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New York Times, Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Practical sort ... or anagram #1 of the only seven letters used to make this puzzle

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {BCDFGHJKMNOPQUVWXYZ} This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Bruce Haight notes:
My last Sunday puzzle was titled "Uh-oh," and I'm sure some people feel that way about stunt puzzles in general. I submitted three or ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I like a stunt puzzle every once in a while. No doubt, using only seven distinct letters for an entire 78-word puzzle is a feat. I do ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
A grid with only 7 different letters is an NYT record. The previous mark was 8, set in this 2015 puzzle, also by Mr. Haight. Here's a ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times4/18/17 ( No. 24,633 )
Across
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Matches, as a bet : SEES
5
Suffix with bachelor : ETTE
9
Miss : LASS
13
Pinball game ender : TILT
14
Keisters : REARS
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Mozart's "Se vuol ballare," for one : ARIA
17
Neck of the woods : AREA
18
Very, in music : ASSAI
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"Darn it all!" : RATS
20
Practical sort ... or anagram #1 of the only seven letters used to make this puzzle : REALIST
22
Ballpark gates : STILES
24
Times when the French go en vacances : ETES
25
Chasing Moby Dick, say : ASEA
26
Brightest 1-Down in Aquila : ALTAIR
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Big celeb ... or anagram #2 : ALISTER
32
Bollywood wraps : SARIS
33
Formal ceremonies : RITES
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One of a pair of map coordinates: Abbr. : LAT
36
Awaken : STIR
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Tennis great Monica : SELES
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Meter maid of song : RITA
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Asian new year : TET
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Animals rounded up in a roundup : STEER
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Foodie, e.g. : EATER
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Sells (for) ... or anagram #3 : RETAILS
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Standing still : ATREST
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The black square chunk in front of 55-, 60- and 63-Across, and others : ELLS
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Actor Morales : ESAI
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Zionist's homeland : ISRAEL
50
More coarse ... or anagram #4 : SALTIER
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Social reformer Jacob : RIIS
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Californie and others : ETATS
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"Dies ___" : IRAE
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Vogue rival : ELLE
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U. S. Grant rival : RELEE
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"He'd fly through the air with the greatest of ___" (old song lyric) : EASE
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Suffix with prank or poll : STER
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"___ we forget ..." : LEST
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Concordes, for short : SSTS
Down
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Sky light : STAR
2
Blarney Stone land : EIRE
3
Zeno's home : ELEA
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Result of poor ventilation : STALEAIR
5
Pink Pearl, for one : ERASER
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Things graded by 7-Down : TESTS
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See 6-Down : TAS
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1970s political cause, for short : ERA
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It may be thrown from a horse : LARIAT
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___ Sea (former fourth-largest lake in the world) : ARAL
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Babylon, for the ancient Hanging Gardens : SITE
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Lip : SASS
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Fraidy-cats : SISSIES
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"That so?" : ITIS
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Thomas Hardy heroine : TESS
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Take up or let out : ALTER
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Admin. aide : ASST
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"See ya" : LATER
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Like the invitation line "Be there or be square" : TRITE
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Roger formerly of Fox News : AILES
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Crème de la crème : ELITE
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Deserves V.I.P. treatment : RATES
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Predigital film units : REELS
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Piquant : TART
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Ben of "Tower Heist" : STILLER
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They come along once in a blue moon : RARITIES
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Store window sign : SALE
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List-ending abbr. : ETAL
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Come-on : TEASER
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How tableware is often sold : ASASET
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___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
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Seriously vexes : IRES
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Delta deposit : SILT
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Vex : RILE
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Nest eggs for the golden yrs. : IRAS
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Big ___ Conference : EAST
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Roger who played a part on "Cheers" : REES
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Certain util. bill : TEL
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Stein filler : ALE

Answer summary: 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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