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New York Times, Wednesday, August 31, 2016

"Use this sparingly" ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme

Author:
Ned White
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. White.
Ned White notes:
This puzzle germinated with a failed theme entry, THE BIG DIGIT ("What was often extended by angry motorists during Boston's ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Plenty of crossword puzzles are based on letter addition, and not all of them absolutely need a "revealer" to tie the idea together. ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times8/31/16 ( No. 24,403 )
Across
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Sty fare : SLOP
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Stuff for sale at concerts : MERCH
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Galileo Galilei Airport city : PISA
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Federico of the Clinton cabinet : PENA
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State bordering British Columbia : IDAHO
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Bow-toting deity : EROS
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Hormel's assurance that Spam is packed safely? : YESWECANIT
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[I need this immediately] : ASAP
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Singer Lambert : ADAM
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Exposed to risk : ATSTAKE
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Like most pretzels : SALTY
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Brazil ___ : NUT
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L.A. campus : USC
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Ill temper : IRE
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Playground equipment thief? : SWINGBANDIT
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Places to hang hats : PEGS
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"It's ___-brainer!" : ANO
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Major conduits : MAINS
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"Enough!" as opposed to "You quit that right now!"? : SHORTSTOPIT
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Bathroom fixture : BIDET
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___ de toilette : EAU
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Zero, at Ashe Stadium : LOVE
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"Miss Dickinson, put your poem on Facebook"? : EMILYPOSTIT
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An air ball misses this : RIM
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Mental health org. : APA
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Parker or Cross : PEN
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Kentucky Derby prize : ROSES
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Picnic baskets : HAMPERS
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A skeptic may raise one : BROW
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Victims of the Morlocks, in sci-fi : ELOI
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"Use this sparingly" ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : MAKEITLAST
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Broadway musical based on "La Bohème" : RENT
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Epic of Troy : ILIAD
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Tree of Life locale : EDEN
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Track figures : ODDS
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Reds and Blues : TEAMS
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Not a good thing to do while driving : TEXT
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One may bug you : SPY
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Stan of Marvel Comics : LEE
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Walk-___ : ONS
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Handle clumsily : PAWAT
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Mineral used for insulation : MICA
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Dutch cheese town : EDAM
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Campaigned : RAN
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China's ___ Kai-shek : CHIANG
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Poolside amenity : HOTTUB
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Bog fuel : PEAT
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Taxpayers' bugaboos : IRSAUDITORS
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Penetrates fully : SOAKSIN
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Sides : ASPECTS
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Breyers alternative : EDYS
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"PAID," for one : STAMP
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Enjoy, as brandy : SIP
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"r," in a 72-Across : ARE
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Gangland rival of Dutch Schultz : LEGSDIAMOND
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Cabinet department until 1947 : WAR
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Acct. earnings : INT
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Rhinoplasty targets : NOSES
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Something to hit on the head : NAIL
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Silverstein who wrote "A Boy Named Sue" : SHEL
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Most common blood group : OTYPE
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Bit of body art, in brief : TAT
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Montréal assent : OUI
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Come to the rescue : BEAHERO
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Stuck : IMPALED
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Go head-to-head : VIE
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Rescue squad letters : EMS
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Hunter's document : PERMIT
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Attractive to bargain hunters : ONSALE
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Gait slower than a canter : TROT
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Little hooter : OWLET
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The absolute worst, with "the" : PITS
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Grin from ear to ear : BEAM
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Purges : RIDS
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Rio automaker : KIA
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Suffix with Gator or Power : ADE
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"The birds and the bees" : SEX
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Explosive in Road Runner cartoons : TNT

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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