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New York Times, Tuesday, June 7, 2016

With 18- and 19-Across, classic song that starts "'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam"

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Peter A. Collins
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Peter A. Collins

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 75, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQVXZ} Spans: 2 Grid has mirror symmetry. Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 96 for Mr. Collins. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Peter A. Collins notes:
This one went through six iterations before it was ready for prime time. The editors even asked me to consider ripping out my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Very pretty graphic, with a THREE / STORY / HOUSE and its SLATE ROOF memorialized in NEEDLEPOINT. HOME / SWEET / HOME indeed! I was ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times6/7/16 ( No. 24,318 )

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Across
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Shapes of bacilli bacteria : RODS
5
Snug : COMFY
10
North-of-the-border station : ESSO
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State that voted Republican by the highest percentage (73%) in the 2012 presidential election : UTAH
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River to the Rhône : ISERE
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Sporty car feature : TTOP
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With 18- and 19-Across, classic song that starts "'Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam" : HOME
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See 17-Across : SWEET
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See 17-Across : HOME
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Company shake-up, for short : REORG
22
Hero war pilot : ACE
23
Suit coat feature : LAPEL
24
Popular setting for 17-/18-/19-Across : NEEDLEPOINT
27
Hagen of stage and screen : UTA
29
Fanatic : NUT
30
GPS suggestion: Abbr. : RTE
31
Was down with : HAD
34
Swinger's target at a party : PINATA
36
Yale, affectionately : OLDELI
38
Façade feature : CEDILLA
40
Small flycatchers : PHOEBES
41
Korean performer with a monster 2012 international hit : PSY
42
Jeanne d'Arc, e.g.: Abbr. : STE
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1974-75 pigskin org. : WFL
45
Pastoral poem : IDYL
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With 53- and 56-Across, certain abode : THREE
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Certain military hazards, for short : IEDS
52
Evening, in ads : NITE
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See 47-Across : STORY
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Q*___ (1980s arcade game) : BERT
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Homer Simpson cry : DOH
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See 47-Across : HOUSE
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"___ Rosenkavalier" : DER
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Bygone Ugandan despot : IDIAMIN
61
Oxide in rubies and sapphires : ALUMINA
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Harvesting machines : REAPERS
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Possession of property : TENANCY
66
What initials on something may signify : ASSENT
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Where femurs are located : THIGHS
Down
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Germany's ___ Valley : RUHR
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Indian tribe that lent its name to a county in Nebraska : OTOE
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Classical exemplars of steadfast friendship : DAMONANDPYTHIAS
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Hite of "The Hite Report" : SHERE
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Modern prefix with gender : CIS
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Comedian Patton ___ : OSWALT
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Little rodents, jocularly : MEECE
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Having one's business mentioned in a news article, e.g. : FREEPR
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Up to now : YET
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Patriot Allen : ETHAN
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Avert more serious losses : STOPTHEBLEEDING
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Four or five, say : SOME
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German-based G.M. subsidiary : OPEL
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How George Harrison's guitar "weeps" : GENTLY
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Hide out : LIELOW
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Like many exhausts : DUAL
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"Looking at it a different way," in texts : OTOH
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Something a scanner scans, in brief : UPC
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20-20, e.g. : TIE
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Stein filler : ALE
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Insult, informally : DIS
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Dairy ___ : AISLE
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"Clear!" procedure, for short : DEFIB
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Actor Kutcher and others : ASHTONS
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Watches intently : PEERSAT
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Pants, in slang : TROU
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Former Indian P.M. Gandhi : INDIRA
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Semiconductor devices : DIODES
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Improper attire at a fancy restaurant : TSHIRT
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Hole in one's shoe : EYELET
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Make sopping wet : DRENCH
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Humane Society pickups : STRAYS
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Hairy primate : APE
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Not-so-hairy primates : MEN
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Durham sch. : UNH
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___ tai (drink) : MAI

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