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New York Times, Thursday, April 9, 2020

Method of communication needed to understand 17-, 25-, 36- and 49-Across

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Eaton-Salners

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {GJQ} This is puzzle # 39 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times4/9/20 ( No. 25,720 )
Across
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Cry from a card holder : UNO
4
___ Kelly, Democratic governor of Kansas starting in 2019 : LAURA
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Yoga pose : ASANA
14
World view? : MAP
15
Putin ally in the Mideast : ASSAD
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"Old Town Road (feat. Billy Ray Cyrus)," for one : REMIX
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-able : PUTONHOLD
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Nickname for an instructor : TEACH
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Singer Turner's memoir : ITINA
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Alley sight : PIN
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Actress/singer Kravitz : ZOE
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Frost formed from fog : RIME
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Big nos. : SCHNOZZOLA
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Connecticut collegian : ELI
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Group HQ'd in Ramallah : PLO
31
Added some color to : STAINED
32
Late 1970s : DISCOERA
35
Show that Betty White hosted at age 88, informally : SNL
36
Op-ed : MADEACHOICE
39
Tear : RIP
40
Trick to increase one's efficiency, in modern lingo : LIFEHACK
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"That one's on me" : MYFAULT
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Sailor : TAR
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Bond or bind : TIE
49
Mil. post, say : ROADMARKER
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Soul singer Gray : MACY
52
Bit of reproach : TUT
53
Updo hairstyle : BUN
54
NBC drama that won 15 Emmys : LALAW
55
Tree that's one of Athena's symbols : OLIVE
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Method of communication needed to understand 17-, 25-, 36- and 49-Across : MORSECODE
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Target : AIMAT
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Hybrid fruit : PLUOT
63
___ in Nancy : NAS
64
Figures in academia : DEANS
65
Unlikely Christmas gifts in tropical areas : SLEDS
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Is written in old Rome? : EST
Down
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Made some calls : UMPIRED
2
Sea creatures that move by jet propulsion : NAUTILI
3
"When life gives you lemons, make lemonade" outlook : OPTIMISM
4
Singer ___ Del Rey : LANA
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Grateful? : ASH
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Tour letters : USO
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"Invisible Man" author Ellison : RALPH
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Berries, for breakfast cereal, e.g. : ADDINS
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Intriguing discovery in a cave : ART
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Date : SEE
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Second-largest private employer in the U.S., after Walmart : AMAZON
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Cartoonist Hollander : NICOLE
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Log splitter : AXHEAD
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Prime factor : ONE
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"Up to this point, no" : NOTSOFAR
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Where to get a polysomnogram : SLEEPLAB
26
___ Crawley, countess on "Downton Abbey" : CORA
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More off-the-wall : ZANIER
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Nada : ZILCH
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Talking point : PODIUM
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It might be shot on a winding seaside road : CARAD
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Part of the knee, for short : ACL
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Shere who wrote "Sexual Honesty: By Women for Women" : HITE
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Eschew dinner company : EATALONE
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Large, noisy insects : CICADAS
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Route 1 terminus : KEYWEST
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"The Wind in the Willows" character : MRTOAD
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"That's not true!" : YOULIE
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Daughter of Muhammad : FATIMA
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One-ups : TRUMPS
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Small hill : KNOLL
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Big ___ : MAC
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Gives permission to : LETS
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Camper, e.g. : VAN
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H.S. exam org. : ETS
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Regret : RUE
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Cover some ground : SOD

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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