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New York Times, Monday, April 20, 2020

25-Down : 1950s Communist-bashing grp. in Congress

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 92 for Ms. Lempel.
Lynn Lempel notes:
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© 2020, The New York Times4/20/20 ( No. 25,731 )
Across
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Once around the track : LAP
4
Orange-nosed Muppet : ELMO
8
Bump against in a crowd : JOSTLE
14
Hospital dept. for the neediest cases : ICU
15
Document showing ownership : DEED
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Loose, as shoelaces : UNTIED
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*Something to "take me out to," in an old song : BALLGAME
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Hershey's coconut candy bar : MOUNDS
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"Sounds right to me" : IDSAYSO
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Close buddy, in a modern coinage : BFF
22
Weight watcher's plan : DIET
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*The presidency, e.g. : HIGHOFFICE
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Desert refuges : OASES
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Crushing defeat : ROUT
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Strip in a window blind : SLAT
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Trains like Chicago's : ELS
35
Estate in "Gone With the Wind" : TARA
37
George Gershwin's brother/partner : IRA
38
*Unpleasant tidings : BADNEWS
42
*Means of locating one from the herd : COWBELL
44
Thrilla in Manila victor : ALI
45
Great ___ of China : WALL
47
Neither's partner : NOR
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Where a nuthatch hatches : NEST
50
Circle : LOOP
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Not watertight : LEAKY
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*Drama department production : SCHOOLPLAY
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Falco with Emmys for two different series : EDIE
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"Well, what have we here?!" : OHO
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Flicks that sometimes end in weddings : ROMCOMS
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Prohibit : OUTLAW
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"Wow!" ... and a hint to both halves of the answers to the starred clues : BOYOHBOY
67
Guarantee : ASSURE
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Fox talent show winner : IDOL
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Brian who coined the term "ambient music" : ENO
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Performed some hip-hop : RAPPED
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Big Board inits. : NYSE
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Trifling amount : SOU
Down
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Sexual appetite : LIBIDO
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Maine's national park : ACADIA
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Rhythmic heartbeats : PULSES
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Uptight : EDGY
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Dog strap : LEASH
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Account of one's earlier days : MEMOIR
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Keats's tribute to an urn, e.g. : ODE
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Giant-sized TV, as in a stadium : JUMBOTRON
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Like a two-position electrical switch : ONOFF
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Fills tightly : STUFFS
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Its symbol is Sn : TIN
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Was the front-runner : LED
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Some mag. workers : EDS
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Triangular sail : LATEEN
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Comprehended : GOT
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1950s Communist-bashing grp. in Congress : HUAC
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Nastase of 1970s tennis : ILIE
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Astronomer Sagan : CARL
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Latin list lopper, in brief : ETAL
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Whole lot : SLEW
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Gulped down : SWALLOWED
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G.I. who's way off base : AWOL
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Prohibits : BANS
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Knighted actor Guinness : ALEC
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Bowl or plate : DISH
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Swill for swine : SLOP
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Kind of birth with a rear-first delivery : BREECH
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Texter's guffaw : LOL
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Get ready for production, as a factory : TOOLUP
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Satirical work, like "Bored of the Rings" : PARODY
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Homes made of sun-dried bricks : ADOBES
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"Madama Butterfly" dress : KIMONO
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Response to "Who, me?" : YESYOU
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Airport for a Bull or a Bear : OHARE
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Toys on strings : YOYOS
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Spy on the inside : MOLE
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Boat propeller : OAR
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___ Today : USA
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Cough syrup amt. : TSP
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Recycling container : BIN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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