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New York Times, Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dessert add-on ... or what the answer to each starred clue has?

Author:
Andrew Kingsley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 40 Missing: {VXZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Kingsley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times4/21/20 ( No. 25,732 )

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Across
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Some preserved conversations : TAPES
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Very softly, in music : PPP
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Ask : QUERY
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Nuclear trial, informally : ATEST
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Bottle that might be labeled "XXX" : ALE
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Not warranted : UNDUE
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Full moon, e.g. : PHASE
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Scribes' flourishes : CURLICUES
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Heavenly beings : SERAPHIM
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Yoko who wrote and sang "I Love You, Earth" : ONO
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The "O" of CD-ROM : ONLY
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With 32-Across, suddenly and without thinking : ONA
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Speaks scornfully : SCOFFS
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"Uh-uh," formally : NAY
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Minor throat problem : FROG
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Jetson son : ELROY
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See 24-Across : WHIM
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Jazz legend Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Mantelpiece piece : URN
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Republicans, collectively : THEGOP
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Ottawa chief who shares his name with an automobile : PONTIAC
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Hindu god of love and compassion : KRISHNA
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Like a sauna user : SWEATY
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Minor quibble : NIT
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Come clean to : TELL
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Equestrian's pace : TROT
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Not just corpulent : OBESE
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Kazan who directed "East of Eden" : ELIA
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Workplaces for R.N.s : ORS
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Have no doubts : BESURE
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Word before dog or dash : MAD
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Catch sight of : SPOT
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Things retirees wear? : PJS
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Begin to confide in : OPENUPTO
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Capable : COMPETENT
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Japanese or Javanese : ASIAN
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Like films labeled "XXX" : ADULT
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Big deal : ADO
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Someone hell-bent on writing? : DANTE
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Grumpy Cat and Keyboard Cat, for two : MEMES
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Pilates unit : REP
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"He that is slow to ___ is better than the mighty": Proverbs : ANGER
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Selects with a finger, as an app : TAPSON
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Parthenon dedicatee : ATHENA
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*Teeth, slangily : PEARLYWHITES
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Piece for an editorial page : ESSAY
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Fitbit unit : STEP
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Al of "Dog Day Afternoon" : PACINO
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*Peacock's pride : PLUMAGE
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___ se : PER
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*Rite of passage celebrating a 15th birthday : QUINCEANERA
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Not hip : UNCOOL
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College URL ending : EDU
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Lament : RUE
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"Uh-huh!" : YES
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___ Gatos, Calif. : LOS
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Subject of interest to an endocrinologist : HORMONE
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Dessert add-on ... or what the answer to each starred clue has? : FRUITTOPPING
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Sudden attack : FORAY
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Connect, as a smartphone to a computer : SYNC
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*Air Force aircraft : FIGHTERJETS
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"___ Just Not That Into You" (2009 rom-com) : HES
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Platters from the Platters, for short : LPS
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Prime time for beachcombing : LOWTIDE
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Extended family : TRIBE
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Buddy : PAL
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Lao-tzu's "way" : TAO
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Etch A Sketch part : KNOB
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*Big French daily : LEMONDE
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Capable of being folded without creasing or breaking : SUPPLE
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MacBook, for one : LAPTOP
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Take turns : ROTATE
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One living the high life? : STONER
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Winter hrs. in Winter Haven, Fla. : EST
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Suffragist ___ B. Anthony : SUSAN
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Nothin' : NADA
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Engine part : CAM
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Writing from Pablo Neruda : ODE
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Closemouthed : MUM
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Makeshift pencil holder : EAR

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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