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New York Times, Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sovereign lands ... or what are hidden in the answers to the six starred clues

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {FJQ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Collins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Horne notes:

In an unusual feat of construction, today's theme-revealer at 34-Down intersects three of the themed entries.

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© 2011, The New York Times9/27/11 ( No. 22,603 )
Across
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Medicine holder : VIAL
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Walk ungracefully : TODDLE
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Nick, say : MAR
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Rights advocacy grp. : ACLU
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This point forward : HEREON
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Bon ___ : AMI
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*Area in front of a coop : CHICKENYARD
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Grand Canyon part : RIM
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Cornfield call : CAW
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Sea eagle : ERN
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Some Saturns : IONS
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*Modern school memento : DIGITALYEARBOOK
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Beatle lover : ONO
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More clever : SLIER
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Wee, informally : EENSY
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Baseball's Blue Moon : ODOM
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O.R. figures : RNS
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One working with checks and balances, for short : CPA
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*Braided floor covering : ROPERUG
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*More than enough : TOOMANY
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"___ the season" : TIS
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Play about Capote : TRU
43
Bosnian, e.g. : SLAV
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Larklike bird : PIPIT
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Ore-Ida parent company : HEINZ
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Language suffix : ESE
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*Elemental parts of human nature : ANIMALINSTINCTS
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Posh : LUXE
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Letter from Homer? : ETA
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___ v. Wade : ROE
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Former White House press secretary Fleischer : ARI
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*Discover to be fibbing : CATCHINALIE
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Bee follower : CEE
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Opposed (to) : AVERSE
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Hobbling, say : LAME
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Actors Burns and Wynn : EDS
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Guardian Angels' toppers : BERETS
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Event with booths : EXPO
Down
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Hoover or Oreck, for short : VAC
2
German "I" : ICH
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Noted 1964 convert to Islam : ALI
4
Susan of soaps : LUCCI
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Character in a Beatles song : THEWALRUS
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Wine: Prefix : OEN
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They may be hard to find at a tearjerker : DRYEYES
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More loved : DEARER
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"___ Doone" : LORNA
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Knock off : END
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Strand : MAROON
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Some acids : AMINOS
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Composer ___-Korsakov : RIMSKY
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Kit ___ (chocolate bars) : KATS
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Metal supports in skyscrapers : IBEAMS
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Opportunity, metaphorically : DOOR
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___-European : INDO
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Sticky stuff : GOOP
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When repeated, a noted panda : LING
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Takeback, briefly : REPO
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Break from responsibilities, informally : METIME
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Sovereign lands ... or what are hidden in the answers to the six starred clues : COUNTRIES
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"Lovely" Beatles girl : RITA
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Baseball Hall-of-Famer Speaker : TRIS
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Actor Baldwin : ALEC
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Creator of the G.O.P. elephant : NAST
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The "Y" in Y.S.L. : YVES
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Like a small farm, perhaps : TENACRE
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France's Élysée, for one : PALACE
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Hardened : INURED
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Fairies : PIXIES
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One getting lots of doubles and home runs, say : HITTER
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The Jewish people : ZION
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It might be taken by a sailor : LEAVE
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Author Zora ___ Hurston : NEALE
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Request inside (or outside?) a wine bar : CAB
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Pres. when NATO was formed : HST
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Loosey-goosey : LAX
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Mischief-maker : IMP
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Fair-hiring inits. : EEO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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