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New York Times, Saturday, April 6, 2019

Subject of the 1977 best-selling memoir "A Rumor of War," for short

Author:
Ned White
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. White.
Ned White notes:
SNUFFLEUPAGUS was the "seed" entry, originally in the top stack where it just wouldn't work, so down to the bottom stack it went, and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Quick! How many of you out there can say the name of Big Bird's wooly friend? I thought so! And doubly quick, how many of you can ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times4/6/19 ( No. 25,351 )
Across
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"Pretty good thinking ..." : NOTABADIDEA
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"Any chance of success, though?" : BUTWILLITWORK
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"Things don't always go the way you want" : WINSOMELOSESOME
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Cry made while holding one's nose : UGH
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Employment form info, for short : SSN
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Bill of the Planetary Society : NYE
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Egypt was once part of it: Abbr. : UAR
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Flue problem : SOOT
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Tumult : DIN
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Port north of Kuwait City : BASRA
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Word with bird or board : SNOW
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Big dos : FETES
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Calls to reserve? : LETS
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Masthead section : EDITORS
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Gliding ballet move : CHASSE
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Enamored of, informally : NUTSABOUT
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Suddenly awaken : SNAPTO
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Dumpster fire : HOTMESS
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Squat : NADA
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Save money : STINT
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Ricotta sources : EWES
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Unawares : ABACK
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Had something : ATE
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"You've got the wrong person" : NOTI
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CD attachment? : ROM
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Subject of the 1977 best-selling memoir "A Rumor of War," for short : NAM
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Blockage letters : SPF
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"___ Day Will Come" (1963 #1 hit) : OUR
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Renaissance artist who's famous for his "Coronation of the Virgin" : FRAFILIPPOLIPPI
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Woolly "Sesame Street" character whose first name is Aloysius : SNUFFLEUPAGUS
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Prop in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" : TREASUREMAP
Down
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What one may be in the habit for? : NUNHOOD
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What regular-season soccer games lack, for short : OTS
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Jeffersons : TWOS
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Focuses : AIMS
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Equipment for mixologists : BLENDERS
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Word with "first of" or "best of" : ALL
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1979 platinum album with the hit "I'll Never Love This Way Again" : DIONNE
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Minute, informally : ITSY
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Hardly Joe Cool : DWEEB
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Titaness with a home on the edge of Oceanus : EOS
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Stirs : AROUSES
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Earthquake that everyone's been waiting for : BIGONE
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Popular big box stores : KMARTS
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Get cold feet, with "out" : WUSS
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Eliminate : ERASE
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Pair of things sold together, in commercialese : TWINPAC
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Baseball announcer's cry : ITSAHIT
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Adolescents' support group : ALATEEN
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Pix : FOTOS
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Charmin alternative : SCOTT
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When repeated, express disapproval : TUT
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Well-tuned engine output : HUM
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Unwanted growth often related to arthritis : BONESPUR
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Gobble (down) : SNARF
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Jim of 1960s TV : NABORS
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Rigid : ADAMANT
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Quickly grab : SWOOPUP
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Party preps : SETUPS
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Many Sri Lankans : TAMILS
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Modern answer source : SIRI
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One of a kitchen set : KNIFE
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Bravo preceder : ALFA
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Innocent, perhaps : POPE
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Deception, informally : FLAM
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Trim option : FUR
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Little: Fr. : PEU
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Supermarket chain since 1926 : IGA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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