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New York Times, Saturday, August 17, 2013

Author:
Ed Sessa
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 28 Missing: {GJQXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Edward Sessa notes:
The starting point for this puzzle was actually the symmetrical interlocking design (and "smiley face"), followed by my trying to fit ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A main criteria I use in assessing a themeless puzzle is cleverness in cluing. "Brother's keeper?" was fantastic, totally misdirected ... read more
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© 2013, The New York TimesNo. 0817 ( 23,293 )

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Across
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Baker's predecessor : ABLE
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"The Daily Rundown" carrier : MSNBC
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Steinbeck siren : ABRA
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Vindaloo accompaniment : NAAN
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Admission about a story : ILIED
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Skillful, slangily : MEAN
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Brother's keeper? : TYPEWRITERSTAND
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In thing : FAD
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In place : HOTSPOT
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What one should take in: Abbr. : RDA
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Engagement rings? : ARENAS
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Muhammad, e.g. : MECCAN
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Ready for another round : RESET
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Packer in a bookstore : ANN
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Young turkey : POULT
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Strong order? : MAKEMINEADOUBLE
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Compliment to the chef : DELICIOUS
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Drawers hitting the pavement? : SIDEWALKARTISTS
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County whose seat is La Junta : OTERO
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Means of changing one's mind : LSD
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One way to catch the game : SNARE
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Quaint letter-opening abbr. : MESSRS
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Took the wrong way : MISLED
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13th Spanish letter : EME
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Ear plug? : RADIOAD
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Big inits. in power : TVA
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Remark after holding someone up : SORRYFORTHEWAIT
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War head? : ANTI
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Thrill : ELATE
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Strauss's "Tausend und ___ Nacht" : EINE
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Backwoods agreement : YESM
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Many a Madrileño : SENOR
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Walked all over : TROD
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Where to observe some workers : ANTFARM
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Napa Valley setting : BAYAREA
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Clipboard's relative : LAPDESK
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One way to fly: Abbr. : ENE
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"Carota" and "Blue II," for two : MIROS
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Start of many an operation : SLIT
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Trivial objections : NITS
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Blast from the passed? : BEEP
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Software box item : CDROM
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Peck, e.g.: Abbr. : AMT
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Den mother's charge : BEARCUB
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Tony with an Emmy : RANDALL
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Like many sonatas' second movements : ANDANTE
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Mad person's question : WHATMEWORRY
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Leave to scrap, maybe : STEPOUTSIDE
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Indigent individuals : NEEDERS
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Numbered relations : COUSINS
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"___ wind that bloweth ..." : ANILL
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Bass parts : NECKS
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Legendary spring figure : NAIAD
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Pier grp. : ILA
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Bras ___ Lake (Canadian inland sea) : DOR
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Rumor opener : SOMESAY
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Agenda opener : ITEMONE
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They're thirsty much of the time : DESERTS
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What gobs take in : SALTAIR
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The Merry Mex of golf : TREVINO
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Feeling no pain : SEDATED
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Jewel cases? : SAFES
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Bill with barbs : MAHER
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Fruit giant : DOLE
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Home of the daily Hamshahri : IRAN
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Raiders Hall-of-Famer Jim : OTTO
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Coin feature : RIM
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Unlike 38-Down : WET

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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