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New York Times, Friday, October 12, 2018

36-Across : 2008 presidential campaign topic

Author:
Erik Agard and Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 71, Blocks: 36 Missing: {K} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Agard. This is puzzle # 43 for Mr. Haight. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2018, The New York Times10/12/18 ( No. 25,175 )

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Across
1
Bitter end? : NESS
5
Many a line from Benjamin Franklin : ADAGE
10
Fool, in British slang : PRAT
14
Numerical prefix : OCTA
15
First name in rap history : TUPAC
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Look (for), as a compliment : FISH
17
Question after "Hey!" : WHATSTHEBIGIDEA
20
Bathroom or beach supply : LOTION
21
Eye intently : GAZEAT
22
"Awake in the Dark" author : EBERT
23
Mic holders : MCS
26
Soccer superstar Lionel : MESSI
27
Gutenberg's Bible, e.g. : TOME
28
Workers, dismissively : PEONS
30
Jean who wrote "Wide Sargasso Sea" : RHYS
31
[Don't you think you're milking it a bit too much?] : MOO
32
Enid who wrote "National Velvet" : BAGNOLD
34
___ milk : OAT
35
Checker of someone's vitals : EMT
36
2008 presidential campaign topic : IRAQWAR
37
Name associated with chicken : TSO
38
Unwavering : SET
39
Takes off : DEDUCTS
40
Focus of Boyle's law : GAS
41
Relative of philia and agape, to the Greeks : EROS
43
Fortune 500 company whose products have a trademarked green-and-yellow color scheme : DEERE
44
Capital of South Sudan : JUBA
45
Hertfordshire neighbor : ESSEX
47
Provider of a traveler's check, for short : TSA
48
Like : FANCY
49
Item suggested visually by the black squares in this puzzle's grid : LIGHTBULB
52
Like many an ESPN Deportes watcher : LATINO
55
Full-bodied : ROBUST
59
Redress : AVENGE
60
Reduplicative dance name : NAENAE
61
Impressively tough, slangily : BADASS
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Marched : STRODE
Down
1
"Hmm ..." : NOWLETMESEE
2
Millennials, in relation to their parents : ECHOBOOMERS
3
"Hope" and "Friendship," for two : STATEMOTTOS
4
HBO's "Veep," e.g. : SATIRE
5
Envelope abbr. : ATTN
6
"OB-viously!" : DUH
7
Parrot : APE
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Go on and on : GAB
9
Vaper's device : ECIG
10
Big name in pharmaceuticals : PFIZER
11
Not be in the driver's seat : RIDESHOTGUN
12
Simple : ASEASYASABC
13
"In other words ..." : THATISTOSAY
18
Juicer : SOT
19
Group of whales : GAM
23
Heavy metal band with the double-platinum album "Countdown to Extinction" : MEGADETH
24
Victory : CONQUEST
25
Seafood known for its sweet taste and delicate texture : SNOWCRAB
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Peeled : PARED
29
Group running together : SLATE
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Tender : BID
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Many profs : DRS
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___ Kyle, Catwoman's alter ego : SELINA
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Go on and on : JABBER
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Places for pedestrians to be alert, informally : XINGS
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Drink with a straw : FLOAT
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Sez : GOES
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Some wares in a china shop : URNS
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The International Space Station, e.g. : LAB
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DuVernay who directed "A Wrinkle in Time" : AVA
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___ Baker (British clothing retailer) : TED
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Italian cardinal : UNO
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Bummed : SAD
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___ time : TEE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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