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New York Times, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Author:
Paul Hunsberger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paul Hunsberger

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Hunsberger. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Paul Hunsberger notes:
This one all started because I really liked the idea of creating a word chain that could be hooked back to its beginning. But it ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'll admit, I had no idea what was going on until well after I filled in the last square — those [… X / Y …] clues befuddled me. But, ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0517 ( 24,662 )

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Across
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Muscles worked by bench presses : PECS
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Transport de Montréal : METRO
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Queen of the Greek gods : HERA
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"Hmm, how shall ___ this?" : IPUT
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Hosiery shades : ECRUS
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Alternative to Thrifty or Dollar : AVIS
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Tributary of the Colorado : GILA
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... for a loop, say / Area that an N.B.A. team has eight ... : DOUBLEBACK
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Passage off Gibraltar, e.g. : STRAIT
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Laughing gas and rust, for two : OXIDES
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... seconds to clear / Successful detective's ... : COURTCASE
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"S.N.L." alum Cheri : OTERI
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"Fireside chats" monogram : FDR
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"Baby Got Back" Grammy winner Sir ___ : MIXALOT
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Fig. on a W-9 : SSN
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Hemsworth of "The Hunger Games" : LIAM
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Asians who play elephant polo : THAIS
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... declaration / Critical computer ... : CLOSEDCIRCUIT
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John's running mate in 2008 : SARAH
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Website for D.I.Y.ers : EHOW
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Merino mother : EWE
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Thing to practice percussion on : DRUMPAD
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Angsty music genre : EMO
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Soccer superstar Lionel : MESSI
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... component / Dreaded words in a video ... : BOARDGAME
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One-upped : BESTED
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Like light beers : WATERY
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... arcade / Knocked ... : OVERSEEING
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"Noob" : TYRO
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___ wave (oscilloscope output) : SINE
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Obsolete repro machine : MIMEO
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Helped oneself to : TOOK
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Did in, as a dragon : SLEW
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How confident solvers may solve : INPEN
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Results of sacrifices : OUTS
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Eat, eat, eat, with "out" : PIG
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Like soap operas : EPISODIC
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Like some international exchanges : CULTURAL
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Beatle who sang "Octopus's Garden" : STARR
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Ruling family of old Florence : MEDICI
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Levy on polluters, e.g. : ECOTAX
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Play about Capote : TRU
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Marinade alternative : RUB
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World capital on the 60th parallel : OSLO
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Something to kick, maybe : HABIT
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Gives the slip to : EVADES
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Utensils for making hash browns : RICERS
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Invites for tea, say : ASKSIN
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Kind of dancer : EXOTIC
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Drive-up convenience : ATM
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Grid org. with a 110-yard field : CFL
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"Hello, Dolly!" singer, informally : SATCHMO
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For grades K-12 : ELHI
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Dory propeller : OAR
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Crooks' patterns, to cops : MOS
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Be litigious : SUE
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Nicknames for 41-Acrosses : SADIES
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Muff : ERR
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Apply sloppily : DAUB
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"Roger that" : IHEARYOU
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"Horsefeathers!" : TOMMYROT
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Hand-wringer's emotion : WOE
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Adorn with raised designs : EMBOSS
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Cotton planter's headache : WEEVIL
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Dead Sea Scrolls writer : ESSENE
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Oklahoma tribe : PAWNEE
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Home to Henry VIII's Catherine : ARAGON
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Pesticide banned in the '70s : DDT
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Scatter, as seeds : STREW
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Succeed in annoying : GETTO
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Moore of "G.I. Jane" : DEMI
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"Ich bin ___ Berliner" : EIN
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Prank-pulling sort : IMP
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Good-to-go signals : OKS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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