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New York Times, Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Cause of 1840s-'50s emigration from Ireland

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQUX} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 30 for Ms. Burnikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:

I normally avoid 3/6/4 edge breakup, but the theme intersection in this grid made the design necessary. It gave me the smoothest fill.

Jeff Chen notes:
This one triggered a smile in my heart, as one of my very first puzzles used a similar pronunciation twist. I liked C.C.'s ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times5/18/16 ( No. 24,298 )
Across
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DuVernay who directed "Selma" : AVA
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Cause of 1840s-'50s emigration from Ireland : FAMINE
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"___ difference!" : SAME
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Comfy shoe : MOC
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Spotted wildcat : OCELOT
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Airline seat part : TRAY
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Where the midnight sun can be observed : ANTARCTICCIRCLE
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African nation renamed in 1997 : ZAIRE
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"As if!" : HAH
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Chills out : RESTS
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Diva's problem : EGOISM
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Daniel who created Friday : DEFOE
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Place for a trophy case : DEN
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___ pie (old British dish) : EEL
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Like early audiobooks : ONTAPE
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One out of 100 : SENATOR
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Actress Seehorn of "Better Call Saul" : RHEA
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"No need to discuss it" : THATSAMOOTPOINT
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It may be put in a bun : HAIR
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Won, as a voting demographic : CARRIED
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Bitter salad green : ENDIVE
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Decimal base : TEN
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"___ chance!" : FAT
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Singer with the #1 hit "TiK ToK" : KESHA
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Nina of jazz : SIMONE
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Ticked off : IRKED
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Great Lakes freighter load, perhaps : ORE
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Grounds for lawsuits : TORTS
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Rotisserie League game : FANTASYBASEBALL
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Pre-cable TV problem : SNOW
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Contributes, as to a pool : PAYSIN
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Roll call vote : YEA
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"The Simpsons" bus driver : OTTO
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State confidently : ASSERT
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Most univ. applicants : SRS
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Bowled over : AMAZED
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Internet-based phone provider : VONAGE
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Kung fu movie genre : ACTION
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What 17-Across has, phonetically : FORESEES
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Georgia Tech's athletic org. : ACC
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Crystal ___ : METH
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Tale of Troy : ILIAD
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Night, in Nicaragua : NOCHE
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And more, briefly : ETC
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Souped-up vintage auto : STREETROD
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Jump shot paths : ARCS
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Brewer's ingredient : MALT
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Some glass prostheses : EYES
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Singer Grande, to fans : ARI
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Pitching wedge, for one : IRON
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Poses a danger to : MENACES
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What 38-Across has, phonetically : FORTIES
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Mantra-chanting priest : LAMA
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Tuna at sushi bars : AHI
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Word with pig or play : PEN
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Absorb, as a loss : EAT
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Worrisome call at home : STRIKETWO
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Only non-U.S. M.L.B. team, on scoreboards : TOR
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___ cloud (source of comets) : OORT
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Article with no equivalent in Russian : THE
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Chinese dynasty after the Qin : HAN
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Rescuer's offering : AID
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Showing sorrow : PENITENT
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Hindu sacred writing : VEDA
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What 61-Across has, phonetically : FORAYS
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Half a rack, to a hunter : ANTLER
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Cars since 2006 : TESLAS
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Georgetown athletes : HOYAS
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"We have the meats" fast-food chain : ARBYS
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Unruly bunch : MOB
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"In that case ..." : IFSO
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Go on a tirade : RANT
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Macramé feature : KNOT
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Stress-free state : EASE
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Place to wear a wrap : SPA
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Elton John title : SIR

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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