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New York Times, Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Company advertised with the slogan "So easy a caveman can do it"

Author:
Paula Gamache
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paula Gamache

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQWZ} This is puzzle # 100 for Ms. Gamache. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2015, The New York Times11/17/15 ( No. 24,115 )

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Across
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Friend in a western : AMIGO
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Cry after a diva's performance : BRAVA
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Airport overseer, for short : FAA
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PlayStation user : GAMER
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Maker of the first waterproof and dustproof wristwatch : ROLEX
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"Ewww!" : ICK
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*Hall-of-Fame jockey who won the Triple Crown twice : EDDIEARCARO
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Vardalos of the screen : NIA
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Many a George W. Bush supporter : NEOCON
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Smoothed, as wood : SANDED
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Ex-Yankee Martinez : TINO
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Residue in a bathtub drain : GUNK
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Bits of Morse code : DAHS
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Sault ___ Marie : STE
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*Six times the length of one side squared, for a cube : SURFACEAREA
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Sweater ball : PILL
34
"The Joy Luck Club" author : AMYTAN
35
Heavenly ball : ORB
38
"Treasure Island" author's inits. : RLS
39
Suffix with legal : ESE
40
Vietnam War protest grp. : SDS
41
___ Hill, N.C. : CHAPEL
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Read electronically : SCAN
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*Engage in boisterous play : HORSEAROUND
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Cool, in jive talk : HEP
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Keats collection : ODES
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"And another thing ..." : ALSO
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Mother of Ares and Hephaestus : HERA
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"What's ___ you?" : EATING
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"Brandenburg Concertos" instruments : VIOLAS
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Any of the Baltic states, once: Abbr. : SSR
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*Unauthorized detention : FALSEARREST
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Sharpshooter's skill : AIM
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Classic toothpaste brand : IPANA
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With 60-Down, what the answer to each starred clue has : INNER
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Subject of Boyle's law : GAS
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Barbershop quartet harmonizer : TENOR
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Run-down : SEEDY
Down
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Customer service workers : AGENTS
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Achieved one's goal : MADEIT
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"That's enough for me" : IMDONE
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Company advertised with the slogan "So easy a caveman can do it" : GEICO
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Cookie that outcompeted Hydrox : OREO
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"It's c-c-cold!" : BRR
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Miami Beach's Eden ___ resort : ROC
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State whose flag has eight gold stars : ALASKA
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Aloe ___ : VERA
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Neuron appendage : AXON
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*Painting, music, dance, etc. : FINEARTS
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Certain druggie : ACIDHEAD
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Letters before an alias : AKA
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Caribbean island whose name means "eel" : ANGUILLA
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Attack-launch time : DDAY
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Browser history listings : URLS
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Org. for Cardinals and Ravens : NFL
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___ souci : SANS
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Shopping binge : SPREE
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Ladies' man : CASANOVA
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Correct, as text : EMEND
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Dos x dos x dos : OCHO
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Zimbabwe, formerly : RHODESIA
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*What wearers of sleeveless garments have : BAREARMS
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Old French coins : ECUS
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"Hey, mister" : PSST
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Note after fa : SOL
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Style of sleeve : RAGLAN
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___ Curtis Industries (onetime cosmetics giant) : HELENE
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Cleared the blackboard : ERASED
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Danish or tart : PASTRY
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Singer Lena : HORNE
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"___ Makes You Happy" (Sheryl Crow tune) : IFIT
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What's exposed by a ponytail : NAPE
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Rainbow goddess : IRIS
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Droop : SAG
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___-Cat : SNO
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See 63-Across : EAR

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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