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New York Times, Saturday, November 4, 2017

Exaggerate ... or a hint to five nonconsecutive letters in 20-Across, 36-Across and 7-Down

Author:
Michael Shteyman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {Z} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Shteyman. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Michael Shteyman notes:
This is not a concept you haven't seen before, but I think it's a perfect way to illustrate the literal T-R-U-T-H stretching. Some ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
THROUGH THE YEARS, BUTTERNUT SQUASH, DON'T ARGUE WITH ME all share the fact that they STRETCH THE TRUTH, i.e., they contain the ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times11/4/17 ( No. 24,833 )
Across
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Spelling aid? : MOJO
5
Band of warriors : CADRE
10
Cavil : CARP
14
One of the Twelve Olympians : ARES
15
Undercover lover : AMOUR
16
Grandmother of 14-Across : RHEA
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Automaker with the slogan "Wir leben Autos" : OPEL
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Goes on ... and goes off : RANTS
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They may respond for the unresponsive, for short : EMTS
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Over time : THROUGHTHEYEARS
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Big tower letters : AAA
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Actress Negri of the silents : POLA
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Tribal V.I.P. : ELDER
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Split down the middle : INTWO
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Rebate requirement, at times: Abbr. : RCPT
31
Fraternity letter : TAU
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Island on which Mount Obama is the highest point : ANTIGUA
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Strong sprays : JETS
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Garden fruit that tastes pumpkin-y : BUTTERNUTSQUASH
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Working without ___ : ANET
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Just manages : EKESOUT
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RR stop : STN
43
Annual music and film festival founded in 1987, briefly : SXSW
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"___ is about finding your own space": Kareem Abdul-Jabbar : ISLAM
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One who can't keep a secret : SIEVE
50
Setting for many shipwreck movies : ISLE
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Co-director and co-star of the 2011 film "Bed Peace" : ONO
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Exaggerate ... or a hint to five nonconsecutive letters in 20-Across, 36-Across and 7-Down : STRETCHTHETRUTH
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Engineering college in Needham, Mass. : OLIN
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Was amazed by, with "at" : AAHED
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Home to the Ronald Reagan Med. Ctr. : UCLA
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It's just not right : LEFT
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Bad state to be in : LIMBO
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"That wasn't easy at all!" : PHEW
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Dryden's "Alexander's Feast" and others : ODES
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Like renewable energy : CLEAN
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Brighten (up) : PERK
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Strong Chinese liquor : MAOTAI
2
Tom Sawyer or Oliver Twist : ORPHAN
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Mock : JEERAT
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Capital situated on the same latitude as St. Petersburg, Russia : OSLO
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Hold things : CARGO
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Menotti's "___ and the Night Visitors" : AMAHL
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"Because I said so!" : DONTARGUEWITHME
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Compassion for the misery of others : RUTH
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Scot's tongue : ERSE
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Bit of fishing gear : CREEL
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Alternative to Twinings : AHMADTEA
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Camp David and others : RETREATS
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Defensive football tactic : PASSRUSH
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Winning, but barely : UPONE
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So far : YET
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One joule per second : WATT
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Salon jobs : CUTS
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___ Robles, Calif. : PASO
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Museum of natural history attraction, in brief : TREX
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Signs : INKS
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What a cape does : JUTS
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Certain rock concert improvisation : BASSSOLO
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No-name? : UNTITLED
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Largest of the Canaries : TENERIFE
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Need to sleep, maybe : QUIET
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Fix : SET
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Disreputable : LOUCHE
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Improvised place to hang a hat, say : ANTLER
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Hiawatha, for one : MOHAWK
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Doesn't keep one's emotions pent up : VENTS
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Biblical land on the Arabian Peninsula : SHEBA
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Deceived, in a way : LEDON
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Advanced H.S. class : CALC
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Greet rapturously : HAIL
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Kentucky's ___ Arena : RUPP

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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