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New York Times, Wednesday, March 2, 2016

King noted for saying "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!"

Author:
Fred Piscop
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Fred Piscop

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FJQXY} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 149 for Mr. Piscop. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2016, The New York Times3/2/16 ( No. 24,221 )
Across
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"Beg pardon ..." : AHEM
5
Help in a heist : ABET
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Looked slack-jawed : GAPED
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Like a neat bed : MADE
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King noted for saying "How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is / To have a thankless child!" : LEAR
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Still in the running : ALIVE
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"This won't hurt ___!" : ABIT
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Setting for the highest-grossing movie of 1939 : TARA
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George whose name is a lead-in to "film" : LUCAS
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Politician in charge of pasta? : ZITICOUNCILMAN
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Early anesthetic : ETHER
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___-Drive, popular light-powered watch : ECO
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Dice tosses : ROLLS
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Hang in there : ENDURE
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Comfy shoe : MOC
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Means of transportation in "Cinderella" : COACH
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"Am I my brother's keeper?" brother : ABEL
40
Pasta, apparently? : ORZOITWOULDSEEM
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Circus horn honker : SEAL
45
Cotton candy, mostly : SUGAR
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Original "King Kong" studio : RKO
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Corrida combatant : TORERO
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Some used cars, informally : REPOS
52
Hole maker : AWL
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Orchard Field, today : OHARE
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Card game with pasta for stakes? : PENNEANTEPOKER
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Philip Morris brand : MERIT
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Word said with a handshake : DEAL
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Latvia's capital : RIGA
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In the same way : ALIKE
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1996 Gwyneth Paltrow title role : EMMA
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H H H : ETAS
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Knight's mount : STEED
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"Angels We Have Heard on High," e.g. : NOEL
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Mentally together : SANE
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Wow : AMAZE
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Something to kick or break : HABIT
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British poet/critic Sitwell : EDITH
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Job at which one excels : METIER
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Certain sax : ALTO
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Lover boy : BEAU
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Yield, as interest : EARN
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Tiny amount : TRACE
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Tank unit : GALLON
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Reunion attendee, briefly : ALUM
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12-point type : PICA
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Hunter who wrote "The Blackboard Jungle" : EVAN
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___ Moines : DES
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Spring blooms : CROCI
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Cap material? : ICE
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Sotheby's collection : LOT
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There are three for motion : LAWS
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Search all over : SCOUR
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Court figures, briefly : DAS
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Foe of the taxi industry : UBER
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Stink to high heaven : REEK
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Muppet who speaks in a falsetto : ELMO
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Ending with second or upper : MOST
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Dessert item that was clued as "Mountain: Comb. form" in old crosswords : OREO
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White House policy chief : CZAR
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Donald Trump catchword : HUGE
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Bullring cheer : OLE
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Cat's seat, maybe : LAP
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Show exhaustion : DROOP
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Went on a tirade : RANTED
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Be in hock : OWE
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Beach resort locales : SHORES
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Filled with cargo : LADEN
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Muscular Japanese dog : AKITA
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Daughter of 15-Across : REGAN
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Expunge : ERASE
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Clobber with snowballs, say : PELT
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The Gem City, so-called because of its sparkling lake : ERIE
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Greek figure on many a trophy : NIKE
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Jules Verne captain : NEMO
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Broken, as a bronco : TAME
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President Chaim Weizmann was on its first flight : ELAL
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Some postgrad degrees : MAS

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