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New York Times, Friday, June 10, 2016

Film villain who says "Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side"

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 72, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JQV} Spans: 4, (2 double stacks) This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Steinberg notes:
Wow, this puzzle goes way back! I'd been experimenting with triple-stacked 16-letter entries at the time, and I was frustrated that I always ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun to see the new 16-letter entries. BATTLE OF THE SEXES is great, and COMPOUND SENTENCE's clue — [It has multiple clauses] — does a nice job ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times6/10/16 ( No. 24,321 )
Across
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Popular website with virtual animals : NEOPETS
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Met for a party? : CAUCUSED
16
Film villain who says "Your feeble skills are no match for the power of the dark side" : EMPERORPALPATINE
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Classic conflict : BATTLEOFTHESEXES
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Confederate : UNITE
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Bold way to solve a crossword : ININK
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Some AOL exchanges : IMS
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Like teddies, often : LACY
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Source of some leather : LIZARD
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Wheel that runs? : BRIE
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Rat-___ : ATAT
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Feckless : INEPT
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Beau : WOOER
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Tough to get ahold of : EELY
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Boots one : ERRS
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Anytown, U.S.A., sign : MAINST
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Something hot : RAGE
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"___ on Fire" (2012 Alicia Keys hit) : GIRL
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Executor's charge : ESTATE
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Camp invader : BEAR
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Bellwether's "belles" : EWES
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Carried : BORNE
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Put on hold : TABLE
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Get-out-of-jail aid, maybe : RASP
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Go without saying? : OMIT
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Route through the boondocks : BYROAD
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Protein-rich paste : MISO
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___ Tamid (synagogue lamp) : NER
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Raiser of horses? : TURBO
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Like some cakes : OATEN
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Classic R&B hit about a returning lover : IHEARYOUKNOCKING
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It has multiple clauses : COMPOUNDSENTENCE
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Honey : SWEETPEA
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Post-Impressionist Seurat : GEORGES
Down
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Very distant clouds : NEBULAE
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Issue : EMANATE
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Like spectroscopes and microscopes : OPTICAL
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Dictatorial boss : PETTYTYRANT
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Director ___ C. Kenton : ERLE
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Prominent feature of a sloth : TOE
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Sign adored by angels : SRO
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Brief refreshers : CATNAPS
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"The Green Hornet" trumpeter : ALHIRT
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Stand on its head : UPEND
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Holder of spirits : CASK
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Literally, "land of the sun" : UTE
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Second club used on a par 4 hole, maybe : SIXIRON
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Adams and Jefferson, e.g. : ENEMIES
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Final order of things? : DESSERT
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Big name in drugs : PFIZER
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Feudal lord : LIEGE
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Memo starter : INRE
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Beer-and-whiskey cocktail : BOILERMAKER
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"... let slip the dogs of ___": Shak. : WAR
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Stuck : MIRED
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Grabbed something : ATE
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Black-tie event : GALA
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Vernacular much debated in the 1990s : EBONICS
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By hook or by crook : SOMEHOW
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Ancient Greek craft : TRIREME
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Island north of Antigua : BARBUDA
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Tablet contents, perhaps : EBOOKS
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Not yet admitted : WAITING
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Heart : ESSENCE
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They hold water : SPONGES
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Power in old films : TYRONE
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Purchase in large quantity : BUYUP
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Medium gait : TROT
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Twice quattuor : OCTO
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Wild way to go : APE
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Bit of blood-typing shorthand : NEG
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21st word of the Pledge of Allegiance : ONE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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