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New York Times, Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"A man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin," per H. L. Mencken

Author:
Ryan Milligan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 44 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Milligan. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2017, The New York Times3/28/17 ( No. 24,612 )
Across
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Even trade : SWAP
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Nile predator, briefly : CROC
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Class with masks? : DRAMA
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Next in line : HEIR
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Promise : OATH
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18th-century mathematician who introduced the function : EULER
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Designer Gucci : ALDO
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Nick at ___ : NITE
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One-named singer who won the 2016 Album of the Year : ADELE
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"Sorry I'm in your space, it's an actress thing," said ___ : GLENNCLOSELY
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Shirt that might have a crew neck, informally : TEE
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Scottish cap : TAM
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"The Raven" writer's monogram : EAP
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"Don't interrupt me on my radio show," said ___ : HOWARDSTERNLY
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"It gets better" spot, e.g., in brief : PSA
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DiCaprio, to fans : LEO
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Prefix with galactic and spatial : INTER
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Works to get : EARNS
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Lion's prey : GNU
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Easily fooled : NAIVE
42
Unit of bacon : STRIP
43
Lennon's widow : ONO
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___-Mex : TEX
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"Gotta run, pop concert calls," said ___ : TAYLORSWIFTLY
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Turn-___ : ONS
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Gravestone letters : RIP
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Govt. org. with a drone registry program : FAA
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"Right to the point: You're beautiful, it's true," said ___ : JAMESBLUNTLY
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Advocated : URGED
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Tea type : CHAI
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Three, in Berlin : DREI
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Mecca resident : SAUDI
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Drying oven : KILN
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Harvest, as crops : REAP
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"A man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin," per H. L. Mencken : CYNIC
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Rice wine : SAKE
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Longings : YENS
Down
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Carpet style : SHAG
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Word said three times before "What have we here?!" : WELL
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Assistant : AIDE
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On the double : PRONTO
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Hide : CONCEAL
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Inner part of a racetrack : RAIL
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Palindromic boy's name : OTTO
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Treasure holders : CHESTS
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Request for a hand : DEALMEIN
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Inspiring 1993 movie about a Notre Dame football team walk-on : RUDY
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Lager relative : ALE
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Comical Brooks : MEL
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"All we ___ saying is give peace a chance" : ARE
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Just-made : NEW
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Munch on : EAT
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Thing that exists : ENTITY
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Drug whose generic name is naproxen : ALEVE
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Measuring cup material : PYREX
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Truman and others : HARRYS
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Rule laid down by a commission: Abbr. : REG
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"What should I ___?" : DONOW
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Material in strands : RNA
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Sauce with pine nuts : PESTO
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The Great Tempter : SATAN
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Zero, in soccer : NIL
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Occasional : SPORADIC
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Prefix with -versal : UNI
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Not connected to a computer network : OFFLINE
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Pacific ___ : RIM
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What stars are in the night sky : SPECKS
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Letter after sigma : TAU
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Tom who coached the Dallas Cowboys for 29 years : LANDRY
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Revered "Star Wars" figure : JEDI
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Actor LaBeouf : SHIA
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Illegal pitching motion : BALK
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Logician's chart : TREE
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Not stand completely straight : LEAN
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Nervousness that causes a golfer to miss an easy putt, with "the" : YIPS
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Golden State sch. : USC
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With 62-Down, sci-fi weapon : RAY
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See 61-Down : GUN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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