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New York Times, Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Impossible chess ending with a king and knight versus a lone king

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QVX} This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Polin.
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© 2017, The New York Times6/7/17 ( No. 24,683 )

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Across
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Worthless mounds : ASHHEAPS
9
Bay Area campus, in brief : UCSF
13
Reliable source of income : STEADYJOB
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Impossible chess ending with a king and knight versus a lone king : MATE
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Slimy outdoor pest : GARDENSLUG
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"Save yourself!," e.g. : PLEA
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Didn't get takeout : ATEIN
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At the apex of : ATOP
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"___ Misérables" : LES
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Unwind : REST
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Item in the lingerie department : GARTERBELT
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Not allowing sales of alcohol : DRY
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Aquamarine or amethyst : GEM
29
Had as a customer : SOLDTO
30
Determined to accomplish : SETON
32
Away from the office, say : NOTIN
33
Classic 1976 Ramones song that begins "Hey! Ho! Let's go!" : BLITZKRIEGBOP
37
Wade noisily : SLOSH
38
French girlfriends : AMIES
39
Liane ___, longtime NPR host : HANSEN
41
"Moreover ..." : AND
42
Inexperienced : RAW
45
Diamond-patterned footwear : ARGYLESOCK
48
___-tiller : ROTO
49
"I've seen better" : MEH
50
Campus V.I.P. : PROF
51
U.S. base in Cuba, informally : GITMO
52
Kick (out) : BOOT
54
Improvised : OFFTHECUFF
57
Tempt : LURE
58
Safely run down the clock, in football : TAKEAKNEE
59
Mediterranean volcano : ETNA
60
Road-scraping custom car : LOWRIDER
Down
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Home of the Norse gods : ASGARD
2
Granite ___ (New Hampshire resident) : STATER
3
Religious unorthodoxy : HERESY
4
Lost all patience : HADIT
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Old Testament paradise : EDEN
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"The Fountainhead" author Rand : AYN
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Comfy sleepwear : PJS
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Kind of renewable energy : SOLAR
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Baseball boobird's target, often : UMP
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Hailed from afar : CALLEDTO
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Hardy work shoe feature : STEELTIP
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Enjoy heartily, as a banquet : FEASTON
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Keister : BUTT
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"There ___ the neighborhood" : GOES
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Like antlers and pitchforks : PRONGED
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Jazzman Stan : GETZ
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Wild way to run : AMOK
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Amorphous shapes : BLOBS
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Entreaty to Lassie : GETHELP
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Actress Spacek : SISSY
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Second Amendment advocacy grp. : NRA
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Announce loudly : BLAREOUT
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University of Texas athlete : LONGHORN
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Apple desktop : IMAC
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Text-displaying technology on Kindles : EINK
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Walk with an awkward gait : SHAMBLE
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Wolfe of crime fiction : NERO
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Roly-poly : ROTUND
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Withdrawal charge : ATMFEE
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Low-frequency stereo component : WOOFER
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Velvety : SOFT
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Butcher's scraps : OFFAL
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Lake of daytime TV : RICKI
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Flippers, scuba tank, etc., for a diver : GEAR
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Nonalcoholic brew : TEA
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Boxing decision, for short : TKO
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Take an ax to : HEW

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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