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New York Times, Sunday, September 25, 2016

Country whose name becomes its language when you drop its last letter

Author:
Jim Holland and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Holland. This is puzzle # 57 for Mr. Chen.
Jeff Chen notes:
Jim came up with a theme idea Will liked, but he had trouble with the construction, going through three grid submissions with none of them accepted. Producing a basic Sunday 140-worder is ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times9/25/16 ( No. 24,428 )
Across
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Lament after being backstabbed : ETTU
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Crack up : GOMAD
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Test one's metal? : ASSAY
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Down : SAD
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Classic word game : GHOST
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Dollar competitor : ALAMO
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Contemptible sort : SWINE
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"___ linda!" ("How pretty!," in Spanish) : QUE
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One who's dunzo : GONER
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Glossy fabric : SATIN
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Dancer's leader : SANTA
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The Bulldogs of the S.E.C. : UGA
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Line at the side of a photo : CREDIT
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Hoopster observing Ramadan? : FASTINGFORWARD
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Electric ___ : EEL
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Shepherd's pie bit : PEA
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River through Seoul : HAN
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Bakery buy : BUN
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Nearly dried-up Asian sea : ARAL
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Country whose name becomes its language when you drop its last letter : LAOS
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Frequent Winter Olympics setting : ALPS
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Sign from a third base coach, say : STEAL
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Van Susteren formerly of Fox News : GRETA
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Gangster Luciano performing a risqué prank? : LUCKYSTREAKING
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Ankle-exposing pants : CAPRIS
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"___ been thinking ..." : IVE
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Captains on The Atlantic, briefly? : EDS
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By and large : MOSTLY
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Neighbor of N.Y. : ONT
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Young swan : CYGNET
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Colleens : LASSES
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Uncommon spelling for a common greeting : HALLO
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Whole ___ : FOODS
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I.Q. test name : BINET
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1982 #1 hit with the line "Watch out boy she'll chew you up" : MANEATER
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Look lecherously : OGLE
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Hobo at the wheel? : BUMSTEERING
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Cunningness : WILE
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Many web advertisements : SIDEBARS
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Overly indulge in : ABUSE
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Movie Hall : ANNIE
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Bridge words : IPASS
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Evil spirits : DEMONS
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Gently jabbed : NUDGED
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Enliven, with "up" : GIN
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Build-it-yourself auto : KITCAR
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Sugar suffix : OSE
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Flatow of NPR's "Science Friday" : IRA
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Drops a line : ANGLES
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Where to buy certain Christmas decorations? : STOCKINGMARKET
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Early PC platform : MSDOS
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Link with : TIETO
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Accident-investigating agcy. : NTSB
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Part of STEM, for short : TECH
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Long tale : EPIC
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___-pah : OOM
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Subzero, maybe : ICY
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One whose life is in order? : NUN
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Lament : RUE
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Mild form of corporal punishment? : LIGHTSWITCHING
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Poor : SUBPAR
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Home of the Pampas: Abbr. : ARG
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"Rumor has it ..." : IHEAR
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Partner of live : LEARN
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Actress Swinton : TILDA
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Golfer Michelle : WIE
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"Scooby-Doo" girl : VELMA
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Commercial cow : ELSIE
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Brownstone feature : STOOP
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The Bosporus, e.g.: Abbr. : STR
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Haven : OASIS
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Change with the times : ADAPT
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Moving well : SPRY
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Ovum : EGGCELL
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"Walden" writer : THOREAU
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"Wild Thing" rapper : TONELOC
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How many college textbooks are bought : USED
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Lot of fun, informally : GAS
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Saint for whom a Minnesota college is named : OLAF
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___ Hari : MATA
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Powerless group? : AMISH
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"It's worse than you can imagine" : DONTASK
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Org. : ASSN
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Party handouts : SWAGBAGS
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Wicked : SINFUL
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___ Chigurh, villain in "No Country for Old Men" : ANTON
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It takes months to complete : YEAR
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Cheering done in a plaza? : SQUAREROOTING
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Baked with breadcrumbs and cheese : AUGRATIN
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Bringing up the rear : DEADLAST
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Set off, as a security alarm : TRIP
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China display : TEASET
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Under the wire, so to speak : INTIME
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___ speed : WARP
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Cockpit datum: Abbr. : ALT
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Merely superficial : SKINDEEP
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Olympics events rarely shown in prime time : PRELIMS
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Carried chairs : SEDANS
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Nephew of Cain : ENOS
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King who's a friend of Oprah : GAYLE
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First name in fashion : YVES
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Word after liquid or fixed : ASSET
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Sword fight sound : CLANG
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___ of Glamis, title in Shakespeare : THANE
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Corp. money pros : CFOS
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One holding many positions : YOGI
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Big fan of the "Lord of the Flies" author? : GOLDINGDIGGER
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Mirror buildup, at times : STEAM
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Dangerous backyard projectile : LAWNDART
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Pop : BURST
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Erroneously hit "reply all" instead of "reply," say : MISSENT
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Late author Wiesel : ELIE
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Thatching material : REED
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Underpinning : BASIS
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Text on an iPad, say : EBOOK
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Collars : RUNSIN
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Really feels the heat : BAKES
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See 79-Down : AURA
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Hoped-for result of swiping right on Tinder : DATE
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Hot : EROTIC
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75-Down around a saint : NIMBUS
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Wardens enforce them : GAMELAWS
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Emotionally, if not physically : INSPIRIT
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TV spinoff of 2002 : CSIMIAMI
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Narrow arm of the sea : LOCH
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Part of the inner ear : COCHLEA
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Channel with "Family Feud" reruns : GSN
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Sound of a pebble hitting water : KERPLOP
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Galápagos Islands' country : ECUADOR
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Setting for many New Yorker cartoons : THERAPY
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They get wetter as they dry : TOWELS
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Actor Milo : OSHEA
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Bottom line : YIELD
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Beer ___ : NUTS
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DVR choice : TIVO
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Refrain syllables : TRAS
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Pluto flyby org. : NASA
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Enthrall : GRIP
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They come straight from the horse's mouth : BITS
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Bottom line : NET

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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