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New York Times, Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Author:
Adam G. Perl
Editor:
Will Shortz
Overly inventive ... or a hint to the answers to 17-, 26- and 42-Across
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Adam G. Perl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {GJXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Perl. Tuesday freshness: 38%
Adam G. Perl notes:
The inspiration for this puzzle came from the phrase TOO CLEVER BY HALF, which I discovered to my delight contained 15 letters and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Nice plays on TOO CLEVER BY HALF, adding 50% to each theme answer. I felt smug when I figured out the gist after THIRTY QUESTIONS (20 ... read more
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R
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I
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C
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E
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E
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F
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L
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O
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P
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O
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H
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T
H
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T
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Q
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T
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C
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N
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R
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S
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O
N
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O
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C
25
R
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F
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F
T
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E
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N
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F
O
O
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P
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L
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E
33
A
N
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O
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M
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L
A
B
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I
L
L
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O
B
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N
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N
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A
W
O
R
D
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N
E
C
C
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T
W
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L
V
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D
A
Y
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S
A
W
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K
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H
O
R
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Y
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T
N
T
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E
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C
O
L
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L
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O
A
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H
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A
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I
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T
O
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C
L
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E
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V
E
R
B
Y
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H
A
L
F
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A
L
D
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M
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B
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© 2017, The New York Times8/29/17 ( No. 24,766 )
Across
1
Staple of Chinese cuisine : RICE
5
Submit tax forms the modern way : EFILE
10
Jockey's accessory : CROP
14
Actor Epps : OMAR
15
Charles or Ray after whom a chair is named : EAMES
16
Onetime Ritz rival : HIHO
17
Classic game needing no equipment : THIRTYQUESTIONS
20
Event name suffix : CON
21
One of the friends on "Friends" : ROSS
22
Doing a pirouette, say : ONTOE
23
Start of the Lord's Prayer : OUR
24
Common baby ailment : CROUP
26
You might not want to touch something with this : FIFTEENFOOTPOLE
33
Diarist Nin : ANAIS
34
Edward James ___, star of "Stand and Deliver" : OLMOS
35
Word before coat or rat : LAB
36
Contents of Pandora's box : ILLS
37
High winds? : OBOES
38
El ___ (weather phenomenon) : NINO
39
"N.Y. State of Mind" rapper : NAS
40
Briefly, after "in" : AWORD
41
Brand of candy hearts : NECCO
42
1965 Beatles hit : TWELVEDAYSAWEEK
45
Equine, in totspeak : HORSY
46
Letters on exploding boxes in Angry Birds : TNT
47
Cause for a food recall : ECOLI
49
Advance : LOAN
51
Yes, in Yokohama : HAI
54
Overly inventive ... or a hint to the answers to 17-, 26- and 42-Across : TOOCLEVERBYHALF
58
Alan of "Bridge of Spies" : ALDA
59
Music genre that's sometimes "heavy" : METAL
60
Maven : BUFF
61
Like omega, in the Greek alphabet : LAST
62
It's a wrap : STOLE
63
Big name in oil? : OLAY
Down
1
Drilling grp. : ROTC
2
Texter's qualifier : IMHO
3
Third person : CAIN
4
Muff one : ERR
5
Pessimist in Pooh books : EEYORE
6
Online help features, for short : FAQS
7
"___ in the Morning" : IMUS
8
Ang who directed "Brokeback Mountain" : LEE
9
Double curve : ESS
10
Words of encouragement : CHINUP
11
Anarchy queller : RIOTPOLICE
12
"This could be bad!" : OHNO
13
One may be struck : POSE
18
Aligns : TRUES
19
Sweetums : TOOTS
23
"Miss" with regrets : OTIS
24
"Saturday Night Live" specialty : COMEDY
25
Down Under critters : ROOS
26
Like the light from distant stars : FAINT
27
Acquired relative : INLAW
28
Lies : FALSEHOODS
29
Hardly a celebrity : NOBODY
30
Fauna's counterpart : FLORA
31
Renaissance Faire weapon : LANCE
32
Kindle download : EBOOK
37
Is beholden to : OWES
38
Pond denizen : NEWT
40
Singer Lavigne : AVRIL
41
One "hat" for an au pair : NANNY
43
Many a feline Facebook posting : LOLCAT
44
Kind of income a lending officer likes to see : STABLE
47
List shortcut : ETAL
48
RC, for one : COLA
49
Jared who won an Oscar for "Dallas Buyers Club" : LETO
50
Kind of history : ORAL
51
Carry by semitrailer, say : HAUL
52
___ Romeo (Italian car) : ALFA
53
Doubtful : IFFY
55
Ambulance letters : EMS
56
Farm doc : VET
57
Home for "Girls" : HBO

Answer summary:
5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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