHIFT
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Crème ___ crème : DELA
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Apiece : EACH
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Capital of Yemen : SANAA
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Count (on) : RELY
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x and y, in math : AXES
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Word that can precede either part of 17-, 25-, 38-, 54- and 63-Across : NIGHT
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Pollination part : PISTIL
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Like many N.S.A. communications : ENCODED
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Sports Illustrated profilee : ATHLETE
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"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" spinoff : RHODA
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Sign of summer : LEO
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Big field in Silicon Valley : TECH
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Kosher : Jews :: ___ : Muslims : HALAL
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Tempe campus, for short : ASU
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N.A.A.C.P. co-founder ___ Du Bois : WEB
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Like gambling in Nevada : LEGALIZED
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Greed : AVARICE
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Changed from residential to commercial, say : REZONED
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"All men ___ created equal" : ARE
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Winning the booby prize : LAST
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Pot-au-___ (French stew) : FEU
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Mischievous Norse god : LOKI
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Country with kibbutzim : ISRAEL
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Exerciser's target : FLAB
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Newspaper heads, for short : EDS
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Sword cover : SHEATH
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Leave surreptitiously : STEALAWAY
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List shortener : ETC
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Downloaded video format : MPEG
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Pack cargo : LADE
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House of Commons figs. : MPS
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Acorn, eventually : OAKTREE
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House builder's material : DRYWALL
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Making a call : DIALING
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Queen of "Chicago" : LATIFAH
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Geometry students' symbols : PIS
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U.S.S. Enterprise journey : TREK
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Vampire role for Tom Cruise : LESTAT
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How often, at most, one can be elected U.S. president : TWICE
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Mideast religion : BAHAI
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Newspaper publisher Adolph : OCHS
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Navy rank below capt. : CDR
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Captain's domain : SEA
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See 65-Down : TAX
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Fig. supplied on a 64-Down form : SSN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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