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New York Times, Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Menu item #1: A bowlful of Cap'n Crunch that's been on top of the fridge for four years

Author:
Alison Ohringer and Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alison Ohringer
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 44 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Ohringer. This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Agard.
Constructor notes:
ALISON AND ERIK: This puzzle blossomed from an email exchange riffing on a previous NYT puzzle that had HOT OATMEAL as a theme answer ("What's ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
FIX BREAKFAST = make breakfast … or repair it? In my household, it's usually both. Jake (age 2) has a thing now where he rips a piece of food ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times4/17/19 ( No. 25,362 )
Across
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Veronica ___, author of the best-selling "Divergent" series : ROTH
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Green and soft, say : MOSSY
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Movie with famous "dun dun" theme music : JAWS
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Measurement that might be a lot? : ACRE
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Some Japanese cartoons : ANIMES
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Profess : AVOW
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Menu item #1: A bowlful of Cap'n Crunch that's been on top of the fridge for four years : STALECEREAL
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Rhyming opposite of break : MAKE
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Officers-to-be : CADETS
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Opera term that's sometimes a woman's name : ARIA
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Coffee alternative : TEA
25
Austin Powers or Jack Bauer : AGENT
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Menu item #2: The charred remains of a slice of whole wheat : BURNTTOAST
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W.C. : LOO
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"___ Flux" (1990s sci-fi series) : AEON
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Kinds : SORTS
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Org. whose participants wear helmets : NFL
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Follower of Mary : LAMB
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Zip : PEP
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Plea concerning the menu in 18-, 26-, 53- and 64-Across? : FIXBREAKFAST
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Chest coverer : BRA
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"Eight more hours and I'm outta here!" : TGIF
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"Ya got that right" : YUP
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Subject of a sleep lab study : APNEA
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Words to a backstabber : ETTU
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Go out for a bit : NAP
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Menu item #3: A Red Delicious, assuming you find sawdust delicious : MEALYAPPLE
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Writing surface : SLATE
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Wrath : IRE
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Fail to enunciate : SLUR
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Cow sans calf : HEIFER
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Ben ___, pirate in "Treasure Island" : GUNN
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Menu item #4: Something to pour in coffee for a sour surprise : SPOILEDMILK
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"Stat!" : ASAP
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Pig, cutely : OINKER
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Dot on an ocean map : ISLE
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Future-gazer : SEER
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City in West Yorkshire : LEEDS
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N.B.A.'s Young, familiarly : THAD
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Troublemaker : RASCAL
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Stop sign shape : OCTAGON
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Sacrifice of square footage for location, e.g. : TRADEOFF
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___ Keller, first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts : HELEN
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PC alternatives : MACS
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"He still the ___" (lyric in Beyoncé's "Countdown") : ONE
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Word before and after yes, in the military : SIR
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Below-the-belt campaign tactic : SMEAR
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Long (for) : YEARN
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Song one loves, in modern slang : JAM
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Image next to a user name : AVATAR
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Most socially conscious : WOKEST
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Comfy pants : SWEATS
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Not much light can get through it : SLIT
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Grammy-winning James : ETTA
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Bewildered : ATSEA
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Wild hog : BOAR
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Not satisfied, as expectations : UNMET
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"___-daisy!" : OOPSY
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Actor Idris : ELBA
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Media lawyer's specialty : LIBEL
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Roll with a hole : BAGEL
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Sound of failure : PFFT
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Broken bone revealers : XRAYS
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Toy for a windy day : KITE
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Ingredient in a melt : TUNAFISH
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Kneecap : PATELLA
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Close chicas : AMIGAS
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Read over : PERUSE
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Dance done to the 2015 hit "Watch Me" : NAENAE
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Not new : USED
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Started listening, with "up" : PERKED
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As well : ALSO
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It gets bigger in the dark : PUPIL
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Accident-___ : PRONE
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The sky, perhaps : LIMIT
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That woman's : HERS
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Broadcaster of "Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" : NPR
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1950s prez : IKE
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Guided : LED

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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