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New York Times, Thursday, August 2, 2018

Author:
Xan Vongsathorn
Editor:
Will Shortz
With 55-Down, actions that can be performed nine times in this puzzle without affecting any of the clues?
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Xan Vongsathorn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 44 This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Vongsathorn.
Xan Vongsathorn notes:
This puzzle has a long history. I originally submitted it in 2011, and it was accepted shortly after. It got lost in the stack, and a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
COIN / FLIPS, pointing to "Schrödinger" squares that can be either H or T, with equal validity. There was another one riffing on this ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

For the answers below the grid here, we've randomly chosen to use H for the Across words, and T for the Down ones.

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F
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I
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S
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K
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S
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HT
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O
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C
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K
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HT
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A
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HT
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A
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I
S
L
E
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K
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T
E
D
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E
C
O
N
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S
L
A
V
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I
N
T
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L
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A
L
O
T
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HT
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T
L
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I
S
T
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A
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S
T
U
T
E
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P
E
A
R
L
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S
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O
N
A
R
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R
I
O
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L
A
G
G
A
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R
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D
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HT
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I
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P
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S
P
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L
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T
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Y
U
A
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N
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O
L
E
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H
E
A
V
E
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HT
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O
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S
T
Y
43
P
L
O
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W
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D
E
N
I
M
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HT
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E
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S
N
I
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C
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K
E
R
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P
A
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W
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S
H
I
N
S
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S
H
E
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A
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F
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B
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A
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S
HT
E
S
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S
T
A
B
I
L
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E
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A
S
I
F
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S
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HT
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A
K
E
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C
O
I
N
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T
H
R
U
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E
I
D
E
R
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A
L
P
O
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H
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S
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© 2018, The New York Times8/2/18 ( No. 25,104 )
Across
1
11-time All-Star Carlton : FISK
5
___ value : SHOCK
10
Interjection heard when breaking up : HAHA
14
Bikini, e.g. : ISLE
15
Passed, as bad checks : KITED
16
Short course in supply and demand? : ECON
17
Dalmatian or Croatian : SLAV
18
Gathering of spies? : INTEL
19
Tons : ALOT
20
Many people may be eliminated by one : HITLIST
22
Perceptive : ASTUTE
24
Shade of white : PEARL
25
Submarine equipment : SONAR
27
What Christ the Redeemer overlooks, for short : RIO
28
Dawdler : LAGGARD
31
With 31-Down, breaking records, maybe : HIP
34
Skedaddle : SPLIT
36
Chinese money : YUAN
38
Ring cry : OLE
39
Cry aboard a frigate : HEAVEHO
42
Farm enclosure : STY
43
Winter truck attachment : PLOW
45
Overalls material : DENIM
46
Giggle syllable : HEE
47
Go "heh-heh" : SNICKER
50
Manhandle : PAW
52
They go up to the knees : SHINS
53
Bunch of papers : SHEAF
56
Wallops : BASHES
59
Abstract sculpture : STABILE
61
"Puh-lease!" : ASIF
62
An investor might want to get a fair one : SHAKE
65
With 55-Down, actions that can be performed nine times in this puzzle without affecting any of the clues? : COIN
66
Drive-___ : THRU
67
Falling down in a pillow fight? : EIDER
68
Dog food brand : ALPO
69
Cad : HEEL
70
Trash boats : SCOWS
71
Bad shot : MISS
Down
1
Something at the end of the hook? : FIST
2
Long Island airport town : ISLIP
3
Schedule : SLATE
4
Bulletproof vest material : KEVLAR
5
Place for a mogul : SKISLOPE
6
Slight coloring : TINT
7
A giant among Giants : OTT
8
Average mark : CEE
9
"Constant Craving" Grammy winner : KDLANG
10
Carrier of something that might burn : TEATRAY
11
Noted First Amendment advocate, for short : ACLU
12
It's a blast : TOOT
13
Pot grower? : ANTE
21
Like Samuel Beckett : IRISH
23
Give a little bit : SAG
25
Cake servings for dieters : SLIVERS
26
Like many Quaker products : OATEN
29
It can take root in wet places : RUST
30
Line on a contract : DATE
31
See 31-Across : TOP
32
Afflictions : ILLS
33
Lowly worker : PEON
35
Weighed down : LADEN
37
Dec. 31 : NYE
40
Ones in the know : TIPSTERS
41
Home to TD Ameritrade : OMAHA
44
Yearning : WISTFUL
48
Revolutionary symbol : CHE
49
The x's of xoxo : KISSES
51
Video blogger's aid : WEBCAM
54
Garlicky sauce : AIOLI
55
See 65-Across : FLIPS
56
Wet bar locale? : BATH
57
1975 Wimbledon winner : ASHE
58
What to call a king : SIRE
59
Distort : SKEW
60
Space chimp of 1961 : ENOS
63
Evidence of a little spasm : TIC
64
Rumpus : ADO

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