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New York Times, Monday, October 22, 2018

Etymological origins of the answers to the five starred clues

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FQXZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
As originally submitted, this puzzle contained two stacked revealers intersecting the final N and E of SATURNINE: ROMAN GOD and ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times10/22/18 ( No. 25,185 )
Across
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Base after third base : HOME
5
Flows back : EBBS
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1, 8, 27, 64, etc. : CUBES
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The "U" of B.T.U. : UNIT
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1982 movie inspired by Pong : TRON
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Yoga posture : ASANA
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*Capricious : MERCURIAL
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French "thank you" : MERCI
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"... man ___ mouse?" : ORA
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Jokester's jokes : GAGS
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*Forgivable : VENIAL
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___ McDonald (clown) : RONALD
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Additionally : TOO
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Gas brand whose logo has a blue oval : ESSO
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"Desserts" made from wet dirt : MUDPIES
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Pupu ___ : PLATTER
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Isaac's elder son : ESAU
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Gas brand whose logo has a red triangle : CITGO
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What free apps often come with : ADS
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*Warlike : MARTIAL
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Little rapscallion : IMP
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Glass that makes a rainbow : PRISM
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Website for crowdsourced reviews : YELP
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Church activity : WORSHIP
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Clothing : APPAREL
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"Will do!" : ONIT
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"The War of the Worlds" villains, briefly : ETS
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Sitting Bull's people : LAKOTA
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*Jolly : JOVIAL
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Meriting a "D," say : POOR
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Figure in the form 123-45-6789, e.g.: Abbr. : SSN
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"___ ears!" ("Listening!") : IMALL
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*Gloomy : SATURNINE
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Portions (out) : METES
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Vaper's device : ECIG
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Italy's shape : BOOT
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"You ___ right!" : ARESO
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Composer John with six Emmys : TESH
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Tiny hill builders : ANTS
Down
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"Just play along, please" : HUMORME
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Burdensome : ONEROUS
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"Hamilton" composer : MIRANDA
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List-ending abbr. : ETC
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Brokerage with an asterisk in its name : ETRADE
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Clink on the drink : BRIG
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Toot one's own horn : BOAST
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Weekly parody source, briefly : SNL
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Arrived : CAME
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Online discussion forum : USENET
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Professional coffee server : BARISTA
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Fully surrounded (by) : ENCASED
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Ones under a captain's command : SAILORS
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___ fruit (wrinkly citrus) : UGLI
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Europe's longest river : VOLGA
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Kwik-E-Mart minder on "The Simpsons" : APU
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Kia model : OPTIMA
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What actors memorize : SCRIPT
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Alternative to Hotmail : AOL
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"___ Not Unusual" (Tom Jones standard) : ITS
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Car speed meas. : MPH
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Shakespearean sprite : ARIEL
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Site of a 1945 Allied victory in the Pacific : IWOJIMA
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Amino acid vis-à-vis a protein, e.g. : MONOMER
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Public's opposite : PRIVATE
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Tibetan beast : YAK
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Beachfront property woe : EROSION
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"How about we forgo that" : LETSNOT
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Etymological origins of the answers to the five starred clues : PLANETS
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Subway entrances : STILES
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What oxen pull, in England : PLOUGH
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Catherine who married Henry VIII : PARR
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The final frontier, per "Star Trek" : SPACE
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Additionally : ALSO
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Big name in elevators : OTIS
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Prepare, as a dinner table : SET
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Org. for the Sixers and Spurs : NBA

Answer summary: 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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