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New York Times, Sunday, March 24, 2019

With 115-Across, communication system that's a hint to the answer to each starred clue

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Charlson.
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2019, The New York Times3/24/19 ( No. 25,338 )
Across
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Metaphor for an aggressive political arena : BEARPIT
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Puts away : STASHES
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Source of fries : SPUD
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One who didn't even show? : ALSORAN
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Frame part : DOORPOST
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It stayed in Pandora's box : HOPE
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*Ballroom dancing event for Beantown residents? : BOSTONTANGOPARTY
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Takes a course : EATS
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Relatives of foils : EPEES
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Shade of green : SAGE
27
Dundee dissent : NAE
28
Mother-of-pearl : NACRE
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Imperfect service : LET
30
Climax : PEAK
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*Annoying member of a New York baseball team? : YANKEEBOTHER
36
Thrills : SENDS
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Family moniker : SIS
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Hydrocarbon gas : ETHENE
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World capital known as Batavia until 1942 : JAKARTA
42
"Witches' Flight" painter : GOYA
44
Sparkling white wine : ASTI
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Pesticide banned in 1972 : DDT
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*Wager in which the winner gets the loser's pants and jersey? : UNIFORMBET
49
They're not hard to swallow : GELCAPS
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___ Cuervo (tequila brand) : JOSE
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Casanova : LOTHARIO
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Slapstick actor Jacques : TATI
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"___ over" : ITS
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Contingency phrase : IFSO
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Man's name that's the reverse of 60-Down : ARI
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Don hastily : THROWON
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*Duo ruling a kingdom on Take Your Daughter to Work Day? : THEPRINCESSANDTHEPAPA
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It's higher on the Scoville scale than a jalapeño : SERRANO
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Skin pic? : TAT
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Pallid : ASHY
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Certain 35mm camera : SLR
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Major or minor in astronomy? : URSA
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Like chewing gum in Singapore or wearing blue jeans in North Korea (seriously!) : OUTLAWED
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Second-largest branch of Islam : SHIA
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Attacks à la Don Quixote : TILTSAT
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*Exclamation after a performance of "Every Breath You Take"? : BRAVOSTING
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Platform for many tablets : IOS
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Building blocks, e.g. : TOYS
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Vegetarian gelatin substitute : AGAR
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Property recipient : ALIENEE
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"Looks promising!" : NOTBAD
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Covert org. : CIA
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Sailor's cry : AVAST
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*Amusement park named after a "Peanuts" boy? : CHARLIEWORLD
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College football rival of 110-Across : NAVY
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Unembellished : RAW
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Jetson who attends Little Dipper School : ELROY
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Broadway show about Capote : TRU
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College football rival of 104-Across : ARMY
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Pricey fashion label : PRADA
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With 115-Across, communication system that's a hint to the answer to each starred clue : NATO
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See 114-Across : PHONETICALPHABET
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Tireless racer : SLED
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They might hold derbies : HATTREES
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Fall apart : CRUMBLE
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Spots for hammers and anvils : EARS
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Common lease period : ONEYEAR
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It may have a lot of intelligence : DOSSIER
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Early tower locale : BABEL
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Skip the ceremony, in a way : ELOPE
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Strong point : ASSET
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Mechanical : ROTE
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Shakespearean sorcerer : PROSPERO
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Janis ___, singer of the 1975 hit "At Seventeen" : IAN
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Earth-shattering invention? : TNT
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Unpleasantly wet : SOGGY
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Like child's play : TOOEASY
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Artist Jean : ARP
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Defeats soundly : SPANKS
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Greek goddesses of the seasons : HORAE
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Signature scent since 1968 : ESTEE
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Total mess : STY
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Sword holder : SHEATH
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Took stock? : POACHED
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Good news for a stockholder : UPTREND
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Early name for Utah : DESERET
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Forensic material : DNA
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Does some grilling : ASKS
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What a stiffed server receives : NOTIP
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___'acte : ENTR
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Noted exile : ADAM
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Falls for someone who's already married? : NIAGARA
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Testing stage : BETA
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Bread box? : SAFE
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Sport that emphasizes pinning and throwing : JUJITSU
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Terse bar order : ANOTHER
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Traps : KISSERS
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Former G.M. make : GEO
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First N.L. player to hit 500 home runs : OTT
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Laila of the ring : ALI
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Big maker of lawn care products : SCOTTS
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Like-minded voters : BLOC
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Secretary on "The Office" : ERIN
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"Hold it!" : STOP
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Mañana preceder : HASTA
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Inundated with : AWASHIN
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Five-star : TOPLINE
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Furious : INARAGE
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Man's name that's the reverse of 63-Across : IRA
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End of a French film : FIN
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Snobbish : SNOOTY
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L.B.J.'s veep : HHH
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"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" heroine : REY
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Idiot, in British slang : PRAT
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"___ Kett" (old comic strip) : ETTA
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Something taken in by sailors : SALTAIR
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Infant's early word : DADA
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___ Nautilus : USS
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Ring letters : WBA
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Make a wrong move : ERR
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Change one's mind about changing : STET
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Source of many an imported boot, appropriately : ITALY
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Site of a 1796 Napoleon victory : LODI
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"___-voom!" : VAVA
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Patron saint of Norway : OLAV
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One fighting an uphill battle? : SISYPHUS
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Altar offering : INCENSE
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"C'est magnifique!" : OOHLALA
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Official with a pistol : STARTER
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Pygmalion's beloved : GALATEA
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Stews (over) : BROODS
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One of 32 for Ireland : COUNTY
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Reformed demon on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" : ANYA
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Edith Wharton's "___ Frome" : ETHAN
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Composed : WROTE
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Having less vermouth, as a martini : DRIER
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Shul scholar : RABBI
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Dancing partner for Fred : ADELE
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Fire extinguisher : WATER
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Puts on a show, for short : MCS
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Plows (into) : RAMS
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Vietnamese noodle soup : PHO
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Poet's "before" : ERE
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Kind of screen, in brief : LCD
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Maven : PRO

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle.

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