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New York Times, Tuesday, August 18, 2015

World hot spot ... or a hint to the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Bill Thompson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {BQVX} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Thompson.
Bill Thompson notes:
The idea for this theme came to me when I was solving another crossword and noticed that the word "east" was hidden in the center of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MIDDLE EAST interpreted as "phrases with EAST smack dab in their middles." Bill's elegantly chose themers which are both colorful and ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times8/18/15 ( No. 24,024 )

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Across
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Complain loudly : YAWP
5
"Proud" ones with cigars : PAPAS
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Cheek : SASS
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Iridescent stone : OPAL
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Prince Valiant's love : ALETA
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___ Reader : UTNE
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*Left the flock : GONEASTRAY
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Greek earth goddess : GAEA
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Kind of test for newborns : APGAR
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"___ Bangs" (Ricky Martin hit) : SHE
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___ Sea, victim of Soviet irrigation projects : ARAL
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*Walk out : STAGEASTRIKE
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Tenor Carreras : JOSE
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Catcher's catch off a batter's bat : FOULTIP
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Part of an oval : ARC
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Competitor's lament : ILOST
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Kyle ___, "The Terminator" hero : REESE
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*Like baking dough : YEASTY
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*Sumptuous spreads : FEASTS
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Crashes, with "out" : ZONKS
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Got by word of mouth : HEARD
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Word that, spelled backward, can be a clue for itself : PAT
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Stalemate : IMPASSE
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Prefix with diluvian : ANTE
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*Half of a brother/sister dance duo : ADELEASTAIRE
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Laze : LOLL
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Inits. for Windy City commuters : CTA
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Loosen, as a knot : UNTIE
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Leon who wrote "The Haj" : URIS
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World hot spot ... or a hint to the answers to the starred clues : MIDDLEEAST
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Labyrinth : MAZE
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"That's ___" : AMORE
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Mass-market furniture company : IKEA
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Furniture strip : SLAT
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Homes for warblers and wasps : NESTS
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Two of diamonds? : DEES
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Exercise discipline : YOGA
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Individually : APOP
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First computer company to run an ad during the Super Bowl : WANG
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Entreaty that may follow "pretty" : PLEASE
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Faux ___ : PAS
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PC key : ALT
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Slayer of Medusa : PERSEUS
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Stopped : ATAHALT
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Speak, in the Bible : SAYEST
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Legume with an edible pod : SUGARPEA
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Game company with a Japanese name : ATARI
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Weasel : SNEAK
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Bobby who co-founded the Black Panther Party : SEALE
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The "A" of MoMA : ART
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Wouldn't hurt ___ : AFLY
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Wet gunk : GOO
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Hackneyed : TIRED
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Rapper born Shawn Corey Carter : JAYZ
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Product first released by the National Biscuit Company in 1912 : OREO
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Survey with binoculars, say : SCAN
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Informal identification : ITSME
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Sister company of ABC : ESPN
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Runs, hits or errors, for short : STAT
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Villa d'___ : ESTE
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Everything one can do : SKILLSET
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Without cost: Ger. : FREI
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Isn't at the deadline yet : HASTIME
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Tabasco and Chihuahua, in México : ESTADOS
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Cool ___ cucumber : ASA
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Game with a "perfect score" of 3,333,360 : PACMAN
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Source of the Trojan horse story : AENEID
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Grads : ALUMS
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Miami golf resort : DORAL
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Slave woman in "Uncle Tom's Cabin" : ELIZA
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"The Murders in the ___ Morgue" : RUE
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Grab : TAKE
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"Mm-hmm" : ISEE
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Data for airport chauffeurs, for short : ETAS
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Richard Gere title role : DRT
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French article : LES

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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