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New York Times, Thursday, September 14, 2017

Formal term for the gap suggested by 17/18-, 35/37- and 54/57-Across

Author:
John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 69, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Guzzetta.
John Guzzetta notes:
The inspiration for this puzzle came from looking in the mirror. I have a gap wide enough to stick a screwdriver through. Initially, I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
DIASTEMA? That's a … gap in one's teeth? I was confused at the end of my solve, having missed the concept, but I got a nice a-ha when ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times9/14/17 ( No. 24,782 )
Across
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Interjection derived from the Latin for "weary" : ALAS
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Peak : ACME
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Rips off : ROBS
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Food ___ (post-Thanksgiving meal condition) : COMA
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Innocent sort : CHILD
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Sal's canal, in song : ERIE
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With 18-Across, what a boastful guy might do : TOOTHISOWNHORN
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Wouldn't settle, say : SUED
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Exhibits : MANIFESTS
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Condemned : CENSURED
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Save for later : CACHE
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What comes before a clue? : GET
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___ NFL (video game franchise) : MADDEN
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Antarctica's ___ Ice Shelf : ROSS
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They're often made at icebreakers : INTROS
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Dr. of verse : SEUSS
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With 37-Across, start of an ethical rule : DOUNTOOTHERS
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Prop for Gandalf : STAFF
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"Grease" high school : RYDELL
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Twitter site : NEST
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Singer Nicks : STEVIE
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Fight : VIE
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Rejoice : EXULT
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Formal term for the gap suggested by 17/18-, 35/37- and 54/57-Across : DIASTEMA
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With 57-Across, overextended : SPREADTOOTHIN
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Tiny treasures from the sea : SEEDPEARLS
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Dots in la mer : ILES
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Language of the Lahore Post : URDU
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Way up : STAIR
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In addition : ELSE
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Quit : STOP
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Come ___ surprise : ASNO
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Celebration : FEST
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It's the law : ACT
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Something to tie up : LOOSEEND
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Become in life : AMOUNTTO
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Fills : SATES
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German cry : ACH
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Put in one's two cents, with "in" : CHIMED
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Does sumthing wrong? : MISADDS
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University near Greensboro : ELON
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Did a dry run : REHEARSED
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Jesse who pitched in a record 1,252 major-league games : OROSCO
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Demographic statistic : BIRTHS
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Faculties : SENSES
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Cause for a suspension, in brief : DWI
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Giants' grp. : NFC
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Early TV network competing with NBC, ABC and CBS : DUMONT
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Most movie explosions these days, for short : CGI
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Some Jamaicans, informally : RASTAS
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Job listing abbr. : EEO
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Burrowing South American rodent : NUTRIA
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Found, as grub : RUSTLEDUP
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Most retiring : SHYEST
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___-mentioned : OFT
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Rising notes? : REVEILLE
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Dieter's goal : SLIMNESS
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Gangsters' wear, in old movies : FEDORAS
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Place for a shepherd : LEA
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Centaur who was killed by Hercules : NESSUS
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Black belt, e.g. : EXPERT
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"You betcha!" : SUREDO
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Quintet instrument : VIOLIN
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Weak punch? : TAP
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Dickens's Fagin, e.g. : THIEF
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Paris's Pont ___ Arts : DES
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"Toodles!" : TATA
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Above capacity, for short : SRO
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Harden : SET

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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