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New York Times, Wednesday, April 15, 2020

2-Down : Mythical beast that's half lion and half eagle

Author:
John-Clark Levin and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Levin. This is puzzle # 109 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
JOHN-CLARK: I'm delighted to be making my Times debut today alongside the fantastic Jeff Chen, with whom I've collaborated on several ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It felt fitting to end this theme with THE NSA. They're everywhere — especially in (A)THENSA! John-Clark and I brainstorm upon tons ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times4/15/20 ( No. 25,726 )
Across
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Match, as subject and verb : AGREE
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Newspaper held in low esteem : RAG
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Cigar milder than a maduro : CLARO
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Top of an espresso : FROTH
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Novelist Umberto : ECO
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Swing by unannounced : POPIN
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Things that may fly around saloons : FISTS
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France's Académie ___ Beaux-Arts : DES
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Gives deep massage therapy : ROLFS
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Old Spice alternative : AFTA
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Violinist Zimbalist : EFREM
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Only president who was also a chief justice : TAFT
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Film school deg. : BFA
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"Whew! What a tiring day!" : AMIBEAT
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Padre's hermana : TIA
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Tackle, for one : LINEMAN
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Slicing, as through water : KNIFING
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Part of a cello that supports the instrument on the floor : ENDPIN
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Make right, perhaps in a not-so-right way : AVENGE
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Complete ... as suggested by four symmetrical pairs of Down answers in this puzzle : HEADTOTOE
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Burn black : CHAR
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Layered cake : TORTE
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Group that votes together : BLOC
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A lowercase "f" on a blue background, for Facebook : LOGO
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Like Delta Force forces : ELITE
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She said "Little boy, gonna make you a man," in a Kinks song : LOLA
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Princess of Avalor, on a Disney show : ELENA
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One of the Three Stooges : MOE
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Cares for, as a garden : TENDS
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New Deal prez : FDR
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Airport screening org. : TSA
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Cheer repeated before "sis-boom-bah!" : RAH
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Astronomers' std. : GST
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"I Am ... ___ Fierce," #1 Beyoncé album : SASHA
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___ Park, Calif. : MENLO
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Plays (around) : MONKEYS
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Curvy : SINUOUS
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Started eating : DUGINTO
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Magic Johnson's 10,141 : ASSISTS
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Ten-gallon hat : STETSON
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Cry of disbelief : WHATTHE
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Good-natured : AFFABLE
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Mythical beast that's half lion and half eagle : GRIFFIN
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Edmond ___, "Cyrano de Bergerac" playwright : ROSTAND
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James who sang "At Last" : ETTA
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Canadian interjections : EHS
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Distinctively colored freshwater fish : REDFIN
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Bitter : ACERB
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What "it" is supposed to do : GOSEEK
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Y course : CPR
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Rioter's spoils : LOOT
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H.S. course often covering the "Aeneid" : APLATIN
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Making up variations on a theme : RIFFING
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Performing live, say : ONSTAGE
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Send off, as rays : EMANATE
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Sea cow : MANATEE
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One who might become a fiancée : AMIE
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Record for later, in a way : TIVO
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Screenwriter Nora : EPHRON
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Flimsy, as an excuse : FEEBLE
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Stuffed grape leaves : DOLMA
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Half a sextet : TRIO
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Member of the weasel family : OTTER
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Pitch setter : CLEF
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Waits for a better offer, say : HOLDSOUT
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Game box info : AGERANGE
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Like friends not seen for years : LONGLOST
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Antebellum Dixie : OLDSOUTH
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People are asked to sign it after an accident : CAST
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1896 Olympics locale : ATHENS
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Hush-hush org. : THENSA
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Tell : SAYTO
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Many Pennsylvania Dutch speakers : AMISH
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Typical "Key & Peele" segment : SKIT
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Dark time in France : NUIT
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E.R. workers : MDS
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Second part of the sign of the cross, symbolically : SON
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Glimpsed : SAW
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Indianapolis-to-Atlanta dir. : SSE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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