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New York Times, Monday, January 22, 2018

Natural process illustrated by the last words of 18-, 24-, 37-, 54- and 61-Across

Author:
Paolo Pasco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JWZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Pasco.
Jeff Chen notes:
EROSION wearing away at the last words of themers today, STONE to TONE to TON to ON to O. Neat how well this works, always shaving off ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times1/22/18 ( No. 24,912 )
Across
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Ponzi schemes, e.g. : SCAMS
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Agatha Christie or Maggie Smith : DAME
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Times past noon, informally : AFTS
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"Sounds exciting ..." : OHFUN
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Iranian currency : RIAL
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Applaud : CLAP
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Cutting-edge brand? : XACTO
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2016 Best Actress Oscar winner for "La La Land" : EMMASTONE
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Unwelcome looks : LEERS
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Somewhat : ABIT
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Encouragement for a matador : OLE
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Half of a half step in music : QUARTERTONE
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Relieved (of) : RID
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Biden and Pence, informally : VPS
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Abbr. in an office address : STE
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Pacific source of unusual weather : ELNINO
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Stoic politician of ancient Rome : CATO
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Places to get quick cash : ATMS
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Chess endings : MATES
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Weight unit equal to about 2,205 pounds : METRICTON
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Group of eight : OCTAD
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Gym locker emanation : ODOR
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On the briny : ASEA
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"Legally ___" (Reese Witherspoon film) : BLONDE
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Fix, as an election : RIG
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Be nosy : PRY
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"Leaving ___ Vegas" : LAS
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"Puh-LEEZE!" : IMEANCOMEON
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Like the name "Robin Banks" for a criminal : APT
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Make, as money : EARN
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Grand stories : EPICS
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Enthusiastic audience response, informally : STANDINGO
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Bit of clowning around : ANTIC
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Title of a list of errands : TODO
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___ Wallace, co-founder of Reader's Digest : LILA
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Fish typically split before cooking : SCROD
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Sudden problem in a plan : SNAG
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Look for : SEEK
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Ariana Grande's fan base, mostly : TEENS
Down
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"Red" or "White" baseball team : SOX
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Deep-fried Mexican dish : CHALUPA
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Div. for the N.F.L.'s Jets : AFCEAST
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Less talkative : MUTER
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Laughs through the nose : SNORTS
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"Forgot About ___" (2000 rap hit) : DRE
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Put in the cross hairs : AIMAT
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Caribbean ballroom dance : MAMBO
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"Seinfeld" character who wrote for the J. Peterman catalog : ELAINE
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One of two in "Hamilton" : ACT
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Go from 0 to 60, say : FLOORIT
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What sunning in a swimsuit leaves : TANLINE
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Racer's swimwear : SPEEDOS
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Sailor's patron : STELMO
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Start to attack : SETAT
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Home shopping inits. : QVC
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Back in style : RETRO
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Grandmother, affectionately : NANA
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Muscat is its capital : OMAN
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Prefix with life or wife : MID
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Look down on : SCORN
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Swirled : EDDIED
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Jiffy : TRICE
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Administrative regions in Russia : OBLASTS
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Eric who sang "Layla" : CLAPTON
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Deep-fried Mexican dish : TOSTADA
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Bond film after "Skyfall" : SPECTRE
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Natural process illustrated by the last words of 18-, 24-, 37-, 54- and 61-Across : EROSION
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Novelist Rand : AYN
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Inbox buildup : EMAILS
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Exceed : GOPAST
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"Sesame Street" character long rumored to be Bert's lover : ERNIE
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Something acute or obtuse : ANGLE
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Chop finely : MINCE
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Holiday drink : NOG
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Tree with acorns : OAK
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Successors to LPs : CDS

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