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New York Times, Saturday, March 14, 2020

State capital whose name is pronounced as one syllable (not two, as many think)

Author:
Peter Wentz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Wentz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Wentz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times3/14/20 ( No. 25,694 )

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Across
1
Openness : CANDOR
7
Launch : BOOTUP
13
State capital whose name is pronounced as one syllable (not two, as many think) : PIERRE
14
Pamper : CATERTO
15
What a good tip can lead to : ARREST
16
Unnamed women : JANEDOES
17
Activity for kids out for kicks? : JVSOCCER
19
Dental hygienist's order : RINSE
20
___ justice : DOES
21
Tastes, say : HASASIP
23
Chain named phonetically after its founders : ARBYS
25
Refuse to go there! : DUMP
26
Green org. : USGA
30
So-called "good cholesterol" : HDL
31
"Ah, all right" : OHISEE
33
Participant in a 1990s civil war : SERB
34
Thai neighbor : LAO
35
Final part of a track race : BELLLAP
37
It comes three after pi : TAU
38
Member of an old Western empire : INCA
40
Popular photo-sharing site : FLICKR
41
Waiting room features : TVS
42
Calls on : ASKS
43
Tea company owned by Unilever : TAZO
44
George W. Bush or George H. W. Bush : YALIE
46
Handout at check-in : KEYCARD
49
Rewards for good behavior, maybe : PETS
50
Lumberjack : AXMAN
53
Guy who's easily dismissed : MRNOBODY
55
It's office-bound : STENOPAD
57
"Amscray!" : BUGOFF
59
"Sounds 'bout right" : IRECKON
60
N.L. Central player : BREWER
61
Bouncer's confiscation : FAKEID
62
Costing a great deal, informally : SPENDY
Down
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Reconciler, for short : CPA
2
Prized footwear introduced in 1984 : AIRJORDANS
3
Chronic pain remedy : NERVEBLOCK
4
Formal : DRESSY
5
Around there : ORSO
6
Heave : RETCH
7
Force onto the black market, say : BAN
8
"S.N.L." castmate of Shannon and Gasteyer : OTERI
9
Complex figure? : OEDIPUS
10
Classic film with a game theme : TRON
11
Neighbors of the Navajo : UTES
12
Present : POSE
14
Carnival bagful : CARAMELCORN
16
Informal name for a reptile that can seemingly run on water : JESUSLIZARD
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1990 Robin Williams title role : CADILLACMAN
20
Mexico's national flower : DAHLIA
22
Make a delivery : SPEAK
24
Blubber : SOB
27
"Quit horsing around!" : SETTLEDOWN
28
Not needing a pump : GRAVITYFED
29
Causes for censuring, maybe : ABUSES
32
Glad competitor : HEFTY
36
Wrench with power : PRY
39
With disapproval or distrust : ASKANCE
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Roughly 251,655 miles, for Earth's moon : APOGEE
47
Ramen topping : ENOKI
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"Independents Day" author Lou : DOBBS
50
"That's rich!" : ASIF
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Bonus, in ad lingo : XTRA
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Compliant : MEEK
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Pat on the back : BURP
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Peeved : POD
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Get burned : FRY

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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