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New York Times, Thursday, September 26, 2013

Instrument that hints at the missing parts of certain answers in this puzzle

Author:
Tom Pepper and Victor Barocas
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Pepper. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Barocas. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Constructor notes:
Tom: In the original version, six of the eight black bars coming in from the edge of the puzzle were four deep, and the other two were ... read more
Will Shortz notes:
I met Tom Pepper and Victor Barocas when I was in Minneapolis two weeks ago. There is a surprisingly large crossword-constructing ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Clever WITT (Wish I'd Thought of That) idea and clean execution; a winner of a puzzle. CLOCK is incorporated in the center of the ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times9/26/13 ( No. 23,333 )
Across
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It has a red stripe in pool : ELEVENBALL
5
A gross : TWELVEDOZEN
10
50% : ONEHALF
14
Modern pentathlon event : EPEE
15
Fuming : IRATE
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Potential solution : IDEA
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Blue-eyed pet : SIAMESECAT
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Former car-financing co. : GMAC
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It sticks out in some joints : TENON
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Neat : SHIPSHAPE
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See 18-Down : INTO
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Not obvious : LATENT
26
Earned : WON
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"Slow Churned" brand : EDYS
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"___ durn tootin'!" : YER
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With 29-Down, "golden treasure" in a Bilbo Baggins riddle : EGG
33
Wild scenes : RIOTS
35
Bob in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame : SEGER
39
Neatnik's opposite : SLOB
41
Instrument that hints at the missing parts of certain answers in this puzzle : CLOCK
43
___ Fayed, last romantic partner of Princess Diana : DODI
44
Kind of sax : TENOR
46
Down Under climber : KOALA
48
Certain shoe shade : TAN
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Cutesy-wutesy affection : LUV
51
Oil container : DRUM
52
Texter's exclamation : OMG
53
Part of the British Isles, poetically : SCOTIA
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Thickness measures : MILS
58
Darth Vader locale : DEATHSTAR
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Dance reminiscent of a horse's gait : GALOP
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Business opening? : AGRI
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Play that was the basis for "Cabaret" : IAMACAMERA
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Caroling time : YULE
68
"30 Rock" character, or the first name of his portrayer : TRACY
69
Look intently : PEER
70
Sailors' domain : SEVENSEAS
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Like a die : SIXSIDED
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Fin : FIVESPOT
Down
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Annual Car and Driver list : TENBEST
2
"... baked in ___" : APIE
3
Using for support : LEANINGON
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Car that leaves you with a sour taste? : LEMON
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Slam : DIS
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Some tram loads : ORES
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Galifianakis of "The Hangover" : ZACH
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Amazon business : ETAIL
9
Take-home : NETPAY
10
Colleges and universities, informally : HIGHERED
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Marketing pro : ADMAN
12
Vaulted : LEAPT
13
Acid-burned Bat-villain : TWOFACE
18
With 23-Across, sign, as a contract : ENTER
22
Marie et Thérèse: Abbr. : STES
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Like much of Horace's poetry : ODIC
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Popular women's shoe seller : NINEWEST
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Check out : OGLE
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See 32-Across : YOLK
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Left the bench, say : STOOD
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Appendectomy memento : SCAR
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Drift off : GOTOSLEEP
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Cheese with a red coat : EDAM
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Like some circuses : THREERING
40
Western party wear : BOLOTIES
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Model/TV host Heidi : KLUM
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"Whither thou goest, I will go" speaker : RUTH
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Guadalajara girlfriend : AMIGA
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Calls on : VISITS
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Transition : SEGUE
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Head nurse on "Scrubs" : CARLA
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Creator of Asteroids : ATARI
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Lanterns, e.g. : LAMPS
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Length of a Beatles "week" : EIGHTDAYS
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In ___ rush : AMAD
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Hustle : RACE
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Twistable treat : OREO
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Like barbershop harmony : FOURPART
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Dancer Charisse : CYD

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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