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New York Times, Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Compromise ... or a phonetic hint to this puzzle's shaded squares

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QW} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 102 for Mr. Collins.
Peter A. Collins notes:
Puzzle ideas can pop up in the strangest places. This idea for one puzzle was generated a little less than a year ago while doing the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MEAT IN THE MIDDLE really ought to be a thing. A restaurant chain specializing in turduckens? A couple of good finds, BEEF in the ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times1/9/18 ( No. 24,899 )

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Across
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Perennial campaign issue : JOBS
5
Airplane wing feature : SLAT
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Cool, giant sun : SSTAR
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Taken by mouth : ORAL
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Sweat spot : PORE
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Remote control button : PAUSE
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Grinder : HERO
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Totally focused : RAPT
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Brooding worry : ANGST
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Big part of the New World : NORTHAMERICA
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It's pitched with a pitchfork : HAY
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Present oneself falsely : LIVEALIE
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Greek island in the Aegean Sea : IOS
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Common supply for a party : ICE
33
One cause for an R rating : SEX
34
Wagering venue, briefly : OTB
35
Like some missiles : ANTITANK
38
Onetime Volvo competitor : SAAB
39
Compromise ... or a phonetic hint to this puzzle's shaded squares : MEETINTHEMIDDLE
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Bad temper : BILE
44
Flashy 1940s men's attire : ZOOTSUIT
45
Lead-in to bred or behaved : ILL
46
Channel for "Conan" : TBS
49
___-Caps (theater candy) : SNO
50
Faux ___ : PAS
51
Seaside cookout : CLAMBAKE
54
Fast-food chain with a goateed spokesman : KFC
56
Flashing light phenomenon : STROBEEFFECT
61
Ridiculous : INANE
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Pink : ROSY
65
Humdinger : LULU
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Arms and legs : LIMBS
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"The Complete Works of William Shakespeare," e.g. : TOME
68
10-Down resident : ARAB
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On the nose : EXACT
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What's happening and when, informally : SKED
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Recorded message prompt : TONE
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Donald ___ Trump : JOHN
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___ Blizzard (Dairy Queen offering) : OREO
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Roseanne of "Roseanne" : BARR
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Animal that hangs upside down in trees : SLOTH
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Graffiti artist's tool : SPRAYCAN
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Rich soil : LOAM
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Big name in beauty products : ARPEL
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Game craze of the late 1980s and '90s : TETRIS
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Falcon rocket launcher : SPACEX
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Yemen's capital : SANAA
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Pull : TUG
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Nativity scene figure : ASS
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Emeritus: Abbr. : RET
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Country to which Frederick Douglass was a U.S. ambassador : HAITI
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Natalie Cole's "___ Got Love on My Mind" : IVE
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Pack, as a car for travel : LOADUP
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Napoli's nation : ITALIA
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Field where Jackie Robinson played : EBBETS
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Like the meter in sonnets : IAMBIC
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Ed of "Modern Family" : ONEILL
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Popular Belgian beer, for short : STELLA
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Fictional tree creature : ENT
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Carmel finish? : ITE
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Letters on an AM dial : KHZ
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1960s radical grp. : SDS
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Canon model : EOS
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Tinkered (with) : MONKEYED
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"Knock ___!" : ITOFF
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Intradermal diagnostic, for short : TBTEST
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Many a lounge : BAR
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Some tennis wear : SKORTS
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"___ Live" (daytime news program) : MSNBC
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Kindle material : EBOOK
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B equivalent : CFLAT
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Salinger dedicatee : ESME
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Tip of France? : EURO
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Family : CLAN
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Idiot box : TUBE
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___-de-France : ILE
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Put the kibosh on : NIX
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Operator's org.? : AMA

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