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New York Times, Thursday, April 6, 2017

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. Gulczynski. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:
X is a strange letter. It starts the fewest number of English words by a significant margin, but we make up for this by *overusing* it ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love it when a crossword surprises me! I got to XS AND OS pretty quickly and having already figured out that X MY GRITS was (KISS) ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0406 ( 24,621 )
Across
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Abbr. before a date : ESTD
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Comics figure with extraordinary powers : XMAN
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Word in the corner of some news broadcasts : LIVE
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Charley horse sensation : ACHE
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Prefix with vitamin : MEGA
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Edible part of a litchi : ARIL
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Quantity of disk drive capacity : TERABYTES
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Benchwarmers : BTEAM
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François Hollande's one : UNE
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Supermarket chain : IGA
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1969 World Series hero Tommie : AGEE
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Kitchen gizmo : PEELER
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___ Boyd, first wife of both George Harrison and Eric Clapton : PATTIE
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City near Dayton : XENIA
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Freeboots : MARAUDS
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Exam for jrs. : PSAT
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___ pop (music genre featuring simple, catchy melodies) : TWEE
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Giants of folklore : OGRES
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The Hawks, on scoreboards : ATL
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Playbook symbols ... or letters treated symbolically in this puzzle's Down answers : XSANDOS
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Scot's negative : NAE
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Raises : REARS
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Vast amounts : SEAS
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They may make your hair stand on end : GELS
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Thoroughly : INDEPTH
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Like Quentin Tarantino films : LURID
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Options on a barbershop wall : STYLES
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Blew : MUFFED
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Passing comments? : YEAS
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Fleecy boot brand : UGG
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Sch. that's home to the N.C.A.A.'s Wahoos : UVA
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Very strong : VIVID
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Deli scoopful : TUNASALAD
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It's south of the Caspian : IRAN
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Alarm clock toggle : AMPM
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Actor whose four-letter first name shares three letters with his last : ALDA
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Twinge : PANG
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Hurry : RACE
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Uncovers dirt, in a way : HOES
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Really enjoy : EATUP
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Last word of many an improv skit : SCENE
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1978 #1 hit for the Commodores : THREETIMESALADY
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Government org. in "Breaking Bad" : DEA
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Sitcom catchphrase of the '70s and '80s : KISSMYGRITS
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Like the "Scream" films : META
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___-appropriate : AGE
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Org. that hires many engineers : NASA
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It results in a runner being called safe : LATETAG
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Hot blood : IRE
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Through : VIA
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Word with Dutch or American : ELM
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"Très ___!" : BIEN
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Big, tight embraces : BEARHUGS
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3.0, e.g. : GPA
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Umpire's cry : LET
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Went back to where it all began : TURNEDFULLCIRCLE
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Model : IDEAL
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50% less? : ESSES
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Inundated : AWASH
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Olympics success : MEDAL
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World capital whose motto is "Fluctuat nec mergitur" (Latin for "It is tossed but does not sink") : PARIS
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Vessel opener : STENT
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Suffix with ethyl : ENE
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Certain bicycle : TENSPEED
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Situation in which, on the whole, nothing can be gained or lost : ZEROSUMGAME
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Falling back (on) : RELYING
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Many an embedded animation : GIF
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LAX patrollers : TSA
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Persians, e.g. : RUGS
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Sidestep : EVADE
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Pops : DADAS
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Symbol at the center of a Scrabble board : STAR
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Potentially insulting : UNPC
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One behind a velvet rope, say : VIP
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Radio host Glass : IRA
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Moving object? : VAN
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Thurman of "Pulp Fiction" : UMA
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"That feels so-o-o-o good!" : AAH

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

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