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New York Times, Saturday, July 4, 2015

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QV} Scrabble average: 1.98 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Ezersky notes:
This puzzle was constructed just over a year ago, inspired by the interesting intersection of BABA GHANOUJ and JEDI MIND TRICK at the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice offering from one of the 20-something constructors. I sometimes do Sam's puzzles on his indie site, and I must confess the vibe ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0704 ( 23,979 )

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Across
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Mates : BROS
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Fancies : WHIMS
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Zinger : MOT
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Staple of Mediterranean cuisine : BABAGHANOUJ
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Prefix with biology : EXO
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Character-building event? : SPELLINGBEE
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___ shoe : GYM
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He became the fastest sprinter in the U.S. in 2009 : TYSONGAY
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Goes on and on ... and on : DRAGS
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Takes credit? : OWES
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Job holder? : BIBLE
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Flubbed : MISDID
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Former TLC reality show set in a Florida tattoo parlor : MIAMIINK
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Many a catchphrase coiner : ADMAN
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"Super Bass" singer Minaj : NICKI
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Inappropriate detail, for short : TMI
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See 24-Down : MIA
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What a plot may do : THICKEN
36
Ring-toss item? : HAT
37
Neighbor of W. Sahara : MOR
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Badger : HARRY
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Classification for faint stars? : DLIST
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Where "giraffes are insincere," in a Simon & Garfunkel hit : ATTHEZOO
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Like many a football player : STOCKY
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Dr. No or Mr. Hyde : BADDY
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[Yecch!] : BARF
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Say hi, in modern lingo : HOLLA
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Question before and after "or" : AMIRIGHT
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Pink slip : AXE
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Best turnout ever : RECORDCROWD
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Work's counterpart, briefly : REC
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Treat with a polar bear in its logo : KLONDIKEBAR
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Finger wag accompanier : TSK
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Skipping words? : IPASS
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Not merely interested : NOSY
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Not-so-big shot : BBS
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Glued to something : RAPT
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Earn a treat, say : OBEY
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Stain-removing compound : SALSODA
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Was a crybaby : WHINED
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Chills : HANGS
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Actress Cadranel of TV's "Lost Girl" : INGA
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Musician who's a great-great-grandnephew of Herman Melville : MOBY
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Try to have tried? : SUE
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Like Stonehenge : MEGALITHIC
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Breather? : OXYGENMASK
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___ River, N.J. : TOMS
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Like some rave accessories : GLOWINTHEDARK
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Skill used by Obi-Wan Kenobi : JEDIMINDTRICK
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Result of a squeeze, briefly : RBI
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Get within range? : BAKE
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With 33-Across, musical set on the island of Kalokairi : MAMMA
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Boob tubes : IDIOTBOXES
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Wise one : SMARTALECK
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It means very little : MICRO
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Like creepy-crawlies : ICKY
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Pool in a casino : KITTY
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"De ___: A Life" (2014 biography) : NIRO
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Confused : HAZY
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Longtime E Street Band guitarist : LOFGREN
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Cholesterol panel letters : HDL
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Eatery known for its celebrity caricatures : SARDIS
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They often come down to the wire : BIRDS
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Either of two married supersleuths of 1970s-'80s TV : HART
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Rent-___ : ACOP
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Villainess Vanderwaal of TV's "Pretty Little Liars" : MONA
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Type tending to drift : HOBO
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"___ not to be" : TWAS
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One adopting the motto "Lux et veritas" : ELI
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Without any toppings, in restaurant-speak : DRY

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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