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New York Times, Friday, November 9, 2018

Group whose past members have included six U.S. presidents

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
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© 2018, The New York Times11/9/18 ( No. 25,203 )
Across
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High-occupancy vehicles? : CLOWNCARS
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Madres' kin : TIAS
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Some high-rise constructions : TREEHOUSES
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"This one's ___" : ONME
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Backward : RETROGRADE
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Soup noodle : UDON
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Drapers' units: Abbr. : YDS
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Wig out : GOAPE
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Friendly greetings : GRINS
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"Fish are friends, not ___" (line from "Finding Nemo") : FOOD
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Leaves : FOLIAGE
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Made a case : ARGUED
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Touchy sort? : MIDAS
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___ Bar, Ireland's oldest pub, dating to A.D. 900 : SEANS
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Pioneer mover : CONESTOGA
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Call mean names, say : TAUNT
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Old Speckled Hen, for one : ALE
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Dispenser item : STRAW
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"The Devil's playthings" : IDLEHANDS
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Crinkly fabric : CREPE
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Provides, as aid : LENDS
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Calls funny names, say : TEASES
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"Vamoose!" : AMSCRAY
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Liner, e.g. : SHIP
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Butterfly chrysalises, e.g. : PUPAE
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Fishing basket : CREEL
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Eponymous Belgian resort town : SPA
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Like some early learning, for short : PREK
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Like some college applicants : WAITLISTED
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Something found near the tongue? : LACE
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Ones who find it difficult to go out? : INSOMNIACS
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Group whose past members have included six U.S. presidents : ELKS
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Much of Generation Z, today : TEENAGERS
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Rep : CRED
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Agreeable answer to an invitation : LETS
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"Jingle Bells" contraction : OER
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Sentry's query : WHOGOESTHERE
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Reprobate : NOGOOD
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First-aid brand : CURAD
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Urgent letters : ASAP
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Adjusts the parameters of : REDEFINES
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General direction of I-77: Abbr. : SSE
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Times Square, you might say : TOURISTTRAP
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Setting for "Siddhartha" : INDIA
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___ friends : AMONG
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Impression : SENSE
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Take a sip of : TRY
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Breaking it might be cause for celebration : GLASSCEILING
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Fair fare : FUNNELCAKES
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Complimentary composition : ODE
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Wine town in Piedmont : ASTI
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Follow the script : READ
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Caesar's conquest of 58-50 B.C. : GAUL
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Gets into shape? : MOLDS
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Common Christmas decoration : CANDYCANE
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Raw materials : ORES
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Look of astonishment : GAPE
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Astonishes : AWES
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Largest carrier in Japan : ANA
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J. J.'s sister on "Good Times" : THELMA
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First U.S. company to be valued at $1 trillion : APPLE
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Certain street art : MURAL
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Dot : SPECK
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Determined about : SETON
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Stop lying : RISE
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Competitor of Us Weekly : STAR
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Bodybuilder's pride : PECS
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Trailers, e.g. : ADS
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Romeo's was "a most sharp sauce," per Shakespeare : WIT
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You: Ger. : SIE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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