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New York Times, Wednesday, April 29, 2020

"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ...," for postal workers

Author:
Joe DiPietro
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joe DiPietro

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 134 for Mr. DiPietro.
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© 2020, The New York Times4/29/20 ( No. 25,740 )

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Nether regions : HELL
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*"Whaddya know ..." : WELL
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Some stage equipment : AMPS
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Toddler's boo-boo : OWIE
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"Same here" : SODOI
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Not raise or fold : CALL
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*In rapid succession, in slang : BANG
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Sister channel of HBO and TBS : TRUTV
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*Bonkers : CRAY
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Club for drivers : ONEWOOD
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Predetermined cost : SETRATE
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Group without power? : AMISH
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Orthodontist's recommendation : BRACES
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Madison Ave. bigwig : ADEXEC
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Penne ___ vodka : ALLA
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Resident of a hobby farm : ANT
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Dwarf friend of Bilbo in "The Hobbit" : BALIN
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Thick, liquidy servings : GLOOPS
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*"Cheers!" : CHIN
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What's found once in a generation? : SOFTG
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*Dismiss lightly : POOH
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Big oaf : GALOOT
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Pageant crown : TIARA
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Apr. 15 payment recipient : IRS
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Box office smash, in slang : BOFF
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Paid-for trip : JUNKET
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Gets ready to drive : TEESUP
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Swiss currency : FRANC
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Worry too much : SWEATIT
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In the very recent past : ADAYAGO
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*Storied New York prison : SING
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Little bit of color : TINGE
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*"On the double!" : CHOP
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Diva's delivery : ARIA
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"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night ...," for postal workers : CREED
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Sole : LONE
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Cub Scout units : DENS
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*"Amen to that!" : HEAR
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Checked out : EYED
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Wandering sort : HOBO
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Actor McGregor : EWAN
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Betting odds : LINE
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Certain hair removal technique : LEGWAXING
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"The most powerful drug used by mankind": Rudyard Kipling : WORDS
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Internet address suffix : EDU
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A whole bunch : LOTS
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Rolling textual coverage of an event : LIVEBLOG
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Capital of Ghana : ACCRA
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Percussion instrument often used in calypso music : MARACA
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Typewriter roller : PLATEN
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Most cunning : SLYEST
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Zeno, for one : STOIC
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Eclipse, for some : OMEN
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Setup for a police sting : TRAP
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Discounted 50% ... or a hint to the answers to the starred clues : HALFOFF
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Network that aired "Happy Days" and "Laverne & Shirley" : ABC
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Morse code unit : DAH
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QB Manning : ELI
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Former Mississippi senator Trent : LOTT
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Slip-up : GOOF
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Last part of a machine wash : SPINCYCLE
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Softball designation : SLOPITCH
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Imparter of flavor to cabernet sauvignon wines : OAK
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Certain freight car cargo : ORE
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Makeshift donation receptacle : HAT
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Border on : ABUT
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Fish sometimes served tartare : TUNA
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"So tragic" : ITSSAD
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Give an electrical overhaul : REWIRE
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Escorted out of the rain, say : SEENIN
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Feeling "been there, done that," say : JADED
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Heroic tales : SAGAS
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Wild party : RAGER
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Pit stop replacement, often : TIRE
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Greeting at sea : AHOY
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Vanished : GONE
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___ piece : OPED
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Big funder of cultural orgs. : NEA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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