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New York Times, Friday, October 25, 2019

Something that might be "dropped" prematurely in a relationship, in slang

Author:
John Guzzetta
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Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JKQ} This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Guzzetta. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2019, The New York Times10/25/19 ( No. 25,553 )
Across
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Reaction to being sent to the principal's office, say : GULP
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Cartoon cat : TOM
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City name in both East and West Coast states : SALEM
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After weighing both sides : ONBALANCE
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Amazon guide? : ALEXA
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Question suggesting "Beats me!" : WHOCANSAY
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Gaudiness : GLITZ
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Logic game with matchsticks : NIM
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Reach a point of diminishing returns : PLATEAU
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Take a shot : TRY
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Eponym of a cathedral in Red Square : STBASIL
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Cosmic law and order in Buddhism : DHARMA
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It may be set in stone : RUNE
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Small colored feature of the body : AREOLA
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"Ma-a-aybe" : ITDEPENDS
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Some nerve? : OPTIC
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What Scarlett saved : TARA
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"___ on!" ("Come and get it!") : SOUPS
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Elevate : LIFT
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Chilly day accessory : SCARF
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"Seriously?" : WHATGIVES
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Smoothie starter : YOGURT
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North-flowing river : NILE
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"Mmmmmmm!" : SOGOOD
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___ in (enclosed, as a porch) : GLASSED
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Fire : CAN
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Sheltered, as stock : STABLED
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Kind of cross : TAU
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Bulletin : ALERT
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Painfully obvious : WRITLARGE
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Fuzzy : VAGUE
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Trip that no one wants to take : NASTYFALL
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Defeated, but barely : EDGED
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Howe'er : THO
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Weeks off : BYES
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Prom wear : GOWNS
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Coming through without a scratch : UNHIT
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Something that might be "dropped" prematurely in a relationship, in slang : LBOMB
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Vote-swaying org. : PAC
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They usually come with bikinis : TANLINES
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"Get it while it's hot!" : ONSALENOW
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Chem major's exam, perhaps : MCAT
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Its blossom is the state flower of Arizona : SAGUARO
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Without exception : ALL
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Recurrent musical theme : LEITMOTIV
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1-up, in gaming : EXTRALIFE
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Labyrinthine : MAZY
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Greedily consumes : LAPSUP
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Checked out : EYED
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"But of course!" : AHA
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It doesn't go wall-to-wall : AREARUG
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Fields questions, say : REPLIES
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Follower of John : ACTS
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Small, informally : ITSY
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Tex-Mex dish sometimes served with southwest dressing : TACOSALAD
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Object of some fantasy quests : DRAGONEGG
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"Of course ... my bad!" : DUH
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The lyrics of "Livin' la Vida Loca," e.g. : SPANGLISH
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Weapon with an Italian name : STILETTO
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Descriptive of some flakes and hair : FROSTED
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"My pleasure!" : GLADLY
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Kid : TOT
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Starting time for an attack : DAWN
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Go afield : STRAY
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Two under : EAGLE
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Goes mano a mano (with) : DUELS
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Spelunk : CAVE
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Angel's opposite : BRAT
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"The Murders in the ___ Morgue" : RUE
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Eglin or MacDill: Abbr. : AFB

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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