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New York Times, Monday, March 19, 2018

What the starts of the answers to the seven starred clues constitute

Author:
Michael Wiesenberg and Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrea Carla Michaels

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQX} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Wiesenberg. This is puzzle # 59 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
MICHAEL: The idea for the puzzle first came to me in 2007. I tried unsuccessfully to fit seven entries that had all the colors of the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat bit of trivia: the Shortz era began with a great tribute to ROY G. BIV, the colors of the rainbow, in order. This theme concept ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times3/19/18 ( No. 24,968 )
Across
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Radical Hoffman who wrote "Steal This Book" : ABBIE
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Stimulating quality : ZING
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Huff and puff : BLOW
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John who married Pocahontas : ROLFE
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On the briny : ASEA
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Opposite of "on tape" : LIVE
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*Garnish for a cocktail : ORANGEPEEL
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Takes advantage of : USES
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The "A" of A.D. : ANNO
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Zipped along : SPED
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Tin Man's desire : HEART
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*Bureaucratic rigmarole : REDTAPE
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Place for drinks : PUB
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*"Closer to Fine" folk-rock duo : INDIGOGIRLS
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How some home videos are stored : ONDVD
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Disney World transport : MONORAIL
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53, in old Rome : LIII
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Father, to Li'l Abner : PAPPY
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Russian legislature : DUMA
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Dole out : ALLOCATE
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Bit of land in the ocean : ISLET
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*Caution to slow down : YELLOWLIGHT
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Very long time : EON
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What the starts of the answers to the seven starred clues constitute : RAINBOW
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Fountain drinks : MALTS
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Letters suggesting "I'll just go ahead and throw this out" : FWIW
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Anise-flavored liqueur : OUZO
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Taiwanese computer brand : ACER
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*DC Comics superhero with the sidekick Speedy : GREENARROW
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"30 Rock" star Fey : TINA
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Shipwreck site, perhaps : REEF
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Chili con ___ : CARNE
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Circular water current : EDDY
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Exerciser's sets : REPS
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Did a blacksmith's job on : SHOED
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Loud, as a crowd : AROAR
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Carried : BORNE
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Flavorless : BLAND
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"Otherwise ..." : IFNOT
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Hosp. readout : EEG
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Heated in a microwave : ZAPPED
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"Uh-huh" : ISEE
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Requirement : NEED
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Cowpoke's sweetie : GAL
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*Symbols of happiness : BLUEBIRDS
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Simpson with a high I.Q. : LISA
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So last year, as a fad : OVER
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Sunset's direction : WEST
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"Monday Night Football" channel : ESPN
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Victor who wrote "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" : HUGO
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Earthquake relief, e.g. : AID
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Small equine : PONY
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Louvre Pyramid architect : IMPEI
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Lincoln was its first successful standard-bearer, for short : GOP
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___ Julia, actor who played Gomez Addams : RAUL
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Tart, green fruit : LIME
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Shutter strip : SLAT
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Neutrogena rival : OLAY
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Cairo's river : NILE
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It's in a pickle : DILL
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*Antique medical device used for electrotherapy : VIOLETRAY
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Lowly chess piece : PAWN
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Home of the Braves: Abbr. : ATL
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Dove sounds : COOS
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"Lord, is ___?": Matthew 26:22 : ITI
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Intense sorrows : GRIEFS
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Actress Goldie : HAWN
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"Don't Know Why" singer Jones : NORAH
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Beast of burden : BURRO
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Layer of the upper atmosphere : OZONE
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Superimpressed : WOWED
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One sock, to another : MATE
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Gastric ___ : ACID
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Supply temporarily : LEND
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They say there's no such thing as this kind of lunch : FREE
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Shed tears : WEEP
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Watchdog's warning : GRR
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Cooling units, for short : ACS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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