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QUESTION BOX

New York Times, Sunday, June 16, 2013

Author:
Mel Rosen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mel Rosen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 134, Blocks: 82 Missing: {J} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Rosen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: When this puzzle is done, take the answers to the 10 starred clues and arrange them across and down in crossword fashion in the central 5x5 box. The resulting five-letter word spelled out diagonally by the circles will answer the question asked at 23-, 34-, 91- and 107-Across.
Jim Horne notes:

Answers in the central 5x5 box can be arranged in two ways. The circled letters are the same in either case.

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T
2
T
3
O
4
P
5
S
6
H
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I
8
G
9
H
10
B
11
R
12
O
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W
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R
15
O
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S
17
E
18
H
O
P
U
P
19
A
M
I
E
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Y
E
A
H
21
S
22
O
P
I
E
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I
F
A
G
I
24
R
A
F
F
E
25
H
A
S
F
O
U
26
R
T
E
E
N
27
N
F
L
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K
O
S
29
T
H
U
M
P
S
30
T
A
U
R
U
S
31
N
E
T
32
E
T
A
L
I
I
33
T
R
I
N
A
R
Y
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M
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O
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R
E
T
H
37
A
N
A
W
A
L
R
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U
S
A
N
D
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I
V
A
N
V
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N
O
G
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S
E
E
M
E
42
H
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M
44
S
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S
I
Z
E
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D
E
S
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P
T
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A
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R
I
O
T
50
O
D
E
51
M
A
R
T
T
O
P
S
57
S
I
58
B
E
R
I
A
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T
A
D
A
R
E
P
O
T
61
E
L
O
P
E
R
S
62
S
63
M
64
A
R
M
A
N
E
R
A
66
T
O
R
A
H
67
M
A
L
A
B
68
A
69
R
P
A
R
T
S
71
P
72
L
O
T
73
A
R
A
P
A
H
O
S
M
A
S
H
75
A
U
X
76
S
77
A
78
G
79
S
I
M
S
80
A
T
81
M
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A
R
C
83
Z
E
R
O
84
H
O
O
85
G
R
86
A
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F
88
T
89
T
N
T
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C
O
R
E
D
91
A
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S
93
Q
U
I
R
R
E
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L
H
A
S
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H
A
L
F
A
S
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R
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A
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T
S
O
U
T
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G
I
B
E
R
S
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O
R
A
101
O
D
E
S
S
A
102
S
U
N
O
C
O
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S
U
V
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T
105
W
106
A
107
M
A
N
Y
A
S
108
A
P
I
G
W
H
A
109
T
A
R
E
110
T
H
E
Y
111
A
G
A
R
112
I
R
E
N
E
113
E
T
A
S
114
U
S
O
N
E
115
N
E
M
O
116
K
E
G
S
117
R
Y
E
S
118
P
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R
T
S
© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0616 ( 23,231 )
Across
1
*Some boat covers : TTOPS
6
Exorbitant : HIGH
10
Eye liner? : BROW
14
Climbed : ROSE
18
"Climb onto Papa's lap!" : HOPUP
19
Beau's girl : AMIE
20
A lot of the Beatles' "She Loves You" : YEAHS
22
1960s TV boy : OPIE
23
Start of a trivia question : IFAGIRAFFEHASFOURTEEN
27
