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New York Times, Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Comedian who said "In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem"

Author:
Amanda Chung and Karl Ni
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Chung. This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Ni. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2018, The New York Times12/11/18 ( No. 25,235 )

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Across
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[It's gone!] : POOF
5
Visit on a whim : POPBY
10
___-relief : BAS
13
Folk singer Mitchell : JONI
14
Heart chambers : ATRIA
15
Accessory for Sherlock Holmes : PIPE
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Combat trauma : SHELLSHOCK
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Real estate measurement : AREA
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Made more bearable : EASED
20
Center : MIDST
21
Exam monitor : PROCTOR
24
Leave quickly, as from a parking spot : PEELOUT
26
Comedian who said "In America, anyone can become president. That's the problem" : CARLIN
27
Offended : HURT
28
Zilch : NIL
29
Dutch painter Jan : STEEN
30
Indian wedding garb : SARI
31
"Great" boy detective : NATE
32
Baseball field maintainers : GROUNDSCREW
35
Run ___ : AMOK
37
What the Roman goddess Fortuna controls : FATE
38
Nimble : AGILE
41
Sweeping movie shot : PAN
42
Restaurant order specification : TOGO
43
Hank of "The Simpsons" : AZARIA
44
Casino V.I.P. : PITBOSS
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Larghissimo, among all musical tempos : SLOWEST
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"The Smartest Guys in the Room" company : ENRON
48
Tony winner McDonald : AUDRA
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___ Clooney, lawyer often seen in tabloids : AMAL
50
Place for kitchen scraps, such as those starting 16-, 24-, 32- and 44-Across : COMPOSTBIN
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Apt rhyme for "invade" : RAID
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Farewell in France : ADIEU
57
DVR pioneer : TIVO
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Weekly show broadcast from Rockefeller Center, for short : SNL
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Jury members : PEERS
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Goulash, e.g. : STEW
Down
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Sleepover attire, briefly : PJS
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"Impressive!" : OOH
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x's positive value in the equation 2x = 4x2 - 2 : ONE
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Low-level law firm employee : FILECLERK
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Forgo : PASSON
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Questionnaire choice : OTHER
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Egg on : PROD
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Disposable lighter brand : BIC
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Himalayan beast : YAK
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Goldie Hawn comedy or Leonard Cohen documentary : BIRDONAWIRE
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Hairy Halloween costume : APESUIT
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Where Boeing was founded : SEATTLE
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Water holder for a farm animal : PAIL
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Like Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz : LATINO
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N.Y.C. museum, with "the" : MET
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Mac competitors : PCS
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Snitch : RAT
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Path for Western settlers : OREGONTRAIL
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Prize money : PURSE
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Guitar legend Clapton : ERIC
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Couldn't say no : HADTO
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Slight problems : SNAGS
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Units of power saved, in modern lingo : NEGAWATTS
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E.T. vehicles : UFOS
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Bathroom items that might be confiscated by the T.S.A. : RAZORS
35
Materializes : APPEARS
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Go-to guy : MAINMAN
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Fleur-de-___ : LIS
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Break bread : EAT
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Boatload : TON
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"Brave New World" author Huxley : ALDOUS
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Audacious : BOLD
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"Terrific!" : SUPER
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Female friend in France : AMIE
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Upper limit : CAP
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Words of praise : ODE
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Fell for a joke : BIT
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"___ Got You Under My Skin" : IVE
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Parent's emphatic order : NOW

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