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New York Times, Thursday, May 11, 2017

Comfortably inviting ... or, phonetically, a clue for 20-Across?

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQZ} Spans: 2 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Polin.
Jeff Chen notes:
I admit, I had to think about the theme for many minutes before I understood it. Funny a-ha moment when I finally realized that HOMEY ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times5/11/17 ( No. 24,656 )
Across
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Rook or gull : SCAM
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Ancient Roman thermae : BATHS
10
Grandiosity : POMP
14
Good sign? : HALO
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Helpful pointer : ARROW
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Spin out on the ice? : AXEL
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"Deal!" : IMIN
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Biblical wife of Elimelech : NAOMI
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Bread at a Greek restaurant : PITA
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See 8-Down : VEGETABLEGARDEN
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Raskolnikov's lover in "Crime and Punishment" : SONYA
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Not straight : SLY
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1980s-'90s Oldsmobile : CIERA
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Test done in pre-op : EKG
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Hunky-dory : AOK
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See 27-Down : MODELAIRPLANE
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Oomph : PEP
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Subject studied at Hogwarts : SORCERY
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Eerie gift in "The Dead Zone," for short : ESP
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Long time : AGE
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Hair bun : TOPKNOT
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Seventh of 24 : ETA
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Return fare? : RANSOM
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Metaphor for a fresh start : NEWDAY
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Angel dust, briefly : PCP
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Football stat : YARDS
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Something passed at a meeting, maybe : HAT
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Meeting bigwig : CHAIR
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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Soft cap : BERET
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See 50-Down : LOSTOPPORTUNITY
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How you might be referred to : ONE
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Bagel topper : SCHMEAR
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Level of judo proficiency : DAN
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"Suh-weet!" : YES
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Doesn't retire : STAYSUP
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PC file suffix : EXE
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Prison weapons : SHIVS
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It might be just a line or two : CAMEO
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Set straight : ALIGN
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Affluent : MONEYED
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Eric who played Hector in "Troy" : BANA
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Ali Baba and others : ARABS
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Online provocateur : TROLL
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Comfortably inviting ... or, phonetically, a clue for 20-Across? : HOMEY
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Big gulp : SWIG
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Goulash flavorer : PAPRIKA
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Nitrous ___ : OXIDE
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What doggerel usually lacks : METER
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First option : PLANA
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Grows fond of : TAKESTO
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Devotee : ACOLYTE
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Somber ... or, phonetically, a clue for 29-Across? : GLOOMY
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Splash guards, of a sort : APRONS
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Voice amplifier : MEGAPHONE
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Unsolved mysteries : OPENCASES
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Duchamp contemporary : ARP
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"That tastes awful!" : ICK
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Kylo ___ of "Star Wars" : REN
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Pickup line? : NEEDARIDE
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Dead reckoning? : ESTATETAX
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Something to shoot for : PAR
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Emolument : PAY
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Card game requiring quick reflexes : SPIT
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Invitation particular : WHEN
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Leading man? : ALPHA
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Commodious ... or, phonetically, a clue for 58-Across? : ROOMY
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Screws up the courage : DARES
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Be too sweet : CLOY
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Sewer of note : ROSS
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"Excuse you!" elicitor : BURP
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Newcastle upon ___, England : TYNE
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Polling fig. : PCT
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19th of 24 : TAU

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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