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New York Times, Monday, March 16, 2020

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gary Cee

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
"Disguised synonyms" themes work best when the synonyms are . . . well, well-disguised. That's why they pay me the big bucks, people. ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0316 ( 25,696 )
Across
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What cats clean themselves with : PAWS
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Had on : WORE
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Feeling of anxiety : AGITA
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___ vera gel : ALOE
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Highest point : APEX
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"Congrats!" : KUDOS
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Junk pile : SCRAPHEAP
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Firm hand? : CLERK
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Bones of the foot : TARSI
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University sports org. : NCAA
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Destiny : FATE
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Darth Vader's name as a boy : ANI
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Triple Crown winner of 1977 : SEATTLESLEW
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Drummer Ringo : STARR
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"Have a ___" (request in a waiting room) : SEAT
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Winnie-the-___ : POOH
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Little rascal : IMP
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Singer ___ Davis Jr. : SAMMY
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"I'm deeply indebted" ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 25-, 51- and 64-Across : ITMEANSALOTTOME
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British W.W. II weapons : STENS
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"Uh-huh!" : YEP
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Coup d'___ : ETAT
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"If I may interject ..." : AHEM
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Undercoat used in sculpture : GESSO
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Power source for an electric vehicle : BATTERYPACK
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Dark loaf : RYE
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Very light brown : ECRU
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"Heads will ___!" : ROLL
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Folklore monsters : OGRES
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Reminders of past fights : SCARS
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Easter event in Vatican City : PAPALMASS
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Courtroom proceeding : TRIAL
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And others, in a list : ETAL
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Pimples : ACNE
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Actress Field with Oscars : SALLY
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Word after club, cream or caustic : SODA
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Illuminating gas : NEON
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Macaroni or rigatoni : PASTA
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___ Highway (nearly 1,400-mile route that runs through Whitehorse, Yukon Territory) : ALCAN
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Disquieting : WORRISOME
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Caribbean and Caspian : SEAS
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When repeated, a trombone sound : WAH
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A warm welcome : OPENARMS
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Blink or flinch, say : REACT
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Americans living abroad, informally : EXPATS
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Org. with a canine registry : AKC
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Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida : GULFSTATES
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Perfect : IDEAL
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Rich German cake : TORTE
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Out of alignment : ASKEW
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Leaning Tower city : PISA
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Pub pintful : ALE
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Ireland, in poetry : ERIN
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Toward sunrise : EAST
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Bernard Malamud novel about a baseball phenom : THENATURAL
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Detectives, informally : PIS
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Mel who played at the Polo Grounds : OTT
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"You'll ___ for this!" : PAY
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The Indianapolis 500, for one : MOTORRACE
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Sport also known as cage fighting, in brief : MMA
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Nonetheless : YET
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Tennis legend Arthur : ASHE
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Notepaper that's usually yellow : LEGALPAD
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Intl. group of oil producers : OPEC
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Mess up : ERR
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Nearsighted people : MYOPES
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Scandinavian drinking cry : SKOL
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One-ups : BESTS
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Capital of Ghana : ACCRA
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Appalachian ___ : TRAIL
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Philosopher who tutored Aristotle : PLATO
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Kind of question you have a 50% chance of guessing correctly : YESNO
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German industrial city : ESSEN
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F.B.I. agent, in old slang : GMAN
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___ as a fox : SLY
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In the style of, in cookery : ALA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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