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New York Times, Monday, May 20, 2019

"Start the music!" ... or what one could do to the finish of the answer to each starred clue

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
HIT IT! An appropriate way to kick off a week, and an apt revealer for HIT the CEILING, HIT the SAUCE, HIT the SACK, etc. Reminds me ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times5/20/19 ( No. 25,395 )
Across
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Wide open, as the mouth : AGAPE
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Treaties : PACTS
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"What ___ I say?" : CAN
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"Whoa, ease up!" : RELAX
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Stan's co-star in over 100 early film comedies : OLLIE
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Made-up story : LIE
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*Government's credit limit : DEBTCEILING
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Hubbub : ADO
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Like many infield grounders : ONEHOP
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Lester Holt and Anderson Cooper : NEWSMEN
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Issa ___ of HBO's "Insecure" : RAE
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Smith or Scialfa of rock : PATTI
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Vienna's home: Abbr. : AUS
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*Beanbag juggled with the feet : HACKYSACK
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Massage intensely : ROLF
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Put on a black coat? : TAR
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Guarantee : ASSURE
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Great Plains tribe : OTOE
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"Start the music!" ... or what one could do to the finish of the answer to each starred clue : HITIT
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Vaping device, informally : ECIG
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Full-time resident of a college community : TOWNIE
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"___ you through?" : ARE
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Belles at balls, informally : DEBS
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* ✓ : CHECKMARK
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"The ___ & Stimpy Show" : REN
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Labor organizer Chávez : CESAR
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Resort with mineral waters : SPA
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Like a gift from above : GODSENT
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Reproductive part of a flower : PISTIL
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18+, e.g., in order to be able to vote : AGE
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*Much-visited site in Jerusalem : WESTERNWALL
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Sleuth, in slang : TEC
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Bury, as ashes : INURN
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Girl Scout cookie with a geographical name : SAMOA
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Cry of fright : EEK
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Barely warm : TEPID
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"E" on a gas gauge : EMPTY
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Intense devotion : ARDOR
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Actress Davis of "The Accidental Tourist" : GEENA
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Edward who wrote "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" : ALBEE
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Trail : PATH
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Onetime police officer : EXCOP
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Dish made from taro root : POI
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None's opposite : ALL
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Medical facility : CLINIC
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Fork prong : TINE
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Motorized two-wheelers : SEGWAYS
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*Seafood topping that may be red or white : CLAMSAUCE
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Assistant : AIDE
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Illuminating gas : NEON
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Org. concerned with ecosystems : EPA
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Figured (out) : SUSSED
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Language in Bangkok : THAI
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Served raw, as steak : TARTARE
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McKinnon of "S.N.L." : KATE
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Place for a baby to sleep : CRIB
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Beer barrels : KEGS
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Military program for coll. students : ROTC
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"Alternatively ...," in texts : OTOH
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*Part of a ship just above the hold : LOWERDECK
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Practices épée, e.g. : FENCES
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Not us : THEM
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Ticks off : IRKS
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"No surprise to me!" : IKNEWIT
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Develops a glitch : ACTSUP
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First full month of Major League Baseball, often: Abbr. : APR
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Get the suds out : RINSE
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Post office purchase : STAMP
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Person in a cockpit : PILOT
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Ease, as fears : ALLAY
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Concert proceeds : GATE
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Double-curved molding : OGEE
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State bird of Hawaii : NENE
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Did a backstroke, say : SWAM
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Prefix with state : TRI
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Conclusion : END

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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