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New York Times, Friday, April 15, 2022

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
What can strike up a tune?
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {GJWZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Charlson. Friday freshness: 8%
Trenton Charlson notes:
This puzzle was a long time in the making. Back when I first started constructing, I had the idea to put XXX at 1-Down, as I thought ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Whenever I see Trenton's byline, I know to put on my X-ray Spex PDQ, because he loves working with rare letters. That mindset got me ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times4/15/22 ( No. 26,456 )
Across
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Means of supervision? : XRAYEYES
9
Co-winner of the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize : ARAFAT
15
Kisses and hugs : XOXOXOXO
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"I can ___" : RELATE
17
What can strike up a tune? : XYLOPHONEMALLET
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Tiny bit of concern : HOOT
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Saint associated with the Russian alphabet : CYRIL
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___ jure (by the law itself: Lat.) : IPSO
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Discover fortuitously : HITON
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Rail construction : NEST
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"Buzz off!" : SHOO
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Florida city in the middle of "horse country" : OCALA
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Soft shade : AQUA
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Pioneer in instant messaging : AOL
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Fire (up) : REV
34
Watch from the shadows, say : LURK
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Industrial support : IBAR
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Easy mark : PATSY
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As it happens : LIVE
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Critical : DIRE
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Silent ___ : ERA
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Small grouse : NIT
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Refreshers : NAPS
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Unlike filibusters : TERSE
47
Shelter from a storm, perhaps : COVE
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Negotiation site that led to the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize : OSLO
49
Appropriate : STEAL
50
Draft teammates? : OXEN
51
Mythological lyrist : ERATO
53
Fictional narrator whose first name is a fruit : FINN
55
Epitome : TEXTBOOKEXAMPLE
61
Wireless network necessity : ROUTER
62
Toon with a brother named Castor : OLIVEOYL
63
Oxford pad, e.g. : INSOLE
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Locale in SW France : PYRENEES
Down
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Beyond steamy : XXX
2
Boy's name that means "king" : ROY
3
Rose by another name? : AXL
4
"Anybody there?!" : YOOHOO
5
Fair : EXPO
6
Accompaniment for a bottle of rum : YOHOHO
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Beautiful and rare : EXOTIC
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Chaz, to Cher : SON
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___ Game, annual event on the second Saturday of December : ARMYNAVY
10
Raise : REAR
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Everything considered : ALLINALL
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Occasion for Druids to gather at Stonehenge : FALLEQUINOX
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Absorbed : ATE
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Winter festival : TET
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Grandes ___, part of France's higher education system : ECOLES
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Reiterated refusal : ISAIDNO
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Admissions to a counselor : PHOBIAS
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Network of nerves in the abdomen : SOLARPLEXUS
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Rarer than rare : TARTARE
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Keep on keeping on : SURVIVE
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Stop for a bit : TAKETEN
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Employ for lack of better options : RESORTTO
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Place to pick up litter? : PETSTORE
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Comeback that sounds like a "Star Wars" character : ARETOO
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Without incident : SAFELY
46
Alchemist's offering : ELIXIR
47
Flimflammers : CONMEN
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His brother was no keeper : ABEL
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One end of the narthex : NAVE
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Prefix with -assic : TRI
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Countless lifetimes : EON
57
Keystone figure : KOP
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Who wrote "All that we see or seem / Is but a dream within a dream" : POE
59
Pipe cleaner : LYE
60
High rails : ELS

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