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New York Times, Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Question asked by a customs officer or a kid on Christmas ... with a hint to this puzzle's shaded squares

Author:
John E. Bennett
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John E. Bennett

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Bennett.
John E. Bennett notes:
I am an architect but mostly retired now. About 4 years ago while I was still working in a Seattle architectural office, I had a 3-day ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Another debut! I like seeing new constructors added to the ever-growing ranks. Neat that each new person brings a different ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times4/9/14 ( No. 23,528 )
Across
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Furtive attention-getter : PSST
5
Handles roughly : PAWS
9
Like some scents for men : MUSKY
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Arabian Peninsula land : OMAN
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James who won a posthumous Pulitzer : AGEE
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State one's case : OPINE
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Knight's contest : TILT
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Cut back : PARE
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___ wrench : ALLEN
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Will Smith biopic : ALI
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Cottonmouth, e.g. : WATERSNAKE
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Capable of being stretched : TENSILE
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Trivia whiz Jennings : KEN
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Cineplex ___ Corporation : ODEON
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Was on both sides of : STRADDLED
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Pixel density meas. : RES
35
Muesli morsel : OAT
36
A low one is best, for short : ERA
37
Question asked by a customs officer or a kid on Christmas ... with a hint to this puzzle's shaded squares : WHATSINTHEBOXES
43
"The Mikado" accessory : OBI
44
"Didn't know that!" : GEE
45
Prepare for a spike, in volleyball : SET
46
Verbiage : WORDINESS
50
Abs worker : SITUP
54
Tangent of 45° : ONE
55
Rock, so to speak : ICECUBE
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Dawn : FIRSTLIGHT
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Grass from a farm : SOD
62
Seminomadic Kenyan : MASAI
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New York's ___ Stadium : ASHE
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Title derived from the name "Caesar" : TSAR
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Ingredients in old-fashioneds : RINDS
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"Little piggies" : TOES
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Mezzo's choirmate : ALTO
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Stuck-up sort : SNOOT
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Some linemen : ENDS
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First lady before Mamie : BESS
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Latke component : POTATO
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Heeded the photographer, say : SMILED
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IV solution : SALINE
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Blasting stuff : TNT
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___ States : PAPAL
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Banded gemstones : AGATES
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"#1" may follow it : WERE
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Futures dealer? : SEER
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Bellyached : MOANED
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Higher ground : UPLAND
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Product of a domesticated insect : SILK
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Proposer's prop? : KNEE
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Its banknotes have denominations from 1,000 to 10,000 : YEN
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Cellar stock : WINES
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Roller derby need : SKATES
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Microsoft Excel command : SORT
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Schleps : TOTES
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When repeated, super-enthusiastic : RAH
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N.Y.C. ave. parallel to Park and Madison : LEX
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Bard's preposition : ERE
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Prosecutors, for short : DAS
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Seal engraved on a ring : SIGNET
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"Holy cow!" : WOW
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"Game of Thrones" network : HBO
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Bring up, as a grievance : AIR
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Word in many a woman's bio : NEE
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Attack from all sides : BESET
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Ear-related : OTIC
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El ___ (fabled city) : DORADO
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Refuse to yield : INSIST
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Said "alas," say : SIGHED
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Shoving match : TUSSLE
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W.W. II threats : UBOATS
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Three-time Cy Young winner Martinez and others : PEDROS
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Magnus Carlsen's game : CHESS
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"April Love" composer Sammy : FAIN
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"There ___ 'I' in 'team'" : ISNO
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After the whistle : LATE
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"The heat ___!" : ISON
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___ Paul's (seafood brand) : MRS
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Bill : TAB

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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