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New York Times, Thursday, March 3, 2016

Author:
Andrew Zhou
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 75, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JPXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Zhou. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0303 ( 24,222 )
Across
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Police rounds : AMMO
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Anne, par exemple: Abbr. : STE
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Transfix : STAB
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Hail : LAUD
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___ jazz (fusion genre) : ETHNO
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America's Cup, for one : EWER
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Home to many stuffed animals : MUSEUMOFNATURALHISTORY
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Son-in-law of Muhammad : ALI
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Tar water, as seen in medieval medicine : CUREALL
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Cargo unit : TON
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What the second letter of 17-Down stands for: Abbr. : CAL
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Bark up the wrong tree : ERR
25
In times of yore : AGO
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Port city on the Red Sea : AQABA
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Virtual city dweller : SIM
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Porto-Novo is its capital : BENIN
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Having no legal force : NULL
34
They may be stretches : LIMOS
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Ruler preceding the Year of the Four Emperors : NERO
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Trunk attachment? : VINE
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First first family of Alaska : EGANS
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Field of competition, for short? : ECON
40
Early Japanese P.M. Hirobumi ___ : ITO
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Certain geek : FANGIRL
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Japanese P.M. Shinzo ___ : ABE
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Petro-Canada unit : LITRE
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Mo : SEC
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Pointer : ARROW
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Shade of blue : STEEL
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Challenges : TESTS
51
Mill runoff : SLAG
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Got nothing back from? : ACED
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Salade ___ : NICOISE
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Floating : WAFTING
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"Seriously" : IMEANIT
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Nook, e.g. : EREADER
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Dressed neatly and fashionably : LOOKINGSHARP
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Gridiron scandal of 2015, informally : DEFLATEGATE
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___ mater : ALMA
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Savage : MAUL
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One added to the staff? : MUSICALNOTE
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Thomas Gray's "The Bard," e.g. : ODE
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"50% off" and "Sorry, we're closed" : STORESIGNS
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High-tech home gadget company : THESHARPERIMAGE
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Having the same pitch but written differently, in a score : ENHARMONIC
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Fixed : SET
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Dichromatic fad of the 1950s : TWOTONECARS
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Aviation-related prefix : AERO
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___ Mawr : BRYN
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Ypsilanti sch. whose initials name a bird : EMU
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Big U.S. import : OIL
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Five-time Rose Bowl winner, for short : UCLA
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Hunk : SLAB
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Skillful : ABLE
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Kind of pool : GENE
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Blacksmiths' needs : ANVILS
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"Stop that!" : QUITIT
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Sci-fi classic featuring Dr. Susan Calvin : IROBOT
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"Haven't heard a thing" : NONEWS
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Pastoral setting : LEA
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Map abbr. before 1991 : SSR
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Film director from whose work the word "paparazzi" is derived : FELLINI
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Library penalty : LATEFEE
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Let stand in water again : RESOAK
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Sale item indicator : REDTAG
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Explanatory words : ASIN
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Suffer some tire damage : GETAFLAT
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Wonderstruck : AWED
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One adept with a deck : CARDSHARP
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Zero : NIL
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Personally speaking, in a text : IMO
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Top of an outfit? : CEO
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Neighbor of Mont. : IDA
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Bring in : NET
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M.A. hopeful's hurdle : GRE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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