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New York Times, Tuesday, February 4, 2020

What the ends of 17-, 23-, 36-, 47- and 57-Across make

Author:
Queena Mewers and Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Eaton-Salners

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Mewers. This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
We submitted this puzzle in December 2018, and it was accepted in April 2019. It's our second collaboration in the NYT. Our working ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Wonderful early-week theme. You'd think that a musician with a 25-year history of playing in orchestras, jazz bands, symphonies, ... read more
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Across
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Smidgens : IOTAS
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Friend, to François : AMI
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Sniper's aid : SCOPE
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Olympics symbol : TORCH
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Symbol for an audio device : EAR
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Big name in pest control : ORKIN
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Crams (in) : SHOEHORNS
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Center of U.S. lobstering : MAINE
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Luxury purse monogram : YSL
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Long March leader in China : MAO
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Abandons a commitment, in slang : BAILS
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Some romantic entanglements : LOVETRIANGLES
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___ of one's existence : BANE
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Letters after Chuck Schumer's name : DNY
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Texter's "One more thing ..." : BTW
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Philosopher with a "razor" : OCCAM
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ET from the planet Melmac : ALF
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Bank with M.L.B. naming rights, for short : CITI
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Things clinked on New Year's Eve : CHAMPAGNEFLUTES
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Fey of "30 Rock" : TINA
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Drop from the roster : CUT
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Alternatives to taxis : UBERS
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Prefix with freak or friendly : ECO
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Undergarment with hooks : BRA
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Harley, e.g., informally : BIKE
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Interviewing aids : TAPERECORDERS
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St. Kitts's island partner : NEVIS
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Jerry's partner in ice cream : BEN
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Org. with code-named programs : CIA
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Confine, as on a farm : PENIN
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Subjects of health class diagrams : SEXORGANS
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Minotaur's island : CRETE
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Trident-shaped letter : PSI
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Man's name whose last letter often has an accent : ANDRE
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Funeral fires : PYRES
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"Even so ..." : YET
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What the ends of 17-, 23-, 36-, 47- and 57-Across make : MUSIC
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Teeny-weeny : ITSY
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Cries of awe : OOHS
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Online troublemaker : TROLL
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Nail, as a test : ACE
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"Zip it!" : SHH
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Make fizzy, in a way : AERATE
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Home that may have a butler : MANOR
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Returns org. : IRS
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A bunch : SOMANY
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Daniel ___, player of 007 : CRAIG
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"Sure, try me" : OKILLBITE
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Bowling alley worker, once : PINSETTER
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L.A.-to-Chicago dir. : ENE
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Gathering clouds, to some : OMEN
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Canada's oldest national park : BANFF
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Michelle who wrote "Becoming" : OBAMA
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Improvise, in jazz : VAMP
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Lay off, as workers : IDLE
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Roger Federer's nationality : SWISS
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Largish jazz combo : OCTET
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Deceitful doings : CHICANERY
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Item made unnecessary by a pull tab : CANOPENER
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Bug in "A Bug's Life" : ANT
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Expert solver of a Rubik's toy : CUBER
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Zoning divisions, maybe : ACRES
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Green dip, informally : GUAC
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Princess Leia's twin brother : LUKE
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Picklers' solutions : BRINES
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Campaign promise of Boris Johnson : BREXIT
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Fig. on a driver's license or passport : IDNO
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Paperless party announcement : EVITE
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More than fat : OBESE
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A bunch : SCADS
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Letters on a crucifix : INRI
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"Just hold on ___!" : ASEC
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Angel dust letters : PCP
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007, for one : SPY
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Animal in a flock : RAM
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Animal in a herd : GNU

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

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