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New York Times, Monday, January 15, 2018

Final words of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech ... or a hint to the endings of 17-, 24-, 39- and 49-Across

Author:
Agnes Davidson and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Davidson. This is puzzle # 52 for Ms. Burnikel.
Jeff Chen notes:
Apt MLK Day theme, reinterpreting the famous FREE AT LAST to mean "phrases whose last words are synonyms for free." Especially apt ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times1/15/18 ( No. 24,905 )
Across
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Big advertiser at auto races : STP
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Sunoco competitor : CITGO
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Distinctive smell : ODOR
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Breakfast restaurant chain : IHOP
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Quarter Pounder topper : ONION
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Jay who preceded Jimmy Fallon : LENO
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Singer's latest : NEWRELEASE
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"What's gotten ___ you?" : INTO
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Poems whose titles often start "To a ..." : ODES
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Con's opposite : PRO
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Alternatives to Nikes : AVIAS
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Lodge member : ELK
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Like religious institutions vis-à-vis the I.R.S. : TAXEXEMPT
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King Arthur's magician : MERLIN
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The lion in summer? : LEO
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"Disgusting!" : ICK
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What gigabytes might measure : MEMORY
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Vexes : IRKS
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"We can go safely now" : THECOASTISCLEAR
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Like food from a West African drive-through? : TOGO
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Tire material : RUBBER
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In the style of : ALA
45
Envision : SEE
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Scores two under par : EAGLES
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"Excuse me?" : BEGPARDON
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YouTube posting, casually : VID
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Praise highly : EXALT
57
The Diamondbacks, on scoreboards : ARI
58
Vicinity : AREA
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___ monster (desert denizen) : GILA
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Final words of Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech ... or a hint to the endings of 17-, 24-, 39- and 49-Across : FREEATLAST
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Wartime friend : ALLY
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Actress Christina : RICCI
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Chunk of concrete : SLAB
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Loch ___ monster : NESS
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Approved, as a contract : INKED
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Resting place? : SPA
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Covet one's neighbor's wife, e.g. : SIN
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"The Cosby Show" son : THEO
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Volatile situation : POWDERKEG
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Mustard in the game Clue, e.g.: Abbr. : COL
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Bumbling : INEPT
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Queen's crown : TIARA
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Shout at Fenway Park : GOSOX
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Final word shouted before "Happy New Year!" : ONE
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Cruet filler at an Italian restaurant : OLIVEOIL
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Jeans material : DENIM
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Not bottled, at a bar : ONTAP
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Perch in a chicken house : ROOST
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Green shampoo : PRELL
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___ Pie (frozen treat) : ESKIMO
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Tree toppler : AXE
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French president's palace : ELYSEE
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Catcher's glove : MITT
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Canyon effect : ECHO
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More proximate : NEARER
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East Lansing sch. : MSU
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Gambling parlor, for short : OTB
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Umbrella part : RIB
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Super bargains : REALDEALS
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Vitamin-rich green vegetable : KALE
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Mmes. of Madrid : SRAS
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Dresses up for a comic con, say : COSPLAYS
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Fancy tie : CRAVAT
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Grab a bite : EAT
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TV's "2 Broke ___" : GIRLS
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Started : BEGAN
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Napoleon, on St. Helena : EXILE
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Vexes : GALLS
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Bobby who sang "Mack the Knife" : DARIN
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Big name in vacuum cleaners : ORECK
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Sister's daughter, e.g. : NIECE
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"Right now!" : ASAP
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Payday, often: Abbr. : FRI
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Help : AID
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Letters on an unfinished sched. : TBA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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