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New York Times, Monday, April 4, 2016

Author:
David Kwong
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Kwong

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Kwong. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Kwong notes:
Just over a year ago Martin Gero, the creator of "Blindspot," hired me to consult on the puzzles for his new NBC show. When we started ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
BACKCOUNTRY interpreted as "country listed in reverse, within phrases." Some beautiful finds, KENYA backward in WAYNE KNIGHT (Newman!) ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 0404 ( 24,254 )
Across
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Republican grp. : GOP
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Owns up to : ADMITS
10
That guy : HIM
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"Cat ___ Hot Tin Roof" : ONA
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Billionaire Aristotle : ONASSIS
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Point of no return? : ACE
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Lunar New Year in Vietnam : TET
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Actor who portrayed Newman on "Seinfeld" : WAYNEKNIGHT
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Be behind : TRAIL
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"Honest!" : ISWEAR
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Obvious indication : CLEARSIGN
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Fascinated by : INTO
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Explore, as the Internet : SURF
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Mortarboard attachment : TASSEL
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Glock, e.g. : PISTOL
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It may keep cafeteria food warm : HEATLAMP
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In time past : AGO
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Red or yellow card issuer : REF
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Channel for Anderson Cooper : CNN
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Billiards variant : NINEBALL
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Prefix with intestinal : GASTRO
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"Come on, no cheating" : BEFAIR
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Went in haste : HIED
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Commotion : TODO
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Ushers' offerings : PLAYBILLS
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Native of Akron or Cleveland : OHIOAN
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Dante's "La Vita ___" ("The New Life") : NUOVA
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Rural area ... or what can be found in each set of circled letters? : BACKCOUNTRY
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Spoiled : BAD
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"Able was I ___ I saw Elba" : ERE
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Notable products of Persia : CARPETS
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Poem "to" somebody or something : ODE
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Thumbs-up response : YES
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Helping after seconds : THIRDS
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Heed the coxswain : ROW
Down
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Understood : GOT
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Result of dividing any nonzero number by itself : ONE
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James whose novels have sold more than 300 million copies : PATTERSON
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Diarist Nin : ANAIS
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Naturally illuminated : DAYLIT
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Yahoo alternative : MSN
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Suffix with expert : ISE
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Kind of torch on "Survivor" : TIKI
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ID thieves' targets : SSNS
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Actress Uta : HAGEN
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Apple messaging software : ICHAT
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The first "M" in MGM : METRO
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Man ___ : OWAR
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Volunteer's response : IWILL
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Flat floater : RAFT
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Channel with hearings : CSPAN
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Mario's video game brother : LUIGI
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Exasperated cry : GAH
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Tiny div. of a minute : NSEC
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Serenaded : SANG
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One of three active volcanoes in Italy : ETNA
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"Kill ___ killed" : ORBE
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Thumb (through) : LEAF
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Like 1947's Taft-Hartley Act : ANTILABOR
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Edible mushroom : MOREL
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Herders' sticks : PRODS
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Commotion : FLAP
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Kindle download : EBOOK
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Rap's ___ Kim : LIL
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Prison weapon : SHIV
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___ and raved : RANTED
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Maguire of Hollywood : TOBEY
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Midway alternative : OHARE
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Does some kitchen prep work : DICES
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Mongolian tents : YURTS
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All students at Eton : BOYS
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A debit card is linked to one: Abbr. : ACCT
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"The Daily Show" host Trevor : NOAH
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Mentalist Geller : URI
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"Wait Wait ... Don't Tell Me!" airer : NPR
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Commotion : ADO
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It might get your feet wet : DEW

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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