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New York Times, Friday, April 3, 2020

First Billboard #1 hit for U2 ... and a hint to the answers to the four starred clues

Author:
Joe Deeney
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 73, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Deeney. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times4/3/20 ( No. 25,714 )
Across
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New York City's ___ Delano Roosevelt Park : SARA
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"This is dear mercy, and thou ___ it not": "Romeo and Juliet" : SEEST
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Loretta of "M*A*S*H" : SWIT
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Member of hoi polloi : PLEB
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Place to look for a date : CORNERSTONE
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Jai ___ : ALAI
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Some phone notifications during March Madness : UPSETALERTS
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*Family name in Shakespeare : MONTAGUE
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*Pill form : CAPLET
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Bit of pool wear : SWIMCAP
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Leaves on the line : LETSDRY
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One might be measured by the pound : MUTT
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"True that" : ITIS
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Apple varieties : IMACS
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Conway in the Country Music Hall of Fame : TWITTY
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Stat that doesn't apply to Teslas : MPG
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First Billboard #1 hit for U2 ... and a hint to the answers to the four starred clues : WITHORWITHOUTYOU
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"Coronation ___" (Elgar composition) : ODE
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Woman's name that sounds festive : NOELLE
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Gives quite a shock : TASES
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Guinness record-holder for the most career goals in football : PELE
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Blowout : BASH
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*Family name in Shakespeare : CAPULET
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*Film technique sometimes used to show the passage of time : MONTAGE
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Never-before-seen : ALLNEW
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Livened (up) : GINGERED
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"No problemo!" : PIECEOFCAKE
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Standout diva performances : SOLI
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One who doesn't give up : REALTROOPER
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"Right away, boss!" : ONIT
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Pay (up) : ANTE
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Fired (up) : KEYED
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They're in one year and out the other : FADS
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Inundates with junk : SPAMS
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OK : ALLOW
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Help to get back on one's feet? : REANIMATE
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In need of toning down : ABITMUCH
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Absorb : SOPUP
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Language in which "Hello, how are you?" is "Halò, ciamar a tha thu?" : ERSE
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Cancún-to-Havana dir. : ENE
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Having all one needs : SET
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Determines as the source : TRACESTO
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Fitbit units : STEPS
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New York paper that published the very first crossword (1913) : WORLD
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Put in the ground : INTER
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Likely to snap : TESTY
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Bandleader Xavier : CUGAT
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Part of an aircraft wing : SLAT
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Follows, as a tip : ACTSON
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Willowy : LITHE
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"You can count on me" : IWILL
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Championship : TITLE
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___ Jima : IWO
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In the center of : MID
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Place for a # : TWEET
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Lin ___, author of the best seller "The Importance of Living" : YUTANG
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Billboard's year-end #1 single of 1979 : MYSHARONA
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"To Helen" poet : POE
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___ Fring, "Breaking Bad" bad guy : GUS
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Mariner's skill : ROPEWORK
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Brings to mind, as a flavor : TASTESOF
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Reason to say "Duh!" : BONER
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"You Can't Take It With You" director, 1938 : CAPRA
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Unfamiliar : ALIEN
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Skirt or curtain feature : PLEAT
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What might end a wrestling match : UNCLE
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System of modified spellings used on the internet : LEET
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Like N.F.L. referees since 1975 : MIKED
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Extremely cold : GELID
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Modifications to text : EDITS
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Stare slack-jawed : GAPE
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A Stark, to a Lannister, on "Game of Thrones" : FOE
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Reluctant to give details : COY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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