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New York Times, Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Start of a "recuperative" word ladder ending at 73-Across

Author:
Robert Cirillo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Robert Cirillo

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQV} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Cirillo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Robert Cirillo notes:
I had the idea for this puzzle when my daughter was recovering from a cold, just as I was coming down with it. She was going one way ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
We haven't seen a word ladder in a while. They don't get published that often these days, so when they do, they usually need some lift ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times9/27/16 ( No. 24,430 )

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Across
1
Start of a "recuperative" word ladder ending at 73-Across : SICK
5
Pres. Jefferson : THOS
9
1000 or 2000, but not 0 : YEAR
13
Cookies with a Double Stuf variety : OREOS
15
Part 2 of the word ladder : SILK
16
Singer Fitzgerald : ELLA
17
Socially unacceptable : NONPC
18
Cleveland's lake : ERIE
19
Part 3 of the word ladder : SILT
20
Morsel for an aardvark : ANT
21
Seeking victory : OUTTOWIN
24
Blue Jays, on scoreboards : TOR
25
Switch ups? : ONS
26
Place to get outta, in a saying : DODGE
30
How to avoid becoming 1-Across, so they say : ANAPPLEADAY
35
60 minuti : ORA
36
___-majesté : LESE
37
Wires for thrill-seekers : ZIPLINES
39
Palindromic band name : ABBA
41
"Are not!" retort : AMTOO
43
No. on a periodic table : ATWT
44
Come together : COALESCE
46
___-ho : GUNG
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Quaint lodging : INN
49
Aid for getting 73-Across, so they say : CHICKENSOUP
53
Capital of Senegal : DAKAR
55
___ Lingus : AER
56
General ___ (name on a Chinese menu) : TSO
57
Dunk : SUBMERSE
61
___ Pinafore : HMS
62
Part 4 of the word ladder : WILT
65
Football coach Jim : MORA
66
Really bothered : ATEAT
68
Taiwan-based computer maker : ACER
69
Part 5 of the word ladder : WELT
70
Andrea ___ (ill-fated ship) : DORIA
71
Alien: Prefix : XENO
72
Fr. honorees : STES
73
End of the word ladder : WELL
Down
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Hyundai model : SONATA
2
Attach, as a patch : IRONON
3
The Fed, for example : CENTRALBANK
4
Keystone ___ : KOP
5
Fly over sub-Saharan Africa? : TSETSE
6
Trumpeter Al : HIRT
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Mélange : OLIO
8
Slant : SKEW
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Answerable with a head nod or shake : YESNO
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Inventor Whitney : ELI
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The whole enchilada : ALL
12
Subway station sighting : RAT
14
Reporters' coups : SCOOPS
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Let loose : UNLEASH
23
Tranquil scene : IDYL
27
"Can we not talk about that!" : DONTGOTHERE
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Ballooned : GREW
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Heading for Marco Polo : EAST
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Church bell sound : PEAL
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The Mexica people ruled over them : AZTEC
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God, in Roma : DIO
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Orbital high points : APOGEES
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Writer Fleming and others : IANS
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If you drop this you'll trip : ACID
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___ fide : BONA
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Former telecom giant : MCI
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Hosiery shade : ECRU
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Not book-smart : UNREAD
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Gold standards : KARATS
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Service symbolized by a blue-and-white eagle : USMAIL
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Relating to 51-Down : POSTAL
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Houston ballplayer : ASTRO
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German autos : BMWS
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Brand of bubbly, familiarly : MOET
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Writer ___ Stanley Gardner : ERLE
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Madame Tussaud material : WAX
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Rocks or diamonds : ICE
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Judge Goodman of "Dancing With the Stars" : LEN
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A busy mom might keep a child in this : TOW

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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