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New York Times, Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Chinese appetizers ... or a punny description of 17-, 28-, 35- and 45-Across

Author:
Laura Taylor Kinnel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 44 Missing: {QWXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Kinnel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times3/25/20 ( No. 25,705 )
Across
1
Tour de France, e.g. : RACE
5
Sonny Corleone, for one : CAPO
9
Crow : BRAG
13
Professor in a library, perhaps : PLUM
14
New Testament epistle : ROMANS
16
Second attempt, informally : REDO
17
Laura Dern, in "Little Women" : MARMEEMARCH
19
Prelude to a perspective : IMHO
20
Creepy-crawly, maybe : LARVA
21
Made tight : TAUTENED
23
Actress Thompson of "Selma" : TESSA
25
Swipe : FILCH
26
Big name in Dadaism : ARP
27
Where R.N.s are always needed : ICU
28
Sarah Drew, on "Grey's Anatomy" : APRILKEPNER
31
Shorten the sentence, maybe? : COPAPLEA
34
Hip designs? : TATS
35
Ming-Na Wen, on "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." : MELINDAMAY
39
Princess Organa : LEIA
41
Avowal to a long-distance lover : IMISSYOU
45
Barbara Billingsley, on "Leave It to Beaver" : JUNECLEAVER
49
Santa's helper? : UPS
50
QB blunder: Abbr. : INT
51
Half of a centaur : HORSE
52
One of the Obamas : MALIA
54
To-go : CARRYOUT
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Golf coup : EAGLE
58
Blind as ___ : ABAT
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Chinese appetizers ... or a punny description of 17-, 28-, 35- and 45-Across : SPRINGROLLS
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Hair on the back of the neck : MANE
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Academic's "and others" : ETALIA
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Christmas season : NOEL
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Crafts' companion : ARTS
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Go downhill fast : SLED
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Like quiche : EGGY
Down
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Engine stat : RPM
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In the style of : ALA
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Gets cozy : CURLSUP
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Watson, Willard and Woodhouse : EMMAS
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Unconscious condition : COMA
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Dr.'s org. : AMA
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Sequel title ender : PARTII
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Prepared to respond : ONCALL
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Camembert cousin : BRIE
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Leftover bit : REMNANT
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Sticks (to) : ADHERES
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Positive media coverage : GOODPR
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Title for M.L.K. Jr. : REV
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Prepare, as oysters or corn : SHUCK
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Elizabethan, for one : ERA
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Trigonometry symbols for angles : THETAS
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Nervous habit : TIC
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Prefix with system : ECO
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Actress Drescher of "The Nanny" : FRAN
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___ ears : ALL
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Canada's smallest prov. : PEI
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Compensates : PAYS
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Friend for Françoise : AMIE
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Swell : PEACHY
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Go in headfirst : DIVE
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Mother Bethel ___ Church (Philadelphia congregation since 1794) : AME
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Soviet space station : MIR
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Energy snack marketed to women : LUNABAR
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Contest hopeful : ENTRANT
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What might give you that nice warm Christmas feeling? : YULELOG
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Big name in nail polish : OPI
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International powerhouse in women's soccer : USA
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Mexican root vegetable popular in salads : JICAMA
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Relaxed : LOOSE
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Bursts forth : ERUPTS
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Related to the stars : ASTRAL
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Team head: Abbr. : MGR
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Single-handedly : ALONE
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Waze ways: Abbr. : RTES
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Arthurian heroine : ENID
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___ Khan : AGA
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Bit of land in the Seine : ILE
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Component of a relay : LEG
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Crafty : SLY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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