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New York Times, Saturday, December 26, 2015

What "marriage is the chief cause of," per Groucho Marx

Author:
James Mulhern
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 27 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Mulhern.
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© 2015, The New York Times12/26/15 ( No. 24,154 )
Across
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His name was lengthened by God at age 99 : ABRAM
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Theme in much Greek art : TROJANWAR
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Beasts of the wild : FAUNA
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Guru for hire : LIFECOACH
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N.J. home of the "Ultimate Weapon" monument : FTDIX
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The puck drops here : CENTERICE
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Like some explosions : ATOMIC
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Unwanted buildup : MOLD
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Syllable of faux rebuke : TUT
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Group in many conspiracy theories : ILLUMINATI
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Its flag is dark blue, symbolizing an ocean : NATO
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Calls : REFS
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Character builder? : GENE
28
Masonry-supporting rod : REBAR
29
One getting an across-the-board promotion? : PAWN
30
Late-spring arrival : GEMINI
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Some Winter Olympians : SKATERS
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Mesoamerican language with 400,000+ speakers : ZAPOTEC
36
Emotional appeal : PATHOS
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"___ arigato" : DOMO
38
Hawthorne's "___ Brand" : ETHAN
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0.5, for 150° : SINE
40
Something made on one's birthday : WISH
44
City famous for bad traffic? : CALI
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Traveling show with the number "Trading Taps" : RIVERDANCE
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Half of a rhyming candy duo : IKE
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First name in industrial design : EERO
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Extremely : SOVERY
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Cartoon friend of Dumb Donald and Weird Harold : FATALBERT
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"This Perfect Day" novelist, 1970 : LEVIN
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Underneath all the layers : INESSENCE
55
Program with a "Get Ripped" version : TAEBO
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"Benefit" of some "friends" : CASUALSEX
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Cast wide : STREW
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Liaison : AFFAIR
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With 35-Down, Korea in the 1950s or Iraq in the 2000s : BATTLE
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Diesel who invented the diesel engine : RUDOLF
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Loathing : ANIMUS
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Popular pinup publication : MAXIM
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Doc's warm treatment : TLC
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Mathematician with a hypothesis unproven since 1859 : RIEMANN
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Worth heeding : OFNOTE
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Beijing-born star of "Kiss of the Dragon" : JETLI
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Didn't get a return from : ACED
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"... confirm ___ deny ..." : NOR
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Hold your horses : WAITABIT
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Dermatological drug withdrawn by Roche in 2009 : ACCUTANE
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Stump speeches, often : RHETORIC
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Ones with big butts : CIGARS
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What's going on : NEWS
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Marlin's son, in an animated film : NEMO
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Take back, in a way : REPO
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Cog, so to speak : PEON
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Call of Duty fans, e.g. : GAMERS
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General's opposite : SPECIFIC
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Form of Japanese syllabic writing : KATAKANA
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___ foot : ATHLETES
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Indian alternative : THAI
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See 2-Down : ZONE
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What "marriage is the chief cause of," per Groucho Marx : DIVORCE
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They'll stop traffic : SIRENS
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Greet from a ways away, say : WAVEAT
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"How dare you!" : INEVER
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Journalist, informally : SCRIBE
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"Ea-a-asy, buddy!" : HEYNOW
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Common hero in American literature : REBEL
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Yo-yos : DOLTS
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Film character who brings the snowman Olaf to life : ELSA
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Pac-12 sch. : ASU
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Nickname on a cattle drive : TEX

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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