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New York Times, Monday, October 1, 2018

With 39-Across, doomsayer's assertion ... or a phonetic hint to 18-, 24-, 51- and 61-Across

Author:
Chuck Deodene
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JKQVZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Deodene.
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© 2018, The New York Times10/1/18 ( No. 25,164 )
Across
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West Coast law force, for short : LAPD
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Insurer whose name rhymes with "quack" : AFLAC
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Q-tip, e.g. : SWAB
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Regions : AREAS
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Where the Dolphins play : MIAMI
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Prey for cats : MICE
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Characters in a play, formally : DRAMATISPERSONAE
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Unit of corn : EAR
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Loopy from drugs : HIGH
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Some herding dogs : CORGIS
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Monarch renowned for his wealth : SULTANOFBRUNEI
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N.Y.C. subway inits. : IRT
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Down Under hoppers, informally : ROOS
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Overlook rudely : SNUB
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Ice cream treat : SUNDAE
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Veer, as a ship : YAW
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Miracle-___ (garden brand) : GRO
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With 39-Across, doomsayer's assertion ... or a phonetic hint to 18-, 24-, 51- and 61-Across : THEEND
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See 38-Across : ISNIGH
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Santa ___ winds : ANA
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"How stupid of me!" : DOH
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More tidy : NEATER
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Trail mix : GORP
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Japanese noodle : SOBA
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61, in old Rome : LXI
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College team from the land of Lincoln : FIGHTINGILLINI
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How TV series DVDs may be sold : ASASET
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DNA sequence : GENE
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Gen ___ (millennial forerunner) : XER
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Yom Kippur War clash : BATTLEOFTHESINAI
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Response from a greatly amused texter : LMAO
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Better aligned : TRUER
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Goes way, way up : SOARS
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Bellow : YELL
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Comic Bruce with a foul mouth : LENNY
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Big Board inits. : NYSE
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Stows, as cargo : LADES
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Pianist Claudio : ARRAU
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Gem strung on a necklace : PEARL
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Beaver's construction : DAM
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Mexican friend : AMIGO
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Popular Friday feast : FISHFRY
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Once around the track : LAP
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Soul: Fr. : AME
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Ringling Brothers offering, once : CIRCUS
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Round-the-campfire treats : SMORES
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Going off script : WINGINGIT
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Smoothie "superfruit" : ACAI
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"Subjects" of a queen, not a king : BEES
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Like the climate of the African desert : SAHARAN
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Like some auto windows : TINTED
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"Like father, like ___" : SON
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Beach washer : TIDE
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Breath-taking snake : BOA
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Specification on an airline ticket : ROW
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Desire : URGE
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Physics Nobelist Niels : BOHR
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Without a date : STAG
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"You might think so, but ..." : UHNO
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Grave, as injuries : NEARFATAL
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Queued : INLINE
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Strictly platonic : SEXLESS
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Hammer's target : NAIL
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Bit of an ellipsis : DOT
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Japanese sash : OBI
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Do a surfing maneuver : HANGTEN
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Glock, for one : PISTOL
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Jewish village of old : SHTETL
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Dr. Scholl's padding : GEL
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Architect Frank : GEHRY
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No, in pig Latin : IXNAY
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Comes closer : NEARS
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"And Still ___" (Angelou volume) : IRISE
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With competence : ABLY
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Uncreative bar order, with "the" : SAME
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Metal before refinement : ORE
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When said three times, a Beach Boys hit : FUN
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Charged particle : ION

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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