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New York Times, Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Author:
Bryant White
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bryant White

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. White. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Bryant White notes:
After hurrying downstairs one day, I stubbed my toe — the resulting pain soared up my leg, roller-coastered around my innards and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I loved this concept. There's something so evocative about the HIDDEN STAIRCASE wending its way down from the TROPHY ROOM to the WINE ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0502 ( 25,012 )
Across
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Christmas Island's closest neighbor : JAVA
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Rites of passage for college-bound students : SATS
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"The X-Files" extra : FED
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"Metamorphoses" poet : OVID
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Throws of the dice, maybe : TURNS
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Within bounds : FAIR
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___ the Hyena of old comics : LENA
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Key parts of a so-called supervocalic word : AEIOU
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Seaweed, e.g. : ALGA
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Where gold and silver cups may be displayed : TROPHYROOM
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Like a hearth : ASHY
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Word with twist and neck : TIE
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Impale : STAB
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"The X-Files" extras, for short : ETS
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Foot with claws : PAW
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W.W. II inits. : DDE
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Fowl places : COOPS
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"... ___ which will live in infamy" : ADATE
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Snooze : NAP
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Broadcasting live : ONAIR
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Dance often accompanied by an accordion : POLKA
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Railroad terminus: Abbr. : STA
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Martial art with bamboo swords : KENDO
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Green-light : ALLOW
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Automotive pioneer Ransom ___ Olds : ELI
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Guiding set of principles : CREED
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Try : ESSAY
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Nipper's co. : RCA
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Mormon grp. : LDS
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Corner keyboard key : ESC
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Meditative practice : YOGA
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Hieroglyphic figure : ASP
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Nobel Prize subj. : ECON
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Temperature- and humidity-controlled place : WINECELLAR
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City near the California/Nevada border : RENO
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Gate feature : LATCH
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Number two : AIDE
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Creep (along) : INCH
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Elicit a slug with a pillow, maybe : SNORE
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Extra in "The Producers" : NAZI
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Good time for un pique-nique : ETE
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Fastener with a flange : TNUT
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Tax evasion investigators, quaintly : TMEN
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What a double shot of caffeine provides : JOLT
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State : AVER
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Chianti or Asti Spumante : VINO
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Not be a dinosaur : ADAPT
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Didn't leave : STAYED
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Violinist Leopold : AUER
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Quartets after some infighting? : TRIOS
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High-and-mighty sort : SNOOT
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Something you might secretly push in a 24-Down : FALSEPANEL
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Octagonal : EIGHTSIDED
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Heavy carts : DRAYS
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Poison ___ : SUMAC
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Branch of the Dept. of Transportation : FAA
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Secret spot : HIDEAWAY
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Where you might adjust the volume? : BOOKCASE
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Family nickname : PAPA
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Teen, e.g. : ADOLESCENT
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Something you might secretly push in a 19-Across : WALLSCONCE
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Start of Massachusetts' state motto : ENSE
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Extraordinary thing, in slang : ONER
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Some ring decisions : TKOS
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CNN's home: Abbr. : ATL
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Glove purchase : PAIR
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Subjects of meltdowns : RODS
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Some caterwauling : YOWLS
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Prestige : CACHET
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Spooky : EERIE
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"Fee, fi, fo, fum" speaker in a fairy tale : GIANT
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Author Chekhov : ANTON
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Purposely placed evidence : PLANT
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Japanese drama : NOH
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Khaki-like color : ECRU
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One of Hollywood's Hemsworths : LIAM
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Shaping tool : ADZE
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Control, with "in" : REIN

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

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