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New York Times, Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Phrase that defines (and describes) 18-, 24-, 37- and 52-Across

Author:
Evan Birnholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Birnholz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Evan Birnholz notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
Fantastic revealer today, one that made me Wish I Thought of That (WITT). I HAVE NO CLUE is such a nice in-the-language phrase which ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times3/5/14 ( No. 23,493 )
Across
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Beret-sporting rebel, familiarly : CHE
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Nutrition label units : GRAMS
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Town with an eponymous derby : EPSOM
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Bottom line? : HEM
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Cuban salsa singer Cruz : CELIA
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Wide receiver's pattern : ROUTE
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Assent on the Hill : AYE
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More than a lot : MYRIAD
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eHarmony users' hopes : DATES
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Graph marking : POINT
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Act the sore loser, say : SULK
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"Ciao, amigo!" : ADIOS
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Move like the Blob : OOZE
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Render unreadable, in a way : SHRED
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Prefix with mural : INTRA
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Many a noble element : GAS
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Bummed out : SAD
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Money spent : OUTGO
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Avoid, as a tag : ELUDE
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Siouan tribesman : OTOE
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Flying machines, quaintly : AEROS
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Letter starter : DEAR
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Terra ___ : FIRMA
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Like "Goosebumps" tales : EERIE
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High-flying socialites : JETSET
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Phrase that defines (and describes) 18-, 24-, 37- and 52-Across : IHAVENOCLUE
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Create some drama : ACT
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Reference work next to Bartlett's, maybe : ROGET
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Flip : UPEND
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Not just "a" : THE
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Nancy Drew creator Carolyn : KEENE
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Aquaria : TANKS
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Last letter in "Boz" : ZED
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Trophy winners : CHAMPS
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"Psst!" : HEYYOU
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"Kick it up a notch" TV chef : EMERIL
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Popular instant-messaging app : GCHAT
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One of two in an English horn : REED
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What a gimel means on a dreidel : ALL
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"Cool" amount : MIL
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Dictated, as a parent might : SAIDSO
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Aria title that means "It was you" : ERITU
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Late 1990s fad : POKEMON
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They have umbras and penumbras : SUNSPOTS
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Ear-related prefix : OTO
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Sound from an Abyssinian : MEW
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Domino often played? : FATS
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Tattoo parlor supply : INKS
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It may be bounced off someone : IDEA
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Like half of all congressional elections : MIDTERM
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Cornell of Cornell University : EZRA
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Out of juice : DEAD
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Word often abbreviated to its middle letter, in texts : ARE
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"Game of Thrones" network : HBO
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Roadside bomb, briefly : IED
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Tasty : GOOD
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Prefix with pilot : AUTO
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Fred and Barney's time : STONEAGE
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Plum relative : SLOE
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Conservatory student's maj. : MUS
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Exact revenge : GETEVEN
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Mark one's words? : EDIT
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Words clarifying a spelling : ASIN
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Barely make : EKEOUT
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Like Splenda vis-à-vis sugar : ERSATZ
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Don of "Trading Places" : AMECHE
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Squealed on, with "out" : RATTED
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Glacial ridge : ARETE
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Satellite broadcasts : FEEDS
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Kind of mail or bond : JUNK
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Rub the wrong way : IRK
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Furrow maker : HOE
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Pro that may be replaced by TurboTax : CPA
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"Total Recall" director Wiseman : LEN

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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