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New York Times, Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Winner of the wager in 17-/56-Across, depending on how you fill the circled squares in this puzzle

Author:
Andrew Reynolds
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Reynolds. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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The 13 multi-answer clues is a Schrödinger record. April 1 is a special day. See all the April Fools puzzles. I list some favorites here.

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© 2014, The New York Times4/1/14 ( No. 23,520 )
Across
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Award-winning 2012 film about a fake film : ARGO
5
Game with a 32-card deck : SKAT
9
AK-47, e.g. : RIFLE
14
Desktops' desktop accessories : MOUSEPADS
16
The Hunter constellation : ORION
17
With 56-Across, common format for a wager : BESTTHREE
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Handle wrongly : MISDO
19
Suffix with cartoon : ISH
20
Marijuana plant : HEMP
21
Clobbers : BASHES
22
The "E" of Q.E.D. : ERAT
23
Opposite of WSW : ENE
24
Bring down : HUMBLE
28
Sun-Maid dried fruit : RAISIN
31
Princeton and Yale : IVIES
32
Peak in Greek myth : MTIDA
34
Holder of corn kernels : COB
36
Queue cue : NEXT
37
Winner of the wager in 17-/56-Across, depending on how you fill the circled squares in this puzzle : HEADS
38
Old Italian money : LIRA
39
Upsilon preceder : TAU
40
Nick who was named People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1992 : NOLTE
41
___ Python : MONTY
42
AT&T competitor : SPRINT
44
Throat clearers : COUGHS
45
Had a bite : ATE
46
Blast : HOOT
48
What scratch-and-sniff stickers emit : SCENTS
51
German automaker : AUDI
52
Jiffy : SEC
55
Opera singer in an opera : TOSCA
56
See 17-Across : OUTOFFIVE
58
Remove, as a boutonniere : UNPIN
59
Not using Obamacare, say : UNINSURED
60
Like some straws : BENDY
61
GPS recommendations: Abbr. : RTES
62
Number of holes in a half-round of golf : NINE
Down
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Prefix with -dextrous : AMBI
2
Caviars : ROES
3
Sudden outburst : GUSH
4
German direction : OST
5
Globe : SPHERE
6
"Instant ___!" (John Lennon hit) : KARMA
7
Highly capable : ADEPT
8
Mao ___-tung : TSE
9
Bucharest's land : ROMANIA
10
Eye parts : IRISES
11
It may be landed with a hook : FISH
12
It may have gold in them thar hills : LODE
13
Officer on TV's "The Dukes of Hazzard" : ENOS
15
Roosevelt and Kennedy : ETHELS
21
Abacus row : BEADS
24
Bit of color : HINT
25
Eye parts : UVEAS
26
Shuffle : MIXUP
27
Wager : BET
28
Antagonize : RIDE
29
It might read "Happy Birthday!" : ICING
30
Robb Stark's realm in "Game of Thrones," with "the" : NORTH
32
Diner menu item : MELT
33
Part of retribution, in a phrase : TAT
35
Howls at the moon : BAYS
37
Improves, in a way : HONES
38
"Skip to My ___" : LOU
40
Penn State's ___ Lions : NITTANY
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Recurring themes : MOTIFS
43
Nasty-smelling : RANCID
44
Genetic sequence groups : CODONS
46
Plague : HAUNT
47
Certain navel : OUTIE
48
Concert souvenir : STUB
49
Dunce cap shape : CONE
50
Channel with postgame analysis : ESPN
52
Apple genius? : SIRI
53
Equitable : EVEN
54
Surrender : CEDE
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The "O" of S O S, supposedly : OUR
57
Band with the 2012 #1 hit "We Are Young" : FUN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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