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New York Times, Thursday, April 10, 2014

Popular day trip destination ... or a hint to the starts of the answers to the starred clues

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQYZ} This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Steinberg notes:
I constructed the first version of this puzzle in December 2012, intending to run it in The Orange County Register, because Six Flags ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
72 word grid from David today, a nice construction made even more so given that there are seven entries, one of which effectively ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times4/10/14 ( No. 23,529 )
Across
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Ute relative : ATV
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Hardly 100% : ILL
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Where Whole Foods is headquartered : AUSTIN
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*Kind of affair : BLACKTIE
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Fast-food chain founded by Italian immigrants : SBARRO
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Distress : AGGRIEVE
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Alma mater for Toni Morrison and Zora Neale Hurston : HOWARD
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Swamp : BOG
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*1971 song with the lyric "Helter skelter in a summer swelter" : AMERICANPIE
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Gray ___ : AREA
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One way to stand : PAT
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___ meeting : PTA
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*Creator of Sheriff Deadeye and Cauliflower McPugg : REDSKELTON
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Bench warmer? : REAR
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Sabin's study : POLIO
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Not the most sophisticated humor : CORN
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*Sketchy history : CHECKEREDPAST
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No-luck connector : SUCH
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Cosmetic problem : SMEAR
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It might come with a bill : MINT
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*January events : WHITESALES
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Exclamation often followed by multiple exclamation points : OMG
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First song on "More of the Monkees" : SHE
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Table poker? : TINE
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*Some illegal transmissions : PIRATERADIO
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Training ___ : BRA
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Buddy : PAISAN
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Feature of some stationery : MONOGRAM
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Emergency room agent : EMETIC
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Popular day trip destination ... or a hint to the starts of the answers to the starred clues : SIXFLAGS
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Vehement venting : TIRADE
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Switch halves : ONS
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Sweet ending? : OSE
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Nobelist who won an Emmy : ALGORE
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Made it? : TAGGED
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Zapper target : VCR
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Couple of stars, say : ITEM
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___-blog : LIVE
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Not just a side glance : LEER
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8-Down sinker : ASHCAN
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See 7-Down : UBOAT
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Like logs, quaintly : SAWN
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Hide seekers : TRAPPERS
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Pebble in one's shoe, e.g. : IRRITANT
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Honey-do list rejection : NODEAR
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"Le petit éléphant" : BABAR
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Rio maker : KIA
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2004 Google event, briefly : IPO
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Facet : ASPECT
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___ Industries (oil giant) : KOCH
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Alberta's ___ Island National Park : ELK
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Fictionalize? : LIE
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Sculpture subjects : TORSI
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Find hilarious : ROARAT
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They face liabilities in their work, in brief : CPAS
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CBS spinoff that was filmed mostly in California : CSIMIAMI
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More ambitious : HUNGRIER
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Defib administrator : EMT
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Mark in the 60s : DEE
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Tot, affectionately : MOPPET
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Word often redundantly preceded by "from" : WHENCE
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2013 Best Picture nominee : HER
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Some September babies : LIBRAS
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Cause to boil : ENRAGE
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Fashion lines? : SEAMS
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Restrained : STAID
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Film dog : ASTA
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Playground rejoinder : AMSO
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Whack : DOIN
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"Suicide Blonde" band : INXS
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Cartoon sound effect : OOF
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Day-___ : GLO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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