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New York Times, Tuesday, March 24, 2020

"A constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy," per Benjamin Franklin

Author:
Olivia Mitra Framke
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Framke. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Olivia Mitra Framke notes:
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© 2020, The New York Times3/24/20 ( No. 25,704 )
Across
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Killer whale : ORCA
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Radio noise : STATIC
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Dude : BRO
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"Awesome!" : COOL
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City that shares an airport with Seattle : TACOMA
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Uncooked : RAW
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The sitcom writers met at a ... : TVRECEPTION
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Point of no return? : ACE
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I.C.U. test, maybe : EEG
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MSNBC host Melber : ARI
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Office or schoolroom furniture : DESKS
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Tested, as 26-Across : TRIEDON
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Casual Friday wear : JEANS
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The mathematicians met at a ... : TRIGFUNCTION
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Expressed exasperation ... or relief : SIGHED
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Spider-Man, for Peter Parker : ALTEREGO
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Suffix with serpent : INE
37
Like some humor : WRY
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Trio in elem. school : RRR
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Neither a believer nor a disbeliever : AGNOSTIC
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Value highly : ESTEEM
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The pharmacists met at a ... : MEDICINEBALL
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Top-notch : ELITE
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"Methinks" : IRECKON
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"The Bells of St. ___" (Bing Crosby film and song) : MARYS
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Telecom of old : GTE
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Sports tiebreakers, for short : OTS
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Shocked reaction, online : OMG
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The Google employees met at a ... : SEARCHPARTY
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Place for a sensory deprivation tank : SPA
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Trying experience : ORDEAL
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Many a TikTok user : TEEN
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Recipe amt. : TSP
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Property in buildings and land : REALTY
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Designer Jacobs : MARC
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Maids a-milking, e.g. : OCTET
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Explorer on Mars : ROVER
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Welsh dog breed : CORGI
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Ginger ___ (soft drink) : ALE
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Many an anti-inflammatory medication : STEROID
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Radio studio session : TAPING
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Not just stand there : ACT
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Informal "you," en français : TOI
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"As I would say," in a text : IMO
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Bushnell who wrote "Sex and the City" : CANDACE
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Garment with a French name : BRASSIERE
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Billiards accessory : RACK
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Is shy, in a way : OWES
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Group of officers : CADRE
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___'acte : ENTR
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Biblical verb ending : ETH
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Part of the calendar named for Caesar : JULY
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"The Lord of the Rings" tree creature : ENT
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Wacky comedy : FARCE
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Dungeons & Dragons monster : OGRE
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Societal expectation : NORM
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Setting for "The King and I" : SIAM
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"Picnic" playwright William : INGE
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Male/female pay differential, e.g. : GENDERGAP
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"A constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy," per Benjamin Franklin : WINE
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Lubricated : OILY
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Word with kick or cut : SCISSOR
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Palindromic bird : TIT
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Terrestrial : EARTHLY
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Undercover activity? : SLEEP
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That special touch, for short : TLC
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Lion or tiger : BIGCAT
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Pyongyang's peninsula : KOREA
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River frolicker : OTTER
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Boy band with the 2000 hit "Bye Bye Bye" : NSYNC
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___ likely to succeed : MOST
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Roadies' equipment : AMPS
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Bard's "before" : ERE
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Mathematician Lovelace : ADA
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Seminary subj. : REL
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Dough dispenser : ATM

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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