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New York Times, Wednesday, February 14, 2018

"We need a government, ___, because of the nature of humans": P. J. O'Rourke

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 17, Columns: 17 Words: 69, Blocks: 87 Missing: {FQXZ} Grid is asymmetric. This is puzzle # 21 for Ms. Guizzo.
Mary Lou Guizzo notes:
This puzzle was originally submitted in December 2016 as a 17x diagramless submission. Will surprised me writing: "Oddly enough, I think this would work ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
ML got in touch with me last year, asking if I'd help redo this grid, but the concept didn't resonate. Maybe I just don't appreciate VDay? Or the ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Non-rectangular grids are rare. Past examples include squares that pop out of the top (another top) or the bottom, a DNA molecule, cut corners, and a delicious chocolate chip cookie.

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© 2018, The New York Times2/14/18 ( No. 24,935 )
Across
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Trio in "Macbeth" : HAGS
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Baldwin of "To Rome With Love" : ALEC
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Loving, maybe : GERUND
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435 members, for the House : PLENUM
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Marina facility : BOATYARD
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Sometime babysitters : GRANDPAS
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Actress Petty of "Tank Girl" : LORI
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Goes after : PURSUES
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Beginner: Var. : TIRO
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Anxious : ANTSY
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Suitable for sinking one's teeth into : MEATY
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Gymnastics legend Comaneci : NADIA
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Furniture mover? : CASTER
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"There's many a man hath more hair than ___": Shak. : WIT
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Thomas who lent his name to a "choice" : HOBSON
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Part of Washington, D.C., known for lobbying firms : KSTREET
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Home for Peter Pan : NEVERLAND
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"Grand Ole" thing : OPRY
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Act as : PORTRAY
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Messes up : ERRS
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Swiss canton where William Tell lived : URI
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Vodka with a Russian name : POPOV
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Citi Field team, on scoreboards : NYM
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Aussie animal : ROO
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Game of "love" : TENNIS
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Some univ. instructors : TAS
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How the answer to this clue goes in the grid : ACROSS
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Expressionist Schiele : EGON
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Purple shade : LILAC
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Vise parts : JAWS
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Barack Obama and Jimmy Carter, at the starts of their political careers : STATESENATORS
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"Fate would prove otherwise" : ITWASNTTOBE
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Hungers : APPETITES
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Stories to be continued : SERIALS
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Dark, dirty shade : DINGE
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Fair-hiring inits. : EEO
Down
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Deepest feelings : HEARTSTRINGS
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Brilliant craftsmanship : ARTISTRY
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Bloke : GUY
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Pic : SNAP
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"We need a government, ___, because of the nature of humans": P. J. O'Rourke : ALAS
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Actor Cariou : LEN
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Living room accent piece : ENDTABLE
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They lead to love at first sight : CUPIDSARROWS
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Binge : GOONASPREE
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Beat it! : DRUM
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Game : PREY
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Actress who played Mrs. Cunningham on "Happy Days" : MARIONROSS
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Power failure : BLACKOUT
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Attracted : DREW
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Bad place for a bowling ball or the mind : GUTTER
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Bastards : SOANDSOS
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February honoree : SAINTVALENTINE
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Start of a rodeo cry : YEE
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Fish-fowl link : NOR
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Auto takebacks : REPOS
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2003 #1 hit for OutKast : HEYYA
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Best : TOP
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Furniture mover, maybe : VAN
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Game's turning point? : ROTISSERIE
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One getting smashed at a party? : PINATA
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Unfulfilling work assignments : MCJOBS
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Self-denial? : NOTI
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World capital founded by a conquistador : SANTIAGO
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Steak order : RARE
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Bounded : LEAPED
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Range rovers : CATTLE
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County divisions: Abbr. : TWPS
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Parts of the body that may be wiggled : TOES

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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