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New York Times, Thursday, September 18, 2014

40-Down : PlayStation maker

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FHJZ} This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Fagliano. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
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Joel Fagliano notes:
As Will explained in his note, this theme came from a story he told me one day while we were editing a puzzle. My constructor brain, always ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Loved this concept. I could totally see the confusion on the poor person's face as CASEY unhelpfully spelled his name. Reading Will's comment ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times9/18/14 ( No. 23,690 )
Across
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Spicy quality : BITE
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Like more than a third of U.S. immigrants nowadays : ASIAN
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Female motorcyclists, in biker slang : MAMAS
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Airport shuttle route, commonly : LOOP
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Man trying to clarify the spelling of his name in 21-, 25-, 38-, 52- and 57-Across : CASEY
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Tequila source : AGAVE
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Takes responsibility for : OWNS
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Sound of an incoming text, e.g. : ALERT
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Martin Sheen's real first name : RAMON
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Unhelpful spelling clarification #1 : CASINCUE
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Outs : ALIBIS
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Bébé's need : LAIT
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Spelling clarification #2 : AASINARE
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Circles around the sun : CORONAE
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Team that last won an N.F.L. championship in 1957 : LIONS
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Place often named after a corporation : ARENA
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Firing locale : KILN
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Nicknames : TAGS
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Sch. whose team is the Violets : NYU
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Spelling clarification #3 : SASINSEA
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Nearly nada : UNO
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Fair : EXPO
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Setting for "Gladiator" : ROME
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"The Last Supper," e.g. : MURAL
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Not fair : RAINY
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Copy : IMITATE
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Spelling clarification #4 : EASINEYE
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"Ooh-la-la!" : NICE
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Places where you can hear a pin drop? : ALLEYS
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Spelling clarification #5 : YASINYOU
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Courtroom fixture : STAND
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Rhythmic feet : IAMBS
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Sp-[gasp]-speaks like th-[sniffle]-this : SOBS
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Busybody : YENTA
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What the listener might think 16-Across's name is? : QRCIU
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"Would ___ to you?" : ILIE
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Like many indie films : ARTSY
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Beats it : SCATS
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A whole bunch : LOTS
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Blue Dog Democrats, e.g. : BLOC
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One of 14 in the Big Ten : IOWA
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A whole bunch : TONS
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Elasticity symbol, in economics : EPSILON
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Tree in a giraffe's diet : ACACIA
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General reception? : SALUTE
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"Hmm ... is that so!" : ISEE
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___ Lingus : AER
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W.S.J. alternative : NYT
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"The Old Man and the Sea" fish : MARLIN
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Con : AGAINST
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Tree-dwelling snake : MAMBA
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To have, in Toulouse : AVOIR
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Meaning : SENSE
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Some sitters : NANAS
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Together : ASONE
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Dress style : ALINE
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Feels bad : AILS
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Support staff : CANE
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African antelope : ORYX
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Go for additional service : REUP
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Celebrity couple portmanteau : KIMYE
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Air : AURA
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Part of a black cloud : GNAT
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It's always underfoot : SOLE
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First sign : ARIES
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PlayStation maker : SONY
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Friends of Firenze : AMICI
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Situates : ORIENTS
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Something set in a place setting : UTENSIL
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Soon : ANYDAY
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Soon : INABIT
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Wife, informally : MISSUS
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College softball? : EASYA
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Tailor, say : ALTER
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Pitch : SLANT
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Song that was a hit for a spell in the 1970s? : YMCA
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Modern acronym suggesting "seize the day" : YOLO
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Life lines? : OBIT
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Exercises : USES
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Geniuses' prides : IQS
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Chip shot's path : ARC

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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