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New York Times, Saturday, March 4, 2017

"Taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase," per M.L.K.

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 6 This is puzzle # 18 for Ms. Guizzo. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mary Lou Guizzo notes:
I was pleased to work SHIRLEY CHISHOLM into this Saturday puzzle. Her name has been in an NYT puzzle only once before ( in1981). We ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Themelesses featuring interlocking 15-letter answers often suffer in their short fill — the grid skeleton can be so inflexible. You ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times3/4/17 ( No. 24,588 )

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Across
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Figs. in many police procedurals : SGTS
5
Roma's Fontana di ___ : TREVI
10
Split ticket? : STUB
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Cotillard won Best Actress for playing her : PIAF
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Flier with an S-shaped neck : HERON
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Where lines are drawn? : ARTI
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"Is this thing on?" : ANYONELISTENING
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He played the "King" opposite Deborah's Anna : YUL
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Sports item with a sensor : EPEE
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Like stones in a cairn : HEAPED
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Website offering "mentally stimulating diversions" : SPORCLE
25
Corporate department : LEGAL
26
Moneyed, in Madrid : RICO
27
They can be found next to six-packs : PECS
28
Lead-in to Pen : EPI
31
"That's cheating!" : ITSNOTFAIR
34
Gone badly? : AWOL
35
Untalented writer : HACK
36
Letter in the NATO alphabet : TANGO
37
British thrones? : LOOS
38
"Draft Dodger Rag" singer : OCHS
39
Yosemite's range : HIGHSIERRA
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The Eagles, for short : PHI
42
Cavils : NITS
43
Source of chips : SPUD
44
Drain away : LEACH
46
"I've had enough!" : THATSIT
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Fortunate : INLUCK
51
South ___ (Polynesia's locale) : SEAS
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TV series that spawned an exhibit at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry : CSI
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First black woman elected to Congress, 1968 : SHIRLEYCHISHOLM
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Uffizi Gallery's river : ARNO
57
Manuel ___, German soccer star called a "sweeper-keeper" : NEUER
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India with four Grammys : ARIE
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G.I.'s wear : TAGS
60
Fulfills : SATES
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Group of 435 pols : REPS
Down
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Fixes : SPAYS
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Excite : GINUP
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Actress on "Orange Is the New Black" : TAYLORSCHILLING
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Trans-Pacific flight destination, for short : SFO
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Exclamation after more information is revealed : THEPLOTTHICKENS
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Noted Civil War signature : RELEE
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It's down the lake from Buffalo : ERIE
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"Ara ___ Prec" (T. S. Eliot poetry volume) : VOS
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Targeted : INTHECROSSHAIRS
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Unesco World Heritage Site on the Arabian Peninsula : SANAA
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Red square : TRIPLEWORDSCORE
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Eric of magazine publishing : UTNE
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Longtime Cotton Bowl home, informally : BIGD
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Big maker of candy hearts : NECCO
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Thought patterns, in brief? : EEGS
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Places for curlers : RINKS
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___ Mercer, originator of the palindrome "A man, a plan, a canal - Panama!" : LEIGH
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Fast results? : PANGS
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Lame : POOR
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"Play it, Sam" speaker : ILSA
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"Eat up every moment" sloganeer : IHOP
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Part of a dashboard, for short : TACH
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"Taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase," per M.L.K. : FAITH
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Many a Nikolskoye native : ALEUT
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Bridge call : IPASS
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Deicer formula : NACL
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Capital of France : EUROS
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Laughter sound : TEHEE
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Neighbor of New York's Bay Shore : ISLIP
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x : TIMES
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Attends : ISAT
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Dragsters' grp. : NHRA
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___ work (tedious tasks) : SCUT
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Senate affirmation : YEA
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Laughter sound : HAR

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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