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New York Times, Monday, April 11, 2016

65-Across : "Won't you let me?"

Author:
Ron Toth and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 77, Blocks: 41 Missing: {JQVXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Toth. This is puzzle # 29 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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RON: Though not a great solver, I've been a puzzle enthusiast for a long time. Early in 2009 I discovered C.C.'s Crossword Corner ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Congrats to Ron on his NYT debut! I used to play trombone in various jazz bands, so it was fun to chat. Neat to see C.C. work with so ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times4/11/16 ( No. 24,261 )
Across
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*With 9-Across, loose-fitting bottoms : CARGO
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Mini-albums, briefly : EPS
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*See 1-Across : PANTS
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Hate : ABHOR
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Prefix with liberal or conservative : NEO
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Legend automaker : ACURA
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Incline : SLOPE
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Grade of wine : CRU
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Who thought of "The Thinker" : RODIN
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___ Sabe (the Lone Ranger, to Tonto) : KEMO
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Tedious task : CHORE
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Ready for picking : RIPE
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*Where you can hear a pin drop : BOWLINGLANE
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Kind of tip, in baseball : FOUL
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Emulates Jay Z : RAPS
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Small recipe amt. : TSP
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Unfiltered and unpasteurized brew : REALALE
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Grp. holding after-school events : PTA
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Island ring : ATOLL
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Guacamole or salsa : DIP
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Soft-serve ice cream shape : SWIRL
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Sounded like a cow : MOOED
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Corroded : ATE
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Up to the point that : UNTIL
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Versailles and others : PALACES
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Vacationers to Vail may carry them : SKIBAGS
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Wed. follower : THUR
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Run up ___ (owe) : ATAB
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Maidenform product : BRA
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Keeps for oneself ... or features of the answers to all the starred clues : POCKETS
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Snitch (on) : RAT
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Features of biology classes : LABS
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"Kiss me, I'm ___" (T-shirt slogan) : IRISH
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Jay who preceded Jimmy Fallon : LENO
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Hideous : UGLY
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"Won't you let me?" : CANTI
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The "O's" of Cheerios : OATS
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Deeply regretted : RUED
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"Oh, shucks!" : AWGEE
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Poetic paeans : ODES
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Poe's "The ___ of Amontillado" : CASK
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Having what it takes : ABLE
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Diamond shape : RHOMB
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Magically vanish : GOPOOF
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It might be found in a deposit : ORE
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Stuffed tortillas : ENCHILADAS
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Evita of "Evita" : PERON
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Reaction from a sore loser : SOURGRAPES
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4, maybe, on a golf hole : PAR
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Nuts from oaks : ACORNS
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Skin flick : NUDIE
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Stumble : TRIP
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Rational : SANE
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One of 77 in this puzzle : CLUE
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Carrier to the Holy Land : ELAL
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Quadrennial soccer event : WORLDCUP
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Hairy Halloween rentals : APESUITS
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Drive (down) : TAMP
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Athenian colonnade : STOA
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*Where you might be behind the eight ball : POOLTABLE
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Illuminated : LIT
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*Falafel holder : PITABREAD
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Pre-calc course : TRIG
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"___ fair in love and war" : ALLS
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Wife of Jacob : LEAH
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Lady hoopsters' org. : WNBA
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Beethoven's Symphony No. 3 : EROICA
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___ Lee Gifford (morning TV host) : KATHIE
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Image of a speeding car, maybe : BLUR
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Prego competitor : RAGU
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Stick in one's ___ : CRAW
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Double-decker checker : KING
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Villa d'___ : ESTE
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Get into a poker game, say : ANTE
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Something to do to a salad or coin : TOSS
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Hip-hop's ___ tha Kyd : SYD
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Place to go in Britain? : LOO

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