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New York Times, Wednesday, September 16, 2015

"I don't really know the employees in the tech store anymore because there's been a lot of ___"

Author:
Joel Fagliano and Finn Vigeland
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.64351
Joel Fagliano
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1810/20/20109/1/20194
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9123012
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1.64230
Finn Vigeland

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 45 for Mr. Fagliano. This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Vigeland. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
JOEL: I take the train from New York City out to Will's house in Pleasantville each day, so I'm very familiar with the "Watch the Gap" ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun theme, regular phrases interpreted in relation to a store that might be found in a mall — TARGET, SUBWAY, GAP, and APPLE are ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times9/16/15 ( No. 24,053 )
Across
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Fancy wheels, familiarly : BENZ
5
Speed-of-sound ratio : MACH
9
Commotion : SCENE
14
Cornfield menace : CROW
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Certain quatrain rhyme scheme : ABAA
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Hot winter quaff : COCOA
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Ladder climber : CAREERIST
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Archaeologist's workplace : RUINS
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"Welcome to the mall! Make sure you don't ___" : MISSTHETARGET
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Letter that rhymes with 34-Across and 21-Down : ETA
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Rocky road ingredient, for short : CHOC
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Some inkjets : HPS
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"The food court offers much more than just your typical ___" : SUBWAYFARE
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Young salamanders : EFTS
33
Vagabond : TRAMP
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See 22-Across : BETA
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What's a bit of a shock to a chemist? : ION
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Style of New York's Chrysler Building : ARTDECO
40
Sequel : PARTTWO
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Souvenir shop purchase : TEE
43
Bird in Genesis : DOVE
45
Home to Incan 19-Across : CUZCO
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E-tailer of homemade knickknacks : ETSY
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"Some people hate the next store, but I don't ___" : MINDTHEGAP
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Before, poetically : ERE
53
Silk Road desert : GOBI
54
Settings for "Grey's Anatomy" and "House," for short : ERS
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"I don't really know the employees in the tech store anymore because there's been a lot of ___" : APPLETURNOVER
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Down Under dweller : KOALA
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Major source of online revenue : BANNERADS
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Declined, with "out" : OPTED
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Woman's name that sounds like its first two letters : EVIE
66
Farm feed : SLOP
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Down-and-out : NEEDY
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Clarinetist's need : REED
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Risqué, say : EDGY
Down
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Email add-on : BCC
2
1970s political cause, for short : ERA
3
"Psycho" character who is (spoiler alert!) actually a corpse : NORMABATES
4
Two, in German : ZWEI
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Like a bog : MARSHY
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Some : ABITOF
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Bygone game show filmed in a moving vehicle : CASHCAB
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___-watch : HATE
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Quarrel : SCRAP
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Soup or dessert : COURSE
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Tobaccoless smoke, informally : ECIG
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What the fourth little piggy had : NONE
13
Jet stream's heading : EAST
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Got away : ESCAPED
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See 22-Across : THETA
22
A lot of rich people? : ESTATE
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Castle part : TURRET
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Iraq war subj. : WMD
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Gym unit : REP
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"Tales of the Jazz Age" writer : FITZGERALD
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Vehicle clearing a no-parking zone : TOWCAR
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Pries : SNOOPS
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Record holder : ARCHIVE
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One of Santa's reindeer : COMET
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Egg: Prefix : OVI
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Calendar abbr. : TUE
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Etch : ENGRAVE
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Cried : YELLED
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One of the Wahlbergs : DONNIE
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Crashed into the side of : TBONED
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"Shall we?" : READY
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"I Wanna Love You" singer, 2006 : AKON
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John or Paul, but not Ringo : POPE
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Savory spread : PATE
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Transportation competitor of Lyft : UBER
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Old World language : ERSE
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Pursue : DOG
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2015 Melissa McCarthy comedy : SPY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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