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New York Times, Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Respond quickly and sharply to criticism ... or a hint to 17-, 28- and 46-Across

Author:
Christina Iverson and Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.60120
Christina Iverson
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1.62181
Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Iverson. This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Trudeau.
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© 2020, The New York Times3/31/20 ( No. 25,711 )
Across
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Group consisting of Agnetha, Benny, Björn and Anni-Frid : ABBA
5
Four-year degs. : BAS
8
Muddle through : MAKEDO
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Dreary : DRAB
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Home of the statue Christ the Redeemer, familiarly : RIO
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Left : EXITED
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Frisbee sport : DISCGOLF
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Earned in the end : NETTED
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Swing wildly back and forth : SEESAW
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Sounds in a dentist's office : AHS
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Tune also known as "Butterfield's Lullaby" : TAPS
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Card game akin to crazy eights : UNO
26
Word after head, heart or belly : ACHE
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Name of a celebrated 1970s concert tour with Bob Dylan : ROLLINGTHUNDER
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Foretell : BODE
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French fashion magazine since 1945 : ELLE
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Animal whose full name means "nose horn" : RHINO
38
Where the four most widely practiced religions all originated : ASIA
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"Me too" : SOAMI
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Means justifiers, perhaps : ENDS
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Has trouble with S's : LISPS
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Algerian port : ORAN
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Problems that a group project might face : EGOS
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"We shouldn't rush this" : LETSTAKEITSLOW
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Relieve : EASE
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Rapper ___ Uzi Vert : LIL
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Common chip dip, slangily : GUAC
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$$$ for old age : IRA
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Tiki bar cocktail : MAITAI
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The "A" of SAG : ACTORS
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Respond quickly and sharply to criticism ... or a hint to 17-, 28- and 46-Across : CLAPBACK
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Like the middle band of the flag of México : BLANCA
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Point : DOT
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Sugary frozen beverage : ICEE
68
Blue period? : SADDAY
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Signal to go onstage : CUE
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Coke or 7Up : SODA
Down
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Enhances, with "to" : ADDS
2
Cheese with a white rind : BRIE
3
Core political supporters : BASE
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They can be sung to the tune of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" : ABCS
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Some future Girl Scouts : BROWNIES
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Not feel well : AIL
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Seating for two or more : SOFA
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Good-hearted sort : MENSCH
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Item in a box marked "In case of fire ..." : AXE
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Short stiletto shoe : KITTENHEEL
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Grammy-winning James : ETTA
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Profound : DEEP
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3:1 or 4:1, e.g. : ODDS
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Ancient France : GAUL
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Poison-pen letters : HATEMAIL
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Rubbernecker, e.g. : ONLOOKER
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"Ben-___" : HUR
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___ the Riveter (W.W. II figure) : ROSIE
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Keats or Pindar : ODIST
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Tiny change to a master clock : LEAPSECOND
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Give someone the stink eye, e.g. : GLARE
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Wild Australian dog : DINGO
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Provide, as with a scholarship : ENDOW
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One of the friends on "Friends" : ROSS
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Sports item absent from wrestling and track : BALL
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Highly personal : INTIMATE
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Depot: Abbr. : STA
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"My opinion has always been ..." : ASISAY
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Bit of Three Stooges comedy : SLAP
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Chatters : GABS
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Bruins' sch. : UCLA
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Slightly : ATAD
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Electrically flexible : ACDC
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Long-billed wading bird : IBIS
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___ Bell : TACO
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Got 100% on : ACED
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Home furnishings store with a three-syllable name : IKEA
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___ Records : RCA
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Singer Reed : LOU

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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