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New York Times, Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Author:
Ian Livengood
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ian Livengood

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Livengood. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: When this puzzle is done, the seven circled letters, reading clockwise, will spell a phrase relating to the puzzle's theme.
Ian Livengood notes:
Instead of locking POKER ROOM into the grid, I add POKER???? confident I can fill the SE corner with BETS, CHIP, FACE, GAME, HAND or ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Another strong construction from Ian today, this one using circled letters to spell out FLAG DAY. Which apparently is June 14. Who ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
I'm not sure who celebrates Flag Day other than constructors but it has inspired some awesome puzzles. The year before Francis Heaney ... read more
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© 2014, The New York TimesNo. 0611 ( 23,591 )

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Across
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Put off : DEFER
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___-American : ARAB
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Pen, e.g. : SWAN
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Not engaging : ALOOF
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"Remove," to a typesetter : DELE
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Oscar-winning Ben Affleck film : ARGO
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Not pass : FLUNK
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[Canada] : MAPLELEAF
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Lighted tree, maybe : FIR
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Zilch : NIL
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Party with a piñata, say : FIESTA
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"For sure, dude!" : YEAHMAN
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Spoiled : BAD
27
___ holiday : TET
28
Cook's canful : LARD
29
"Wait just ___!" : ASEC
31
[U.S.A.] : STARSANDSTRIPES
38
"Is this the spot?" : HERE
39
Big foot spec : EEE
40
Something to play : ROLE
41
[U.S.S.R.] : HAMMERANDSICKLE
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Go a few rounds : SPAR
47
Part of a round : HOLE
48
Part of a science credit : LAB
51
One sharing a bunk bed, maybe : SIS
52
Athena's counterpart : MINERVA
55
Fortune 100 company based in Seattle : AMAZON
57
Salsa, e.g. : DIP
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Wildcatter's investment : RIG
59
[Japan] : RISINGSUN
61
Sing with dulcet tones : CROON
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Like many a beanie : KNIT
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Intl. association since 1960 : OPEC
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Place of learning in France : ECOLE
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Word after "&" in some store names : SONS
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June 14, e.g. : DATE
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Some protesters in China : LAMAS
Down
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"You're dethpicable" toon : DAFFY
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English pop singer Goulding : ELLIE
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Hot chili designation : FOURALARM
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Very long period : EON
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'60s atty. gen. whose brother served as president : RFK
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Start of a website manager's email address, maybe : ADMIN
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All-natural : REAL
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1992 Winter Olympics backdrop : ALP
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C. S. Lewis's birthplace : BELFAST
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Memorial Day weekend event : SALE
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Take with force : WREST
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Brightly colored rock : AGATE
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Diet food phrase : NOFAT
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Source of soft feathers : EIDER
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Zilch : NADA
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Where odalisques once worked : HAREMS
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___ White (Clue character) : MRS
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Founded : BASED
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Club : CIRCLE
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"Not another word!" : SHH
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Crumpets go-with : TEA
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Gets in the vicinity of : NEARS
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Place to play cards : DEN
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Place to play cards : POKERROOM
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Pipe shape : ELL
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Get : SEE
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Office printing giant : EPSON
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Tlaloc, to the Aztecs : RAINGOD
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Overnight, maybe : SHIP
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+ or - particle : ION
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Gaggle : geese :: exaltation : ___ : LARKS
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Protein-building acid : AMINO
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Yacht club locale : BASIN
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Chop up : MINCE
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Part of a string quartet : VIOLA
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"___ of God," 1985 film : AGNES
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Jerry Scott/Jim Borgman teen comic strip : ZITS
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1982's "Ebony and Ivory," e.g. : DUET
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Place with robes : SPA
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Toon's place : CEL
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Developer of the U.S.'s first TV test pattern : RCA

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