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New York Times, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Award won by the starts of 17-, 25-, 39- and 52-Across and 11- and 29-Down

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 171 for Mr. Kahn.
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© 2017, The New York Times5/2/17 ( No. 24,647 )

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Across
1
Like some basketball shots and unwanted calls : BLOCKED
8
Slangy turndown : NAH
11
Law man : OHM
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Woo : ROMANCE
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___ crossroads : ATA
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"... fish ___ fowl" : NOR
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Markswoman dubbed "Little Sure Shot" [1977] : ANNIEOAKLEY
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Male swan : COB
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Site of two French banks : SEINE
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Free from : RIDOF
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Prefix with center : EPI
23
High lines : ELS
25
Variety of pool [1982] : NINEBALL
27
2017 N.C.A.A. basketball champs : UNC
30
Opposite of a gulp : SIP
32
Rapidly spreading over the internet : VIRAL
33
Mushroom or balloon : GROW
35
Group that takes pledges, informally : FRAT
38
Massage target? : EGO
39
Capital city with only about 1,000 residents [2016] : HAMILTONBERMUDA
44
Stew morsel : PEA
45
"Right away!" : STAT
46
Geraint's wife, in Arthurian legend : ENID
47
Understand : GRASP
49
Rallying cry? : RAH
51
"Gloria in Excelsis ___" (hymn) : DEO
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Landlord's register [1996] : RENTROLL
56
Ring on a string : LEI
58
Columbia, for one : IVY
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Winds down in a pit? : OBOES
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Boise's home : IDAHO
65
President pro ___ : TEM
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Award won by the starts of 17-, 25-, 39- and 52-Across and 11- and 29-Down : BESTMUSICAL
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___-la-la : TRA
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Get a good look at : EYE
70
Country north of Latvia : ESTONIA
71
Hankering : YEN
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70-Across, e.g., formerly: Abbr. : SSR
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TV's "Maverick" or "Gunsmoke" : WESTERN
Down
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They may be strapless or padded : BRAS
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Solo : LONE
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Luxury hotel chain : OMNI
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Oscar winner for "Hannah and Her Sisters" : CAINE
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Prepares to be knighted : KNEELS
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Prefix with tourism : ECO
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Sweetie : DEAR
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Nita of silent films : NALDI
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Used as the surface for a meal : ATEON
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Antihistamine target : HAYFEVER
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400 meters, for an Olympic track [2012] : ONCEAROUND
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Commotion : HOOPLA
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Clay character in old "S.N.L." sketches : MRBILL
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They're related : KIN
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Search (through) : SIFT
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1996 Foo Fighters hit : BIGME
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"That's awful!" : UGH
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Hunters' org. : NRA
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Superloyal employee [1971] : COMPANYMAN
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Crackerjacks : PROS
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Oscar winner for "Hannah and Her Sisters" : WIEST
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Caste member : ANT
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Means of avoiding an uphill climb : TBAR
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Blankets for open-air travelers : LAPROBES
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Series ender: Abbr. : ETAL
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Run out of power : DIE
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Commotion : ADO
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Courageously persistent : GRITTY
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Noted colonial silversmith : REVERE
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Bank jobs : HEISTS
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Follows orders : OBEYS
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Deadbeat, e.g. : LOSER
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Tennis call : LET
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Buffoon : IDIOT
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Eurasian duck : SMEW
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Teen woe : ACNE
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Wig, e.g. : HAIR
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Pearl Buck heroine : OLAN
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Helpfulness : USE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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