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New York Times, Tuesday, February 25, 2020

With 70-Across, what the first word of each long Across answer is vis-à-vis the bracketed place in its clue

Author:
Peter Gordon
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 118 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter Gordon notes:

My suggested title for when it's collected in a book: Eureka Moment.

Jeff Chen notes:
Peter's suggested titles crack me up. Not because they're funny, but because they make me laugh at my own idiocy. I read "Eureka moment" and ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times2/25/20 ( No. 25,676 )
Across
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Polio vaccine developer Salk : JONAS
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The "S" of S.U.V. : SPORT
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Glasgow gal : LASS
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Get in touch with : REACH
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Mistake : ERROR
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From the start : ANEW
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Connected set of rooms in a hotel : SUITE
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Frank ___, Al Capone henchman : NITTI
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"Veni, ___, vici" : VIDI
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International competition for countries that boycotted the 1984 Summer Olympics [Texas] : FRIENDSHIPGAMES
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"Quite true" : ITISSO
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Edmonton's hockey team : OILERS
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Theme of "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Do the Right Thing" : RACISM
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Jazzy Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Sphere : ORB
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45 1/2-carat gem at the National Museum of Natural History [Rhode Island] : HOPEDIAMOND
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Time in Boston when it's midnight in Austin : ONEAM
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Impose, as a tax : LEVY
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Shopping binge : SPREE
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QB's downfield throw [Wisconsin] : FORWARDPASS
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Michael of "S.N.L." : CHE
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___-Ball (carnival attraction) : SKEE
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Corsage flower : ORCHID
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Growth on a tree : LICHEN
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Place for tugboats : HARBOR
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Companies that have big market shares [Utah] : INDUSTRYLEADERS
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Drug cop : NARC
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Helped out : AIDED
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Preliminary races : HEATS
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Furry critter in "Return of the Jedi" : EWOK
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Vehicle with 18 tyres, maybe : LORRY
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Sleep problem : APNEA
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Pols with a donkey party logo : DEMS
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With 70-Across, what the first word of each long Across answer is vis-à-vis the bracketed place in its clue : STATE
70
See 69-Across : MOTTO
Down
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Upper-class members: Abbr. : JRS
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"Why do the French have only one egg for breakfast? Because one egg is an ___" (old joke) : OEUF
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Brand to use "if you dare wear short shorts" : NAIR
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When Hamlet gives his "To be, or not to be" soliloquy : ACTIII
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500 things in a ream : SHEETS
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Transmits : SENDS
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Strait-laced person : PRISS
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Big name in lawn care : ORTHO
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Indian flatbread : ROTI
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North African city in the lyrics to the "Marines' Hymn" : TRIPOLI
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Blobby light popular in the 1960s-'70s : LAVALAMP
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Japanese cartoon style : ANIME
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Meal with the Four Questions : SEDER
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___ Army knife : SWISS
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"Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of ___" (Robert C. O'Brien children's book) : NIMH
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Large lizards of the Southwest : GILAS
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Upper part of the mouth : ROOF
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Florence's river : ARNO
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Person who might say "10-4, good buddy" : CBER
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"Grand" brand of ice cream : EDYS
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Ye ___ Shoppe : OLDE
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Liveliness : PEP
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Longoria of "Desperate Housewives" : EVA
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Theater sect. near the stage : ORCH
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Fruity soda brand : NEHI
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Homeowner's document : DEED
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Phrase akin to "Darn it all!" : AWSHUCKS
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Manufactures : MAKES
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Cars for vacationers : RENTALS
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Japanese noodles : SOBA
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Hillary ___ Clinton : RODHAM
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Sleazeball : CREEPO
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Queued (up) : LINED
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Really impressed : INAWE
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PC spinner : CDROM
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Freshwater polyp : HYDRA
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Paying attention : ALERT
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Change from artificial blond back to brunet, say : REDYE
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Prison uprising : RIOT
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Rave's partner : RANT
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"Leave as is," to a proofreader : STET
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___ Paulo, Brazil : SAO

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