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New York Times, Tuesday, February 13, 2018

With 44-Across, Valentine's Day gift ... or a hint to the shaded squares

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 81, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Haight.
Bruce Haight notes:
I remember deciding to try to find some kind of boxed thing to do a puzzle on. No new ideas were popping up on the XWord Info list, so ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
BOXED / ROSES, represented as R O S E in a 2x2 set of squares. That felt thin by itself, so I'm glad Bruce tossed in a ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times2/13/18 ( No. 24,934 )
Across
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Unwanted email : SPAM
5
Series of courses? : MEALS
10
"Buenos días!" : HOLA
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Actress Polo : TERI
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Top Trappist, maybe : ABBOT
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14-time M.L.B. All-Star, to fans : AROD
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Beginning, datewise : ASOF
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"Yes, that's my opinion" : IBELIEVESO
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Like skim milk : NONFAT
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Takes to the station house : ARRESTS
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Wolf (down) : SNARF
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One-named singer with the 2016 #1 hit "Cheap Thrills" : SIA
27
The "O" of NATO: Abbr. : ORG
30
Physics Nobelist Bohr : NIELS
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Big rift : CHASM
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Intrinsically : PERSE
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Lived like a single guy : BATCHEDIT
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The "E" of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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With 44-Across, Valentine's Day gift ... or a hint to the shaded squares : BOXED
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Regarding : ASTO
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The Eternal City : ROME
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See 41-Across : ROSES
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Knocks : RAPS
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Old school : ALMAMATER
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North Africa's ___ Mountains : ATLAS
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On the down-low : SLYLY
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Looks to be : SEEMS
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When to expect someone, for short : ETA
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Airer of "The Bachelor" and "The Catch" : ABC
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Stonehenge priest : DRUID
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Dakota tribe that attacked "The Revenant" trappers : ARIKARA
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Enthusiastic : RARING
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Get fouled up, idiomatically : GOSIDEWAYS
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Manual reader : USER
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Father of Phobos : ARES
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Snicker sound : TEHEE
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"Encore!" : MORE
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Some hard drinks : RYES
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Does some post-shooting film work : EDITS
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Reason for a school closing : SNOW
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Baseball's Musial : STAN
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100 centavos : PESO
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Elvis's middle name : ARON
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Irks : MIFFS
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Tiki bar drink : MAITAI
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Flow out : EBB
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Fiver : ABE
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The "her" in the lyric "I met her in a club down in old Soho" : LOLA
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Excites : STIRS
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Try some Valentine's Day candy? : HAVEAHEART
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Shipments to smelteries : ORES
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Heading on a poster with a picture of a dog : LOST
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Hubbubs : ADOS
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Philosopher Fromm : ERICH
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Fashion's Klein : ANNE
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PC start-overs : REBOOTS
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Big source of omega-3 fatty acids : FLAXSEED
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Schedule at the Met : OPERAS
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Keep going in Yahtzee : REROLL
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One of 22 for U2 : GRAMMY
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Pilot : STEERER
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Commercial success? : ADSALE
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Poker advice for Sajak? : SITPAT
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Greek peak, briefly : MTOSSA
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Try some Valentine's Day candy, sneakily? : STEALAKISS
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Investments with fixed rates, for short : CDS
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Item under a blouse : BRA
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"Oops, sorry!" : MYBAD
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Locale of both the 2018 and 2020 Olympics : ASIA
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Bags for guys : MURSES
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Home of King Minos : CRETE
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Bongos, e.g. : DRUMS
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Lab medium : AGAR
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Actor Calhoun : RORY
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"Hmm ..." : ISEE
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Bedazzled : AWED
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Has the stage : ISON
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Famed "fiddler" : NERO
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Sprouted : GREW
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Sushi fish : AHI
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"Nevertheless ..." : YET

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