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New York Times, Saturday, February 24, 2018

It goes clockwise or counterclockwise depending on the hemisphere

Author:
John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Guzzetta

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Guzzetta. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
John Guzzetta notes:
When I submitted this puzzle in 2016, MACRON was not the President of France. I'm glad to see that improvement in the clues, as well ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Beautiful middle stairstack! Delightful to get a mini-theme in BINGE WATCHING and SLIPPERY SLOPE. It's even better when they're ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times2/24/18 ( No. 24,945 )

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Across
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Blogs, social media and other nontraditional outlets : FIFTHESTATE
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Enlightened responses : AHS
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Option when changing jobs : IRAROLLOVER
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___ Irvin, early cartoonist/designer for The New Yorker : REA
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Dirt spreader : RUMORMONGER
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Roam (about) : GAD
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Winter Olympics sights : SLEDS
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Italian sculptor ___ Lorenzo Bernini : GIAN
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Section of a Crayola box : REDS
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___ talk : TED
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Campaign supporters : PACS
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___ Park : MENLO
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Words of explanation : ASIN
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Pennsylvania city where the Delaware and Lehigh Rivers meet : EASTON
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Exhibiting a modern form of obsession : BINGEWATCHING
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Quick way to end a sentence? : PAROLEHEARING
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"Where does it all end?" argument : SLIPPERYSLOPE
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Socket for setting a gem : COLLET
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Food preservers : TINS
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"Any ___?" : IDEAS
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Dolphinfish, informally : MAHI
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Flavor additive, in brief : MSG
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It goes clockwise or counterclockwise depending on the hemisphere : EDDY
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Legend says it arose on Palatine Hill : ROME
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Search for prey : PROWL
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___-con : NEO
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Offshore waves? : PIRATERADIO
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Grade of wine : CRU
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Projecting beams on a bridge : CANTILEVERS
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Cornerstone abbr. : EST
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Reading and writing, for most jobs : BASICSKILLS
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Guinness Book adjective : FIRST
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"Go, me!" : IRULE
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Of renown : FAMED
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Stepped : TROD
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Start of a start of a menu? : HORS
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The Liberty Tree, for one : ELM
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Ad agency specialist : SLOGANEER
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Picker-upper : TONIC
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Fuel for planes : AVGAS
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Follower of four or six, but not five : TEEN
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Mess up : ERR
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Containing silver : ARGENTINE
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Without deliberation : HEADLONG
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Breakup tune : SADSONG
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Forwards : RESHIPS
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Little squealer : PIGLET
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Hollande's successor as president of France : MACRON
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Factor in Billboard rankings : AIRPLAY
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Buster of myths : SNOPES
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Latin list ender : ETALII
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Extricated from a jam : BAILEDOUT
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Reason : WHY
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Concept of beauty : AESTHETIC
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Slow and steady types : PLODDERS
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Prestigious academic journal : SCIENCE
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When cock-a-doodle-doos are done : MORNS
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Italian known for pulling strings? : AMATI
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Paradigm : MODEL
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Ice cream choice : SWIRL
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Part of a makeup kit : GLOSS
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Org. fighting copyright infringement : RIAA
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Like very early education, for short : PREK
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___ Shankar, influence on George Harrison : RAVI
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Chemical contaminant, for short : PCB
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High ways? : ELS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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