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New York Times, Monday, October 14, 2019

Survive elimination ... or what one may do to the ends of 17-, 31-, 38- and 50-Across?

Author:
Gary Cee
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2019, The New York Times10/14/19 ( No. 25,542 )

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Across
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Kings, queens and jacks : CARDS
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Refuse to obey : DEFY
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State of confusion : MESS
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To no ___ : AVAIL
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Stackable cookie : OREO
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Moviemaker Preminger : OTTO
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Carpet woven in Iran : PERSIANRUG
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"See what I ___?" : MEAN
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Fury : IRE
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First responder, for short : EMT
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Send off on a different course : DIVERT
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Key to the left of "Q" : TAB
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Tattered threads : RAGS
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Ho-hum feeling : ENNUI
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Opposed to, in dialect : AGIN
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Tangy condiment : HOTMUSTARD
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Reveal slightly : LETON
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"You ___ kiddin'!" : AINT
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August 1 birth, astrologically : LEO
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One of two in the larynx : VOCALCORD
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Network to keep an "eye" on : CBS
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Go by sea : SAIL
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Vessel with a silent "ch" in its name : YACHT
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Where planes land on an aircraft carrier : FLIGHTDECK
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Duo : PAIR
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Specialized military group : CADRE
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Beach hill : DUNE
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Player for money : PRO
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Cups, saucers and a pot, say : TEASET
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Preschooler : TOT
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Winter hrs. in Me. : EST
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Bogus : SHAM
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Survive elimination ... or what one may do to the ends of 17-, 31-, 38- and 50-Across? : MAKETHECUT
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Long-lasting hair wave, informally : PERM
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Eye part covered by the cornea : IRIS
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Overact : EMOTE
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West Point team : ARMY
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Chic : TONY
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More disrespectful : RUDER
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LIKE EVERY LETTER IN THIS CLUE : CAPITAL
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C-worthy : AVERAGE
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Melted cheese over toast : RAREBIT
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Criticize, in slang : DIS
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More crafty : SLIER
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"Stay!" : DONTGO
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Slip up : ERR
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Nasty, long-running dispute : FEUD
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Name before Berra or Bear : YOGI
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Never a dull ___ : MOMENT
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Endless : ETERNAL
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Eminence : STATURE
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Prince, but not a princess : SON
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Southeast Asian housemaid : AMAH
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Clergy's changing room : VESTRY
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Temporarily conked out : STALLED
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Wedding vow : IDO
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Black Friday's mo. : NOV
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One might say "One, two, testing, testing" into it : MIC
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Numero ___ (top dog) : UNO
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Light eats : NOSHES
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Pet said to have nine lives : CAT
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Word after first or financial : AID
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Fist bump : DAP
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Freon initials : CFC
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Empty talk : BLATHER
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One way to pitch : SIDEARM
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Massachusetts vacation area : CAPECOD
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Shaggy : HIRSUTE
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Horse in a harness race : TROTTER
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Award from the Recording Academy : GRAMMY
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Overly precious : CUTESY
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One nautical mile per hour : KNOT
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Old anesthetic : ETHER
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Send out, as waves : EMIT
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Root in Polynesian cuisine : TARO
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Day ___ (getaway) : SPA
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Family members : KIN
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Bird that can run up to 30 m.p.h. : EMU

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