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New York Times, Thursday, July 13, 2017

Author:
Lewis E. Rothlein
Editor:
Will Shortz
Treasure hunt phrase ... or a hint to seven Across answers
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Lewis Rothlein

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Rothlein. Thursday freshness: 95%
Lewis Rothlein notes:
One day the phrase "X marks the spot" just came to me; immediately, the crossword angel in my head interrupted to tell me that this ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
X MARKS THE SPOT has been mined for crossword plunder many a time, but I don't remember this exact implementation. Some colorful ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times7/13/17 ( No. 24,719 )
Across
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Calvin from "Calvin and Hobbes," e.g. : IMP
4
Word file, in brief : DOC
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Like London streets during Dickens's time : GASLIT
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Much : FAR
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Stuck : INASPOT
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What precedes a terrible period? : AGEONE
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Push aside for selfish ends : STIFFARM
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One-time appearance on a TV show : GUESTSPOT
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Refreshment for a Brit : SPOTOFTEA
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Harangue : RANTAT
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Uncontroversial : SAFE
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Like a call from someone one just thought about : EERIE
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34th prez : IKE
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"Bien sûr!" : OUI
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Rug rat : ANKLEBITER
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Oppressive rule by absolute power : DESPOTISM
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They are often grain-fed : SILOS
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Hebrew leader? : ALEPH
36
Actress Hagen : UTA
37
Kama ___ : SUTRA
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Flooded : AWASH
43
Sparkle : ESPRIT
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Command in "Macbeth" : OUTDAMNEDSPOT
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Back on board : AFT
49
Dir. from Norfolk to Philadelphia : NNE
50
Count ___ : BASIE
51
Popular music streaming service : SPOTIFY
52
List shortener : ETALII
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Tentatively add to the schedule, with "in" : PENCIL
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Do some museum work : CURATE
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Aid for a submarine captain : OCEANMAP
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Like some bars : UNEVEN
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Product whose jingle uses the "Dragnet" theme : TUMS
63
Neighbor of Wash. : IDA
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Nitpicker : PEDANT
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Sailing rope : TYE
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Perfect : SPOTON
Down
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Uncertainties : IFS
2
Hair clump : MAT
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Alternative to à la carte : PRIXFIXE
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"What's the ___?" : DIFF
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Like varsity or junior varsity players : ONATEAM
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Turn at high speed : CAREEN
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Closing credits feature, sometimes : GAGREEL
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Requirement for un baño : AGUA
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Attended (to) : SEEN
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Became unhinged : LOSTIT
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What's consumed : INTAKE
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One who shouldn't be driving : TEXTER
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Treasure hunt phrase ... or a hint to seven Across answers : XMARKSTHESPOT
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Hostile : FOE
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Six-pack purchase, maybe : SODA
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"The Clan of the Cave Bear" author : AUEL
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Largest pelvic bones : ILIA
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Higher-up : BOSS
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"Your time ___!" : ISUP
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Big tablet : IPAD
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Common symbol in pronunciation: Var. : SHWA
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Its graduates include more than 50 astronauts, in brief : USNA
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Backpack snack : TRAILMIX
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Recurring snippet in a bass line, say : RIFF
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Counsel: Abbr. : ATTY
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Surrounding : AMBIENT
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Japan, to the U.S. : EXENEMY
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Eight fluid ounces : ONECUP
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Affect, as humidity might a piano : UNTUNE
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Got misty, with "up" : TEARED
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Like cardboard jigsaw puzzles : DIECUT
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Choose, as a questionnaire box : XIN
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It goes with the flow : LAVA
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Major thoroughfare through Houston, informally : ITEN
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Something to try : CASE
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Hubbub : ADO
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Thumbs-down review : PAN

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2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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