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New York Times, Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Author:
Ricky Cruz
Editor:
Will Shortz
Nation whose flag is a white cross on a red background
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Ricky Cruz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Cruz. Wednesday freshness: 11%
Ricky Cruz notes:
Firstly, I'd like to apologize to the Spanish-speaking folks out there for using TAMALE as the singular for "tamales." As I'm sure my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Adding-letters themes live and die by the humor they generate. PLAYFUL DEAD, now that's both living and dying! Such a funny phrase, ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times3/18/20 ( No. 25,698 )
Across
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Annual tennis or golf championship : USOPEN
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"Sign me up!" : IMIN
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___ dispenser : PEZ
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Team spirit : MORALE
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Detective Wolfe : NERO
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Friend for Philippe : AMI
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Zombies with a sense of humor? : PLAYFULDEAD
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Pinch : NIP
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What to do after saying grace : EAT
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Spree : TOOT
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Removes, as from a club : OUSTS
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Had high hopes : DREAMED
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Gay rights or climate change : CAUSE
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Grizzlies that don't fall for traps? : CAREFULBEARS
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Writer who went through hell? : DANTE
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Rat-___ : ATAT
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Cheer from the stands : RAH
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Greek god who fought with the mortal Hercules : ARES
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Many a time : OFTEN
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Prefix with space : AERO
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Small set : FEW
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Surrealist Maar : DORA
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Called off : ENDED
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Exam in an interior design class? : TASTEFULTEST
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Singer Luis with the 13x platinum hit "Despacito" : FONSI
50
Write the book on, so to speak : EXCELAT
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Automaton of folklore : GOLEM
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Like some spicy food : THAI
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"Snakes ___ Plane" (2006 film) : ONA
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Abbr. before an alias : AKA
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Terrible attempts at peeling corn? : AWFULSHUCKS
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Org. that collects 1099s : IRS
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Wonder Woman, for Gal Gadot : ROLE
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Mexican dish prepared in a cornhusk : TAMALE
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"Hmm, I don't think so" : NAH
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Shift and Tab, for two : KEYS
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Less fresh : STALER
Down
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Called balls and strikes : UMPED
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Word before system or panel : SOLAR
3
Deliver a stemwinder : ORATE
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Be punished (for) : PAY
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Figure in Santa's workshop : ELF
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Neither feminine nor masculine : NEUTER
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Lead-in to China : INDO
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Introductory scene in some rom-coms : MEETCUTE
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Subj. of the federal tax form 5498 : IRA
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"For sure" : NODOUBT
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Like some salmon that's not baked or broiled : PANSEARED
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Give off : EMIT
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10001, 10002, etc., informally : ZIPS
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Ore source : LODE
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Exercise : USE
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Fifth book of the New Testament : ACTS
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Daisy ___ (character who loved Li'l Abner) : MAE
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Astronaut Shepard, first American in space : ALAN
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Like almost 0% of tarantula bites : FATAL
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Like blue moons : RARE
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Having footwear : SHOD
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Harebrained : DAFT
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___ 51 : AREA
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"Hey, let me be the first to tell you ..." : NEWSFLASH
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Reactions to gut punches : OOFS
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Orchard pest : FRUITFLY
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Up the ___ : ANTE
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Nation whose flag is a white cross on a red background : DENMARK
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Neighbor of F1 and a tilde : ESC
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Outer edge of a golf club : TOE
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Shade akin to turquoise : TEAL
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Is : EXISTS
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One giving directions to a tourist, say : LOCAL
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Where a pant leg and a sock meet : ANKLE
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It'll give you a shock : TASER
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Benefit : GAIN
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Vegetable that's frequently fried : OKRA
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Colors : HUES
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Great distress : WOE
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Lid, so to speak : HAT
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Thurman of "Pulp Fiction" : UMA

Answer summary:
6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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