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New York Times, Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why ___ engage in it": Henry Ford

Author:
John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 69, Blocks: 35 Missing: {GQXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Guzzetta. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
John Guzzetta notes:
The PRESERVES, JELLY, and MARMALADE themers are pretty much inflexible. So it was annoying that JAM, the one theme entry that had a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I liked so much about this puzzle. The theme is nothing to write home about — phrases ending in sweet spreads, i.e. PRESERVES, JELLY, ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times3/9/16 ( No. 24,228 )
Across
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Gift from 1-Down : SLED
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See red? : OWE
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Took a turn on "Wheel of Fortune" : SPUN
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"The Hares and the Frogs" writer : AESOP
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Death ___ : RAY
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Place where you need an ID to get mail? : BOISE
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Wildlife refuges : NATUREPRESERVES
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Robin Hood's target : THERICH
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Fatigue : TIREOUT
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Word that becomes its own synonym when its first letter is moved to the end : AYE
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Curvaceous : SHAPELY
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Pulls a certain prank on, informally : TPS
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Translucent sea creature that drifts with the current : MOONJELLY
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Partner of Simon and Theodore, in cartoons : ALVIN
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"Dulce et Decorum ___" (Wilfred Owen poem) : EST
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Jeweler's tool : LOUPE
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Go on either side of : BOOKEND
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Kind of turn : HAIRPIN
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Latin dance in 3/4 time : BOLERO
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Colorado county or its seat : PUEBLO
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Capable, jocularly : EPT
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R&B/soul ballad : SLOWJAM
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No-goodnik : RAT
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Author Silverstein : SHEL
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Crashed ignominiously : ATEIT
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Beer purchase : CASE
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"Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why ___ engage in it": Henry Ford : SOFEW
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Miller who directed "Deadpool" : TIM
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Readers of the Daily Mirror or the Sun, mainly : BRITS
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#1 hit of 1975 and 2001 : LADYMARMALADE
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Prohibition of strip mining, e.g. : ECOLAW
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More angry : IRATER
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Roman who originated the phrase "What fools these mortals be" : SENECA
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Firmly plants : EMBEDS
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Noted gift giver : SANTA
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Longtime Vermont senator : LEAHY
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Woman's name that sounds like two French letters : ESTEE
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Gloomy : DOUR
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Like Jane Eyre or Harry Potter : ORPHANED
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What polemology is the study of : WAR
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Some canines : EYETEETH
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Put out : SORE
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Abrupt realignment of policy priorities : PIVOT
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Deplete : USEUP
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Egg containers : NESTS
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Cons : PRISONERS
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Fourth element on the periodic table : BERYLLIUM
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Not an original thought : ECHO
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Place to set a candle, maybe : SILL
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Something to go out in? : PJS
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Karaoke need : MIKE
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Days long past : YORE
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Mother figure : ABBESS
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Legislative oversights : LOOPHOLES
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Complete reversal : VOLTEFACE
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Took to task : UPBRAIDED
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Ornamental columns : PILASTERS
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Online provider of study guides : ENOTES
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The Big Easy : NOLA
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Give ___ on the back : APAT
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Ontario/Quebec border river : OTTAWA
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Small dam : WEIR
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Six-time Nascar champion Johnson : JIMMIE
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Gave the wrong idea, say : LEDON
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Shipping unit : CRATE
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Noah of "Falling Skies" : WYLE
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Talk, talk, talk : BLAB
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Bub : MAC
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Auxiliary group : ARM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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