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New York Times, Tuesday, August 26, 2014

AWOL chasers ... or a hint to the answers to the six starred clues

Author:
Victor Fleming
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Fleming

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQVWXZ} This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Fleming.
Victor Fleming notes:
At some point in time, I decided that an okay puzzle theme would be two-word phrases, where the first respective letters of the theme ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
A few weeks ago Vic Fleming visited me at my home in Pleasantville, N.Y., on his drive from the South to New England. We played table ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice way to incorporate six themers into a puzzle. Typically that feat can be a rough go, but Vic wisely takes advantage of the simple ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times8/26/14 ( No. 23,667 )
Across
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Light bender : PRISM
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Hole to be dug out of? : DEBT
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Robbers' take : HAUL
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In verse, "His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!" : SANTA
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Vicinity : AREA
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Mean sort : OGRE
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"It was ___ and stormy night ..." : ADARK
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*Traveler on the Silk Road : MARCOPOLO
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Flora seen around Lent : LILIES
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"Watch your ___, young man!" : TONE
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*Eggnog relative : MILKPUNCH
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Wing it : ADLIB
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Anglers after morays : EELERS
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"O.K., have it your way" : FINE
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Vietnamese holiday : TET
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___ extra cost : ATNO
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Thing seen on a lab slide : AMOEBA
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70 yards square, approximately : ONEACRE
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"Hmm, can't remember" : IFORGET
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Department store founder James Cash ___ : PENNEY
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Height: Prefix : ACRO
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Correctional workers, for short? : EDS
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Comment immediately following a stage cue : IMON
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What rain and paper towels may come in : SHEETS
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Billy Ray or Miley : CYRUS
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*Lover of Kermit : MISSPIGGY
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Cut with a ray : LASE
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Novelist ___ de Balzac : HONORE
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*Edison lab site : MENLOPARK
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International powerhouse in cricket : INDIA
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Window part : PANE
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Canadian Plains tribe : CREE
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Eggheaded sorts : NERDS
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Like patent infringers, often : SUED
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Part of P.G.A.: Abbr. : ASSN
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Secret rendezvous : TRYST
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Sacred hymn of praise : PSALM
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Many lines on pie charts : RADII
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Taken together : INALL
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X, in bowling : STRIKE
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*Sign a treaty, say : MAKEPEACE
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Hoover ___ : DAM
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Disco '70s, e.g. : ERA
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Playoff spots : BERTHS
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___ Bell : TACO
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Desired : HOPEDFOR
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In times past : AGO
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Clickable address, briefly : URL
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Guitarist Kottke : LEO
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Bon Jovi's "Livin' ___ Prayer" : ONA
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Torrid : SULTRY
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50th state's state bird : NENE
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___-Magnon : CRO
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For whom a vassal worked : LIEGE
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Sleeping, say : INBED
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Local politics and high school sports, for news reporters : BEATS
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Item under discussion : TOPIC
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Foe : ENEMY
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Kind of sax : TENOR
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Over again : AFRESH
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*It's not worth arguing : MOOTPOINT
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Legally voided : ANNULLED
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Treats for swelling, as a joint : ICES
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Tuna type, on menus : AHI
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Slings mud at : SMEARS
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One making a confession : SINNER
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___ Paulo : SAO
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Stop producing water, as a well : GODRY
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Crossword needs : GRIDS
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Baker's supply : YEAST
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Pet care specialists, for short : SPCA
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AWOL chasers ... or a hint to the answers to the six starred clues : MPS
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Perrier, par exemple : EAU
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Little Rock-to-Chicago dir. : NNE
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Hi-___ monitor : RES
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Kesey or Follett : KEN

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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