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New York Times, Saturday, June 3, 2017

Puerto Rican home to the Western Hemisphere's largest radio telescope

Author:
Roland Huget
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JKQX} Grid has super-symmetry. This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Huget. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Roland Huget notes:
This puzzle was constructed in September 2016 and accepted for publication in December. This grid layout has appeared in The New York ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My constructor's spidey sense tingles when I see huge open white spaces like these. Gigantic chunks, roughly 7x7, can't consistently ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times6/3/17 ( No. 24,679 )

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Across
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Horizontal pieces covering joints, in architecture : FASCIAS
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Team that last won the World Series in 1979 : PIRATES
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Ancient Greek land that fought Sparta : ARCADIA
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Weaver of Greek mythology : ARACHNE
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Some farm machinery : REAPERS
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To the point : CONCISE
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Personae non gratae : PARIAHS
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Gets in on the game : ANTESUP
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Must pay : OWESTO
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Often-repeated line : MANTRA
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Cup holders : SAUCERS
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Things you must choose, it's said : BATTLES
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Sort : TYPE
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Lose-lose : NOWIN
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Spanish muralist José María ___ : SERT
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Infrequent ending for URLs : BIZ
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Sign of age : RUST
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Part of a watch that holds the face's glass cover : BEZEL
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___-dieu : PRIE
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Like hippies, by nature : ANTIWAR
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Thickening agent in cookery : TAPIOCA
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Seriously hurt : MAIMED
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Recipient of a Mailer-Daemon notice : SENDER
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Saucy name? : ALFREDO
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Eventually : LATERON
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Gives meaning to : DEFINES
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Slippery : ELUSIVE
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Puerto Rican home to the Western Hemisphere's largest radio telescope : ARECIBO
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Open to everyone : ALLAGES
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Sides of blocks : STREETS
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Corpus Christi, e.g. : SEAPORT
Down
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Shooter's target in soccer : FARPOST
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Passage between buildings : AREAWAY
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Gather with difficulty : SCAREUP
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"Understand?" : CAPISCE
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Brainstorm : IDEATE
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Bleachers blaster : AIRHORN
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Unwelcome comeback : SASS
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Amazon rodent : PACA
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Athlete among athletes : IRONMAN
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Harangue : RANTAT
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Décor features : ACCENTS
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Heraldic emblem of Scotland : THISTLE
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Guarantor : ENSURER
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Overlook, as a fault : SEEPAST
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Not wasted : SOBER
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"L'Arlésienne" suite composer, 1872 : BIZET
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1975 Best Musical, with "The" : WIZ
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Open-sided shelters : RAMADAS
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Distracted, maybe : UNALERT
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More severe : STIFFER
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"Evita" lyricist : TIMRICE
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It may be a write-off : BADDEBT
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Mississippi River explorer : LASALLE
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Turpentine is distilled from it : PINESAP
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Philippine strongman ___ Duterte : RODRIGO
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Become slippery, in a way : ICEOVER
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Heartfelt : EARNEST
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Kind of roast : WEENIE
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Singer Clark : PETULA
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Baja bears : OSOS
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Places where black-eyed Susans grow : LEAS

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