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A CENTURY OF SONG

New York Times, Sunday, April 23, 2017

With 70-Across, nickname for a celebrated performer born on April 25, 1917

Author:
Olivia Mitra Framke
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 71 Missing: {X} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Framke.
Notepad: When this puzzle is done, draw a line connecting the 11 circled letters, starting and ending in square #28, so as to spell a phrase related to the puzzle's theme.
Olivia Mitra Framke notes:
I am so grateful and amazed that my first published crossword is with the New York Times... and on a Sunday no less. What a place to start! It was during my college years at Vassar that I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Homage to a jazz great, near what would have been ELLA's 100th birthday. I'm a huge jazz fan, having played in jazz bands for 20 years in my youth; neat to see Ella honored. Love that I ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times4/23/17 ( No. 24,638 )
Across
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Italian relatives : MAMMAS
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Part of the earth : CRUST
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___ Coast, scenic area near Capri : AMALFI
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Brutish sort : GORILLA
19
"Dallas" actress ___ J. Wilson : SHEREE
20
Mermaids' home in Neverland : LAGOON
21
1938 #1 hit for 68-/70-Across, which was inspired by a nursery rhyme : ATISKETATASKET
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Listless feelings : ENNUIS
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Many August births : LEOS
25
Popular pairing with steak au poivre : CABERNET
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Charm : BEGUILE
27
And the following: Abbr. : ETSEQ
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Longbow wood : YEW
30
Detached : ALOOF
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One for the plus column : ASSET
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Congestion site : SINUS
35
Wyatt of the Old West : EARP
37
Extremely loud, in music : FFF
39
Soft drink brand : DADS
40
Love interest for Anastasia in "Anastasia" : DIMITRI
42
___ Reports : CONSUMER
45
Suffix with sheep or hawk : ISH
48
Vintner's cask : TUN
49
Old car named for an explorer : DESOTO
51
Elder Lannister son on "Game of Thrones" : JAIME
53
Stone Age relics : NEOLITHS
56
Piñata smasher, maybe : NINO
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"___ parvis magna" ("Greatness from small beginnings": Lat.) : SIC
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H.S. big shots : SRS
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Talk endlessly to : JAWAT
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Act like : APE
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Illustrator software maker : ADOBE
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Kama ___ : SUTRA
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For grades 1-12, briefly : ELHI
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With 70-Across, nickname for a celebrated performer born on April 25, 1917 : LADY
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See 68-Across : ELLA
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Dreary : GRAY
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Dog whose tail curls over the back : SPITZ
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Great Lakes natives : ERIES
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Sister of Helios and Selene : EOS
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Polish coin : ZLOTY
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Promising action on a fishing line : TUG
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Picks out of a lineup, informally : IDS
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Letter-shaped fastener : TNUT
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Button on the bottom of a multipage form : CONTINUE
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Ring : PHONE
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Frank : HOTDOG
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Rapa ___ (locale of many monoliths) : NUI
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Sports team V.I.P.s : GMS
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Set piece? : TVCAMERA
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Natural history museum sights : FOSSILS
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Turkish title : AGHA
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Road offense, for short : DUI
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The hots : LUST
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Bluish shades : TEALS
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Green who was a four-time vocal coach on "The Voice" : CEELO
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Question asked while extending the hand, maybe : TRUCE
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Reassuring touch : PAT
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Fixture on a fishing dock : SCALE
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One state symbol of Massachusetts : ELMTREE
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Introduces slowly : PHASESIN
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Record label that looks like the name of a radio station : KTEL
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Lao-tzu follower : TAOIST
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Notable quote by 68-/70-Across : ISINGLIKEIFEEL
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Set oneself right, in a way : ATONED
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Five Pillars of Islam, e.g. : TENETS
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"Bonehead" and "numbskull," e.g. : INSULTS
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Solitudinarians : LONERS
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State representatives? : STARS
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Ride and Field : SALLYS
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Sacred choral works : MOTETS
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Melodic passages : ARIOSI
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Accidentally hit "reply all" on, say : MISSEND
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Jan. inits. : MLK
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"Smart" one : ALEC
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Skewered Asian dish : SATAY
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Arctic food fish : CHAR
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Close again, as a purse : RESNAP
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"Family Matters" ubernerd : URKEL
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Manage : SEETO
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Winter celebration abroad : TET
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Sheltered at sea : ALEE
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Japanese comic style : MANGA
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Mass recitation : AGNUSDEI
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Repeated collaborator with 68-/70-Across : LOUISARMSTRONG
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Thwarted : FOILED
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Maps of Alaska and Hawaii, often : INSETS
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Big blow : GALE
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Flight attendant : STEWARD
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Red as ___ : ABEET
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Close buds : BFFS
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"Enough already!" : QUITIT
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Be ___ use : OFNO
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Unlikely book club recommendation : SMUT
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Edith Piaf's "Non, Je Ne Regrette ___" : RIEN
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Name on a blimp : FUJI
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Gets some air : INHALES
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___ Nast (magazine publisher) : CONDE
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Good name for an Irish carpenter? : OTOOLE
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Bubs : MACS
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For laughs : INJEST
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Arctic young 'un : SEALPUP
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Signature tune of 68-/70-Across : HOWHIGHTHEMOON
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One-named singer with the 2016 #1 hit "Cheap Thrills" : SIA
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Slip in a book : ERRATUM
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Café additive : LAIT
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Trade jabs (with) : SPAR
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Flavors : SEASONS
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Approve : SAYYES
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Hollywood job title : EDITOR
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Freedom Caucus, e.g. : BLOC
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Wrinkly fruit : UGLI
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Gossipmonger : YENTA
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Portion of a penny : ZINC
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Where Nice is en France : SUD
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Tough draws in the game Bananagrams : ZTILES
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No fun, as a party : DEAD
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Vegan staple : TOFU
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Van Gogh's "Le Café de ___" : NUIT
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Beverage sponsor of the old "Little Orphan Annie" radio show : OVALTINE
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One in line? : HEIR
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Biblical quartet : GOSPELS
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Silence : MUTE
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East German secret police : STASI
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Quantity of toys on Santa's sleigh : SACKFUL
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Perfumer's liquid : ACETAL
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Summer piazza treat : GELATO
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Near ringer : LEANER
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Nowadays : LATELY
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Occurrences in the 30s, say : SLEETS
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Skating champ Brian : ORSER
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Sore : UPSET
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Setting for a fine meal : CHINA
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Polynesian carvings : TIKIS
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Bracket shapes : ELLS
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Takeoff figs. : ETDS
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Three-stripers: Abbr. : SGTS
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Singer with the 1984 hit "99 Luftballons" : NENA
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Part of T.G.I.F. : ITS
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Cuba or Catalina: Abbr. : ISL

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