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New York Times, Saturday, May 12, 2018

Who once described puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy"

Author:
Alex Eylar
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQX} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Eylar.
Alex Eylar notes:
This puzzle was my Mount Everest. That enormous swath of whitespace in the center was the ultimate challenge — I can't even count the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Few constructors would have the guts to tackle something like the middle of this grid. (I've tried and gone down in flames.) ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times5/12/18 ( No. 25,022 )
Across
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Husky relatives : AKITAS
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Like a virgin : CHASTE
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Title setting for Shakespeare : VERONA
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Event with fiddling : HOEDOWN
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Here and there : AROUND
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Riffraff : LOWLIFES
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With 18-Across, desires : LONGS
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See 17-Across : FOR
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See 54-Across : MOTEL
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Response to a burn or a pun : OUCH
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Jack ___ : FROST
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Girth : SIZE
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Dismissive turndown : NAH
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They may hold the solution : BEAKERS
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Profit chaser? : EER
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The last pair you'll ever wear? : CEMENTSHOES
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Where the magician hides the rabbit : FALSEBOTTOM
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Embarrassments for news agencies : RETRACTIONS
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Attained : GOT
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Who once described puritanism as "the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy" : MENCKEN
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Contents of une fontaine : EAU
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Not just passes : ACES
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Piled leaves : RAKED
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Despot exiled in 1979 : AMIN
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Bobby who co-founded the Black Panthers : SEALE
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Co-star of the "Thin Man" films : LOY
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Idiots : CLODS
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Something the Netherlands has but Belgium doesn't? : CAPITALN
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Certain religious proselytizer, informally : MOONIE
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Pattern breaker : ANOMALY
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Faux gold : OROIDE
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With 19-Across, spot for a tryst : NOTELL
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Measure of military alertness : DEFCON
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Place of eternal happiness : AVALON
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Beat someone? : KEROUAC
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Cooking title : IRONCHEF
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"Too bad!" : TOUGH
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Jamaica's St. ___ Bay : ANNS
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Bummed : SAD
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Image on every carton of Ben & Jerry's ice cream : COW
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Lead : HELM
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"Ciao" : ADIOS
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Pushover : SOFTIE
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Pull one's hair out? : TWEEZE
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Eve who wrote "The Vagina Monologues" : ENSLER
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"Balderdash!" : HORSEHOCKEY
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Recalls : LOOKSBACKON
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Letter closing from one brother to another : FRATERNALLY
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Window: Ger. : FENSTER
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Brought (out) : TROTTED
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Brazilian city at the mouth of the Amazon : BELEM
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Take root : SETIN
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Nick, e.g. : MAR
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___ Canals : SOO
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"Thirty days hath September ...," e.g. : MNEMONIC
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Tied the knot : SAIDIDO
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Container that's almost always red : GASCAN
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About 71% of la Tierra : OCEANO
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What "I" am, in a kid's song : TEAPOT
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Invisible : UNSEEN
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Say nasty things about : SLIME
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How shy people may stand : ALOOF
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Bibliography abbr. : ETAL
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Common ___ : CORE
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Word before and after "in" : ALL
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Reddit V.I.P., for short : MOD

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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