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New York Times, Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Like the Oscars ... or the answers to this puzzle's seven asterisked clues?

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Bruce Haight notes:
Most of my few puzzle successes have involved lots of hard work and rewrites, but this little star-trek came together in a couple ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A STAR-STUDDED puzzle indeed! It confused me a bit that this puzzle would run today rather than… well, whenever the Oscars are. But I ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times7/9/14 ( No. 23,619 )
Across
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Where buses are parked : DEPOT
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Where buffalo roam : RANGE
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___ Harbour, Fla. : BAL
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Big Indian : RAJAH
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"___ case of emergency" : USEIN
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When août occurs : ETE
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*Words on a birth announcement : JUSTARRIVED
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Aurora's Greek counterpart : EOS
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Ending with farm : STEAD
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Has coming : EARNS
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Magazine with a back-cover fold-in : MAD
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*Quota for a rep to achieve : SALESTARGET
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2009 Peace Nobelist : OBAMA
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Island setting for "Pirates of the Caribbean" : TORTUGA
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Title island of a 2005 DreamWorks animated film : MADAGASCAR
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Only non-U.S. M.L.B. team, on scoreboards : TOR
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*Oldest continuous democracy in Central America : COSTARICA
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Say further : ADD
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Words from class clowns : WISECRACKS
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Sisterly : SORORAL
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Landscapist's prop : EASEL
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*Where to find money exchange shops : TOURISTAREA
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Before now : AGO
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Pitchers? : ADMEN
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Title for a French nobleman : COMTE
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"Kidnapped" monogram : RLS
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Like the Oscars ... or the answers to this puzzle's seven asterisked clues? : STARSTUDDED
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Driving need : TEE
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First name in cosmetics : ESTEE
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Question before takeoff : READY
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Suffix for braggarts : EST
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Tournament favorites : SEEDS
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Follow : ENSUE
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N.B.A.'s Erving, to fans : DRJ
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Agua, across the Pyrenees : EAU
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Slumber party attire, informally : PJS
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Bran muffin topping : OATS
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"Let's roll!" : THATSAGO
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Like most of Wyoming : RURAL
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Out of the way : ASIDE
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Harry Reid's state: Abbr. : NEV
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Bestow on, to Burns : GIE
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Win over : ENDEAR
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Opposite of six-pack abs, ironically : BEERGUT
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In a single try : ATONEGO
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*Cigarette ad claim : LESSTAR
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Stephen of "The Crying Game" : REA
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Mobiles, stabiles, etc. : ART
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Alice, to Dennis the Menace : MOM
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Litigators' org. : ABA
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Henry, to Dennis the Menace : DAD
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*Prefight psych job : STARE
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Cheerio-shaped : TORIC
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___ 'n' cheese : MAC
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___ expected (predictably) : ASWAS
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Circus prop : STILT
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___ in cat : CAS
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Kind of comfort : CREATURE
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Top-rated : AAA
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*Ancient fertility goddess : ASTARTE
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Marginal things? : DOODLES
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It often shows a band's name : DRUMSET
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Rebs' org. : CSA
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Bud holder, of sorts : KEG
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___-mo : SLO
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Some Scandinavian coins : ORE
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Salon supplies : RINSES
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Like a land baron : ACRED
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Derby bouquet : ROSES
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CPR pro : EMT
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Original sin locale : EDEN
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"Cats" inspirer's monogram : TSE
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Scarfed down : ATE
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Hip-hop's ___ Racist : DAS
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Dot follower, on campus : EDU
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Food factory supply : DYE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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