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New York Times, Thursday, November 21, 2019

Underground warning ... or a warning about four squares in this grid

Author:
Aimee Lucido
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Aimee Lucido

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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 36 This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Lucido.
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© 2019, The New York Times11/21/19 ( No. 25,580 )
Across
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Setting for "Amazing Grace," maybe : MASS
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"___ Revere, Engineer" (best-selling picture book) : ROSIE
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Mix, as eggs : BEAT
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Something taught in a 101 class, so to speak : ABCS
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Over-the-top : EXTRA
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Shrine : ALTAR
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Bring in : EARN
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Barre bends : PLIES
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Abandon, informally : DITCH
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Dir. from Lubbock to San Antonio : SSE
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Hard labor : TOIL
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Classic fraternity bash : TOGAPARTY
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New York City : THEBIGAPPLE
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Not shoot straight : MISAIM
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Exchange for cash : REDEEM
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___ Pro : IPAD
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Cavaliers, on scoreboards : CLE
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Peak in Thessaly : OSSA
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"Fish and visitors stink after three days," for one : ADAGE
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"Melrose Place" actor Rob : ESTES
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Underground warning ... or a warning about four squares in this grid : MINDTHEGAP
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Raindrop in the sunlight, e.g. : PRISM
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Like many theater kids : ARTSY
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Keys often hit in panic: Abbr. : ESCS
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"Parks and ___" (familiar name of a TV sitcom) : REC
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Rudolph formerly of "S.N.L." : MAYA
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How Twitter trolls often comment : MEANLY
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Like the acid in pickle juice : ACETIC
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Native of the Lion City : SINGAPOREAN
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Activewear akin to leggings : YOGAPANTS
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Suffix with thick or sick : NESS
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Coach Parseghian : ARA
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Get around : EVADE
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Like Andrew Jackson and James Buchanan, by heritage : IRISH
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Cut : SKIP
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"King Lear" daughter : REGAN
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"Alki," for Washington State : MOTTO
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Black widow spiders make dangerous ones : PETS
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Others : REST
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Cortège : POSSE
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Channing with a 14-year N.B.A. career (2005-19) : FRYE
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Pit boss? : MAESTRO
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Humiliates : ABASHES
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Lengthy rants : SCREEDS
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Often-memorized string: Abbr. : SSN
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Car tower : REPOMAN
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Yellow primrose : OXLIP
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"Doesn't matter, but ..." : STILL
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Steam : IRE
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Part of 21-Across : EAST
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"Uh-oh! Don't do that!" : BADIDEA
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Three-syllable man's name : ELIAS
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Draw : ATTRACT
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Able to be felt : TACTILE
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Moan and groan, e.g. : RHYMES
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Draw : TIE
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German grandmother : OMA
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Grins : BEAMS
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Prime-time hour : EIGHT
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Sound recording copyright symbols : PEES
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An exhibit at F.D.R.'s presidential library is dedicated to it : DDAY
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Some Gillette razors : ATRAS
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Pickle unit : SPEAR
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On the horizon : IMMINENT
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Bit of workout gear : GYMSHOE
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Occasion to speak up? : PRAYER
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Get better : RECOVER
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Long cold spell : ICEAGE
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41-Down, by another name : SNEAKER
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Enlightenment : CLARITY
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It may get fired because of a thought : SYNAPSE
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Pretense : ACT
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Alternative to ChapStick : EOS
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Spoken flourishes : TADAS
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Some signatures, briefly : INITS
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Makes a home : NESTS
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Fool : SIMP
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Kanga's kid : ROO
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Beach lotion letters : SPF

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