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New York Times, Monday, August 4, 2014

Word that's only coincidentally made up of the four main compass points

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQ} This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. Fagliano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Joel Fagliano notes:
I came up with this simple theme on a plane ride, of course. It felt pretty average as themes go, so I decided to make it distinctive ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Joel's done some great work in his nearly 30 puzzles for the NYT. But I can't remember ever thinking "how the heck did he do that?" ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times8/4/14 ( No. 23,645 )

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Across
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Marathon or sprint : RACE
5
Toots one's own horn : BRAGS
10
"___ out of your league, man!" : SHES
14
Shah's land : IRAN
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Des Moines native : IOWAN
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Vehicle with a hatch on top : TANK
17
Venus de ___ : MILO
18
Muppet with a long bluish nose : GONZO
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___ in a blue moon : ONCE
20
Lets some air in, say : CRACKSAWINDOW
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Any graduate from a women's college : ALUMNA
25
Becomes an Elvis impersonator? : SNEERS
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Compromised, as two parties : METINTHEMIDDLE
30
Actor Damon : MATT
31
German state whose capital is Dresden : SAXONY
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"Sounds good!" : OKAY
33
Cacophony : DIN
34
Jane Austen classic : EMMA
38
Hypes : BOOSTS
41
Lab container : VIAL
42
Get hitched : GODOWNTHEAISLE
46
Start watching a TV show, say : TUNEIN
47
Parts of a moral code : VALUES
48
What the ends of the answers to 20-, 26- and 42-Across are : AIRPLANESEATS
52
Narrow opening : SLIT
53
Mideast's ___ Heights : GOLAN
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Close, in a guessing game : WARM
57
Make an engraving : ETCH
58
Illuminated from below : UPLIT
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Horror film assistant with a Russian name : IGOR
60
Salon tints : DYES
61
Down-and-out : NEEDY
62
Word that's only coincidentally made up of the four main compass points : NEWS
Down
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Wheel's edge : RIM
2
"Exodus" hero : ARI
3
India's capital before New Delhi : CALCUTTA
4
Sheer awfulness : ENORMITY
5
Lions and tigers, but not bears : BIGCATS
6
Corner chess piece : ROOK
7
Plant bristles : AWNS
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Mideast's ___ Strip : GAZA
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Strands at a chalet, say : SNOWSIN
10
High as a kite : STONED
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"Messiah" composer : HANDEL
12
Shout after the band leaves the stage : ENCORE
13
Distorts, as data : SKEWS
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___ Taylor, women's clothing chain : ANN
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___ 500 : INDY
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BBs and bullets : AMMO
24
Plumbing problem : LEAK
27
Wore : HADON
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Be : EXIST
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Calendar page : MONTH
34
Facetious fall guy for one's wrongdoings, maybe : EVILTWIN
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Malapropism : MISUSAGE
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Like guys : MALE
37
Pub orders : ALES
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Be hot, hot, hot : BOIL
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Exercise one's right under the Second Amendment : OWNAGUN
40
Common highway speed limit : SEVENTY
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Opposite of innocent : GUILTY
43
How chop suey is often served : ONRICE
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Ocean bottoms : DEPTHS
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Baseball designation one step below Major League : AAA
46
Zapped, as during an arrest : TASED
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Slangy dissent : NOPE
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Woman's name that sounds like a letter : ELLE
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Uttered : SAID
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Pull an oar : ROW
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___ Fields cookies : MRS

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