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New York Times, Monday, May 18, 2020

Author:
Christina Iverson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Christina Iverson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Iverson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Christina Iverson notes:
This was my first accepted puzzle made without direct input from a mentor. The original theme set had HORSE SENSE instead of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Brash Jeff: I can Guess That Theme in two entries. BOOT CAMP … HAT TRICK … Things you can wear! Bzzt! THIMBLE RIG … Things you can ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0518 ( 25,759 )

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Across
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Shakespeare, for one : BARD
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Product of Chevron or Shell : GAS
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Many an electoral chart, in brief : USMAP
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State that's said to be "high in the middle" : OHIO
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Con's opposite : PRO
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Take a deep breath : INHALE
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Where Army recruits go to start training : BOOTCAMP
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One placing a phone call : DIALER
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Houston-based food service giant : SYSCO
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Three goals by the same player : HATTRICK
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Actor Wilson : OWEN
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Part of a Halloween costume : MASK
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Shell game : THIMBLERIG
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Norway's capital : OSLO
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"___ the land of the free ..." : OER
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Prefix with -vore or -scient : OMNI
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Made snide verbal attacks : SNIPED
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Ostentatiously ornamented : GAUDY
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___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN
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Shade akin to army green : OLIVE
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"Finally!" : ATLAST
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Avocado dip, informally : GUAC
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Antidiscrimination inits. : EEO
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What snakes and lizards do periodically with their skin : SHED
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British heavy metal band named for a torture device : IRONMAIDEN
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What trees do in the wind : SWAY
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Coordinate, informally : SYNC
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All tuckered out : DOGTIRED
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Go deeply (into) : DELVE
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___ borealis : AURORA
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Game whose tokens have included the starts of 16-, 20-, 26-, 49- and 55-Across : MONOPOLY
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Apache and Sioux, for two : TRIBES
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Beetles, e.g., for short : VWS
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It leads the orchestra in tuning : OBOE
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___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
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Word before lion, level or legs : SEA
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Square ones won't fit into round holes : PEGS
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Short hairstyles : BOBS
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Greeting to a "matey" : AHOY
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Rivers, in Mexico : RIOS
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Company doing business mostly online : DOTCOM
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4.0 is a superb one, in brief : GPA
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Cost an ___ and a leg : ARM
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Student who's no longer a frosh : SOPH
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Cups and quarts : UNITS
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Controversial cosmetics ingredient : SHARKOIL
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Its capital is Bamako : MALI
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Trump impersonator Baldwin : ALEC
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Become more attentive, with "up" : PERK
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Pet collar attachments : IDTAGS
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Some rodeo riders : COWBOYS
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"What ___?" (end of a riddle) : AMI
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Stately tree : ELM
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"99 Red Balloons" singer : NENA
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Some fraternity party getups : TOGAS
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Actor Ledger : HEATH
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Cry made while chest-thumping : IRULE
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Rock Starr? : RINGO
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Observed secretly : SPIED
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Flood blocker : LEVEE
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Ancient theater : ODEON
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Slangy turndown of a request for help : NOCANDO
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Expectant papas : DADSTOBE
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Convent residents : NUNS
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Bejeweled bands : TIARAS
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Senator Klobuchar : AMY
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Loaf with seeds : RYE
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Cold treat on a stick : ICEPOP
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Tangle behind a computer, maybe : WIRES
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Calendar info : DATE
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"___ is not to reason why ..." : OURS
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Stick-to-itiveness : GRIT
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License bureaus, for short : DMVS
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Part of an ear or brain : LOBE
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Certain YouTube posting : VLOG
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Seeing things? : EYES
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Be indebted to : OWE
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Secretive government org. : NSA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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