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New York Times, Thursday, March 18, 2021

"The little woman who wrote the book that started this great war," as Lincoln supposedly said

Author:
Tom McCoy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. McCoy.
Tom McCoy notes:
Ever since solving David Steinberg's excellent FROOT LOOPS puzzle, I've thought about using some sort of loop-based trick. This puzzle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I helped a constructor rebuild a MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING puzzle a while back, but today's is the version I wish we had thought of. What ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
A fascinating talk on words and crosswords by Tom McCoy: ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times3/18/21 ( No. 26,063 )
Across
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Lightly box : SPAR
5
Ukr. and Lith., once : SSRS
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Word used in place of "chapter" in "A Christmas Carol" : STAVE
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Soldier of Sauron : ORC
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Runaway : ROUT
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Like the function f(x) = x^3 : CUBIC
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___ sort : OFA
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Suppositions : IFS
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"Euphoria" channel : HBO
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"___ but a scratch" (Monty Python quote) : TIS
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Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic, etc. : ERAS
22
Inject (with) : IMBUE
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Alumni divs. : YRS
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Consume, with "of" : PARTAKE
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Triage team member : MEDIC
28
Awkward radio silence : DEADAIR
33
With 39- and 44-Across, dramatic work depicted in this puzzle's grid : MUCHADO
36
Part two of a three-step bottle instruction : RINSE
37
Shortening, for short : ABBR
39
See 33-Across : ABOUT
41
Grp. that sends you a card for your 50th birthday : AARP
42
Kind of wrench : ALLEN
44
See 33-Across : NOTHING
46
Beyond clean : STERILE
48
Certain still-life figures : EWERS
50
Brain-enhancing device used by Professor X : CEREBRO
53
___-weekly : ALT
55
Tear : SPREE
58
Suffix with cyclo- : TRON
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___ Love, Utah's first Black congressperson : MIA
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Steely Dan, e.g. : DUO
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Close relative, briefly : SIB
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___ and leaves : UPS
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Was brought back out for airing : RERAN
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Notoriously difficult chem class : ORGO
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Wheel track : RUT
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"The little woman who wrote the book that started this great war," as Lincoln supposedly said : STOWE
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Structure put together by a crane : NEST
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Car trip pastime : ISPY
Down
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Like Santa after entering a house, perhaps : SOOTY
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The spinners? : PRFIRM
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What the Avengers do : ASSEMBLE
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"His Master's Voice" co. : RCA
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Popular hot sauce : SRIRACHA
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Up to now : SOFAR
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Reddish-brown : RUNT
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Blvds. : STS
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Bagel topping : SCHMEAR
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Ice cream container : TUB
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Father of, in Arabic : ABU
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Feeling in the room : VIBE
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Prefix with tourist : ECO
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Derek Walcott's "Omeros," for one : EPIC
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1950s prez : IKE
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Opportunity for a service break : ADOUT
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Renaissance artist Albrecht : DURER
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Steak ___ : DIANE
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Eleven plus two and twelve plus one, e.g. : ANAGRAMS
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It's south of Leb. : ISR
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What one is known for, informally : REP
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Daisy Mae's man, in old comics : ABNER
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Scrappy-___ (cartoon dog) : DOO
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Some toy batteries : AAS
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Cousin of a club : BLT
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Dance featuring jerky arm movements : THEROBOT
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"Well played!" : NICEONE
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Exultant cry : IWON
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"Life of Pi" director : LEE
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Goof : SLIPUP
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French 101 verb : ETRE
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Naval jails : BRIGS
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Delectable : TASTY
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Type of animal fat : SUET
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In favor of : PRO
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Bone-chilling : RAW
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Salk and Pepper, in brief : DRS
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Sixth U.S. president vis-à-vis the second, e.g. : SON
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Illusionist Geller : URI

Answer summary: 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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