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New York Times, Monday, March 30, 2015

Literary Jane who says "No net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will"

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 43 Missing: {VZ} Spans: 4 Grid has diagonal symmetry. This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Haight.
Bruce Haight notes:
This was one of my early puzzles from 2012 and I was NOT very optimistic about it. I didn't like the asymmetry, I didn't like the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Grid art! Bruce is carving out a niche for himself with these diagonal symmetry art pieces. The bird visual came through strong and ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times3/30/15 ( No. 23,883 )
Across
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Elation : JOY
4
"Tommy" band, with "the" : WHO
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Network on the telly : BBC
10
Entice : LURE
11
Furious : IRED
12
"The Clan of the Cave Bear" heroine : AYLA
13
Ones that are alike : BIRDSOFAFEATHER
16
Queen ___ (nickname for Jay Z's wife) : BEY
17
Cleopatra biter : ASP
18
Flier in a V formation : GOOSE
19
Status ___ : QUO
20
Theater stage item : PROP
21
Peaceful state : REPOSE
22
The Red Baron, to Snoopy : FOE
24
Rink surface : ICE
26
Barbie's beau : KEN
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Literary Jane who says "No net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will" : EYRE
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Wildebeests : GNUS
29
Towel holders : RODS
30
Gather as a group : FLOCKTOGETHER
33
Sch. in Columbus : OSU
34
Genre for Jay Z and Schoolboy Q : RAP
35
French clerics : ABBES
38
Gen ___ (one born after the baby boom) : XER
39
Bread that might hold hummus : PITA
40
Not engage in seriously : PLAYAT
41
Easy as ___ : PIE
43
Buddy : PAL
45
Top-rated TV show of 2002-05 : CSI
46
Gospel singer Winans : CECE
47
Lead-in to port : HELI
48
___ Rabbit : BRER
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Give the go-ahead from the control tower : CLEARFORTAKEOFF
52
Letters sent by plane : AIRMAIL
53
Length of most TV dramas : ONEHOUR
54
___ Stone (key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs) : ROSETTA
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In plain contrast : STARKLY
Down
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Right guaranteed by the Sixth Amendment : JURYOFYOURPEERS
2
Chicago airport code : ORD
3
"Absolutely!" : YES
4
It might show wreaths and candy canes at Christmas : WRAPPINGPAPER
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Playboy founder, informally : HEF
6
Work by Gray or Shelley : ODE
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In any manner necessary : BYHOOKORBYCROOK
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Like the meek, per Matthew 5:5 : BLESSED
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Goes around a corner fast, say : CAREENS
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In ___ of (replacing) : LIEU
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Assuming that's true : IFSO
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Crowning : ATOP
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Outdoor meal with a grill, informally : BBQ
14
Rowing blade : OAR
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The "17" in NC-17 : AGE
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Sneak a look : PEEK
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Lie down for a while : REST
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Middle-earth creature : ORC
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Actor's prompt : CUE
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Alternatively : ELSE
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Billy or nanny : GOAT
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Singer McEntire : REBA
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"The Simpsons" airer : FOX
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Prefix with -ceps : TRI
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"2001" computer : HAL
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Relaxing : EASEFUL
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Certain Chinese dish : STIRFRY
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Eye closely : PEERAT
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Malleable : PLIANT
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"___ all the way here for this?" : ICAME
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Some choristers : ALTOS
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Muse of history : CLIO
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Greeting south of the border : HOLA
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Paint company whose name sounds like an animal : BEHR
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Auto : CAR
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In good health : FIT
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Mauna ___ : KEA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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