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New York Times, Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Author:
Alex Vratsanos and Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Some poker holdings ... or a hint to 20-, 24-, 30-, 41- and 52-Across
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
196/13/201110/7/20233
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3143314
CircleScrabDebutFresh
41.658268%
Alex Vratsanos
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
557/28/20123/23/20249
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7213571911
RebusCircleScrabDebutFresh
221.7144690%
Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {KQ} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Vratsanos. This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Ezersky. Wednesday freshness: 91%
Constructor notes:
ALEX: Our original version of this puzzle had a very different theme arrangement: it was not NAME CALLING but CALLING TIME, and the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Two of crossword's young guns team up for a two-fer today, theme answers which contain two words, each of which can precede CARD. This ... read more
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A
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T
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V
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C
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A
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M
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E
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A
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D
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N
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O
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P
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A
C
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T
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P
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D
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I
S
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A
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C
R
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E
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E
P
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M
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Y
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H
O
L
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P
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N
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C
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H
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I
P
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D
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R
O
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O
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T
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N
A
M
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C
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N
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G
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W
A
X
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R
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A
A
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S
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H
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U
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B
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T
R
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A
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D
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G
P
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O
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S
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T
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E
P
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C
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P
O
C
O
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E
L
M
O
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H
I
G
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S
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C
O
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S
A
D
A
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P
A
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F
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C
A
R
D
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J
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O
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T
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A
H
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A
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U
N
P
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G
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H
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Y
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M
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T
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Y
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© 2015, The New York Times4/22/15 ( No. 23,906 )
Across
1
It goes off the beaten path, for short : ATV
4
Made the scene : CAME
8
Gave the thumbs-down : SAIDNO
14
Greek letter that's also an M.L.B. city on scoreboards : PHI
15
___-deucey : ACEY
16
The Three ___ : TENORS
17
Liven (up) : PEP
18
King Christian or Queen Margrethe : DANE
19
Book after Song of Solomon : ISAIAH
20
Equifax offering : CREDITREPORT
23
Lost in reverie : MOONY
24
Three-ring binder user's gadget : HOLEPUNCH
27
With 32-Down, Apple release of 2005 : IPOD
28
Hershey's caramel candy : ROLO
29
Bend an elbow : TOPE
30
Some childish insults : NAMECALLING
34
Crayola raw material : WAX
35
"Frasier" role : ROZ
36
Smallish batteries : AAS
38
LAX or ORD, to United : HUB
41
Place to deal in fur, once : TRADINGPOST
48
Huge in scope : EPIC
50
A little, musically : POCO
51
Muppet with his own "World" : ELMO
52
Arcade achievement : HIGHSCORE
55
Co-Nobelist with Begin : SADAT
56
Some poker holdings ... or a hint to 20-, 24-, 30-, 41- and 52-Across : PAIRSOFCARDS
58
The "J" of J. K. Rowling : JOANNE
60
Suffix with cyclo- : TRON
61
___ moment : AHA
63
Allows to rise and fall, as prices : UNPEGS
64
Big part of an Easter Island sculpture : HEAD
65
"Dee-lish!" : YUM
66
Kind of bowl : TOILET
67
Website with a "Write a Review" button : YELP
68
Expert on bugs? : SPY
Down
1
99¢ purchase, often : APP
2
Hangout in a Barry Manilow hit : THECOPA
3
Celeb's hangout : VIPROOM
4
Luxury car, informally : CADDY
5
Antioxidant-rich berry : ACAI
6
Cigarette variety : MENTHOL
7
"Oh, puh-leeze!" facial expression : EYEROLL
8
Michael of R.E.M. : STIPE
9
"Sour grapes" storyteller : AESOP
10
Not progressing, say : INARUT
11
"Quit stalling!" : DOITNOW
12
"From my cold, dead hands!" org. : NRA
13
Kyrgyzstan city : OSH
21
Rear-___ (road mishap) : ENDER
22
H. G. Wells race : ELOI
23
Deg. division : MIN
25
One who reasons by deduction, for short? : CPA
26
Put a whammy on : HEX
28
Motorola phone brand : RAZR
31
Nap site : COT
32
See 27-Across : NANO
33
___ reel (outtake collection) : GAG
37
Asparagus unit : SPEAR
38
Part of a sly laugh : HEH
39
Wire service inits. : UPI
40
Baseball's David Ortiz, to fans : BIGPAPI
42
Mil. mail centers : APOS
43
"Over the Rainbow" singer : DOROTHY
44
Navigable in winter, say : ICEFREE
45
Bygone times : OLDDAYS
46
Major wreck : SMASHUP
47
Young 'un : TOT
49
No. 5 producer : CHANEL
53
Burn a bit : SINGE
54
Cockatoo topper : CREST
55
500 managers, for short? : SANDP
57
West Virginia export : COAL
58
Protrude : JUT
59
Strawberry Fields benefactor : ONO
62
TV title judge : AMY

Answer summary:
2 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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