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New York Times, Monday, March 9, 2020

Q: Why is a flower like the letter A? A: Because a ___ goes after it

Author:
John Lampkin
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Lampkin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times3/9/20 ( No. 25,689 )
Across
1
Tavern : BAR
4
Fabled loser to a tortoise : HARE
8
Go searching for food : FORAGE
14
Flabbergast : AWE
15
German auto make : OPEL
16
Ways to travel : ROUTES
17
Young fellow : LAD
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What you should take dubious advice with : GRAINOFSALT
20
"If I'm wrong, I'll eat ___!" : MYHAT
22
School support grp. : PTA
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Every family has one : TREE
24
Dry, as a desert : ARID
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"That's not true!" : ITSALIE
29
What a complete fool lacks : OUNCEOFSENSE
32
G.M. car no longer sold new : OLDS
33
Tennis umpire's call : LET
34
Offered for breeding, as a derby winner : ATSTUD
38
Letter between oh and cue : PEE
39
Toilet paper layer : PLY
40
College application fig. : GPA
41
Red ___ beet : ASA
42
Passover celebrations : SEDERS
44
Dove's sound : COO
45
Squeaks (by) : EKES
46
Shylock's harsh demand, in "The Merchant of Venice" : POUNDOFFLESH
49
Leaked, as an old faucet : DRIPPED
51
Government disaster org. : FEMA
52
Greek war god : ARES
53
"Right you ___!" : ARE
55
Colorado skiing mecca : ASPEN
58
What "it" may hit you like : TONOFBRICKS
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Before, in poetry : ERE
63
Concert gear handler : ROADIE
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Brand of basketballs : VOIT
65
Classic symphonic rock group, for short : ELO
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Claim to be true : ALLEGE
67
Odds' counterpart : ENDS
68
Documentarian Burns : KEN
Down
1
ChapStick, e.g. : BALM
2
What a robber hopes to get? : AWAY
3
How robbers can get caught : REDHANDED
4
Immobilize with rope, in a way : HOGTIE
5
Month after Mar. : APR
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Harvest : REAP
7
Snobbish sort : ELITIST
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To and ___ : FRO
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"Ouch!" : OOF
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Steals cattle : RUSTLES
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Maker of the game Centipede : ATARI
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Cosmetic goop : GELEE
13
Toward sunrise: Sp. : ESTE
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___ the Great of children's literature : NATE
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Paths of falling stars : ARCS
25
Gets all pretty : DOLLSUP
27
Quickly and loudly detach : SNAPOFF
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"The Thin Man" dog : ASTA
29
Klutz's cry : OOPS
30
1997 title role for Peter Fonda : ULEE
31
Funny Tina : FEY
35
Glimpse furtively : TAKEAPEEK
36
Baking soda has lots of them : USES
37
Sprint : DASH
39
Skull, for Hamlet when he says "Alas, poor Yorick!" : PROP
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When repeated, infant's sound : GOO
43
Any one of nine "Star Wars" films : EPISODE
44
Obsolescent laptop component : CDDRIVE
45
Things that suffered a 20th-century blight : ELMS
47
Close by : NEAR
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Eats royally : FEASTS
49
Bit on a baby's bib : DROOL
50
Kidney-related : RENAL
52
Gillette razor option : ATRA
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M.B.A. class subj. : ECON
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Mystery writer ___ Stanley Gardner : ERLE
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One of the noble gases : NEON
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___ Newton (cookie) : FIG
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Q: Why is a flower like the letter A? A: Because a ___ goes after it : BEE
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Joke (around) : KID

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