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New York Times, Friday, April 27, 2018

What 90% of American households had in 2010 - but fewer have today

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQUXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 79 for Mr. Steinberg. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2018, The New York Times4/27/18 ( No. 25,007 )

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Across
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Ready to explode : SEETHING
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Mechanical calculator pioneer : PASCAL
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Mesmerize : ENTRANCE
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Do high-level banking? : AVIATE
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Exquisitely delicate : ETHEREAL
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Disorganized group : RABBLE
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Set off : TRIP
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Got room service, say : ATEIN
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Stripling : LAD
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Greek goddess of witchcraft and the underworld : HECATE
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Smooth talker's quality : PATNESS
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Possible reply to someone's tactful remark : ICANTAKEAHINT
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Wild grp. : NHL
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"Venus favors the bold" writer : OVID
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Jack of "Dragnet" : WEBB
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Travel aimlessly : GAD
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Cat known as a Shirazi in the Mideast : PERSIAN
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Stand's opposite ... or a bad thing to do on the stand : LIE
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Ruckus : STIR
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Humorist Bombeck : ERMA
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Just make, with "out" : EKE
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Be really bothered by : LOSESLEEPOVER
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Dance music subgenre : ELECTRO
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Opposite of kindness : SADISM
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Ad ___ : REM
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Up next : ONTAP
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___ perpetuum (let it be everlasting: Lat.) : ESTO
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Any of four punk rock bandmates : RAMONE
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Ruble : Russian :: kuna : ___ : CROATIAN
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Goes around : EVADES
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Newspaper photo technique : HALFTONE
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Antarctica, for one : DESERT
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Image that's very pleasing to look at : EYECANDY
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Hallucinate : SEETHINGS
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Showy ballet leap : ENTRECHAT
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Philosophical issues that may be debated : ETHICALDILEMMAS
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Mine shaft borer : TREPAN
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Snarky laugh syllable : HAR
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Suffix with brilliant : INE
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Awarder of billions in sports scholarships, in brief : NCAA
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Lucre : GELT
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Outcast : PARIAH
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Classic Studebaker : AVANTI
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Twin, to the other twin : SIB
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What 90% of American households had in 2010 - but fewer have today : CABLETELEVISION
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Book of legends : ATLAS
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English industrial city described by Dickens as "an odious place" : LEEDS
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Ratings org. : EPA
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Pontiac Trans Am option : TTOP
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Water diverter : EAVE
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L.A.-to-Fresno direction : NNW
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Cassis cocktail : KIR
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Car that's an anagram of 14-Down : EDSEL
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Sight on school grounds : BIKESTAND
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A little extra for personal spending : BEERMONEY
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E.U. member: Abbr. : IRE
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City in the Midwest's Story County : AMES
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California tour locale : NAPA
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Mythical bird : ROC
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One getting hit after hit? : STONER
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Polar explorer Shackleton : ERNEST
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Swillbelly : SOT
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One-named folk singer : ODETTA
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Was off : ERRED
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Be off : LEAVE
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Great desire : ACHE
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Request intervention : PRAY
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Its first part is called a strophe : ODE
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Estadio exclamation : OLE
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Houston is in it, but Dallas isn't, briefly : AFC

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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