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New York Times, Tuesday, January 28, 2020

March Madness quartet ... or, collectively, the second parts of 17-, 25-, 37- and 51-Across?

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Charlson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2020, The New York Times1/28/20 ( No. 25,648 )
Across
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Sigh of satisfaction : AHH
4
Longtime SeaWorld attraction : SHAMU
9
University of Florida athlete : GATOR
14
Less than forthcoming : COY
15
Yakked and yakked : RANON
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Get hitched hastily : ELOPE
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"The wart stops here" sloganeer : COMPOUNDW
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Suit coat feature : LAPEL
20
"Cimarron" novelist Ferber : EDNA
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Impolite looks : LEERS
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Leonardo da Vinci's "___ Lisa" : MONA
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Zoom up : SOAR
25
Civil rights activist with a Harlem thoroughfare named after him : MALCOLMX
27
Disposable drink receptacle popular at parties : SOLOCUP
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For : PRO
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Mine cart contents : ORE
33
Cutting-edge technology? : LASER
35
Masters of meditation : YOGIS
37
So-called "millennials" : GENERATIONY
40
White-feathered wader : EGRET
42
Squander : WASTE
43
New Deal inits. : NRA
44
Dungeons & Dragons monster : ORC
47
Copycat's drink order : THESAME
51
Keyboard shortcut for "undo," on a PC : CONTROLZ
54
Ireland, to an Irish poet : ERIN
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Stow, as cargo : LADE
56
Birds' bills : BEAKS
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It begins on Ash Wednesday : LENT
60
7'1" Shaquille : ONEAL
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March Madness quartet ... or, collectively, the second parts of 17-, 25-, 37- and 51-Across? : FINALFOUR
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Creator of Yertle the Turtle : SEUSS
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Treasure cache : TROVE
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General at Gettysburg : LEE
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Made a mistake : ERRED
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Health teacher's subject, informally : SEXED
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Consumed : ATE
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What a keycard provides : ACCESS
2
Jinx : HOODOO
3
Book with psalms : HYMNAL
4
Sign indicating a sold-out performance : SRO
5
Transport by truck : HAUL
6
Actress Hathaway : ANNE
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Internet connection device : MODEM
8
Do a Christmas morning activity : UNWRAP
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Solidify : GEL
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San Antonio mission : ALAMO
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Branch of mathematics concerned with Möbius strips and Klein bottles : TOPOLOGY
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Body scan for a claustrophobe : OPENMRI
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Takes a breather : RELAXES
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One with a shortened sentence : PAROLEE
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Camera type, in brief : SLR
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State animal of South Dakota : COYOTE
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Synagogue singer : CANTOR
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Function : USE
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___ capita : PER
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Like most vegetables at a salad bar : RAW
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Personal identity : ONESELF
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Majesty : GRANDEUR
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Parlor ink, for short : TAT
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Suffix meaning "approximately" : ISH
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Fence off : ENCLOSE
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Awful pun : GROANER
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Stick up : ROB
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Chin dimples : CLEFTS
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Colored part of the iris : AREOLA
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Ballroom dance that originated in France : MINUET
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Menu selection : ENTREE
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Poke fun at : TEASE
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Kinshasa's country, formerly : ZAIRE
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Fort ___ (gold depository) : KNOX
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Put money in the bank : SAVE
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You'll trip if you drop it : LSD
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Took the reins : LED

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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