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New York Times, Friday, March 9, 2018

62-Across : So-so, as support

Author:
Neville Fogarty and Doug Peterson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Doug Peterson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QV} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Fogarty. This is puzzle # 42 for Mr. Peterson.
Constructor notes:
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© 2018, The New York Times3/9/18 ( No. 24,958 )
Across
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Group in the original "Ocean's 11" : RATPACK
8
Classic arcade game with lots of shooting : NBAJAM
14
Like Istanbul : EURASIAN
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Emphatic admission : YESIDO
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First world capital, alphabetically : ABUDHABI
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Like clothes buttons, generally : SEWNON
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Unexciting poker holding : PAIR
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2008 Bond girl Kurylenko : OLGA
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Bedevil : NAGAT
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Car once promoted with the line "The thrill starts with the grille" : EDSEL
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Speaker units : OHMS
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Prefix with -gon : NONA
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Nocturnal acronym : REM
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Strange things : EXOTICA
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Super 8, e.g. : INN
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Group of female seals : HAREM
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Powerhouse in Olympic weightlifting : RUSSIA
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Gradually : ONEDAYATATIME
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Animated character who graduated from Dogwarts University : GROMIT
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The "R" of 28-Across : RAPID
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Circular parts : ADS
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Formidable opponents : NEMESES
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Campaign aid : PAC
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"The Old Curiosity Shop" girl : NELL
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Touched : DAFT
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Rail center? : MARSH
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Express stress, in a way : GROAN
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Gulf of ___ : SUEZ
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Santa ___, Calif. : ROSA
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Juiced (up) : SOUPED
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Jacob's partner in "A Christmas Carol" : EBENEZER
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City nicknamed "The Old Pueblo" : TUCSON
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So-so, as support : LUKEWARM
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Acropolis figure : ATHENA
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Spots : DETECTS
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One going against the grain? : REAPER
2
Poem greeting the dawn : AUBADE
3
"What's past is past," e.g. : TRUISM
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Giant competitor : PADRE
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Last name of cosmetics giant Mary Kay : ASH
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"See ya" : CIAO
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Bad way to go : KABLOOEY
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Buffalo's home: Abbr. : NYS
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Has-___ : BEEN
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Source of stone used to build the ancient Egyptian pyramids : ASWAN
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Flag-waving and such : JINGOISM
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Musical "girl who cain't say no" : ADOANNIE
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Joe known as "The Comeback Kid" : MONTANA
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Cause of bad dreams, in modern lingo : NIGHTMAREFUEL
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Follower of bon or mon : AMI
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Show immediately preceding another : LEADIN
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Scuffle : SCRAPE
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For adults only : XRATED
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Special-education challenge : AUTISM
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Bottom line? : HEM
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Tom Sawyer's half brother : SID
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Request for food delivery : ORDEROUT
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Someone who's pretty darn good : NOSLOUCH
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It could be on the tip of your tongue : TASTEBUD
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___ rap : GANGSTA
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More, in México : MAS
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O.C.D. fighter, maybe : PROZAC
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Put forth : ASSERT
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Enamors : CHARMS
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Small slip : LAPSE
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"___ done now?" : AREWE
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Superbright : NEON
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"The Wizard of Oz" farmhand : ZEKE
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Helicases split it : DNA
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Court divider : NET

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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