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New York Times, Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Flower cluster whose name can also be read as a challenge

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gary Cee

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJXZ} This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Cee.
Jeff Chen notes:
I misspell SOBRIQUET all the time (for some reason, "sobrioquet" looks better). And now it turns out that I‘ve been mispronouncing it ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times4/16/19 ( No. 25,361 )

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One or two chips, maybe : ANTE
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Airer of N.C.A.A. March Madness games : TBS
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Choctaw and Chickasaw : TRIBES
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"Here's the ___ ..." : DEAL
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Promise-to-pay note : IOU
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Flower cluster whose name can also be read as a challenge : RACEME
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Deceive : DUPE
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Bulletin : COMMUNIQUE
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Mob-busting law, for short : RICO
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Get exactly : NAIL
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Single-minded religious group : CULT
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Dental problem : TOOTHDECAY
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Remini who co-starred on "The King of Queens" : LEAH
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Tax table figure : INCOME
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"Beau ___" : GESTE
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Romanov leader : TSAR
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Make tweaks to : REVISE
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Newsman Koppel : TED
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Nickname : SOBRIQUET
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"Life of Pi" director Lee : ANG
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Ancestral ruler : DYNAST
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Big tubs : VATS
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Hired toughs : GOONS
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Elevated platforms for speakers : ROSTRA
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Big name in petrol : ESSO
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Noted 1950s-'70s D.J. dubbed a "fifth Beatle" : MURRAYTHEK
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Basic idea : GIST
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Start of "The Star-Spangled Banner" : OSAY
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Seeks legal recourse : SUES
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"Is everything all right?" : AREYOUOKAY
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Dahs' counterparts in Morse code : DITS
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Dwindles, with "out" : PETERS
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L.A.-to-Denver dir. : ENE
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Castaway's locale : ISLE
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Article of living room furniture : SETTEE
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Denver-to-Albuquerque dir. : SSW
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Sign for the superstitious : OMEN
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Press "+" on a calculator : ADD
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Cells separated by synaptic gaps : NEURONS
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Starchy pudding : TAPIOCA
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Some "college" participants : ELECTORS
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Idiosyncratic habit : TIC
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Aaron ___, Yankees manager beginning in 2018 : BOONE
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Shrub that might cause a rash : SUMAC
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In all honesty : TRULY
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Scampered : RAN
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One hanging around a house? : ICICLE
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Inheritance, e.g. : BEQUEST
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Act like : EMULATE
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Saw red : SEETHED
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Unaccounted-for soldier, for short : MIA
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Resistance unit : OHM
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Relative of a chickadee : TIT
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Annual horse race : DERBY
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"I'm speechless!" : GEE
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Suffix with north or south : ERN
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By way of : VIA
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130 and 140 are high ones : IQS
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Kama ___ : SUTRA
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Indulges too much, briefly : ODS
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"APPLAUSE" sign locale : TVSTUDIO
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Features of May-December marriages : AGEGAPS
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"Wrong you are!" : NOSIREE
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Actor Louis ___ Jr. : GOSSETT
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Non-prophet foundation? : ATHEISM
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Railroad bridge support : TRESTLE
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Cinch ___ (commercial trash bag name) : SAK
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Still to come : NOTYET
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Kvetchers' cries : OYS
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Device that might have a trackball : MOUSE
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Soldiers' support grp. : USO
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Does a bit of lawn work : RAKES
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"___ Hope" (classic soap opera) : RYANS
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Miner's haul : ORE
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Plant in an English hedge : YEW
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Politician with a six-year term: Abbr. : SEN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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