Patriots' org. : NFL
28
Wallops : KOS
29
Wallops : THUMPS
30
Constellation next to Gemini : TAURUS
31
Brooklyn athlete : NET
32
Latin phrase at the end of a list : ETALII
33
Three-part : TRINARY
34
Trivia question, part 2 : MORETHANAWALRUSAND
39
Joint czar with Peter I : IVANV
40
Drink that's stirred : NOG
41
"If only you could ___ now" : SEEME
42
Maritime letters : HMS
45
Assess, with "up" : SIZE
46
France's Académie ___ Beaux-Arts : DES
47
Grp. involved in back-to-school night : PTA
49
Stitch : RIOT
50
Rhyming honor : ODE
51
Ding, say : MAR
57
Symbol of remoteness : SIBERIA
59
Vocal fanfare : TADA
61
Romeo and Juliet, e.g. : ELOPERS
62
Insincere earnestness : SMARM
66
Shul reading : TORAH
67
India's ___ Coast : MALABAR
71
Garden : PLOT
73
Rocky Mountain tribe : ARAPAHO
75
___ cable (TV hookup) : AUX
76
Cause for plastic surgery, maybe : SAG
79
PC game sensation of the early 2000s, with "The" : SIMS
80
Certain drive-thru convenience : ATM
82
Three-point line, e.g. : ARC
83
Complete loser : ZERO
84
"___ boy!" : HOO
85
Tammany Hall problem : GRAFT
89
"N.B.A. on ___" : TNT
90
Like the earth and some apples : CORED
91
Trivia question, part 3 : ASQUIRRELHASHALFAS
96
Betrays : RATSOUT
99
Razzers : GIBERS
100
Italian for 95-Down : ORA
101
Texas oil city : ODESSA
102
Company whose logo has a diagonal red arrow : SUNOCO
103
Explorer or Escape, in brief : SUV
104
J.F.K.'s historic ___ Flight Center : TWA
107
End of the trivia question : MANYASAPIGWHATARETHEY
111
Journalist/writer Herbert : AGAR
112
Ryan of "The Beverly Hillbillies" : IRENE
113
Info for airport greeters : ETAS
114
Maine-to-Florida rte. : USONE
115
Captain ___ : NEMO
116
They're tapped : KEGS
117
Some deli buys : RYES
118
*Cruise stops : PORTS
Down
1
Flimsy, as an excuse : THIN
2
British fop : TOFF
3
Gemstone for most Libras : OPAL
4
Lap dog breed : PUG
5
Channel starting in 2003 : SPIKETV
6
Tennis great Tommy : HAAS
7
Espionage agcy. with a leader played by Tom Cruise : IMF
8
Present need? : GIFTTAG
9
Nashville-based variety show, 1969-92 : HEEHAW
10
With lots of room to spare : BYAMILE
11
Breathe : RESPIRE
12
Lugs : OAFS
13
"Doctor ___" : WHO
14
Big around the middle : ROTUND
15
*Works : OPERA
16
French lord : SIEUR
17
Wee : EENSY
21
Kama ___ : SUTRA
24
Horror director Eli : ROTH
25
Polynesian entertainments : HULAS
26
Game stopper : RAIN
31
Protected goose : NENE
32
Biblical son begat by a 105-year-old father : ENOS
33
Sleeping sickness carrier : TSETSE
34
Protein-rich soup : MISO
35
Poet banished in A.D. 8 : OVID
36
Level : RAZE
37
*End of ___ : ANERA
38
Official in a mask : UMP
42
One taking applications : HIRER
43
Kelly of "The West Wing" : MOIRA
44
*What's in store : STASH
46
June honoree : DAD
48
Be moribund, say : AIL
49
*Move, as a plant : REPOT
51
Black ___ : MAMBA
58
Wrinkle remover : BOTOX
59
*Sandy spots, maybe : TRAPS
62
*Chart-topper : SMASH
63
Novelist Puzo : MARIO
64
Dollar rival : ALAMO
68
It's said when a light bulb goes on : AHA
69
Cheap booze : ROTGUT
71
*Auto shop inventory : PARTS
72
Jean-___ Picard of "Star Trek: T.N.G." : LUC
76
Lord's worker : SERF
77
___ 51 (conspiracy theory subject) : AREA
78
Mercury and Saturn : GODS
81
Dr.'s order : MRI
82
Literary olios : ANAS
83
"Les Trois Villes" novelist : ZOLA
86
At it : ARGUING
87
Features of some cowboy shirts : FRINGES
88
QB Tim : TEBOW
89
Guttural : THROATY
90
Partition into multiple bits : CARVEUP
91
___-Babylonian (ancient Semitic language) : ASSYRO
92
Major-leaguer with three 60+ home run seasons : SOSA
93
Sort of : QUASI
94
Ogling type : LECHER
95
Part of a day : HOUR
96
Type type : ROMAN
97
Cliché, often : ADAGE
98
*Late office opening, say : TENAM
102
"Pursuit of the Graf ___" (1956 war film) : SPEE
103
Lip : SASS
104
Old satellite-launching rocket : THOR
105
Gave out : WENT
106
Motion carriers : AYES
108
Shul fixture : ARK
109
___ kwon do : TAE
110
General on Chinese menus : TSO

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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