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New York Times, Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
Island that's the world's third-smallest country, after Vatican City and Monaco
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David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 73, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 81 for Mr. Steinberg. Wednesday freshness: 32%
David Steinberg notes:
SOUTH PARK wasn't the first theme entry I came up with, though my original plan was to clue it as "Inspiration for this ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
At first glance, I thought there were probably hundreds, maybe thousands of themers that would fit this puzzle. The word ... read more
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B
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U
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M
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A
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P
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G
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G
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C
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L
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© 2018, The New York Times5/23/18 ( No. 25,033 )
Across
1
Bottoms : BUMS
5
"So funny!" : HAHA
9
The "P" of 23-Down : PALE
13
Anti-inflammatory agent : ALOE
14
Like some relationships : OPEN
15
Grp. whose members have reserves : OPEC
16
Beginning, expanded? : STREETART
18
"Finding Dory" fish : NEMO
19
Glass of public radio : IRA
20
Cold: Sp. : FRIO
21
Order from a food truck : GYRO
22
Forming a crust, expanded? : CALIFORNIAKING
26
Detachable spacecraft : POD
27
Poor area : GHETTO
28
Bit of fishing gear : SPEAR
31
Annoyance for an online gamer : LAG
33
___ group : GIRL
34
Member of a crew, informally : COX
35
Staple of hippie fashion : TIEDYE
38
Provided meals to : FED
39
Like naughty privates? : AWOL
41
Vet employer : ZOO
42
Things counted at meetings : NOSES
44
Big name in laptops : LENOVO
46
French Facebook connection : AMI
47
Choose in advance, expanded? : PRESIDENTELECT
53
Kind of school : PREP
54
See 45-Down : PASS
55
Complaint about one's calves? : MOO
56
Drag show props : BOAS
57
Inspiration for something, expanded? : SOUTHPARK
59
Italian province or its capital : ASTI
60
Buff relative : ECRU
61
Having nothing out of place : TIDY
62
Track-and-field team calendar listing : MEET
63
Fall sound : THUD
64
"I'm not done ..." : ALSO
Down
1
Like a course labeled "101" : BASIC
2
Extremely : ULTRA
3
___ compass : MORAL
4
Match at a casino : SEE
5
Vehicle that goes "vroom" : HOTROD
6
"Grow ___!" ("Man up!") : APAIR
7
Long-beaked bird : HERON
8
Soldier or queen : ANT
9
Quarter barrel of beer : PONYKEG
10
They get drunk before dinner : APERITIFS
11
Minute Maid plant? : LEMONTREE
12
Prefix with warrior : ECO
17
Try : EFFORT
21
"I'm so frustrated!" : GAH
23
See 9-Across : IPA
24
___ Azalea ("Fancy" rapper) : IGGY
25
Popular gym chain : GOLDS
28
Head covering : SCALP
29
Superman-like stance : POWERPOSE
30
Clear : EXONERATE
31
Writer Tolstoy : LEO
32
Fuss : ADO
36
Polo competitor : IZOD
37
Tangle up : ENMESH
40
Snaps : LOSESIT
43
Massage parlor supply : OIL
45
With 54-Across, granter of backstage access : VIP
46
Offered for breeding : ATSTUD
48
Historical stretch : EPOCH
49
Island that's the world's third-smallest country, after Vatican City and Monaco : NAURU
50
Letters that don't need stamps : EMAIL
51
Appurtenances with blinds : CORDS
52
Location of an Asian Disneyland : TOKYO
56
Collision sound : BAM
57
Group of gym reps : SET
58
Educ. group : PTA

Answer summary:
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