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New York Times, Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
Girl's name that phonetically provides the initials to the answers to the asterisked clues
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Haight.
Bruce Haight notes:
A bunch of "Estee" phrases — 111 letters of interlocking theme material but not the most riveting theme. I'm happy with the way this ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
ESTEE hinting at "two-word phrases that start with S and T." As with one of his previous puzzles, Bruce goes big by packing in a ton ... read more
1
C
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A
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B
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S
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A
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L
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P
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S
9
S
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O
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F
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A
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R
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O
M
A
N
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D
O
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T
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I
H
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E
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S
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D
E
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T
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B
L
E
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T
H
R
O
W
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I
D
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A
S
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S
O
N
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G
T
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T
L
E
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K
A
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T
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T
O
N
I
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S
O
D
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S
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E
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A
T
R
I
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P
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A
G
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S
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I
N
C
H
34
S
O
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R
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E
T
H
U
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M
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B
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S
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B
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R
I
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S
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L
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X
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T
R
O
U
T
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S
W
E
E
T
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T
O
O
T
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H
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E
M
L
Y
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F
A
B
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S
A
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D
T
A
L
E
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E
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R
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G
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R
A
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F
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T
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M
E
H
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S
O
U
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L
T
R
A
I
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N
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V
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X
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E
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N
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T
A
S
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R
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S
E
A
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S
O
N
T
W
O
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E
S
T
E
E
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T
U
N
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G
R
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S
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K
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S
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© 2016, The New York Times7/26/16 ( No. 24,367 )
Across
1
Ones whose business is picking up? : CABS
5
Yodeling locale : ALPS
9
Up until now : SOFAR
14
Mideast monarchy : OMAN
15
"Stop procrastinating!" : DOIT
16
"From your mouth to God's ears!" : IHOPE
17
*Drink holder near a sofa : SIDETABLE
19
Discombobulate : THROW
20
Think tank output : IDEAS
21
*Listing on a Billboard chart : SONGTITLE
23
Kit ___ bar : KAT
25
Braxton with seven Grammys : TONI
26
Instant lawn : SOD
27
*Carnival cruise, e.g. : SEATRIP
31
Dept. of Justice heads : AGS
33
Move slowly (along) : INCH
34
*Things that stick out conspicuously : SORETHUMBS
40
Foe of Rocky and Bullwinkle : BORIS
42
Deli delicacy : LOX
43
Rainbow ___ : TROUT
44
*Craving for desserts : SWEETTOOTH
47
"Little" girl in "David Copperfield" : EMLY
48
___ Four : FAB
49
*Tearjerker : SADTALE
51
Fraction of a joule : ERG
54
Huckleberry Finn carrier : RAFT
57
"Not impressed" : MEH
58
*Bygone R&B showcase : SOULTRAIN
61
Prancer's partner on Santa's team : VIXEN
65
Stun gun : TASER
66
*What good ratings for a new show can lead to : SEASONTWO
68
Girl's name that phonetically provides the initials to the answers to the asterisked clues : ESTEE
69
Adjust, as guitar strings : TUNE
70
Pirate's quaff : GROG
71
Bird on a birth announcement : STORK
72
Dick and Jane's dog : SPOT
73
Nordstrom rival : SAKS
Down
1
"___ Fan Tutte" : COSI
2
Surrounded by : AMID
3
Requested : BADE
4
*Shoplifter, e.g. : SNEAKTHIEF
5
Decay-fighting org. : ADA
6
Defensive tennis shots : LOBS
7
Charles Lindbergh, e.g. : PILOT
8
___ pad : STENO
9
*"Don't go anywhere!" : SITTIGHT
10
"Fancy meeting you here!" : OHHI
11
Knox and Dix : FORTS
12
Speed skater ___ Ohno : APOLO
13
Take some new vows : REWED
18
Winter Palace autocrat : TSAR
22
Cookout annoyance : GNAT
24
"___ a pity" : TIS
27
Close kin, for short : SIBS
28
Sufficient, to a bard : ENOW
29
Part of a plot : ACRE
30
Casual Friday shirt : POLO
32
*Really safe bets : SURETHINGS
35
Friend of Pooh : ROO
36
Tel. no. add-ons : EXTS
37
N.Y.C. cultural center : MOMA
38
Animal in a Wall Street sculpture : BULL
39
Irritating subject for an ophthalmologist? : STYE
41
*Film words before "Nemesis," "Into Darkness" and "Beyond" : STARTREK
45
Ski lift : TBAR
46
With 52-Down, Sunday entree : HAM
50
"Whip It" rock band : DEVO
51
___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
52
See 46-Down : ROAST
53
Zeal : GUSTO
55
Eschews food : FASTS
56
Traffic jam : TIEUP
59
Evil look : LEER
60
Small Apple offering : NANO
62
More, in ads : XTRA
63
Furry Endor creature : EWOK
64
Yuletide quaffs : NOGS
67
Game-match connector : SET

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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