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New York Times, Saturday, April 26, 2014

He called his critics "pusillanimous pussyfooters"

Author:
Evan Birnholz
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Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Birnholz. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2014, The New York Times4/26/14 ( No. 23,545 )

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"Friday the 13th" setting : CAMP
5
Cry accompanying a slap : HOWDAREYOU
15
Green leader? : EVER
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Office addresses? : INAUGURALS
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Tragically heartbroken figure of myth : DIDO
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Some cocktail garnishes : MELONBALLS
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Noted nominee of 2005 : ALITO
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Stumped : ATSEA
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Bit of audio equipment? : EAR
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Controversial thing to play : RACECARD
25
Stats. for new arrivals : WTS
27
Base's opposite : SUMMIT
29
"That's true - however ..." : OKBUT
33
Locale for the Zoot Suit Riots of '43 : EASTLA
36
Fashion clothes : SEW
38
Team unifier : YOKE
39
They created the Get Rid of Slimy Girls club : CALVINANDHOBBES
42
Brand with a "Wonderfilled" ad campaign : OREO
43
Nail : ACE
44
Beginning of some tributes : ATOAST
45
Just beginning : NEWTO
47
Longtime rival of 42-Across : HYDROX
49
Midwest terminal? : ERN
51
Reality show documenting a two-week trade : WIFESWAP
55
"A veil, rather than a mirror," per Oscar Wilde : ART
58
Line outside a gala : LIMOS
60
Dreaded message on a returned 32-Down : SEEME
61
Reverse transcriptase is found in it : RETROVIRUS
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"To End ___" (1998 Richard Holbrooke best seller) : AWAR
65
Q&A query : ANYONEELSE
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Barker in a basket : TOTO
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One endlessly smoothing things over? : BELTSANDER
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Cross state : SNIT
Down
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Fencing material : CEDAR
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Europe's City of Saints and Stones : AVILA
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Battlefield cry : MEDIC
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Abstention alternative : PROTESTVOTE
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"Let ___ Run Wild" (B-side to "California Girls") : HIM
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Physical feature of Herman on "The Simpsons" : ONEARM
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Home to Main Street, U.S.A. : WALTDISNEYWORLD
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The Hardy Boys and others : DUOS
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He called his critics "pusillanimous pussyfooters" : AGNEW
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With flexibility in tempo : RUBATO
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Reagan-___ : ERA
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Harkness Tower locale : YALE
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Pueblo cooker : OLLA
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Red giant that disintegrated? : USSR
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Round windows : OCULI
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Brand named after some Iowa villages : AMANA
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High (and high-priced) options for spectators : SKYBOXSEATS
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Rocker ___ Leo : TED
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Sci-fi villain ___ Fett : BOBA
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They may be made with koa wood, briefly : UKES
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Course obstacle? : TEST
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Elasticity studier's subj. : ECON
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It's canalized at Interlaken : AARE
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Boatload : SLEW
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Boatload transfer point : WHARF
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Mann's "Man!" : ACH
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Eagle of Delight's tribe : OTOES
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Group with the 1963 hit "South Street," with "the" : ORLONS
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Obsolescence : DISUSE
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Moisturizer brand : NIVEA
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Cry accompanying a high-five : WEWON
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Treasured strings : AMATI
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Politico caricatured by Carvey : PEROT
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Start of Egypt's official name : ARAB
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___ Belloq, villain in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" : RENE
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Modern farewell letters : TTYL
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Air : MIEN
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Wood problem : ROT
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Title for knights on "Game of Thrones" : SER

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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