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PREPOSITION PROPOSITION

New York Times, Sunday, April 15, 2018

Author:
Alex Bajcz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 66 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Bajcz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Bajcz notes:
Bucket list item achieved—I've got my first NYT Sunday puzzle! Yay! I don't know about other constructors, but I can't "force" a good theme out of me. I have to be lucky enough for one to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I stared at the title for a long time before staring the puzzle. How neat, that PREPOSITION and PROPOSITION are the same except for that third letter. I didn't quite figure out how it ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0415 ( 24,995 )
Across
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Sound of a dud : PFFT
5
Personnel overhaul : SHAKEUP
12
End of the block? : ADE
15
Pitcher's feat, slangily : NONO
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Peace activist Wiesel : ELIE
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Rear seating compartment in old automobiles : TONNEAU
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Replaced someone on a base : PINCHRAN
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Wagers for a gym exercise? : PULLUPSTAKES
25
Big name in luxury S.U.V.s : ESCALADE
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Successfully persuades : SELLS
27
At the most : TOPS
28
Sub : HOAGIE
30
Opposite of stiff : TIP
31
Figures on slots : SEVENS
33
Bad thing to see under a truck's hood? : PICKUPSTEAM
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Small breather? : NOSTRIL
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Customer service worker : AGENT
40
"Man and Superman" playwright : SHAW
41
Anxious feeling : UNEASE
42
Wastebasket or folder, maybe : ICON
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Avoided trans fats and refined sugars, say : ATERIGHT
47
Part of NASA: Abbr. : NATL
48
Unrecruited athlete's bottleful? : WALKONWATER
52
___ al-Hussein (Jordanian royal) : NOOR
53
Private eye : TEC
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Word after flight or credit : RISK
56
"Zounds!" : EGAD
57
___ dish : PETRI
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It's not in the bag : LOOSETEA
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Intake in many an eating contest : PIE
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Makes drunk : BESOTS
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Certain note passer, for short : ATM
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Timely entrance? : DEADONARRIVAL
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Kitty : POT
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"Here's the thing ..." : YOUSEE
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Lawn coating : DEW
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Grueling workplace, so to speak : SALTMINE
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Man first mentioned in Exodus 2 : MOSES
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Something removed at a T.S.A. checkpoint : SHOE
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Purple smoothie flavorer : ACAI
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German "you" : SIE
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Caught in ___ : ALIE
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Understudy's delivery? : STANDINLINE
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Nonsense singing : SCAT
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Closet rackful : NECKTIES
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Suffer from a lockup : SKID
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Zeros : LOSERS
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"Fight, fight, fight for Maryland!" singer, familiarly : TERP
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Duke of ___, character in "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" : MILAN
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Reaches by plane : FLIESTO
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Scam alert? : PUTONNOTICE
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Paragons : IDEALS
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Hoppy brew : IPA
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Info provider : SOURCE
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Optimist's credo : ICAN
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What an A.P. class likely isn't : EASYA
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Throws at : TOSSESTO
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Fight clubs? : RUNINCIRCLES
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Serving to quell violent protests : ANTIRIOT
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Free, as a seat : UNTAKEN
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Web links, briefly : URLS
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Trickle : SEEP
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Certain baseball positions: Abbr. : RFS
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Lunchtime errands, e.g. : NOONERS
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___ Classic (cable channel) : ESPN
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Juices (up) : PEPS
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Something a chimney sweep sweeps : FLUE
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Permeate : FILL
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Gossips : TELLSTALES
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Pennzoil competitor : STP
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Low-cost lodging : HOSTEL
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Playwright Chekhov : ANTON
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Bags that might have drawstrings : KNAPSACKS
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Startled squeals : EEKS
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Neighbor of Oman, for short : UAE
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Press, as a button : PUSHIN
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Vertical, to a sailor : APEAK
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Saying "Eww!," say : DISGUSTED
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Make hard to read : ENCIPHER
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Org. that's nearly one-fourth Canadian : NHL
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Speak before Parliament, e.g. : ORATE
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Comaneci of Olympics fame : NADIA
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Time in Tokyo when it's midnight in New York : ONEPM
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___ salad : CAESAR
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App customers : USERS
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10/ : OCT
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Scene : VIEW
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Founder of Philadelphia : PENN
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Strong strings : TWINES
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Sister : NUN
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Man ___ mission : ONA
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Soundtrack for a brawl? : SETTOMUSIC
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Proceed well enough : GOOK
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Story featuring divine intervention : ILIAD
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___ premium : ATA
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Compositions often chosen for encores? : GOTOPIECES
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Seuss title character : HORTON
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Sad, in San Juan : TRISTE
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Department : AREA
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Small dam : WEIR
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Smoking or stress : AGER
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Forfeits : CEDES
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Hits with snowballs : PELTS
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Nonexpert : LAYMAN
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Portrayer of Mr. Chips : OTOOLE
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Ball support : TEE
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Something "shaken" in a trick : PAW
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The Ravens, on scoreboards : BAL
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Take too much of, briefly : ODON
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Call for : NEED
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"To repeat ..." : ISAID
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Self-absorbed : VAIN
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Hope that one may : SEEKTO
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Doesn't go on at the right time : MISSESACUE
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Exit : STEPOUTOF
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Gives birth to : HAS
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"Eso Beso" singer : ANKA
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Doctor treating patients : CLINICIAN
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G.I. reply : SIRNOSIR
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Any of the Galápagos : ISLE
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Singer known for her 85-Across : ELLA
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Skill : ART
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Chinese menu name : TSO
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More likely to escalate : TENSER
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Member of a four-time Stanley Cup-winning team in the 1980s : OILER
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Emcee's item : MIC
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Spring river breakup : ICERUN
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Certain Summer Olympian : FENCER
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Gyro holders : PITAS
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Barely ahead, scorewise : UPONE
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Interior decorator's asset : TASTE
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Brisk paces : TROTS
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Gracias : Spanish :: ___ : German : DANKE
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Avid about : INTO
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Some Nikons, for short : SLRS
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Go "Ow, ow, OW!" : YELP
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Professional grp. : ASSN
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Apt rhyme of "nip" : SIP
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Card game cry : UNO
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Some doorways : INS

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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