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New York Times, Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
With 68-Across, what the groups of circled letters are famous examples of
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Polin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Wednesday freshness: 71%
Jeff Chen notes:
Something so pretty about those WATER / FALLS, yeah? I'm a sucker for a puzzle with a visual element. It's a shame that this couldn't ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times8/19/15 ( No. 24,025 )
Across
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As high as you can go : ACME
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With 68-Across, what the groups of circled letters are famous examples of : WATER
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Instrument similar to a cor anglais : OBOE
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Use a Veg-o-Matic : CHOP
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Italian's "I love you" : TIAMO
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Fond of self-reflection? : VAIN
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Per the Beach Boys, they're the cutest in the world : CALIFORNIAGIRLS
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Ranchero's rope : RIATA
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Flogging implement : STRAP
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Usually dry gulches : ARROYOS
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Sea monster of Norse myth : KRAKEN
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Streaker at night : METEOR
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Barclays Center, e.g. : ARENA
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City founded by a twin, in myth : ROME
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Actor Katz of "Dallas" : OMRI
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Turf war adversaries : GANGS
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Pass with flying colors : ACE
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Sewer's protection : THIMBLE
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Narc's org. : DEA
42
Friedlander of "30 Rock" : JUDAH
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Forbidden-sounding perfume : TABU
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Mobster's gal : MOLL
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Words of concession : ILOSE
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Mind-boggler : ENIGMA
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Mr. Boddy, in the game Clue : VICTIM
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Rabbi, e.g. : TEACHER
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Home of Maine's Black Bears : ORONO
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Zoo heavyweight : RHINO
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Chester Nimitz or William Halsey : FOURSTARADMIRAL
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___-G suit : ANTI
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Dumbstruck : INAWE
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Salt, chemically : NACL
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Exiled shah Mohammad ___ Pahlavi : REZA
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See 5-Across : FALLS
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Trauma experts, briefly : EMTS
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Ghana's capital : ACCRA
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Direct, as a meeting : CHAIR
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One of eight baby teeth : MOLAR
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Perfect example : EPITOME
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Intl. commerce group : WTO
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Go public with : AIR
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Some salon acquisitions : TANS
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Throw off : EMIT
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"The Fountainhead" hero Howard : ROARK
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Egg-laying animals : OVIPARA
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Vaulter's hurdle : BAR
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Subject of a 1973 crisis : OIL
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U.S.N.A. grad: Abbr. : ENS
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Dunaway of "Chinatown" : FAYE
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Motorhead's workplace : GARAGE
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Texter's "However ..." : OTOH
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Hebrew or Arab : SEMITE
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Japanese sword sport : KENDO
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TV foreign correspondent Richard : ENGEL
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Congested-sounding : NASAL
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Financial guru Suze : ORMAN
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Croaking sound : RIBBIT
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Indira Gandhi's ill-fated son : RAJIV
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Eye-shaped openings : OCULI
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French red wine : MEDOC
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His and hers : THEIRS
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Olympic downhill event : LUGE
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Oregon city named for a furrier : ASTORIA
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Cyborg, in part : MACHINE
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Head of the class, in pioneer schools : MARM
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Theme : MOTIF
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Distiller ___ Walker : HIRAM
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Sign into law : ENACT
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Diner basketful : ROLLS
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Granny : NANA
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Student's viva voce : ORAL
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Partner of away : FAR
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Score for a post-touchdown kick : ONE
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Big name in chips and pretzels : UTZ
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Saddler's tool : AWL
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Start of many French surnames : DES

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