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New York Times, Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Place for a "Don't Mess With Texas" buckle, perhaps

Author:
Joe Krozel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe Krozel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 78 for Mr. Krozel.
Joe Krozel notes:
This puzzle theme arose naturally when I was looking back at my June 4, 2009 collaboration with Pete Collins. I pondered: What things ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Cool discovery, that the four SEASONS are all of length = 6. Any time you run themers diagonally, the surrounding fill becomes much ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times5/6/15 ( No. 23,920 )
Across
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Bitter conflict : STRIFE
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Speaker ___ : PROTEM
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More impoverished : NEEDIER
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Processed bauxite : ALUMINA
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Longtime "General Hospital" actress : ANNALEE
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Place for a "Don't Mess With Texas" buckle, perhaps : GUNBELT
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Former giant in communications, for short : ITT
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Egocentric demand : MEFIRST
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"Scram!" : GIT
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Seems about to happen : LOOMS
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Chicago-to-Toronto dir. : ENE
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Like a smooth operator : SUAVE
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Not send an expected invitation, say : SNUB
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Lets out : FREES
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Fr. ladies : MMES
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It may be a step up : STAIR
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Go from 30 to 35 degrees, say : STEEPEN
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Noted quartet : SEASONS
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"This Land Is Your Land" composer/singer : GUTHRIE
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Competitor of Mug : AANDW
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Horne with backup horns : LENA
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Surrealist Max : ERNST
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Peculiar sundial numeral : IIII
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Take ___ down memory lane : ATRIP
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German "Oh!" : ACH
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Summed up : INALL
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Go pfft : DIE
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Register printout : RECEIPT
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Cholesterol type, for short : LDL
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Fit : INSHAPE
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Word spelled out in an Aretha Franklin hit : RESPECT
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Jots down : NOTATES
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Hobo transporter : RAILCAR
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Not conducted elsewhere : ONSITE
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Difficult : KNOTTY
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Slow movers : SNAILS
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20,000 pounds : TENTONS
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Let : RENTOUT
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Panhandle state: Abbr. : IDA
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Content of some festivals : FILMS
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Extra-wide shoe spec : EEEE
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___ sizes : PLUS
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Littlest ones in litters : RUNTS
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Executive fiscal grp. : OMB
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Reason for extra play : TIEGAME
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Spice up : ENLIVEN
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Unshiny finishes : MATTES
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Send elsewhere, as a patient : REFER
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Go along with : AGREETO
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Fundamentally : INESSENCE
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Manager's credential, for short : MBA
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"Stee-rike!" caller : UMP
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Co-owner of a French firm, maybe : FRERE
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French legislative body : SENAT
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Sort of: Suffix : ISH
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That, in Madrid : ESA
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Hero pilots : AIRACES
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Become a part of : GETINON
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Social disturbances : UNRESTS
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Mai ___ : TAI
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"Collages" author : NIN
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Castilian vis-à-vis Spanish : DIALECT
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Kind of strike : WILDCAT
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Judeo-Spanish : LADINO
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Gather in rows, as cloth : SHIRR
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"O.K., here goes ..." : ILLTRY
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___ & Whitney (aircraft engine manufacturer) : PRATT
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"___ the bag" : ITSIN
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Sports event with electronic scoring : EPEE
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Everest, for one : PEAK
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Yes, in Yokohama : HAI
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Party in Mideast negotiations, for short : PLO

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