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New York Times, Monday, April 27, 2020

Sudden insight ... with a hint to 17-, 24-, 40- and 50-Across

Author:
Ed Sessa
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 43 for Mr. Sessa.
Edward Sessa notes:
Before COVID, I was able to volunteer as a patient advocate at one of several hospitals. Often, I would see a newspaper on the overbed ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A-HA! You gotta love that a-ha moment when you first try handmade ANGEL HAIR pasta. It's almost as amazing as the a-ha moment, when ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times4/27/20 ( No. 25,738 )
Across
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Q-tip, e.g. : SWAB
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Largest continent : ASIA
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"___ your engines" (Indianapolis 500 directive) : START
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Barbed-___ fence : WIRE
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Church recess : APSE
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What bad headaches do : THROB
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Thin variety of pasta : ANGELHAIR
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Home to Brigham Young University : PROVO
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End of a hangman's rope : NOOSE
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Brand with the redundant slogan "Kills bugs dead" : RAID
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Sign of things to come : OMEN
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Competitor of Home Depot and Lowe's : ACEHARDWARE
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Outer layer of the eyeball : SCLERA
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Pastures : LEAS
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___ d'état : COUP
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Trio traveling to Bethlehem : MAGI
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Religious doctrine : DOGMA
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"Don't worry, it's not your fault" : ACCIDENTSHAPPEN
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Rolls's partner in autodom : ROYCE
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Pigeon coop : COTE
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Make, as a salary : EARN
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___ browns (breakfast side dish) : HASH
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Things in eyeglass frames : LENSES
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Talk show host who won a season of "Celebrity Apprentice" : ARSENIOHALL
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Bert of "The Wizard of Oz" : LAHR
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Stage item : PROP
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King with a golden touch : MIDAS
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"Horse around" or "rain cats and dogs" : IDIOM
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Sudden insight ... with a hint to 17-, 24-, 40- and 50-Across : AHAMOMENT
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More together mentally : SANER
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Spiritual leader often pictured sitting cross-legged : GURU
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Big seller of unassembled furniture : IKEA
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Lock of hair : TRESS
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CPR specialists : EMTS
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Small salamander : NEWT
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Former ugly duckling, in story : SWAN
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One who tipples too much : WINO
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Mythical ship sailed by Jason : ARGO
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Contents of an apiary : BEES
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"That sure hits the spot!" : AAH
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Next-best bowling frame to a strike : SPARE
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Basketball great ___ Thomas : ISIAH
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Trapeze performer : AERIALIST
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Popular gas additive : STP
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Quickly raises, as windows : THROWSOPEN
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Doughnut shop attraction : AROMA
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Land ___ (British luxury vehicle) : ROVER
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Hearty steak : TBONE
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Big name in jets : LEAR
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Rapper/record executive Dr. ___ : DRE
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Arrived : CAME
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Bit of baby talk : DADA
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Surgery reminder : SCAR
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Fashion designer Chanel : COCO
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Ethel's neighbor/pal, on 1950s TV : LUCY
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Odysseus and King Arthur, for two : EPICHEROES
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Alaska's largest city : ANCHORAGE
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Classic muscle car : GTO
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Transcript figs. : GPAS
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Measly : MERE
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St. ___ (common church name) : ANNS
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College V.I.P. : DEAN
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Satan's domain : HELL
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Drink slowly : SIP
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Muppet with a falsetto : ELMO
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Most important invitees : ALIST
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Something used to catch speeders : RADAR
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What stars and bootblacks both do : SHINE
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So dull : HOHUM
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Separately : APART
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Poker player's declaration : IMIN
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Hockey feint : DEKE
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Over again : ANEW
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"Now!," in the E.R. : STAT
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"___ Doubtfire" : MRS
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Juilliard field: Abbr. : MUS

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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