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New York Times, Friday, March 24, 2017

They can be found in two different sections of home-improvement stores

Author:
Michael Hawkins and John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Guzzetta

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Hawkins. This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Guzzetta.
Constructor notes:
JOHN: Michael and I go way back to 1994, when I married his sister's best friend. Our families still spend a few holidays together. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Mike mentioned to me that he and John had gotten three (or more now?) themelesses accepted, with a focused strategy: 1.) go up to 70 ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times3/24/17 ( No. 24,608 )
Across
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Indications of one's qualifications? : ASTERISKS
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They can be found in two different sections of home-improvement stores : BULBS
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Men's fashion shortcut : CLIPONTIE
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Completely wiped out : ATEIT
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Bad occasion for an anchor to drag : RELAYRACE
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Like many beta programs : BUGGY
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Burrowing sea creature : EEL
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Practically begs to be hurt : ASKSFORIT
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Through the roof : SKYHIGH
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Clip art? : BONSAI
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___ George H. W. Bush : USS
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1982 Disney film : TRON
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Hybrid business entity: Abbr. : LLC
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Ancient Roman citizenry : PLEBS
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Traveled in trunks, say : SWAM
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Ritual drink in Shintoism : SAKE
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Diamond delivery : HEYBATTERBATTER
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Judith with two Tonys : IVEY
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Metal finish? : WARE
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Turns off : VEERS
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"___ for Alibi" : AIS
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Become attentive, with "up" : PERK
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Stop working for good : DIE
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Tizzy : LATHER
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Protectors sent packing? : PEANUTS
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Foiled : TRIPPEDUP
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Blues group, in brief : NHL
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"___ true" : THATS
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What'll give someone a bleeping chance? : TAPEDELAY
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Writer/director of "The Evil Dead" : RAIMI
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Stiff material under a ball gown : CRINOLINE
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Novelist Hammond ___ : INNES
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Proved sound : HELDWATER
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The Bronx Zoo has 265 of them : ACRES
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Aerodynamic : SLEEK
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1985 Oscar nominee for "Agnes of God" : TILLY
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Wetlands regulator, for short : EPA
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Jazz trumpeter Hargrove with two Grammys : ROY
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Shabby : INRAGS
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Sniffer dog's discovery : STASH
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Thrill : KICK
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Grasps : SEES
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Uncivilized sort : BABOON
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Flip-flop : UTURN
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Take care of bills : LEGISLATE
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Boastful sort : BIGTALKER
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Challenge for a housecleaner : STY
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It might be caught by a 56-Across : FBOMB
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One of a hitched pair : HUBBY
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California congressman Darrell : ISSA
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People with decorating tips? : ICERS
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Do some dirty dancing : TWERK
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Like walk-off touchdowns : RARE
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Hospital vessel : PHIAL
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Moby Dick, e.g. : LEVIATHAN
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Reading problem : EYESTRAIN
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One receiving top billing : STAR
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"In Luxury Beware" painter, 1663 : STEEN
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Punk : TWERP
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Nike alternative : AVIA
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Tab alternatives : PEPSIS
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Hang (on) : DEPEND
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Request for a hand : HITME
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It grows in the dark : PUPIL
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Dark : UNLIT
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Banquo, for one : THANE
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Better with trickery : SLYER
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Really impress? : ETCH
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Test of one's backbone : DARE
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Prefix with athlete : TRI
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Giant in chemicals : DOW
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She, in Rio : ELA

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

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