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New York Times, Saturday, March 19, 2016

Comedian Marc who recorded a memorable podcast with President Obama

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 26 Missing: {BKQX} Spans: 1 Average word length: 6.42 This is puzzle # 79 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Byron Walden notes:
This one was in the oven for a long time, as one might imagine. It was about half-filled last year when Will asked me to construct for ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Byron's byline on a wide-open, low word-count puzzle always brings me eager anticipation, but I also brace myself for the challenge to ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times3/19/16 ( No. 24,238 )
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Patron for the desperate : STJUDE
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Ones seeking maximum exposure? : NUDISTS
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___ blanc (wine variety) : CHENIN
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Couples' soft spot? : LOVESEAT
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Threw : HEAVED
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A priest, not a beast : ONELLAMA
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"The Magpie" and "Grainstack" : MONETS
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Bounder : SCALAWAG
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Not much, in recipes : ADASH
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Early second-millennium year : MII
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Brushed instrument : SNARE
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Vulgarian : LOUT
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Stocking stuffer : SANTA
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Brace : DYAD
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Extremely green : TREEHUGGING
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"Save Me the Waltz" novelist, 1932 : ZELDAFITZGERALD
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2014 U.S. Women's Open winner : MICHELLEWIE
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Band options : AMFM
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"And ... ___!" : SCENE
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Enraptured : SENT
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Comedian Marc who recorded a memorable podcast with President Obama : MARON
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Some PCs : HPS
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Bench warmer? : JUDGE
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Tender : PROPOSAL
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Set : HARDEN
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Green Lantern's archenemy : SINESTRO
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Surrounded, old-style : ENGIRT
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Yet to be imagined : UNDREAMT
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Twerp : WIENIE
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QBs, at times : PASSERS
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Rush relatives : SEDGES
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Bathos : SCHMALTZ
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Presidential first name : THEODORE
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"The Land of Painted Caves" author, 2011 : JEANAUEL
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Not yet available, as a stock : UNVESTED
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"And how ___ the wise man? as the fool": Ecclesiastes 2:16 : DIETH
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Modern synonym for 5-Down : ENDS
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Aliens : NONCITIZENS
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Pigmented layer : UVEA
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Some PCs : DELLS
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Christmas or Easter, for example : ISLAND
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Main passage : SEAWAY
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Good name for a girl who procrastinates? : TAMARA
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Like heists and operas : STAGED
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Getting totally confused, idiomatically : LOSINGTHEPLOT
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Mojos : MAGICCHARMS
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Eastern mystics : SUFIS
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Point of view : ANGLE
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Croque-monsieur ingredient : HAM
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Set : GEL
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Came back strong : RESURGED
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1978 Robert Altman comedy with Desi Arnaz Jr. and Carol Burnett : AWEDDING
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Department store department : LINGERIE
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Global warming periods? : DETENTES
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Charges : AMPSUP
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Berth site : MARINA
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Fans of pharaohs? : FRONDS
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Ones with a lot of down time? : MOPERS
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Long time follower? : NOSEE
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Who's "got a gun" in a 1989 Aerosmith hit : JANIE
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Common newspaper name : STAR
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Chops : HEWS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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