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New York Times, Monday, April 28, 2014

Star stand-ins ... or a hint to 17-, 25, 48- and 58-Across?

Author:
Jim Modney
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {X} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Modney.
Jim Modney notes:
It's great to be back! My last crossword puzzle was published on April 12, 1984 in the NYT, and then, like Rip Van Winkle, I went into ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Welcome back, Jim! Thanks to David Steinberg, the PreShortzian Puzzle Project has nearly finished digitizing (or "litzing") all the ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Surprisingly, this is not the longest known NYT sabbatical. Jeffrey Wechsler went 40 years between this 1969 puzzle and this one in 2009.

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© 2014, The New York Times4/28/14 ( No. 23,547 )

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Across
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Protein-rich food : TOFU
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Brand of instant coffee : SANKA
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Titles for attorneys: Abbr. : ESQS
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Mimicked : APED
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___ terrier (dog breed) : CAIRN
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Here: Sp. : AQUI
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Direct, as competition : HEADTOHEAD
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Bankrupt : RUIN
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Newspaper advertising flier, e.g. : INSERT
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"___ Your Enthusiasm" : CURB
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Snakelike fish : EEL
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Four: Prefix : TETRA
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17-Across, literally: Fr. : TETEATETE
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Driver's licenses and such, for short : IDS
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Co. bigwig : CEO
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Flabbergasts : AMAZES
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Italian ice cream : GELATO
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Sneakers since 1916 : KEDS
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Star stand-ins ... or a hint to 17-, 25, 48- and 58-Across? : BODYDOUBLES
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___ .45 : COLT
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Sleek fabric : SATEEN
41
Combination punch : ONETWO
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M.A. or M.B.A.: Abbr. : DEG
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Wide mouth : MAW
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58-Across, literally: Sp. : MANOAMANO
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Japanese cartoon art : ANIME
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Roush of the Baseball Hall of Fame : EDD
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"Avatar" race : NAVI
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Filched : STOLEN
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Crosby, Stills, ___ & Young : NASH
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Direct, as combat : HANDTOHAND
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Redding of R&B : OTIS
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Winter pear : ANJOU
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Memorial Day race, informally : INDY
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Traveled : WENT
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What a witness takes at a trial : STAND
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Hurl : TOSS
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Polynesian paradise : TAHITI
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Made the first bid : OPENED
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Eats grandly : FEASTS
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What a milking machine connects to : UDDER
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Many a person whose name starts "Mc-" : SCOT
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Reaction to a cold drink on a hot day : AAH
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Aunt's girl : NIECE
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"Sauer" hot dog topping : KRAUT
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Newswoman Mitchell : ANDREA
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___-piercing : EAR
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Hugs tightly : SQUEEZES
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Shushed : QUIETED
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Immaculate : SINLESS
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Followed back to its source, as a phone call : TRACED
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Collision sound : BAM
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Ones with warts and all? : TOADS
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No longer available : TAKEN
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English cathedral town : ELY
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Reached : GOTTO
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"Ode ___ Nightingale" : TOA
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Best in competition : OUTDO
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Is inconspicuous, say : BLENDSIN
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Honey maker : BEE
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In a smooth, flowing manner, in music : LEGATO
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"Don't be absurd!" : COMENOW
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Out with one's sweetie : ONADATE
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Pale : WAN
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Plains Indians : OMAHAS
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Certain Pepperidge Farm cookie : MILANO
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Changes, as the Constitution : AMENDS
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Hamburger chain that offers the Baconator : WENDYS
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___-garde : AVANT
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Masked Japanese fighter : NINJA
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Perfect, as a pitcher's game : NOHIT
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Hunky guy : STUD
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F.D.R.'s successor : HST
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"___ we now our gay apparel" : DON

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