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New York Times, Thursday, May 26, 2016

56-Down : Alternative to Beneful

Author:
Andrew Zhou
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {Y} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Zhou. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Andrew Zhou notes:
I think all parties were enthused about the finds in this quirky theme and about the number of theme entries that were able to be ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun idea, playing on phrases starting with a single letter. VITAL SIGNS is clued as if it were a long form of V SIGNS (winning ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Impressive puzzle. I love this innovative theme.

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© 2016, The New York Times5/26/16 ( No. 24,306 )
Across
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Foe of the Ottomans : SLAVS
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Info for some limo drivers : ETAS
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Nursery bagful : LOAM
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A white one is said to symbolize "I'm sorry" : TULIP
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Shop window sign : SALE
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Like dumb blonde jokes : UNPC
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Brother Antonio or Girolamo in music history : AMATI
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When shortened, ear swabs : QUICKTIPS
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2016's "Ghostbusters" and "Ben-Hur" : REMAKES
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Film chimp : BONZO
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Hot : STOLEN
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"Be that way!" : FINE
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Warriors' league, for short : NBA
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Feature of many an action film, paradoxically : SLOMO
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Refuse : DEBRIS
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Rolling Stones #1 hit with the line "You're beautiful, but ain't it time we said goodbye?" : ANGIE
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y, for one : AXIS
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Music box music : LILT
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Compact material : ROUGE
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Second letter before 7-Down : RHO
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Lightly burn : SINGE
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Place where things may be burned : OVEN
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Put away : STOW
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It's a deadly sin : ANGER
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Make a mistake : MESSUP
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Scottish estate owner : LAIRD
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___-country (music genre) : ALT
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Open wide : GAPE
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Chicken tikka ___ : MASALA
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Letter before 7-Down : SIGMA
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Best : OPTIMAL
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When shortened, ski lifts : TAPASBARS
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Pindar, for one : ODIST
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Small matter? : ATOM
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London cricket ground, with "the" : OVAL
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Painter's preparation : GESSO
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One might ask for them to be cooled : JETS
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Ordering option : TOGO
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Grateful? : ASHES
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Hollywood Boulevard sights : STARS
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"Network" director : LUMET
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1836 battle site : ALAMO
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When shortened, winning symbols : VITALSIGNS
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"Chi-Raq" director, 2015 : SPIKELEE
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Titles of lawsuits?: Abbr. : ESQS
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Greek letter : TAU
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Out : ALIBI
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Another plate : SECONDS
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Skating maneuver : LUTZ
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When shortened, rocket seal : ONIONRING
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Words With Friends, e.g. : APP
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Oscars V.I.P.s : MCS
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___-length : KNEE
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Composer who co-created "Oblique Strategies" : ENO
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When shortened, violin feature : FOXHOLE
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Hogwash : BILGE
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Butterfly attractor : ASTER
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Mini-___ : MART
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When shortened, lesser-played songs : BLINDSIDES
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Sommelier's concern : AROMA
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Untried : NOVEL
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When shortened, topic in sexology : GUESTSPOT
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Its eastern and western borders are formed entirely by rivers : IOWA
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1777 battle site : SARATOGA
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Modern-day harvester : SPAMBOT
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Popular boots that originated from surf culture : UGGS
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Puck, for one : IMP
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Conductor Järvi : PAAVO
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Simple-living folk : AMISH
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Hallström who directed "The Cider House Rules" : LASSE
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Some flutes : ALTOS
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Alternative to Beneful : IAMS
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1993 and 1995's ___ Accords : OSLO
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___ Boston (luxury hotel) : TAJ
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Took 9-Down, say : ATE
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Remover of dirt ... or spreader of dirt? : RAG

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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