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New York Times, Friday, September 12, 2014

Author:
Michael Wiesenberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Wiesenberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 26 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Wiesenberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Michael Wiesenberg notes:
I constructed this puzzle in March of 2013 and it was accepted in June. Fifteen months later it was published. My first NYT puzzle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
[Out of gear?] is one of my favorite clues in quite a while, repurposing a familiar phrase to a completely different use. NAKED = out ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Mr. Wiesenberg's first two NYT puzzles have an identical grid shape.

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Across
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Queen's music : STADIUMROCK
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Film developer?: Abbr. : DIR
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"Hasta la vista!" : IMOUTTAHERE
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Musician with the 2012 album "Lux" : ENO
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Allows someone to walk, say : TAKESTHERAP
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Big gun on a ship: Abbr. : ADM
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Oxford, e.g., to its students : UNI
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Michael of "Juno" : CERA
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Oxide used in picture tubes : YTTRIA
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"A person who talks when you wish him to listen," per Ambrose Bierce : BORE
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Lead : GOFIRST
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Shots : PHOTOS
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Coddle, e.g. : BENICETO
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Shack : HOVEL
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Artistic friend of Zola : MANET
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Sharpshooter's skill : AIM
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Poet Wilfred ___ : OWEN
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Out of gear? : NAKED
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Buchanan in a bookstore : EDNA
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Word of logic : NOR
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Moving day multitude : BOXES
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Governor or senator follower : ELECT
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Caught in a web : ENSNARED
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Certain book, sizewise : QUARTO
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Makes out : DETECTS
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Secure neatly, as an umbrella : FURL
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Pioneer in the Nevada gaming industry : HARRAH
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One of its categories is Agency of the Year : CLIO
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With 46-Down, two-in-one movie players : DVD
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It's often an oxide : ORE
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Something avoided in a factory outlet : RETAILPRICE
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Washington and McKinley: Abbr. : MTS
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Commute, in a way : DRIVETOWORK
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Replies of confusion : EHS
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Stick here and there : INTERSPERSE
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Archaeologists often find what they're looking for in this : SITU
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Counterfeiter fighter, informally : TMAN
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Isao of golf : AOKI
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At full term : DUE
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"No worries" : ITSCOOL
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Comes out with : UTTERS
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Skiing twins' surname : MAHRE
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Sister of Phoebe, in myth : RHEA
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"Or softly lightens ___ her face": Byron : OER
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Like many kids' self-made greeting cards : CRAYONED
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Didn't let oneself go, say : KEPTFIT
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Lead-in to some written advice : DEARREADER
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Blurred : INDISTINCT
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Option for a marinara base : ROMATOMATO
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Not too big a jerk : TIC
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Old bomber : BTEN
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A lot of what makes you you : GENES
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Checked in with loved ones, say : PHONEDHOME
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Exclamation that might be punctuated "??!?" : HOWONEARTH
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Put too much weight on : OVERSTRESS
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Like some potato chips : BAKED
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Ceilings : MAXES
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From the Union : NORTHERN
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Hebrew for "to the skies" : ELAL
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Rival of Captain Morgan : BACARDI
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Abba's music : EUROPOP
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___ Tamid (ever-burning synagogue lamp) : NER
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Thick spreads : QUILTS
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Ace on a base : FLIER
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Give up : CAVE
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One of its fragrances is Poison : DIOR
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See 45-Across : VCRS
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Rink fooler : DEKE
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Small warbler : TIT
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Inits. of Thoreau's mentor : RWE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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