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New York Times, Thursday, February 11, 2016

54-Across : "Wow!!"

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 27 for Ms. Burnikel.
Jeff Chen notes:
What cool finds, single words parsed as "person's initials + gender-specific identification"! I had completely filled in MARIE ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times2/11/16 ( No. 24,201 )
Across
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Undergoes recession : EBBS
5
Dining tip? : PRONG
10
Works at the Guggenheim : OILS
14
Cut crops : REAP
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Hooch : SAUCE
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Have the answers : KNOW
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Malady? : MARIEANTOINETTE
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1968 Heineken acquisition : AMSTEL
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Prairie predator : COYOTE
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Tamale? : TOMARNOLD
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___ II (Gillette razor) : TRAC
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Con opener? : NEO
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Popular fragrance that's a girl's name : LOLA
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One way to run : AMOK
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Let in : ADMIT
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Pain in the neck : KINK
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Outfit for newborns : LAYETTE
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Adventure's end? : SILENTE
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Brian who scored "The Lovely Bones" : ENO
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Reddit Q&A session, briefly : AMA
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Jimmy Eat World genre : EMO
44
Dragon's locale : DEN
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Secret identity of Dick Grayson : ROBIN
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Perfect Elements maker : SERTA
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James who can jam : LEBRON
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Sports Illustrated's 2015 Sportsperson of the Year, to fans : SERENA
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"Wow!!" : OMIGOSH
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Odyssey, e.g. : MINIVAN
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___ Nostra : COSA
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Dweller on the upper Mississippi : IOWAN
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Hunger indicator : PANG
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Oodles : ATON
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Took a shot, say : DRANK
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Big pizza chain, informally : UNOS
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Part of the eye : LENS
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Dulls, as pain : EASES
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[You over there!] : PSST
Down
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First name in home humor : ERMA
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Put on a happy face : BEAM
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Monkey ___ : BARS
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"You did WHAT?" reaction : SPITTAKE
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Number of churchgoers? : PSALM
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Appeared (in) : RAN
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Caught off base : OUT
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Sgt., for example : NCO
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Progressive competitor : GEICO
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"Alrighty then" : OKEYDOKE
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Keen on : INTO
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Former senator Trent : LOTT
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___'Pea : SWEE
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Fair-hiring watchdog, for short : EEOC
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Chuck who won four Super Bowl rings : NOLL
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Like quinoa growers : ANDEAN
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Sleep stage : REM
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Bangs and clangs : NOISES
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Fake bill tracer : TMAN
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Roman? : ROYORBISON
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Legal? : LINDAEVANS
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Something to give a kitty? : ANTE
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Belgian red, e.g. : ALE
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Sign on a convenience store window : ATMINSIDE
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Mindless but addictive app games, e.g. : TIMESINKS
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Knowledge range : KEN
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Gifting someone with a clock in China, e.g. : TABOO
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"Marriage Italian-Style" actress : LOREN
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They may have many stops : ORGANS
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Cause to blunder : TRIPUP
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Like some subway stops : LOCAL
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Really act out? : EMOTE
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Thin iPods : NANOS
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Teen sensation? : ANGST
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Romanian wedding dance : HORA
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Equestrian's handhold : MANE
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Never-___ (unsuccessful sort) : WAS

Answer summary: 3 debuted here and reused later.

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