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New York Times, Monday, February 19, 2018

Queen of ___ (visitor of King Solomon, in the Bible)

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Haight.
Bruce Haight notes:
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© 2018, The New York Times2/19/18 ( No. 24,940 )
Across
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Skirt bottoms : HEMS
5
Ticklish Muppet : ELMO
9
Gets thin on top : BALDS
14
With: Fr. : AVEC
15
Banquet : MEAL
16
Lewis and ___ Expedition : CLARK
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GARFIELD + U = Beach V.I.P. : LIFEGUARD
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"___ at the Bat" : CASEY
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City NW of Detroit : FLINT
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"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi," e.g. : PLEA
23
Home for Nixon and Reagan: Abbr. : CAL
24
"It's a date!" : WEREON
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MADISON + A = "Me, too!" : ANDSOAMI
29
Shakespearean cries : AYS
30
Bounding main : SEA
32
Pathetic group : SADLOT
33
Mysterious sighting in the Himalayas : YETI
35
Some rulings on PolitiFact : LIES
38
Mortgage, e.g. : LOAN
39
FILLMORE + V = Movie buff : FILMLOVER
42
Like racehorses' feet : SHOD
44
Who asks "What can I help you with?" on an iPhone : SIRI
45
Author Silverstein : SHEL
49
Soccer blocker : GOALIE
51
President pro ___ : TEM
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Lab eggs : OVA
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HARDING + P = Squeezable exercise tool : HANDGRIP
57
Actor Snipes of "White Men Can't Jump" : WESLEY
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Approves : OKS
60
Famous ___ cookies : AMOS
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River of Cologne : RHINE
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Uncle Sam's land, for short : USOFA
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COOLIDGE + P = Narc's four-footed helper : POLICEDOG
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Humdingers : LULUS
69
Panache : ELAN
70
Pistol sound : BANG
71
Hybrid picnic utensil : SPORK
72
Philosophies : ISMS
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First half of a Senate vote : AYES
Down
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Two-year mark, in a presidential term : HALFWAY
2
Wicked look : EVILEYE
3
Egoistic demand : MEFIRST
4
National Mall, for a presidential inauguration : SCENE
5
Six-foot bird : EMU
6
___ years (when presidents are elected) : LEAP
7
Maples formerly married to Donald Trump : MARLA
8
Like the days of yore : OLDEN
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Send covertly, as an email : BCC
10
Leader in a state roll call: Abbr. : ALA
11
Milan opera house : LASCALA
12
"You wish!" : DREAMON
13
Like atria : SKYLIT
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Onetime Pontiac muscle cars : GTOS
22
What a majority of campaign spending goes toward : ADS
25
Dickens's Little ___ : NELL
27
Store sign on Presidents' Day : SALE
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Aromas : ODORS
31
Gets ready to shoot : AIMS
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"Too rich for my blood" : IFOLD
36
QB Manning : ELI
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Separate, as whites from colors : SORT
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"Got it!," beatnik-style : IDIG
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ABC show on weekday mornings, with "The" : VIEW
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Absorbs : SOAKSUP
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"Star Wars" pilot : HANSOLO
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There's one to honor presidents every February : HOLIDAY
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The slightest amount : EVENONE
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What hens do : LAYEGGS
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Grave robbers : GHOULS
50
Word after many presidents' names : ERA
52
Bygone Ford make, briefly : MERC
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Celebrated Chinese-born architect : IMPEI
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Diving venues : POOLS
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Queen of ___ (visitor of King Solomon, in the Bible) : SHEBA
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Poetry competition : SLAM
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Mink or sable : FUR
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Query : ASK
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Political connections : INS

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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