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New York Times, Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Author:
Mark McClain
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark McClain

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QY} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. McClain. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: In the print version of this puzzle, five clues have a solid black bar in them. Here, these are represented by a string of number signs (####).
Mark McClain notes:
I'm really pleased to make my NYT debut in the Wednesday slot — it's my personal favorite place in the weekday lineup. I like to think ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I like when a puzzle baffles me — as long as I eventually figure out what's going on. Today, we get a fun debut offering, using DARK ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0817 ( 24,389 )
Across
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Airway or pipe : DUCT
5
Gulf Coast catch : SHRIMP
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___ gen. : MAJ
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Part of A.D. : ANNO
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Where Caterpillar is headquartered : PEORIA
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Carry a balance : OWE
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Intangible feeling, informally : VIBE
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Cars introduced with much fanfare on "E Day" : EDSELS
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"I do," e.g. : VOW
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M # # # # : EXCHANGES
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It has a 50% chance : TAILS
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Shoppe descriptor : OLDE
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Composer Thomas : ARNE
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Generous : AMPLE
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Like much of Montana : SEMIARID
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Forte, on a score : LOUD
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___-l'oeil (illusion) : TROMPE
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Opening number : ONE
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Sphere : ORB
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Dining table decorations : DOILIES
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Big oaf : LUG
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Fail as a night guard, say : NAP
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Traitor in the Revolutionary War : ARNOLD
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Spanish for "table" : MESA
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Party clothes : GLADRAGS
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Gains, as in the stock market : RISES
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Punjabi for "disciple" : SIKH
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"Chocolate" dogs : LABS
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Hartford-based insurance giant : AETNA
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W # # # # : BLEMISHES
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Part of STEM: Abbr. : SCI
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Experience anew : RELIVE
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Lacking slack : TAUT
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Resistance unit : OHM
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Bird on a Froot Loops box : TOUCAN
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___ Taft Benson (1980s-'90s Mormon leader) : EZRA
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Adversary : FOE
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Dismissive looks : SNEERS
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Common laborer : PEON
Down
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"Affirmative, ___, I read you" (line in "2001: A Space Odyssey") : DAVE
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Pioneering computer operating system : UNIX
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Stock watcher's network : CNBC
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Starting progress, metaphorically : TOEHOLD
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Not be a tightwad : SPEND
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Guard one's bets : HEDGE
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Wine variety : ROSE
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States of pique : IRES
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Thousand G's : MIL
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T # # # # : PASTRIES
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P # # # # : MOVIEROLES
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Runaway G.I. : AWOL
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Seder celebrants : JEWS
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What's brewing, maybe : ALE
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Santa ___ winds : ANA
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All fired up : AMPED
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"I knew it all ___" : ALONG
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Upstanding : MORAL
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D # # # # : PUBPASTIME
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Recital pieces : SOLOS
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Pianist Gilels : EMIL
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Occupied, as a lav : INUSE
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"At the Milliner's" painter : DEGAS
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Holy text : TORAH
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Part of the Olympics logo : RING
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What sorcerers practice ... or a hint to interpreting five clues in this puzzle : DARKARTS
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Blunder : MISSTEP
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Cacophony : DIN
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One of 2,297 for Hank Aaron, in brief : RBI
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Actor Burton : LEVAR
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Church chorus? : AMENS
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Since : ASOF
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Something you might hear in an empty building : ECHO
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Off-color, paradoxically : BLUE
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Big nits : LICE
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Hangover feeling : HAZE
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Lead-in to zone : EURO
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Musial in Cooperstown : STAN
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Years and years : EON

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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