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New York Times, Friday, April 20, 2018

43-Across : His number 33 is retired by the Lakers

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 58 for Mr. Fagliano.
Joel Fagliano notes:
When Will asked me to make this puzzle for the 25,000 mark of the New York Times Crossword, I was honored and a little intimidated. I ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times4/20/18 ( No. 25,000 )
Across
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Cruise seat : DECKCHAIR
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Fastener with a crosspiece : TBOLT
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Winner of eight Winter Olympics medals in the 2000s : APOLOOHNO
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Corresponded with : WROTE
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Household item usually stored upside down : WINEGLASS
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Rapper who was part of N.W.A : EAZYE
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Class struggle? : TEST
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Couple's matching pair, informally : HISNHERS
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___ end up : THIS
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Pledge drive plea : DONATE
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Lady bird : HEN
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Desperately in need of approval, in modern slang : THIRSTY
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Fair-hiring inits. : EOE
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Animal with the longest gestation, at nearly two years : ELEPHANT
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"Wouldn't that be nice!" : IFONLY
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Charming : WINSOME
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Diner fixture : GRIDDLE
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Warm place to chill : HOTTUB
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Supply for sautéing : OLIVEOIL
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Org. in "Inglourious Basterds" : OSS
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Under the specified word, in a reference book : SUBVOCE
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Shipping or handling : FEE
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His number 33 is retired by the Lakers : KAREEM
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Put in play? : CAST
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Part-time newspaper employee : STRINGER
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Fossey who studied gorillas : DIAN
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Stand too close to : CROWD
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Pocket of the Mideast : PITABREAD
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Back now after going out? : RELIT
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Net sales : ECOMMERCE
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"Oh, for heaven's sake!" : YEESH
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Entrenched network inside a government : DEEPSTATE
Down
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Cousin of a crow : DAW
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Prefix with -genetic : EPI
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Topic of the mnemonic "Eat An Apple As A Nighttime Snack" : CONTINENTS
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Paintings such as "Cat and Bird" and "The Goldfish" : KLEES
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Teeth : COGS
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Otter's den : HOLT
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"How clever!" : AHA
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Words of summation : INSHORT
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Anti-slippage substances : ROSINS
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With 26-Down, the place of today's puzzle among all New York Times crosswords : TWENTYFIVE
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Kepler's contemporary and assistant : BRAHE
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Muck : OOZE
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Distance in astronomy: Abbr. : LTYR
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Shots are taken off of them : TEES
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Like HBO's "Last Week Tonight With John Oliver" : SATIRIC
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100+ million-selling band that once held a Guinness record for loudest concert : THEWHO
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Sol's counterpart : HELIOS
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Sup : DINE
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See 10-Down : THOUSANDTH
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German city on the Elbe : HAMBURG
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Historical transition point : ENDOFANERA
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Simple skate park tricks : OLLIES
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Space for a lace : EYELET
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S.F. winter setting : PST
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Lit class reading : ODE
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Stick (onto) : GLOM
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Not neat : OVERICE
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Confirmed being locked, as a car : BEEPED
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Birds on New Zealand dollar coins : KIWIS
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"To the power of" symbol : CARET
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Foretell the future : SCRY
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Diagram of possibilities : TREE
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Capacity : ROLE
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Like unfinished laundry : DAMP
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Some early computers : IBMS
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One out of 10 : TOE
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A.C.A. part : ACT
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"It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" woman : DEE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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