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New York Times, Monday, February 1, 2016

"Bonnie and Clyde" and "Thelma & Louise" ... or a hint to 18-, 26- and 44-Across

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
ROAD MOVIES today, i.e. movies with an synonym for "road" in their title. Gary found three perfect examples, WALL STREET, SUNSET ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times2/1/16 ( No. 24,191 )

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Across
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Switch that changes bands on the radio : AMFM
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Memo : NOTE
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Frequently : OFTEN
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___ Crawley, countess on "Downton Abbey" : CORA
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One of the Great Lakes : ERIE
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Cut, as a pumpkin : CARVE
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Like most college dorms nowadays : COED
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Title locale in a 1987 Oliver Stone drama : WALLSTREET
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U-turn from WNW : ESE
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Animal hide : PELT
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Four-baggers : HOMERS
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Sandbars : SHOALS
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Any old Joe : BUB
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Title locale in a 1950 Billy Wilder film noir : SUNSETBOULEVARD
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Youth org. since 1910 : BSA
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Make a selection : OPT
35
Longtime N.B.A. coach Pat : RILEY
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Hawaiian shindig : LUAU
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"$500 on the roan nag," e.g. : BET
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"You and who ___?" (fighting words) : ELSE
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"Love Story" author Segal : ERICH
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"Hey ___, what's up?" : BRO
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A, in Berlin : EIN
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Title locale in a 2001 David Lynch thriller : MULHOLLANDDRIVE
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Doctor's charge : FEE
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"Time is money" and "Knowledge is power" : ADAGES
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Floating aimlessly : ADRIFT
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"Well, what do we have here!" : MYMY
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F.D.R.'s successor : HST
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"Bonnie and Clyde" and "Thelma & Louise" ... or a hint to 18-, 26- and 44-Across : ROADMOVIES
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Lead-in to boy or girl : ATTA
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Sleep disorder : APNEA
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Dot on an ocean map : ISLE
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Trounce : BEAT
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Started : BEGAN
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Topic of a pre-election news story : POLL
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Detective fiction writer ___ Stanley Gardner : ERLE
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Means of entry : ACCESS
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Kind of pork at a Chinese restaurant : MOOSHU
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Conditionally released from custody : FREEONBAIL
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Seeing red : MAD
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Most modern : NEWEST
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Spoken, not written : ORAL
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___ at windmills : TILT
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Sushi selection : EEL
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Month with Columbus Day : OCTOBER
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Old MacDonald's place : FARM
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Arborist's focus : TREE
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"Have I ___ told you ...?" : EVER
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Brooklyn hoopsters : NETS
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Jewish house of worship : SHUL
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Earnest request : PLEA
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In that capacity : ASSUCH
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Campaign giveaway : BUTTON
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Move up and down, as a doll's head : BOBBLE
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"Carmen" or "Rigoletto" : OPERA
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Meredith of daytime TV : VIEIRA
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Crammer's last chance : ALLNIGHTER
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Hi-___ image : RES
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Easter egg coating : DYE
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Moon landing craft, for short : LEM
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Neighbor of Arg. and Braz. : URU
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Dustin who won an Oscar for "Rain Man" : HOFFMAN
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Mini-whirlpool : EDDY
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Actor Jared of "Dallas Buyers Club" : LETO
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Distressed maiden, in fairy tales : DAMSEL
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___ virgin : VESTAL
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Home for a Rockefeller or a Vanderbilt : ESTATE
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Mideast native : ARAB
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Narcotize : DOPE
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Tolled, as a bell : RANG
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Notion : IDEA
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Japanese soup : MISO
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Scream : YELL
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Big cheese : VIP
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Face on a fiver : ABE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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