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New York Times, Tuesday, April 3, 2018

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Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 84, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. Gulczynski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:
Letters-as-words puzzles have been done before, so I wanted to distinguish this one in two ways: 1) Spell a longish word with fun, Scrabbly ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Think fast! Er, THINK QUICKLY — Damon ends seven phrases with letter homophones spelling out Q U I C K L Y. I've seen many letter homophone ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times4/3/18 ( No. 24,983 )
Across
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10% donation : TITHE
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Makes a to-do about this and that : FUSSES
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Air ticket abbr. : ARR
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Disney mermaid : ARIEL
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Because : INTHAT
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"Seinfeld" uncle : LEO
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*List for some binge watchers : NETFLIXQUEUE
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Bit of a comic : GAG
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Bearded beast : GNU
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Freeze over : ICEUP
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Setting of Kubla Khan's palace : XANADU
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*Response to "Who, me?" : YESYOU
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Body blow reaction : OOF
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*"Balderdash!" : MYEYE
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Much-used Twitter symbols : ATS
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Line around the globe : TROPIC
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State firmly : AVER
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"Gil Blas" writer : LESAGE
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Lou Gehrig's disease, for short : ALS
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*Lowest point on the earth's surface : DEADSEA
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*Avon competitor : MARYKAY
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Move low toward the horizon : SET
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Like a curmudgeon : CRUSTY
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Quaker ___ : OATS
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Sticky-leaved plant that feeds on insects : SUNDEW
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"Six-pack" : ABS
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*Superman's alien name : KALEL
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Longtime U.K. record label : EMI
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*"For what reason, though?" : BUTWHY
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War-torn Syrian city : ALEPPO
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Flexible conjunction : ANDOR
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Tow job provider, in brief : AAA
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Thither : YON
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To understand this puzzle's theme, read the ends of the answers to the starred clues and ... : THINKQUICKLY
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___ Dunham, mother of Barack Obama : ANN
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Marked down : ONSALE
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First-stringers : ATEAM
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Crucial : KEY
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Excited, as a crowd : ROUSED
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"Chocolat" director Hallström : LASSE
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Having a zesty taste : TANGY
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Cara who sang "Flashdance ... What a Feeling" : IRENE
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Emperor who finished the Colosseum : TITUS
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Mag mogul with a mansion : HEF
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Mama Cass : ELLIOT
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Prix ___ : FIXE
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Ending " : UNQUOTE
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Drunken dazes : STUPORS
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Ship's pronoun : SHE
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French waters : EAUX
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More passionate : STEAMIER
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Fish tank buildup : ALGAE
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Having bags all packed, say : READY
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Animal that has strayed from the herd : ROGUE
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Hosp. areas : ICUS
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Big Apple inits. : NYC
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Almost a meter : YARD
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Like whitecaps : FOAMY
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Org. concerned with eagles and birdies : PGA
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First few minutes of many podcasts : ADS
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Geese formation : VEE
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Sup : EAT
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Summa cum ___ : LAUDE
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Rap sheet letters : AKA
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Muscle below a delt : LAT
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Lead-in to "ops" : SYS
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Rodin, for one : SCULPTOR
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Suffix with north or south : ERN
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World Series-winning manager Ned : YOST
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Spanish weeks : SEMANAS
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When repeated, what little stars do : TWINKLE
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Equinox mo. : SEP
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"___ Ben Adhem" (Leigh Hunt poem) : ABOU
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Interment : BURIAL
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Alternative to Travelocity or Orbitz : KAYAK
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Without assistance : ALONE
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Comedian Bruce : LENNY
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Boat trailers? : WAKES
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Papa Bear of Chicago Bears history : HALAS
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"I rule!" : YAYME
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"Egads!" : OHNO
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Tossed out of the game, informally : DQED
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The Cyclones of the Big 12 Conf. : ISU
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Windy City rail inits. : CTA

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