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New York Times, Tuesday, July 21, 2015

"We have this won" ... or what could be said about each of the first words of the answers to the starred clues

Author:
David Phillips
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QW} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Phillips.
David Phillips notes:
Not surprisingly, I got the inspiration for this theme after noticing a few sandbags on the side of the road. My first snarky thought ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Will has been spacing out these "words that can follow X" themes; a good thing. Even with a catchy revealer like IT'S IN THE BAG, they ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times7/21/15 ( No. 23,996 )
Across
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Muscles that may be sculpted, informally : ABS
4
Japanese W.W. II conquest : BURMA
9
Eye of the tigre? : OJO
12
Noggin knocks : BOPS
14
"Dido and ___" (Purcell opera) : AENEAS
15
___ Paulo, Brazil : SAO
16
*"Hawaii Five-O" catchphrase : BOOKEMDANNO
18
Popular gossip website : TMZ
19
Kind of inspection : ONSITE
20
Rush experienced during a movie? : GEOFFREY
22
*Sarah Palin or Glenn Beck, e.g. : TEAPARTIER
24
Fleur-de-___ : LIS
25
Title for Winston Churchill : SIR
26
Shaving mishaps : NICKS
28
Cheryl of "Charlie's Angels" : LADD
32
Rom-___ : COM
34
Classic comics character since 1941 : ARCHIE
35
*History channel show frequently set in Canada or Alaska : ICEROADTRUCKERS
38
Wrinkle-resistant fabric : DACRON
39
"Tosh.0" segment, briefly : VID
40
Inquires : ASKS
41
Little Bighorn victors : SIOUX
42
Apt rhyme of "grab" : NAB
44
"... 'twas ___ a dream of thee": Donne : BUT
45
*Structure built from the ground up? : SANDCASTLE
52
Put another way : REPHRASE
54
Like cooties vis-à-vis almost anything else : ICKIER
55
Italian time unit : ORA
56
"We have this won" ... or what could be said about each of the first words of the answers to the starred clues : ITSINTHEBAG
58
Bol. neighbor : ARG
59
Albert with four Best Actor nominations : FINNEY
60
New wave band with the hit "Whip It" : DEVO
61
Toast choice : RYE
62
Nickname for Theresa : TESSA
63
Part of AARP: Abbr. : RET
Down
1
Prior's superior : ABBOT
2
Frontiersman who lent his name to six U.S. counties : BOONE
3
Bride, in Bologna : SPOSA
4
Sleep on it : BED
5
Eel at a sushi bar : UNAGI
6
Forename meaning "born again" : RENEE
7
Wayne ___ (abode above the Batcave) : MANOR
8
Since : ASOF
9
Big egg producers : OSTRICHES
10
TV/movie lead character whose middle name is Tiberius : JAMESKIRK
11
Like tar pits : OOZY
13
Bypass : SKIP
14
Swiss sub? : AMERICAN
17
Calculations made while high, for short? : ETAS
21
Horse that's "My Friend" in literature and 1950s TV : FLICKA
23
Took steps : TROD
26
Reactor-overseeing org. : NRC
27
Cong. meeting : SESS
28
Tops : LIDS
29
Brazilian fruit export : ACAIBERRY
30
Paper cutouts as a decorative art : DECOUPAGE
31
Sexologist with a hit 1980s radio show : DRRUTH
33
Network that aired "Jersey Shore" : MTV
34
Gall : AUDACITY
36
Losing tic-tac-toe row : OOX
37
Thick skin : RIND
43
Name that follows J. S. or P. D. Q. : BACH
45
French composer Erik : SATIE
46
Grps. : ASSNS
47
Opposing votes in the Bundestag : NEINS
48
TV listings, informally : SKED
49
Rome's river : TIBER
50
Get out of Dodge : LEAVE
51
Crop hazard : ERGOT
52
Surf sound : ROAR
53
Schism : RIFT
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Org. that opposes school vouchers : NEA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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