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New York Times, Thursday, September 17, 2015

Informal group that includes the Universities of California, Michigan and Virginia

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 33 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Timothy Polin notes:
I can't think of too much to say about this one. The concept grew out of a vague idea of using my initials and the word TEPEE to make ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Great idea here, a single letter + a trio of another phonetically replacing a word. JESSE ONNN (Jesse Owens) was my favorite, and ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times9/17/15 ( No. 24,054 )
Across
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Almost a controlling interest : HALF
5
"More's the pity" : SOSAD
10
Spanish getaway locale : ISLA
14
Second major figure in the Bible alphabetically : ABEL
15
Clued in : AWARE
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TV tavern named after its proprietor : MOES
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Charles Lamb collection first published in 1823 : SAAAOFELIA
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Question persistently : PUMP
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Dispel the doubts of : ASSURE
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They're never free of charge : IONS
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New school? : ROE
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First letter in "Thanatos" : THETA
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Track star known as the Buckeye Bullet : JESSEONNN
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Pink elephant, e.g. : ALBINO
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Exhibit extreme exhaustion : DROP
30
Small, playful sort : ELF
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Subterranean toiler : ANT
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When many verge on adolescence : AGETEN
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Duty on gasoline or tobacco : XIIITAX
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Annual gala usually held in September : THEMEEE
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Lump in the throat : TONSIL
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Back : FRO
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Highway caution : SLO
43
One-named German singer who was a one-hit wonder : NENA
44
Remote chance, informally : PRAYER
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Prince and Journey output : ATTTMUSIC
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Gas regulator : VALVE
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Novelist Santha Rama ___ : RAU
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Tip jar deposits : ONES
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Cried "Uncle!" : GAVEIN
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Upscale hotel chain : OMNI
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Informal group that includes the Universities of California, Michigan and Virginia : PUBLICIVVV
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Easily walked over : MEEK
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Opposite of dystopian : IDEAL
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Son of Agrippina : NERO
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Oxford bottom : ARSE
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Ceaselessly : NOEND
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Sombre : GREY
Down
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Goes after, as a task : HASAT
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Leave red-faced : ABASH
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Charter : LEASE
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Mexican rolled tortilla dish : FLAUTA
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Untagged? : SAFE
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Put off paying : OWE
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Worth noting : SALIENT
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Melodious : ARIOSO
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School heads : DEANS
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Small, playful sort : IMP
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Bad things to hit : SOURNOTES
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Yellow garnish : LEMONPEEL
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Resort near Snowmass : ASPEN
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Viva voce : ORAL
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Bit of swamp flora : SEDGE
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Bit of black magic : JINX
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City west of Provo Peak : OREM
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False divinity : BAAL
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No. on a business card : EXT
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Whipper snapper? : LIONTAMER
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Makes minuscule modifications in : FINETUNES
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"Land ___!" : AHOY
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Natal opening? : NEO
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"___ that special?" : ISNT
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Words from an Italian lover : TIAMO
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All-___ (four-wheel-drive system on old Toyotas) : TRAC
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Flying saucer : FRISBEE
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Phony : PSEUDO
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Emergency rescue, briefly : EVAC
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Unhinged, say : RAVING
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Something a bakery produces : AROMA
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Detach, in a way : UNPIN
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Wrench, essentially : LEVER
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Opposite of "mourir" : VIVRE
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Diplomat : ENVOY
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Impart a false brilliance to : GILD
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Adopted "South Park" sibling : IKE
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Device-linking system, for short : LAN

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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