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New York Times, Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Punny description of the circled letters in 17-, 27- and 48-Across

Author:
Victor Barocas
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Barocas. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Victor Barocas notes:
I started with the punch line (conveniently 15 letters) and wondered whether there were good examples. MOSES quickly gave ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Amusing theme; I got a chuckle out of the TURNING A PROPHET revealer. I had no idea what was going on as I solved, so I had a nice ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times5/14/14 ( No. 23,563 )

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Across
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Does damage to : HARMS
6
Little handfuls, so to speak : IMPS
10
Put the whammy on : JINX
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Alternative to U.S.P.S. : EMAIL
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Securely hide : BURY
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Fig leaf wearer, in some art : ADAM
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Words of resignation : WINSOMELOSESOME
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Son of 16-Across : SETH
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Advisers to players' associations : AGENTS
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Actor Cariou : LEN
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"Dragnet" broadcast, for short : APB
25
Dick Tracy's girl : TESS
27
Barista-operated gadgets : ESPRESSOMAKERS
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Old televangelism org. : PTL
35
Food item in quarter-pound sticks : OLEO
36
"This is looking bad!" : YIPES
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"This is looking bad!" : UHOH
39
Gives kudos : LAUDS
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Like decalcified water : SOFT
43
Instrument on the Beatles' "Norwegian Wood" : SITAR
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Sushi bar quaff : SAKE
47
Part of many French surnames : DES
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Governor elected in a 2003 recall vote : SCHWARZENEGGER
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Chicken-sized flightless bird : KIWI
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"Yay!" : WOO
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Proof-ending letters : QED
57
Bird in the crow family : MAGPIE
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Like poor losers : SORE
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Punny description of the circled letters in 17-, 27- and 48-Across : TURNINGAPROPHET
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"Pumping ___" (1977 docudrama featuring 48-Across) : IRON
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"Whip It" band : DEVO
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What a metronome regulates : TEMPO
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Historic resignee of 2013 : POPE
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Drinks at sidewalk stands : ADES
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"Come on down!" announcer Johnny : OLSON
Down
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Takes an ax to : HEWS
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Friend en français : AMIE
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Long broadside : RANT
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Bit of bad luck : MISHAP
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___-mo : SLO
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"___ to differ" : IBEG
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Drug smuggler's courier : MULE
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"Chop-chop!" : PRONTO
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Bettor's strategy : SYSTEM
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Pres. Madison or Monroe : JAS
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Golden god, say : IDOL
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File directory heading : NAME
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Comics foes of Magneto : XMEN
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Old phone company nickname : MABELL
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Piece of Bacon or Lamb : ESSAY
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Tour player : PRO
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Biathlete's needs : SKIS
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Set of principles : ETHIC
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Upside-down sleeper : SLOTH
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SpongeBob's home : SEA
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W. C. Fields persona : SOUSE
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Horatian work : EPODE
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Send, as to a specialist : REFER
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Old Air France fleet, for short : SSTS
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Face, slangily : PUSS
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Sharp-eyed sort : HAWK
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Brown who wrote "The Da Vinci Code" : DAN
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Lampoon but good : SKEWER
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"Spider-Man" director Sam : RAIMI
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___-surf (Google oneself) : EGO
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Country with a gorilla on its 5,000-franc note : RWANDA
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Did part of a slalom path : ZIGGED
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Staple Singers genre : GOSPEL
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Commercial swab : QTIP
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Two-tone coin : EURO
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Barely enough to wet one's whistle : DROP
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___ the way : PAVE
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N.Y.S.E. debuts : IPOS
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Resistance units : OHMS
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Towed-away auto, maybe : REPO
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School for Prince Harry : ETON
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180 degrees from SSW : NNE
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Ear-related prefix : OTO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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