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New York Times, Monday, October 17, 2016

Plan that has no chance of working ... or the answer to each starred clue?

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Gulczynski.
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:
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© 2016, The New York Times10/17/16 ( No. 24,450 )

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Across
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Ten to one, for one : RATIO
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"I Am ___" (Jenner's reality show on E!) : CAIT
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"Madam, I'm ___" (palindromic introduction to Eve) : ADAM
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Something "walked" on a pirate ship : PLANK
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Merry-go-round or roller coaster : RIDE
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Nevada's so-called "Biggest Little City in the World" : RENO
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*Serving between appetizer and dessert : MAINCOURSE
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Puts out, in baseball : TAGS
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Dedicated poems : ODES
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Confuse : ADDLE
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Politically left-leaning : LIBERAL
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Hairstyle with straight-cut bangs : PAGEBOY
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Mrs. whose cow supposedly began the Great Chicago Fire : OLEARY
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Philosopher who tutored Nero : SENECA
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___ Claus : SANTA
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James of "The Godfather" : CAAN
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Germany's von Bismarck : OTTO
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Abbr. at the bottom of a letter : ENC
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*It's signaled by a white flag on the racetrack : LASTLAP
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Austin's home: Abbr. : TEX
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Witty Mort : SAHL
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Hearts of PCs, for short : CPUS
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"Me, Myself & ___" (Jim Carrey film) : IRENE
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Punch hard : WALLOP
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Offset, as costs : DEFRAY
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Exchange, as an old piece of equipment for a new one : SWAPOUT
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"Aren't I the fortunate one!" : LUCKYME
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Fruit-filled pastries : TARTS
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Window frame : SASH
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Prefix with sphere : ATMO
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Plan that has no chance of working ... or the answer to each starred clue? : NONSTARTER
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Stay fresh : KEEP
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Winter ailments : FLUS
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Wet, weatherwise : RAINY
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Does wrong : ERRS
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Toy block brand : LEGO
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"___ Boots Are Made for Walkin'" (1966 Nancy Sinatra hit) : THESE
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33 1/3, for an LP : RPM
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In the manner of : ALA
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___ chi (martial art) : TAI
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Bed-and-breakfast : INN
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Shootout site involving the Earp brothers : OKCORRAL
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Mean, mean, mean : CRUEL
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Is broadcast : AIRS
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Check-cashing requirements, for short : IDS
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Golf peg : TEE
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Design style of the 1920s and '30s : ARTDECO
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*Reason for jumper cables : DEADBATTERY
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___-Saxon : ANGLO
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Putter (along) : MOSEY
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Anita of jazz : ODAY
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Get on in years : AGE
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Finishes with fewer votes : LOSES
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Glazer of "Broad City" : ILANA
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*Athlete who "rides the pine" : BENCHWARMER
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Chow down : EAT
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Rings, as church bells : PEALS
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Kournikova of tennis : ANNA
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Stopped lying? : SATUP
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Bill also called a benjamin : CSPOT
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Brunch time, say : TENAM
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Common daisy : OXEYE
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Free speech advocacy grp. : ACLU
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Infographic with wedges : PIECHART
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Go-with-you-anywhere computers : LAPTOPS
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D.C. stadium initials : RFK
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The "L" of L.A. : LOS
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Attic accumulation : DUST
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Vampire hunter's weapon : STAKE
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H2O : WATER
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Rodeo rope : LASSO
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Close-fitting : SNUG
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Lombardi Trophy org. : NFL
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Stadium cheer : OLE
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Stadium cheer : RAH
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Suit accessory : TIE
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U.S.N. officer: Abbr. : ENS
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Whiskey type : RYE

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