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New York Times, Monday, November 3, 2014

Next-to-last chemical element alphabetically, before zirconium

Author:
Janet R. Bender
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Janet R. Bender

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQX} This is puzzle # 31 for Ms. Bender.
Will Shortz notes:
Janet Bender, of Somerset, Pa., is one of the old guard of crossword constructors, starting at the Times during the end of the Maleska ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Initialisms kick off the week, theme phrases starting with CC. Such a shame that Zhouqin "C.C." Burnikel wasn't somehow involved! (One ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times11/3/14 ( No. 23,736 )
Across
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Ancient Briton : PICT
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Bulgarian or Croat : SLAV
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Writing surface for chalk : SLATE
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One ___ (vitamin brand) : ADAY
15
Something a surfer catches : WAVE
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Was sick : AILED
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Next-to-last chemical element alphabetically, before zirconium : ZINC
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Iowa State's city : AMES
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Raises, as young : REARS
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Ship heading : COMPASSCOURSE
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The Bible's Queen of ___ : SHEBA
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Still, in poetry : EEN
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___ Blanc, the so-called "Man of 1,000 Voices" : MEL
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Liberal arts school in Waterville, Me. : COLBYCOLLEGE
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Everyone : ALL
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7 Up or Pepsi : SODA
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Reads quickly : SKIMS
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Unwelcome look : LEER
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Prevent : DEBAR
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Insect in a summer swarm : GNAT
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Did sum work? : ADDED
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Cookie sometimes dunked in milk : OREO
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Genetic info carrier : DNA
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Service at Staples or FedEx Office : COLORCOPYING
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___ Jima : IWO
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To the ___ degree : NTH
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Ancient Roman robes : TOGAS
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Person in overalls sucking a piece of straw, stereotypically : COUNTRYCOUSIN
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Ancient 71-Across land in modern-day Turkey : IONIA
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Pieces with 90-degree bends : ELLS
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Taxis : CABS
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Long guitar parts : NECKS
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Assistant : AIDE
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It may be slapped after a joke : KNEE
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Like Zeus and Hera : GREEK
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Did some weeding : HOED
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Meat-and-vegetables dish : STEW
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La ___, Bolivia : PAZ
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Dictator Amin : IDI
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No longer on the air : CANCELLED
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Baseball great known as "The Georgia Peach" : TYCOBB
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Exchange : SWAP
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Tibetan priest : LAMA
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Birds, scientifically speaking : AVES
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Bowl or boat : VESSEL
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Polynesian wraps : SARONGS
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In ___ of (as a replacement for) : LIEU
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Frighten : ALARM
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Like one-word answers : TERSE
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'50s Ford failure : EDSEL
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Baseball great Willie : MAYS
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Major component of the euro symbol : CEE
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Milan's La ___ opera house : SCALA
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Sank, as a putt : HOLED
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How some packages arrive, for short : COD
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Praiseful poem : ODE
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Process leading up to childbirth : LABOR
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Heart diagnostic, in brief : EKG
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Highly offended : INDIGNANT
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Food from heaven : MANNA
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Male-only parties : STAGS
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Tape machine button abbr. : REC
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___ de Triomphe : ARC
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1920s car that had its inventor's initials : REO
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Exasperated response to "How was your day?" : DONTASK
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Makes a choice : OPTS
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8 1/2" x 11" page size: Abbr. : LTR
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"Definitely!" : OHYEAH
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Bygone cry of high spirits : YOICKS
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Cake topper : ICING
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Beau with roses, say : WOOER
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1/16 of a pound : OUNCE
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Brand with a swoosh : NIKE
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Muse of history : CLIO
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Ye ___ Antique Shoppe : OLDE
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Secondhand : USED
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Hive dweller : BEE
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Do needlework : SEW

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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