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New York Times, Friday, March 2, 2018

Author:
Rachel Maddow and Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutCollabs
13/2/20181
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1.68000
Rachel Maddow
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
1358/26/19958/15/20201
SunMonTueWedThuFriSatVariety
291082342293
ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.59336
Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JX} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Maddow. This is puzzle # 129 for Mr. DiPietro. See all the celebrity crosswords. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CELEBRITY CROSSWORD
This puzzle is a collaboration by Rachel Maddow, the host of MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," working together with Joe DiPietro, a bar owner in New York City. This is Joe's 129th crossword for The Times.
More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Jeff Chen notes:
Another celeb puzzle! And a ton of Rachel Maddow-related entries in this themeless. I wasn't sure what a COUGH BUTTON was, but it made ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Was RMS at 1-Across a nod to the Rachel Maddow Show?

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0302 ( 24,951 )
Across
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Hosp. units : RMS
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___ peas : WASABI
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Basics : ABCS
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Kind of flour : OAT
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1965 Michael Caine spy thriller, with "The" : IPCRESSFILE
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___ grano salis : CUM
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What might help a hacker go undetected? : COUGHBUTTON
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Deride : KNOCK
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Kentucky's northernmost county : BOONE
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Abbr. in an auction catalog : EST
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Gambling card game : FARO
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"Doctor Faustus" novelist : MANN
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Part of an oven : TIMER
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Similar (to) : AKIN
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Actor with seven Primetime Emmys : ASNER
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Greek cheese : FETA
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Tennis player, to sportswriters : NETTER
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Op-ed, e.g. : ESSAY
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Cocktail with rye whiskey : SAZERAC
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Sean Hannity and Chris Hayes : TVHOSTS
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Quarry of cartoondom's Gargamel : SMURF
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Pope when Elizabeth I took the throne : PAULIV
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Virus in 2003 news : SARS
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Cellphone component : DIODE
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Do some programming : CODE
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Stud of the sports world? : CLEAT
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Walked over : TROD
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Hard ___ : ATIT
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Footwear brand since 1978 : UGG
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Hollywood agent Michael : OVITZ
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Military gathering? : INTEL
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Journalist's tool since '67 : FOIAREQUEST
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Home of Sen. Mike Crapo: Abbr. : IDA
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Political leader? : FRONTRUNNER
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Sister : NUN
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Elate : SEND
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Like baking dough : YEASTY
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Big mean on campus : GPA
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Those who've seen both Europe and Asia, say : ROCKFANS
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Home to Lake Waiau : MAUNAKEA
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1928 Winter Olympics site : STMORITZ
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Keeper of the flame? : WICK
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Mil. address : APO
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Dives with a tank : SCUBAS
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W.W. I battle locale : ARGONNE
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"Give it to me straight" : BEHONEST
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Jacket letters : ISBN
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Behind, at sea : AFT
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"Kiss my grits!" : BITEME
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You're not in it if you're out : CLOSET
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Car model originally called the Sunny in Japan : SENTRA
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Tallow source : SUET
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Rosina Almaviva, in "Le Nozze di Figaro" : CONTESSA
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Go pirating : MARAUD
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"Unless it's impossible" : IFYOUCAN
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Got back (to), in a way : RSVPED
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"Uhhh ..." : ERM
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"Eureka!" : AHA
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Review : CRITIQUE
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Programming manager's specialty : SLOTTING
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Did a bit of cleaning : TIDIEDUP
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Only daughter of Joseph Stalin : SVETLANA
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Typeface that shares its name with the Roman goddess of luck : FORTUNA
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Marks on shoes : SCUFFS
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Who said "Take it from me, every vote counts" : ALGORE
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The Midwest or the South : REGION
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More than half of scores : DOZENS
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Ralph Nader's American Museum of ___ Law : TORT
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So : VERY
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"Just doin' my job" : ITRY
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Furthermore : AND
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Fixed : SET

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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