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New York Times, Friday, March 1, 2019

Second-longest U.S. #1 hit ever, after "American Pie" (7 minutes, 11 seconds)

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 60 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2019, The New York Times3/1/19 ( No. 25,315 )
Across
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Point of no return? : FINALSALE
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TV sports highlights : CLIPS
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Sole mate? : ODOREATER
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Football Hall-of-Famer Long : HOWIE
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The world's most powerful person, per a 2018 Forbes list : XIJINPING
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Crane pose, e.g., in yoga : ASANA
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Like many dorms : COED
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Hackneyed : OLD
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Western outfits : POSSES
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Tony winner Hagen : UTA
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Twin sister of Apollo : ARTEMIS
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___ polloi : HOI
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I.Q. test pioneer : BINET
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Year of the ___ (2008 or 2020) : RAT
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One heeding a "Do not disturb" sign : MAID
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A political debate might be on this : CSPAN
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Does nothing : SITSIDLE
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Cousin of a crocus : IRIS
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R-rated, maybe : LEWD
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Bloom with showy clusters : HYACINTH
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Most cookies, essentially : DISCS
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Parts of some bonds : IONS
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Mud : JOE
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Hackneyed : STALE
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When doubled, "For shame!" : TUT
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Material for the Book of the Dead : PAPYRUS
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One of the Reagans : RON
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Illegal sweeteners : BRIBES
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Voice actor H. ___ Benjamin : JON
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Buckled : GAVE
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It's boring : AUGER
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Temp's counterpart : FULLTIMER
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Fingerprints, maybe : CLUES
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Disregarding what's written : ADLIBBING
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"The Family Circus" cartoonist : KEANE
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Sleeps well : RESTSEASY
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Kit : FOXCUB
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Harebrained : IDIOTIC
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Business casual restriction, typically : NOJEANS
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Lacking in excitement : ARID
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Mystery writer Deighton : LEN
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Flavor : SAPOR
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Not true : ATILT
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People of interest? : LENDERS
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Small bit of work : ERG
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Word from the Greek for "abyss" : CHAOS
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Datum for the second column : LOSS
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"Fooled me!" : IWASHAD
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Natural disinfectant : PINEOIL
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Boardwalk's locale : SEASIDE
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Like the moon's landscape and many olives : PITTED
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___ 2600 (early video game device) : ATARI
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Post-vacation accumulation : MAIL
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"The Last Samurai" and others : EPICS
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Heart : MIDST
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Extras in "The Last Samurai" : NINJAS
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Pastrami go-with : SWISS
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"Enough!" : STOP
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Retaliate : HITBACK
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Exuberant compliment : YOURULE
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Island in the West Indies : ANTIGUA
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Second-longest U.S. #1 hit ever, after "American Pie" (7 minutes, 11 seconds) : HEYJUDE
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Foreign term of endearment : CARAMIA
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Pigs : SLOVENS
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Zip : ENERGY
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In itself : PERSE
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British luxury car, informally : ROLLS
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Like many a home while one is away for the evening : UNLIT
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"How you ___?" : BEEN
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Razz : GIBE
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Word before right or sight : FAR
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"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" network : TBS

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