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New York Times, Friday, April 3, 2015

It "has very quick ears to an accusation," per Henry Fielding

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 196 for Mr. Berry. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Another beautiful Berry construction. He seems to be settling into a 66- or 68-word groove, a sweet (and challenging for mere mortals) ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times4/3/15 ( No. 23,887 )
Across
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Knew going in : FORESAW
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Sucker : CHUMP
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Term ender : FINALEXAM
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Wild lover? : HIKER
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Coming up, informally : ONTHEMENU
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Get around : ELUDE
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"Michael Collins" actor Stephen : REA
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Evans of jazz : GIL
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Become big after a hit : SWELLUP
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Bonkers, in Britspeak : BARMY
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Onetime competitor of Mad magazine : SICK
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Gift that not everyone accepts : ESP
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Cartman's first name on "South Park" : ERIC
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Place to take an umbrella : BEACH
29
Procter & Gamble product line : OLAY
30
Trading places : STOCKEXCHANGES
33
Charlize Theron, e.g., by birth : AFRIKANER
34
1837 short-story collection by Nathaniel Hawthorne : TWICETOLDTALES
39
Either Best Director winner of 2007 : COEN
40
Without a doubt : TRULY
41
Like sea caves : DANK
42
Minute worker : ANT
43
Topps card tidbit : STAT
44
Lauper of pop : CYNDI
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Gentleman's agreement? : YESMAAM
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___ Jam (old arcade game) : NBA
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Blackguard : CUR
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Garden-variety : USUAL
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Person who just can't lose? : POORSPORT
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It "has very quick ears to an accusation," per Henry Fielding : GUILT
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Now and then : SOMETIMES
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In the right way : APTLY
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Ships with speed : FEDEXES
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Works at a gallery : FINEART
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Neighbor of four Great Lakes : ONTARIO
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Encouraging word : RAH
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Lines of grief? : ELEGY
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It's bigger than a quarter : SEMI
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Impressive way to turn up? : AXEL
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Faint : WAN
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Sassiness : CHEEK
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Reason to downshift : HILL
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It's played close to the chest : UKULELE
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Saucer-shaped jellyfish : MEDUSAS
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Wearing a polo shirt and boat shoes, say : PREPPY
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Magazine that's on the market? : FORBES
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America : vaudeville :: England : ___ : MUSICHALL
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Songwriter with the 1941 autobiography "Father of the Blues" : WCHANDY
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Presidential candidate who once hosted "Saturday Night Live" : MCCAIN
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Hit the hay : SACKOUT
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Firearms company since 1526 : BERETTA
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People get off on them : EXITRAMPS
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"Sweet Rosie ___" (Betty Grable film) : OGRADY
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Chain attached to buckets? : KFC
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One cast in "Jaws"? : NET
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Works out : TONESUP
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Certain Coast Guard attire : WETSUIT
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L'Oréal subsidiary : LANCOME
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Lives on : ENDURES
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Gets around : SKIRTS
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Iroquois Confederacy tribe : CAYUGA
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Full of oaths : SALTY
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Social stratum : CASTE
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Site of Santa sightings : MALL
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Seward Peninsula city : NOME
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Begat : BRED
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Sound made with a wince : OOF
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Some email attachments, informally : PIX

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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