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New York Times, Monday, October 10, 2016

Emperor accused of starting the Great Fire of Rome

Author:
Patrick Merrell
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {Z} This is puzzle # 85 for Mr. Merrell. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Chen notes:
Easy-breezy, smooth puzzle with a fun theme — creatures with a monster in their names — everything I think a Monday should be. At ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times10/10/16 ( No. 24,443 )
Across
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Numbered things in a hotel hallway : DOORS
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Not fully closed, as 1-Across : AJAR
10
Sicilian volcano : ETNA
14
Cry to a battlefield medic : IMHIT
15
Pasta sauce "trusted since 1937" : RAGU
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"Um, pardon me" : AHEM
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Airborne animal with a monstrous name : VAMPIREBAT
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Not medium or well done : RARE
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"Who knows the answer?" : ANYONE
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Mare's mate : STALLION
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Pod fillers : PEAS
25
Site with the option "Shop by category" : EBAY
26
Top choice, informally : FAVE
29
Anonymous John : DOE
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Exclamation when raising one's champagne glass : ATOAST
35
University of Maine town : ORONO
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Airborne animal with a monstrous name : DRAGONFLY
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Zilch : NIL
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12:00 : NOONDAY
42
Spot for a cat : LAP
43
Undersea animal with a monstrous name : DEVILFISH
45
Lessen : ABATE
47
Much : ALOTOF
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Remove from a no-parking zone, say : TOW
50
High/low cards : ACES
51
___-serif font : SANS
53
Singer who starred in "Moonstruck" : CHER
55
Beret-wearing individualists of the 1950s-'60s : BEATNIKS
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U.S. moon-landing program : APOLLO
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Play's start : ACTI
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Undersea animal with a monstrous name : GIANTSQUID
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"For ___ the Bell Tolls" : WHOM
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Half: Prefix : HEMI
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No longer in the closet, and not by choice : OUTED
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Brain or ear part : LOBE
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Fearsome dino : TREX
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Must-haves : NEEDS
Down
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Performer inclined to throw tantrums : DIVA
2
Muscat is its capital : OMAN
3
"Goodness gracious!" : OHMY
4
Tear the wrapping off : RIPOPEN
5
Children's writer R. L. ___ : STINE
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"___ you kidding me?!" : ARE
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Quick punches : JABS
8
Banded rock : AGATE
9
Relative of a turnip : RUTABAGA
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In the beginning stages : EARLYON
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Bangkok resident : THAI
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Emperor accused of starting the Great Fire of Rome : NERO
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"I'll second that, brother!" : AMEN
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Enjoy a book : READ
22
One of the Jacksons : LATOYA
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"Ditto" : SODOI
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Hollywood's Henry or Jane : FONDA
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"The Little Mermaid" mermaid : ARIEL
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Swedish car whose name is Latin for "I roll" : VOLVO
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German artist Max : ERNST
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Insurer with a duck in its commercials : AFLAC
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Something to write on with chalk : SLATE
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Uses a computer keyboard : TYPES
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Borrowed, as artwork between museums : ONLOAN
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For one particular purpose, as a committee : ADHOC
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Subpar performance for a team or musician, say : OFFNIGHT
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"We've waited long enough" : ITSTIME
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Ornate architectural style : BAROQUE
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"___ the heck" : WHAT
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One going down a slippery slope : SKIER
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Printer brand : EPSON
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Cry like a baby : BAWL
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Canyon rebound : ECHO
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Very limited range : ATOB
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"Ditto" : SAME
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Troubadour's stringed instrument : LUTE
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Told untruths : LIED
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10:1 at a racetrack, e.g. : ODDS
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Veto : NIX

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

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