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New York Times, Monday, April 3, 2017

37-Down : Quacky insurance giant

Author:
Agnes Davidson and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {DJQXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Davidson. This is puzzle # 40 for Ms. Burnikel.
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© 2017, The New York Times4/3/17 ( No. 24,618 )
Across
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Inflated senses of self : EGOS
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Moisture in the air : VAPOR
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Flower girl? : IRIS
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Muppet with a unibrow : BERT
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Furious : IRATE
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The "N" of N.F.L.: Abbr. : NATL
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Coating for fish that you might think would make you tipsy : BEERBATTER
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Sound heard in a cave : ECHO
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"Cheers!," in Scandinavia : SKOAL
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Historical periods : ERAS
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Derby or fedora : HAT
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Cinderella's carriage : PUMPKINCOACH
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Hit the slopes : SKI
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___ v. Wade : ROE
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Cousins of emus : RHEAS
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Classical paintings : OILS
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Org. that operates the Jupiter orbiter : NASA
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___-C.I.O. : AFL
39
Rough estimates ... or what the ends of 17-, 24-, 52- and 65-Across are? : BALLPARKFIGURES
44
Slangy "sweetie" : BAE
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Pepper's partner : SALT
46
California wine valley : NAPA
47
Popular pain reliever : ALEVE
49
Have a part in a play : ACT
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Talk, talk, talk : YAP
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Waiter's refilling aid : WATERPITCHER
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Utmost : NTH
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Sport for heavyweights : SUMO
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Curses (out) : REAMS
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Couple, in a gossip column : ITEM
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Overhead cooler : CEILINGFAN
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Ruler said to have fiddled while Rome burned : NERO
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Superman's birth name : KALEL
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Song for a diva : ARIA
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Sprouted : GREW
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Underhanded sort : SNEAK
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Like marathons and maxiskirts : LONG
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Recedes, as the tide : EBBS
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Sheldon of "The Big Bang Theory," for one : GEEK
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Cookie that may be dipped in milk : OREO
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Subway standee's support : STRAP
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By way of : VIA
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Works at a museum : ART
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___ Philippe (Swiss watchmaker) : PATEK
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Cheri formerly of "S.N.L" : OTERI
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Aired, as old TV shows : RERAN
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Suffix with serpent : INE
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Host of TV's "30 Minute Meals" : RACHAELRAY
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Cornell University's home : ITHACA
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Tree huggers? : SLOTHS
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Fuzzy picture : BLUR
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One who's all skin and bones : SCRAG
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Leonardo da Vinci's "___ Lisa" : MONA
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Fruits that are a little grittier than apples : PEARS
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"That sounds good - NOT!" : OHFUN
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Cry big tears : SOB
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Maker of autodom's Optima : KIA
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Words after "Reach Out" in a #1 Four Tops hit : ILLBETHERE
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Work like a dog : SLAVE
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Cousin of calypso : SKA
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Quacky insurance giant : AFLAC
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House of Lords members : PEERS
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Scratch target : ITCH
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Pollution police, for short : EPA
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Softhead : SAP
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Store window shader : AWNING
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___-day Saints (Mormons) : LATTER
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Fork-tailed bird : TERN
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Hockey discs : PUCKS
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"Wait, let me explain ..." : IMEAN
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French fabric : TOILE
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Majestic : REGAL
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Big, round head of hair : AFRO
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Street through the middle of town : MAIN
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Slight problem : SNAG
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Cut the lawn : MOW
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Pasture : LEA
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Kind : ILK

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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