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New York Times, Wednesday, February 27, 2019

___ Whitehead, author of the 2017 Pulitzer-winning novel "The Underground Railroad"

Author:
Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Nediger.
Will Nediger notes:
I'm always happy when I can include a trendy contemporary author in a puzzle, so I was happy that Will kept my Colson Whitehead clue — ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat theme — FOREWORD is just before AMBLE in the grid. You might even say PRE-AMBLE. And a PREAMBLE is a FOREWORD! AUGURY comes right ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead is a strange and wonderful book.

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© 2019, The New York Times2/27/19 ( No. 25,313 )
Across
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Do some digging : PROBE
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"Good joke!" : HAHA
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Phishing scheme, e.g. : SCAM
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City whose cathedral is the subject of a series of Monet paintings : ROUEN
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"Good gravy!" : EGAD
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Target of the U.S.-backed Radio Martí : CUBA
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Exuded : OOZED
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Was afraid of losing : RANSCARED
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Pre-22-Across : FOREWORD
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Go for a stroll : AMBLE
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Indian bread : NAAN
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One who gets booked, informally : PERP
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Pre-29-Across : AUGURY
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Subject in acting school : DICTION
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Features of leopards : SPOTS
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Noted family of German composers : BACHS
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Ceiling : CAP
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Some Craigslist listings: Abbr. : APTS
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Red Scare epithet : PINKO
38
Animal also called a Nittany lion : PUMA
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'70s rock? : PET
40
Some Spanish murals : SERTS
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Bud of baseball : SELIG
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Pre-44-Across : DICTATE
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Job in a monastery : SCRIBE
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Inauguration recitation : OATH
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Enjoy a nice long bath : SOAK
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Pre-50-Across : EARLY
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How emotionally developed people handle things : MATURELY
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One cabinet in a kitchen, typically : GLASSWARE
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Douglas ___, author of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" : ADAMS
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___ boots : GOGO
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Pod creature : ORCA
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Regal maker : BUICK
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Flabbergast : STUN
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"All right already!" : OKOK
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Skunk's defense : SPRAY
Down
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Positive : PRO
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Thatcher's creation : ROOF
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Anise-flavored liqueur : OUZO
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Bar snack : BEERNUTS
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Causes (oneself) to be cherished : ENDEARS
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Long-beaked bird : HERON
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Soup thickener : AGAR
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Doesn't just choose randomly : HANDPICKS
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Autoplaying annoyances, sometimes : ADS
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Dish that can give you garlic breath : SCAMPI
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Park place? : CURB
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Ferrara who directed "King of New York" : ABEL
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Wasn't late for : MADE
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Supermarket aids : CARTS
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Extremely, informally : WAY
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Auto-reply? : ECHO
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"Stat!" : ASAP
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Increased : UPPED
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The Teflon Don : GOTTI
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Virgil's fellow traveler : DANTE
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Eyelike openings : OCULI
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Desert in southern Africa : NAMIB
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Prominent Gorbachev feature : BIRTHMARK
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Part of a website : PAGE
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Scotch flavorer : PEAT
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Suddenly got excited : PERKEDUP
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Hotel sojourns : STAYS
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Pharaonic symbols : SCARABS
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___ Whitehead, author of the 2017 Pulitzer-winning novel "The Underground Railroad" : COLSON
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Tiny amount : SOU
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Brunch partner of 47-Down : STEAK
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Brunch partner of 46-Down : EGGS
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Very often : ALOT
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Italian word with a grave accent that becomes a brand name with an acute accent : RAGU
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With the bow, in music : ARCO
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Where a supervillain schemes : LAIR
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Gay anthem of 1978 : YMCA
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Romantically pursue : WOO
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Where a telescope points : SKY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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