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New York Times, Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Curses ... or what 18-, 20-, 26-, 48-, 57- and 63-Across are, literally?

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David Steinberg
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXY} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 74 for Mr. Steinberg. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
David Steinberg notes:
$%#* %&*@ #^$*! Er, I mean "four-letter words." But seriously, how many times do you get to start a piece of writing with cuss words? ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times1/16/18 ( No. 24,906 )
Across
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"Later, alligator!" : ADIOS
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What a divorce may generate for a celeb : BADPR
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Cab alternative : ZIN
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Pharmaceutical giant that makes Valium : ROCHE
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Visitor to Roswell, supposedly : ALIEN
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Post-truth ___ : ERA
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Neighborhood where kimchi might be found, informally : KTOWN
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Its root was once used in root beer : SASSAFRAS
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Process of aging : SENESCENCE
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Minuscule amount : IOTA
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Only three-letter astrological sign : LEO
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Yankees great dubbed "The Old Perfessor" : STENGEL
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What always deserves a good licking? : LOLLIPOP
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Sushi bar tuna : AHI
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Like guyliner, stylistically : EMO
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Word after he or she : SAID
35
10th-century Holy Roman emperor : OTTOI
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Curses ... or what 18-, 20-, 26-, 48-, 57- and 63-Across are, literally? : FOURLETTERWORDS
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Schleps : TOTES
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Catcher's place : HOME
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Pablo Neruda composition : ODE
46
Accessory for a bad hair day : HAT
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Poppycock : NONSENSE
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Chichi chihuahua accessory : SWEATER
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Montgomery is its cap. : ALA
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Units of resistance : OHMS
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Snitch : TATTLETALE
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Exotic : RECHERCHE
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English horse-racing venue : ASCOT
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Informal top : TEE
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Expressways with tolls : PIKES
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Dance-based fitness program : ZUMBA
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The "A" of I.P.A. : ALE
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A liquid one is easy to trade : ASSET
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Olympic blades : EPEES
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Torah holders : ARKS
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Fawn over, with "on" : DOTE
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Blue "W" for Microsoft Word, e.g. : ICON
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"That's a bummer" : OHWELL
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Martial arts pro : SENSEI
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Word before metal or instinct : BASE
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Rickman of the Harry Potter films : ALAN
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The winks in tiddlywinks, e.g. : DISCS
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Old Spanish coin : PESETA
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Genetic molecule : RNA
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Weightless state, informally : ZEROG
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Hopping mad : IRATE
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"m" or "n," in phonetics : NASAL
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Over and done : FINITO
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Thicket : COPSE
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Popular D.I.Y. website : EHOW
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What "<--" signifies : LEFT
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1847 Melville novel : OMOO
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Uncouth fellow : LOUT
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___ of office : OATH
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Climber's spike : PITON
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Show in a showroom, say : DEMO
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"___: Legacy" (sci-fi sequel) : TRON
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Bookie's quote : ODDS
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"Mm-hmm" : ISEE
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Unoriginal piece : REHASH
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Exam with logic games, in brief : LSAT
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Of the kidneys : RENAL
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Video game inspired by pentominoes : TETRIS
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Slimeball : SLEAZE
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Really, really likes : EATSUP
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"Ish" : SORTA
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A unicycle has one : WHEEL
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Awards show V.I.P. : EMCEE
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Pool hall items : RACKS
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"Get ___ to a nunnery": Hamlet : THEE
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Word repeated during a mic check : TEST
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Pinnacle : ACME
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Place for a piercing : LOBE
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H's, in fraternity names : ETAS
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Org. concerned with soil and water : EPA

Answer summary: 1 debuted here and reused later.

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