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New York Times, Saturday, September 7, 2013

Both Barack and Michelle Obama have them: Abbr.

Author:
Julian Lim
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 26 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Lim.
Julian Lim notes:
It might be of interest that I started constructing this puzzle almost immediately after actually visiting the 1-Across. I suspect it ... read more
Will Shortz notes:

The Times's test-solvers found this puzzle tough. And anyone who doesn't know the BURJ KHALIFA (1-Across), as one of the testers didn't, is in for an especially rough time.

Jeff Chen notes:
Julian ups the ante in this puzzle, not just using triple-stacked 11's, but adding an 8-letter word (19A, 44A) into those massive ... read more
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© 2013, The New York Times9/7/13 ( No. 23,314 )
Across
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World's tallest building : BURJKHALIFA
12
Instagram post : PIC
15
One way to cruise along : ONAUTOPILOT
16
7 a.m. staple, briefly : GMA
17
They come out of many mouths : WISDOMTEETH
18
Protection from pirates: Abbr. : TMS
19
Sets forth thoroughly : EXPOSITS
20
Trite : OLDHAT
22
Guitar maker Fender : LEO
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She's beautiful, per a popular song : AMERICA
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So-called "weekend pill" : CIALIS
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Like some liquor stores : STATERUN
29
Like 30-Down : ASIAN
30
Room at the top, maybe : SUITE
31
Spa treatment, for short : TLC
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Unsurprising outcome : NORM
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Radios, e.g. : SENDS
34
"Sweet!" : YEAH
35
Starz alternative : TMC
36
Belfast is on its shore : MAINE
37
Mind : SEETO
38
Site of the Sibelius Monument : HELSINKI
40
Castle's place, initially : CORNER
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Took up some of : ATEINTO
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Big time : EON
43
Trepanning targets : CRANIA
44
Some partial appointments : CRONYISM
49
Blood : KIN
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Big time : MAJORLEAGUE
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It may be cracked or packed : ICE
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"C'est la vie" : ANDSOITGOES
54
Co. purchased by Wizards of the Coast : TSR
55
Hail Marys, e.g. : LASTRESORTS
Down
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Champion between Holyfield reigns : BOWE
2
It has "batch" and "patch" commands : UNIX
3
Not be smooth-talking? : RASP
4
Activity with holding and throwing : JUDO
5
Singer of the 1987 #1 country hit "Do Ya" : KTOSLIN
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Buds : HOMIES
7
"I shall not find myself so ___ die": Antony : APTTO
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Fictional accounts : LIES
9
Text attachment? : ILE
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Bygone yellow-roofed kiosks : FOTOMATS
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Forward, back or center : ATHLETE
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Like every Bond film since 1989 : PGTHIRTEEN
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Virginal : IMMACULATE
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Moor : CASTANCHOR
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Karate trainee in 2010's "The Karate Kid" : DRE
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Agatha Christie's "There Is ___ ..." : ATIDE
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Is unable to cut the mustard : CANTHACKIT
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Form of strength training : ISOMETRICS
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It'll help you breathe easier : AIRCLEANER
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Fast flight : LAM
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One in a religious majority : SUNNI
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Brand on a face : SEIKO
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Largest river of southern California : SANTAANA
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Norah Jones's "Tell ___ Mama" : YER
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Not amounting to much : MINIMAL
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"Holy" group in 17th-century literature : SONNETS
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Something to beg pardon for : SIN
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Ill-paid laborer : COOLIE
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Something to beg pardon for : ERROR
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Not be gratuitous : COST
45
___ Sant'Gria (wine choice) : YAGO
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Servant in the "Discworld" novels : IGOR
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Kind of pudding : SUET
48
Whole bunch : MESS
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Both Barack and Michelle Obama have them: Abbr. : JDS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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