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New York Times, Thursday, April 23, 2015

45-Down : Tessellating artist

Author:
David Steinberg and Bruce Leban
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 32 Missing: {FJQVX} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Steinberg. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Leban.
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© 2015, The New York Times4/23/15 ( No. 23,907 )

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Across
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Many Manolo Blahniks : PUMPS
6
Huger than huge : EPIC
10
Way-out challenge? : MAZE
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Slow pacesetter : SNAIL
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Hospital worker : AIDE
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"Sorry to say ..." : ALAS
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Start of a quip about wordplay : YOUCANTTELLPUNS
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Celebs : NAMES
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Product of a zymurgist : ALE
22
Grand Central org. : MTA
23
Big factor in the Cy Young Award : ERA
25
Title with an apostrophe in the middle : MAAM
27
Sauce made with roux, milk and cheese : MORNAY
29
Part 2 of the quip : TOKLEPTOMANIACS
32
E.M.T.'s cry : CLEAR
33
Some like them hot : DATES
34
Jalopy : HEAP
35
"Die Lorelei" poet : HEINE
37
Marine growth rich in iodine : KELP
41
"Posses" : CREWS
43
New York's Mount ___ Hospital : SINAI
44
Part 3 of the quip : BECAUSETHEYTAKE
49
Currently : ASITIS
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Rake in : EARN
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___ school : MED
52
Setting for many old films : TCM
53
Bean : NOB
55
Genghis Khan tactic : SIEGE
57
End of the quip : THINGSLITERALLY
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Former late-night luminary : LENO
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"___, boy!" : HERE
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Simpletons : GEESE
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"The Garden of ___," Oscar Wilde poem : EROS
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Banknote featuring Mao : YUAN
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Down measurements : YARDS
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Singer recognized as the "King of YouTube" in 2012 : PSY
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Discarding card game : UNO
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Highest Hawaiian peak : MAUNAKEA
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12-point type : PICA
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Pen : SLAMMER
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Really rankles : EATSAT
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Commodity-trading card game : PIT
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Something talked about in a TED talk : IDEA
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5-Down cohabitant : CELLMATE
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X setting, maybe : MAP
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Graduate of Mount Holyoke, e.g. : ALUMNA
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Tagamet competitor : ZANTAC
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Optional ACT components : ESSAYS
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___ tide : NEAP
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Sierra ___ : LEONE
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Chisel, maybe : ETCH
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Part : ROLE
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Couturier : MODISTE
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Take a chance : RISKIT
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Pet that likes to be petted : LAPCAT
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"That's incredible!" : MAN
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1980 hit with the lyric "That sweet little boy who caught my eye" : HESSOSHY
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Female that sounds like you? : EWE
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Cloisonné artisan : ENAMELER
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With 48-Down, setting for Toledo : LAKE
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Like a calico : PIED
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Sorry about : RUING
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Hoped-for collaboration result : SYNERGY
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Clash : BATTLE
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Tessellating artist : ESCHER
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Michael who directed "The Deer Hunter" : CIMINO
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Accelerate : HASTEN
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See 39-Down : ERIE
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French flag hue : BLEU
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Earth, to the ancient Greeks : GAEA
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Thumbs-down responses : NOS
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401(k) alternative : IRA
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Trip cause : LSD
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Thumbs-up response : YES

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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