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New York Times, Wednesday, May 15, 2019

48-Down : Ph.D. hurdle: Abbr.

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 63 for Ms. Burnikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:
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© 2019, The New York Times5/15/19 ( No. 25,390 )
Across
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Trial separation? : RECESS
7
National Do Not Call Registry org. : FTC
10
___ Majesty : HER
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Blue : EROTIC
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Beast : CREATURE
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Form of yoga : TANTRA
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Freed, but not for free : RANSOMED
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Elvis Presley hit inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame : JAILHOUSEROCK
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Angst-ridden music genre : EMO
22
Platform for 5-Down : IOS
23
Art Deco icon : ERTE
24
Forum greeting : HAILCAESAR
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All chief justices of the United States, so far : MEN
30
Sub system : SONAR
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Disheartened : DAUNTED
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Vacation spot for city slickers : DUDERANCH
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Canadian stadium renamed Rogers Centre in 2005 : SKYDOME
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Humana competitor : AETNA
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___ Joaquin Valley : SAN
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Gangster group in "Eastern Promises" : RUSSIANMOB
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Handled : USED
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Booker, for one: Abbr. : SEN
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Have obligations : OWE
51
2003 film starring Mark Wahlberg and Charlize Theron : THEITALIANJOB
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Unwraps impatiently : RIPSOPEN
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First-aid antiseptic : IODINE
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Building up : AMASSING
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More malevolent : EVILER
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Vicious of punk rock : SID
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Avoided elimination in musical chairs : SAT
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Bone/muscle connectors : SINEWS
Down
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Like a professor emerita: Abbr. : RET
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Slice of history : ERA
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Link : CONJOIN
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Blues singer James : ETTA
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Voice-activated assistant : SIRI
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Rehnquist's successor on the bench : SCALIA
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Mrs., in Münster : FRAU
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Sawbucks : TENS
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Violin holder : CASE
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"Just play along, please" : HUMORME
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Put up, as a building : ERECTED
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L'Oréal hair care brand : REDKEN
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"Mrs. Doubtfire" plot device - or what the letters in this clue's answer do five times? : CROSSDRESSING
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Went very fast : TORE
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Something a gardener might lean on : HOE
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Sounds of puzzlement : EHS
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Who said "A revolution is not a dinner party" : MAO
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___ Luck : LADY
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"Phooey!" : CRUD
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Small battery : AAA
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Publish : RUN
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Final Four inits. : NCAA
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At that point : THEN
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Palme ___ (film award) : DOR
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Cousin of a cassowary : EMU
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Dish often served with wasabi : SASHIMI
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Skateboarder's accessory : KNEEPAD
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Big name in cell service : TMOBILE
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"Right away!" : NOW
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Half a sawbuck : ABE
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Hindu aphorisms : SUTRAS
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Beachside view : SEA
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Certain navels : INNIES
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Ph.D. hurdle: Abbr. : DISS
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Deep-six : TOSS
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Where Samoa Airways is based : APIA
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It begins on Ash Wednesday : LENT
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Rocker Jon Bon ___ : JOVI
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One-eyed Norse god : ODIN
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Never-before-seen : NEW
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Triage centers, for short : ERS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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