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New York Times, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

About to bloom ... or a hint to 20-, 33-, 41- and 52-Across

Author:
Mel Rosen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mel Rosen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Rosen.
Mel Rosen notes:
Some puzzles can truly be characterized as "inspired." This one, however, came from my "I really ought to compose a puzzle" muse. That ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I like a puzzle that reminds me spring is around the corner (fingers crossed). A real treat to see crocuses starting to emerge as I go ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

The ACPT ended this past weekend. Mr. Rosen famously co-wrote this homage to a former champion.

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© 2014, The New York Times3/11/14 ( No. 23,499 )
Across
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Like yesterday's news : STALE
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"Must be done NOW!" : ASAP
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Reduce to a pulp : MASH
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Lugs : TOTES
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Latvia's capital : RIGA
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It may be just a hunch : IDEA
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Underway : AFOOT
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Blend : STIR
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Boxers Muhammad and Laila : ALIS
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Idles : BUMSAROUND
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Fey of "30 Rock" : TINA
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Souvenir of Maui, maybe : TAN
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How money may be won or lost : ONABET
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Like windows : GLAZED
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Window segment : PANE
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Monday, in Madrid : LUNES
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Allied supply route to China during W.W. II : BURMAROAD
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Olympic skating champ Kulik : ILIA
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Physics Nobelist of 1903 and Chemistry Nobelist of 1911 : CURIE
40
Toasted waffle : EGGO
41
Having a rounded end, as pliers : BULLNOSED
43
Tête topper : BERET
44
Big name in audio speakers : BOSE
45
Fracases : MELEES
46
Minor improvement in the Dow : UPTICK
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Shout of inspiration : AHA
51
Thomas who wrote "Death in Venice" : MANN
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Sycamore tree : BUTTONWOOD
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"No ___" (reassuring words) : PROB
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Spanish eight : OCHO
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Tolkien's ring bearer : BILBO
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Caesar's rebuke to Brutus : ETTU
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Lena of "Chocolat" : OLIN
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Supply, as a new ingredient : ADDIN
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Like Easter eggs : DYED
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"Citizen" of film : KANE
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They return north in the spring : GEESE
Down
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Blind guess : STAB
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Protein source for vegetarians : TOFU
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Tiny bit : ATOM
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Some summer babies : LEOS
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Topics for probate courts : ESTATES
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Flaming felony : ARSON
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In ___ (undisturbed) : SITU
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Opposed to, to Li'l Abner : AGIN
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"Scusi" : PARDONME
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Autodom's MX-5 : MIATA
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Wing it : ADLIB
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What the Left Bank is a bank of : SEINE
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Attacks with vigor : HASAT
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"Far out, man!" : RAD
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Three R's org. : NEA
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Smooth-talking : GLIB
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She's back in town, in a Fats Waller song : LULU
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Blue dye source : ANIL
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Fervor : ZEAL
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Baby food, typically : PUREE
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Like much of the Southwest : ARID
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Smooch : BUSS
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Recite quickly, with "off" : REEL
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Brute : OGRE
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James who wrote "Let Us Now Praise Famous Men" : AGEE
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"i" and "j" tops : DOTS
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Volume that requires lots of preparations to compile? : COOKBOOK
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"Parks and Recreation" network : NBC
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Casual type of chair : BEANBAG
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Unit of electrical conductance : MHO
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Made calls, in baseball : UMPED
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New Year's Eve staple : PARTY
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Federal security, for short : TNOTE
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About to bloom ... or a hint to 20-, 33-, 41- and 52-Across : INBUD
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Observe Yom Kippur : ATONE
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Pac-12 basketball powerhouse : UCLA
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Slender : THIN
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Broad : WIDE
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Ye ___ Shoppe : OLDE
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Kimono securers : OBIS
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Puzzle solver's happy shout : DONE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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