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New York Times, Friday, January 3, 2020

Shakespeare character who introduced the phrase "primrose path"

Author:
Will Treece
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Treece. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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One might say the "One" clue is one singular sensation.

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© 2020, The New York Times1/3/20 ( No. 25,623 )

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Across
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Point : AIM
4
Shakespeare character who introduced the phrase "primrose path" : OPHELIA
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Word with rights or sights : GUN
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Economic lose-lose : STAGFLATION
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Cell stuff : RNA
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Raw fish dish : TUNATARTARE
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In the back : AFT
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Syllabus section : UNIT
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Go for a few rounds : SPAR
21
2013 Literature Nobelist : MUNRO
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Service group? : TEASET
25
Mark on the foreheads of Hindu women : BINDI
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Screen-minimizing key : ESC
27
Saltine alternative : RITZCRACKER
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"One" is its final number : ACHORUSLINE
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Riboflavin, alternatively : BTWO
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"v," upturned : CARET
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Swirl : EDDY
39
"No way!" : THATSUNREAL
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Lead-in to some important articles? : WETHEPEOPLE
43
Bees make it : HUM
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Believes : FEELS
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Antigone's sister : ISMENE
49
"Casablanca" co-star : LORRE
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Cover : COAT
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Bavaria's locale : ALPS
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Baseball or basketball, but not football : ORB
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Signs in the 2002 sci-fi film "Signs" : CROPCIRCLES
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Crackerjack : ACE
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Retaliate : TAKEREVENGE
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Did catering for : FED
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Cassandra, for one : SEERESS
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Employer of Wonder Woman in old comics: Abbr. : OSS
Down
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Sharp : ASTUTE
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Program that started as SoundJam : ITUNES
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Nut : MANIAC
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___-repeated : OFT
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Disposable party supply : PLASTICCUPS
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Belabor, with "on" : HARP
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"___ Is Betta Than Evvah!" (1976 album) : ETTA
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Yarn spinner : LIAR
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Poster finish? : IOR
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Weaknesses : ANEMIAS
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IV vis-à-vis II, e.g. : GRANDKID
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Cut off online : UNFRIEND
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Kind of alphabet : NATO
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Heaters : GATS
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Cave man? : UNCLE
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Period of time : ERA
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Savage acts : BRUTALITIES
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Leader of an olden clan : THANE
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Hero of film and literature who rode the horse Tornado : ZORRO
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Inch : CREEP
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Occupant of the Zarzuela Palace : REY
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Start of a texter's aside : BTW
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Something a Jedi uses : THEFORCE
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Article of furniture first used for medical purposes : WATERBED
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Unlisted : OTHER
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Picks : SELECTS
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Beginning of many French stories : LES
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Adamant refusal : HELLNO
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Removes, as from a currency control : UNPEGS
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Things toddlers make : MESSES
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Hand-held weapon : MACE
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Idle : LOAF
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Jack and ___ (bar order) : COKE
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Abbr. next to a star : OPER
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A lot of farmland : ACRE
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Actress Issa : RAE
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Certain trailers : RVS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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