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New York Times, Monday, August 6, 2012

2012 Olympics locale, with a hint to the ends of the answers to the six starred clues

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 62 for Ms. Lempel.
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© 2012, The New York Times8/6/12 ( No. 22,917 )
Across
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What a slob makes : MESS
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Start of a play : ACTI
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House, in Havana : CASA
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Poker pot starter : ANTE
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Animal used for Davy Crockett's cap : COON
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Ancient doctor known for his work on anatomy : GALEN
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*Big gamble : CRAPSHOOT
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Daytime host DeGeneres : ELLEN
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Good-looker : HOTTIE
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Impressive accomplishment : FEAT
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Scarfed down : ATE
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Commencement : ONSET
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*Election Day receptacle : BALLOTBOX
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Blabs : TELLS
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Former Chevy subcompact : AVEO
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Doofus : ASS
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Poses (for) : SITS
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Pass, as a law : ENACT
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*Result of a financial panic : BANKRUN
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*Tight braid : CORNROW
42
Hogs : SWINE
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Desserts good for a hot day : ICES
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"CSI" evidence, often : DNA
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D.C.-based agents : FEDS
48
Adams who photographed Yosemite : ANSEL
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*Series of changes from birth to death : LIFECYCLE
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Criticize in good fun : ROAST
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Low-ranking U.S.N. officer : ENS
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Petrol brand : ESSO
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Visitor to a confessional : SINNER
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Lagoon encircler : ATOLL
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*Precipitous drop in cost : PRICEDIVE
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Like Cinderella's stepsisters : CRUEL
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Verdi's opera slave girl : AIDA
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Sign of things to come : OMEN
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Loathe : HATE
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Gas in a DINER sign : NEON
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Uncool sort : NERD
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Like he-men : MACHO
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Energy giant that went bankrupt in 2001 : ENRON
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Rebounds per game and others : STATS
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Two trios plus one : SEPTET
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Pine (for) : ACHE
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Murmur lovingly : COO
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Over the speed limit : TOOFAST
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Big maker of microchips : INTEL
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Baseball's record-setting Ripken : CAL
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Train conductor's shout : ALLABOARD
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Take care of : SEETO
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Building wing : ANNEX
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Recover from : GETOVER
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Web locale : SITE
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Pie ___ mode : ALA
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Russian pancakes : BLINI
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It's south of Ky. : TENN
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Baton Rouge sch. : LSU
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Belly muscles : ABS
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Tool a magician uses in a woman-in-a-crate act : SAW
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Detects like a bloodhound : SNIFFSOUT
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Movie snippet : SCENE
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Pro's opposite : CON
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Old "We're up to something good" carrier : TWA
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Leg joint : KNEE
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Blood component that contains hemoglobin : REDCELL
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W.W. II spy org. : OSS
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___ counter (dieter) : CALORIE
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Part of CBS: Abbr. : SYS
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Lake between Ohio and Ontario : ERIE
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2012 Olympics locale, with a hint to the ends of the answers to the six starred clues : LONDON
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Dissolve and wash away, as minerals : LEACH
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The "I" of IM, sportswise : INTRA
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Network for political junkies : CSPAN
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Genre of the "Pokémon" TV series : ANIME
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Break off : SEVER
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General way things are going : TREND
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Read carefully : SCAN
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General at Appomattox : LEE
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Words that have a certain ring to them? : IDO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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