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New York Times, Thursday, September 19, 2013

Like M&M's ... or four words to describe 17-, 24-, 35- and 50-Across?

Author:
Michael Blake
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Blake

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Blake.
Michael Blake notes:
In San Francisco, I'm overshadowed by cruciverbalists who are known by their first names. But when I see Manny, Byron, Andrea, Tyler ... read more
Will Shortz notes:

A theme like this lives or dies on the naturalness and humor of the theme examples. I thought these were pretty good.

Jeff Chen notes:
A nice twist on the "add-a-letter" type theme with a cool revealer, C AND Y COATED, meaning the theme answers have C and Y on their ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times9/19/13 ( No. 23,326 )
Across
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Sports star who lent his name to a clothing line : LACOSTE
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Rental car extra, for short : GPS
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Flipper, say : ARM
14
Culminations : APOGEES
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Bucolic setting : LEA
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Ability to survive freezing temperatures? : COLDMASTERY
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Copier page size: Abbr. : LTR
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Cette fille, e.g. : ELLE
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Con : ANTI
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"Shoo!" : OUT
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___ Bator : ULAN
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Selected a certain fabric softener? : CHOSEDOWNY
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911 maker : PORSCHE
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Roof window : DORMER
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Family pet name : SIS
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Beauty : PEACH
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Tests that consist of five subjects, for short : GEDS
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Sprite who helps you find a shopping vehicle? : CARTFAIRY
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One shouldn't have a big head : BEER
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Posthumous inductee into the Poker Hall of Fame, 1979 : HOYLE
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Lifesaver, briefly : EMT
45
Opposite (from) : ACROSS
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Lose face : EATCROW
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Super-choosy about timepieces? : CLOCKPICKY
53
English composer Thomas : ARNE
54
Help for a do-it-yourselfer : KIT
55
___ Pince, librarian at Hogwarts : IRMA
56
Fill : SATE
57
Anesthesia option, for short : EPI
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Like M&M's ... or four words to describe 17-, 24-, 35- and 50-Across? : CANDYCOATED
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Grp. advising the president : NSC
63
"From ___ Zinc" (vitamin slogan) : ATO
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FedEx form : AIRBILL
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Narcs' org. : DEA
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S.F. hours : PST
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Basis of the Hanukkah story : MIRACLE
Down
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Sneakers, typically : LACEUPS
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Ill-fated mission of 1967 : APOLLOI
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Arrests : COLLARS
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"___ Nut Gone Flake," celebrated 1968 Small Faces album : OGDENS
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You might get credit for this period of work: Abbr. : SEM
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___ rose : TEA
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Series opener? : ESS
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Secluded spots : GLENS
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Modified, as software for a different platform : PORTED
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Get hitched : SAYIDO
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"Here, you needn't do that" : ALLOWME
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Like pianos, periodically : RETUNED
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Ones making sacrifices : MARTYRS
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Way of the East : TAO
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Lead role in "Clueless" : CHER
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Toffee bar brand : HEATH
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Bacchanalia : ORGY
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One concerned with co. money : CPA
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One concerned with co. money : CFO
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Salma of "Frida" : HAYEK
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Swamp denizen, briefly : CROC
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Bedtime prayer words after "Now" : ILAY
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Abbr. in many a military title : RET
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Caboose : BACKEND
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Shadow maker : ECLIPSE
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"Fifty Shades of Grey" genre : EROTICA
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All over the place : ERRATIC
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R&B singer Jordan : MONTELL
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Entice with music : TWEEDLE
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Winter Olympics wear : SKICAP
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Nursery rhyme couple : SPRATS
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Certain melon : CASABA
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"___ Rappaport" (1986 Tony winner for Best Play) : IMNOT
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Blackguard : CAD
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Starchy vegetable : YAM
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Early second-century year : CII
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Hockey's Bobby : ORR

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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