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New York Times, Thursday, May 18, 2017

How the boat goes down the stream, in a children's song

Author:
Jacob Stulberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Stulberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2017, The New York Times5/18/17 ( No. 24,663 )
Across
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Decides one way or the other : OPTS
5
Assemble in a field, say : BALE
9
Like know-it-alls : SMUG
13
"Look out!" : FORE
14
x, y or z follower : AXIS
15
Tuned in : AWARE
16
Turn over : FLIP
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Studio figure : RENT
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TBS show starting in 2010 : CONAN
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StarKist competitor : CHICKENOFTHESEA
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Mean something : COUNT
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Lover boys : BEAUX
23
Polish target : TOENAIL
25
Egg ___ : SAC
26
Keeping elbows off the table, e.g. : MANNERS
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Was idle : LAY
30
Utah ski town : ALTA
32
"The Simpsons" character who wears a bow tie at work : MOE
33
It's often rough: Abbr. : EST
35
Risk mutual destruction, say : PLAYCHICKEN
37
Question raised by four squares in this puzzle? : WHY
39
Coop material : CHICKENWIRE
43
Depression-___ : ERA
45
Part of a workout routine : REP
47
"Madness in great ___ must not unwatch'd go": "Hamlet" : ONES
48
Be out for a bit? : NAP
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A bit sharp, maybe : UNTUNED
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Show with a record 200+ Emmy noms : SNL
55
Chattahoochee River city : ATLANTA
57
Astronomers' sightings : NOVAE
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Fabric store purchase : SKEIN
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Person getting up there in years : NOSPRINGCHICKEN
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Move furtively, in a way : SIDLE
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Facts and figures : DATA
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Stack of sheets : REAM
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Tick off : ANGER
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Series curtailer: Abbr. : ETAL
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Letters on a stamp : USDA
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___ car : USED
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What blinks on a telephone may signify: Abbr. : MSGS
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Choreographer's concern : STEP
Down
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Where all-terrain vehicles go : OFFROAD
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It's hit with a mallet : POLOBALL
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First, second and third, exactly : TRIFECTA
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BART : San Francisco :: ___ : Philadelphia : SEPTA
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Legal hurdle? : BAREXAM
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Scraps : AXES
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"y = 2x," e.g. : LINE
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Subject of Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" : ESTATE
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Faint : SWOON
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Guide : MANUAL
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Muse invoked in "Paradise Lost" : URANIA
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How the boat goes down the stream, in a children's song : GENTLY
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Highway adjacent to a throughway : ACCESSROAD
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Run smoothly : HUM
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Galena, for one : ORE
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Deplete (of) : SAP
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Common cue : NOW
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___ jacket : NEHRU
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A raised hand might indicate it : AYE
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Derek Jeter, for the Yankees : TWO
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Noted Warner Bros. toon : ROADRUNNER
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Aching : YEN
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Most nuts : INSANEST
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Deserter of a cause : RENEGADE
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Subj. for a diplomat, maybe : ESL
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Aesop character : ANT
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Some foreign correspondents : PENPALS
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Island capital named for a European royal house : NASSAU
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___ diet : ATKINS
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Word : PLEDGE
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What two people may ride in : TANDEM
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"Le Coq ___" : DOR
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Had a 58-Down, e.g. : AILED
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Bug : VIRUS
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Stable stuff : OATS
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___ party : STAG
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Plan for achieving a long-term goal : ROADMAP

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