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New York Times, Tuesday, February 11, 2020

With 35-Across, complete success ... or a hint to 18-, 23-, 46- and 51-Across

Author:
Neil Padrick Wilson and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 35 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Wilson. This is puzzle # 108 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
NEIL: I've spitballed some puzzle themes with Jeff before, but this is the only one that has managed to get off the ground. (Har har). ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm often full of piss and vinegar when I see low word-count themed puzzles. Frickin' constructors, bigger than their britches, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Yes, you can make your own Glitter Bomb! ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times2/11/20 ( No. 25,662 )
Across
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Story of why you really couldn't have done it : ALIBI
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Car rental partner of Budget : AVIS
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Open a bit : AJAR
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Minus item, in accounting : DEBIT
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Oenophile's love : WINE
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Cops, slangily : POPO
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Plants in abandoned lots : WEEDS
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Lighting display at many a rock concert : LASERSHOW
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Overdue amount : ARREAR
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Strike callers : UNIONS
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Symbol of pride : RAINBOWFLAG
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Channel famous for veejays : MTV
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Homer's H : ETA
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Dim bulbs : IDIOTS
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Papermaking material : PULP
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It often introduces new wrinkles : AGING
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Sign before Taurus : ARIES
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With 35-Across, complete success ... or a hint to 18-, 23-, 46- and 51-Across : FLYING
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See 33-Across : COLORS
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Mourner's emotion : GRIEF
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Sigma Chi, Sigma Phi and Sigma Pi : FRATS
39
Hankerings : YENS
40
Bluffer's words in poker, maybe : IRAISE
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Actress Zadora : PIA
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Food additive with "the fifth taste" : MSG
46
Comeuppance for a package thief : GLITTERBOMB
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In an overwhelming way : HUGELY
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Letter flourishes : SERIFS
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Sport that can leave you with welts : PAINTBALL
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Country or heavy metal : GENRE
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Actress Merrill of "BUtterfield 8" : DINA
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Polish before publishing : EDIT
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Like granola, largely : OATEN
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Lose sleep (over) : FRET
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Sound of a flop : THUD
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Shooting sport : SKEET
Down
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"Congratulations! You've been selected ..." program : ADWARE
2
Eye lustfully : LEERAT
3
The Basques' peninsula : IBERIA
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#2 for #44 : BIDEN
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"Things may well not happen the way you suppose" : ITSABIGIF
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Beltmaker's tool : AWL
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Through, on an itinerary : VIA
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"Yo mama" joke, e.g. : INSULT
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Perceived to be : SEENAS
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Lhasa ___ (dog) : APSO
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Who said "In every walk with Nature, one receives far more than he seeks" : JOHNMUIR
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Guests at the Last Supper : APOSTLES
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Do some sculling : ROW
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Fix, as a contest : RIG
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"The Thinker" sculptor : RODIN
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Turkey piece : WING
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Something a lighthouse beacon cuts through : FOG
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4-Down and others, for short : VPS
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Those in favor : PROS
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Those in favor : AYES
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Clark Kent and Mr. Hyde, for two : ALTEREGOS
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One may open a window for it : FRESHAIR
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Pasta often served with clam sauce : LINGUINE
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Lit ___ (college class) : CRIT
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Welcome watering holes : OASES
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Place to play hoops : GYM
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Butter or olive oil : FAT
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"Yeah, right!" : ILLBET
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Saudi capital : RIYADH
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Ballet position on tiptoe : POINTE
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Escapee's cry : IMFREE
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Not answering at roll call : ABSENT
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Pick up on : GET
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Start of a billiards game : BREAK
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Pesky swarmer : GNAT
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Shareable PC file : PDF
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Actress Lucy of "Elementary" : LIU
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Relative of Inc. : LTD

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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