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New York Times, Wednesday, April 8, 2015

39-Down : Republican stronghold

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJKQVXYZ} This is puzzle # 15 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
This puzzle was accepted in June 2013. I was not fond of having a 8-letter entry as a reveal. They force stacked 6's immediately (in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's a trap, indeed! TRAP gets appropriately hidden in four theme answers. As a bonus, three answers are starred as types of TRAPs: ... read more
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Across
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Chicago paper, briefly, with "the" : TRIB
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Subj. for a citizenship applicant : ESL
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Largo, for one : TEMPO
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Monotonous learning : ROTE
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Country music's ___ Young Band : ELI
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Coiner of the term "doublethink" : ORWELL
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Gillette razor brand : ATRAPLUS
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Country that's south of South Sudan : UGANDA
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City near the only remaining wonder of the ancient world : CAIRO
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Bryn ___ College : MAWR
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Captain's post : HELM
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Hot time on the Riviera : ETE
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Mo. with Patriot Day : SEP
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Frozen Wasser : EIS
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Dweller along the Mekong : LAO
30
Marsh plants : SEDGES
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Jack or jenny : ASS
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First National Leaguer with 500 homers : OTT
34
Conductor's place : ORCHESTRAPIT
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The "A" of BART : AREA
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Tram's cargo : ORE
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Dunham of "Girls" : LENA
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Grammy category won five times by Eminem : BESTRAPALBUM
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Org. featured in "Outbreak" : CDC
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Carrier units, briefly : ACS
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Alley-oop pass, maybe : ASSIST
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U.S. counterpart to Britain's GCHQ : NSA
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Cable co. acquired by AT&T in 1999 : TCI
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J.F.K. posting: Abbr. : ARR
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Miler Sebastian : COE
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French 101 verb : ETRE
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Calls off : ENDS
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Royal bride of 1981 : DIANA
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Showed some puppy love? : WAGGED
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Warning to the answers to the three starred clues regarding the word hidden in 17-, 34- and 43-Across : ITSATRAP
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Cheap smoke : STOGIE
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Poop out : DIE
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Camera setting : AUTO
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Some British jackets : ETONS
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"Good ___!" : ONE
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Aspiring atty.'s exam : LSAT
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Tiny amounts : TRACES
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Reposition, as tires : ROTATE
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"Gave it my all" : ITRIED
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*Tough test, slangily : BEAR
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___ roll (sushi item) : EEL
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Batter's nightmare : SLUMP
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Bart's toon sister : LISA
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*Fodor's guide buyer : TOURIST
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Tiny bit of work : ERG
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Sound of an air kiss : MWAH
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Cruz with a 2008 Oscar : PENELOPE
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Cato the Elder's language : OLDLATIN
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Boxer Jake a.k.a. Raging Bull : LAMOTTA
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Head-scratcher : POSER
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Underhanded sort : WEASEL
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"Exit full screen" key : ESC
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One of a geog. 15, once : SSR
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Year of the ___ (most of 2015) : GOAT
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Joins for a ride : HOPSIN
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Steroid ___ (1990s-early 2000s, in baseball) : ERA
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Poor box contents : ALMS
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Stephanopoulos's employer : ABCNEWS
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Republican stronghold : REDSTATE
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Mollusk on la carte : ESCARGOT
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*Mob hit victim : RAT
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Gives in : ACCEDES
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Happy hour spot : BAR
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Old nutritional fig. : USRDA
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Wax-winged flier of myth : ICARUS
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"Moonlight ___" : SONATA
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Darjeeling server : TEAPOT
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Sean of the "Lord of the Rings" movies : ASTIN
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Toaster waffle brand : EGGO
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First queen of Carthage : DIDO
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Stressed type: Abbr. : ITAL
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A, in Aachen : EIN
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"Get it?" : SEE

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