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New York Times, Monday, April 19, 2021

Pacific Island group that was once a setting for "Survivor"

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 74 for Ms. Michaels. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2021, The New York Times4/19/21 ( No. 26,095 )
Across
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Opening made by a letter opener : SLIT
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Antifur org. : PETA
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Wee bit : SKOSH
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Old-fashioned fight club? : MACE
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Wrinkle remover : IRON
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Pacific Island group that was once a setting for "Survivor" : PALAU
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New couple, in a gossip column : ITEM
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Look after, as a fire, bar or flock : TEND
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1940s nuclear event, for short : ATEST
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"I'm willing to pay that amount" : THEPRICEISRIGHT
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"___ Just Not That Into You" (2009 rom-com) : HES
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New newt : EFT
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Get value from : USE
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"Law & Order" spinoff, informally : SVU
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Longtime advertiser at the Indy 500 : STP
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Oolong or Darjeeling : TEA
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"If I can be honest here ..." : TOTELLTHETRUTH
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Submarine device : SONAR
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The "A" of E.T.A.: Abbr. : ARR
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Main line from the heart : AORTA
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"Absolutely! 100% positive!" : YOUBETYOURLIFE
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E.R. staffers : RNS
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Snake symbolizing old Egyptian royalty : ASP
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Gives a thumbs-up : OKS
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Transmission by telephone : FAX
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___ alai : JAI
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Pennies: Abbr. : CTS
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20-, 32- or 40-Across : CLASSICGAMESHOW
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Boots from political office : OUSTS
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Southwestern tribe with a snake dance : HOPI
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Start of every California ZIP code : NINE
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How a ballerina often dances : ONTOE
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Israeli statesman Abba ___ : EBAN
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Historical novelist Seton : ANYA
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Jumped : LEAPT
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Alternative to a drumstick : WING
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Historical : PAST
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Actress Dame Maggie : SMITH
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Woodworker's tool : LATHE
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Drinks akin to Slush Puppies : ICEES
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Work as a sub : TEMP
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Pathetic : PITIFUL
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Put up, as a monument : ERECT
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Muscular firmness : TONE
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"___ Love Her" (Beatles ballad) : ANDI
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Practices jabs and hooks : SPARS
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TV journalist Couric : KATIE
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Fashion designer Cassini : OLEG
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Bit of attire that might say "MISS UNIVERSE" : SASH
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Jabba the ___ : HUTT
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Paul who went on a midnight ride : REVERE
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Building manager, for short : SUPE
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Wild guess : STAB
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Razor sharpener at a barbershop : STROP
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By way of, for short : THRU
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Surf's partner, on menus : TURF
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Suffix with Smurf : ETTE
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"So it's you!" : AHA
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Bugs Bunny or Wile E. Coyote : TOON
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Burden to bear : ONUS
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Potato chip brand : LAYS
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Walkie-___ : TALKIE
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Louis Treize, Louis Quatorze and others : ROIS
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Damascus's land: Abbr. : SYR
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Something hailed on city streets : TAXI
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Wandering : ROAMING
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Camera lens setting : FSTOP
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Beauty, brawn or brains : ASSET
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Land east of the Yellow Sea : JAPAN
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Land west of the Yellow Sea : CHINA
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Awards for Broadway's best : TONYS
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Blood, ___ & Tears : SWEAT
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Hip : COOL
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Debussy's "Clair de ___" : LUNE
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"The Thin Man" pooch : ASTA
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What a puppy likes to do to toys and socks : CHEW
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Mongolian desert : GOBI
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Jacket fastener : SNAP

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