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New York Times, Friday, March 30, 2018

Author:
Sam Trabucco
Editor:
Will Shortz
"God created ___ so that Americans would learn geography" (line attributed to Mark Twain)
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 2 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Trabucco. Friday freshness: 91%
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© 2018, The New York Times3/30/18 ( No. 24,979 )
Across
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Egg warmer : MAMABIRD
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A rutabaga is a cross between a cabbage and this : TURNIP
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Pavarotti standard whose name means "My Sunshine" : OSOLEMIO
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"No bet," in poker : ICHECK
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"Ain't that somethin'!" : WELLDAMN
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Doctor's wear : GLOVES
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"Your Love Is King" singer, 1984 : SADE
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Stupid : FATHEADED
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Toshiba competitor : RCA
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"God created ___ so that Americans would learn geography" (line attributed to Mark Twain) : WAR
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With the bow, in music : ARCO
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Like many Christmas traditions : PAGAN
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Some of Lockheed Martin's business : ARMS
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___ chain : FOB
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Committed : ALLIN
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Like some jacket hoods : ZIPON
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"100 Years ... 100 Movies" org. : AFI
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"And I get dumped on again" : WELCOMETOMYLIFE
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Ubiquitous Chinese character : MAO
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Like a three-pitch inning : NORUN
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Low-lying areas : DALES
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Jerk : ASS
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School cafeteria food, stereotypically : SLOP
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Stupid : DENSE
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___ tide : NEAP
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D.O.J. branch : ATF
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Chicago airport code : ORD
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Businesses often near beaches : SURFSHOPS
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Spike : LACE
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For three: Fr. : ATROIS
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Backspin producer? : REARAXLE
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Style setter? : MOUSSE
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High-profile merger, e.g. : MEGADEAL
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Riles : UPSETS
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Plant from another country : ENEMYSPY
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Does some diamond cutting? : MOWS
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Offshore : ASEA
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Jell-O maker : MOLD
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Like some reactions : ALLERGIC
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Safe place to crash : BED
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"Your work inspires me" : IMAFAN
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Italian poetic form : RIMA
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"I won't be back till late" : DONTWAITUPFORME
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Strict, demanding parent : TIGERMOM
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Most-applied-to school in the U.S. : UCLA
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Hit 1970s sitcom : RHODA
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"Works every time" : NEVERFAILS
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Summer drink with caffeine : ICEDCOFFEE
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Tie-breaking shots in soccer: Abbr. : PKS
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Refuse to drop : HARPON
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Nikon competitors : CANONS
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Cousins of Drama Desk Awards : OBIES
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"Enough!" : PLEASESTOP
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Terror in Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" : ALLOSAURUS
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Tom of old late-night TV : SNYDER
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"Jeez, that's a shame!" : AWMAN
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Preceder of first : ZEROTH
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Common ingredient in baked beans : MOLASSES
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Ethel Mertz, on "I Love Lucy" : LANDLADY
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Just what the doctor ordered : DOSAGE
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Essayist's writing : PROSE
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It may pack a punch : FIST
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Hammer's end : PEEN
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Choppers : AXES
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Thunderous sound : CLAP
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Slithery : EELY
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Asia's ___ Darya River : AMU
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Broadside, maybe : RAM

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8 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later.

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