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New York Times, Thursday, May 23, 2019

With 61-Across, what President Wilson proposed for a lasting peace ... or what's missing from the answers to the starred clues

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 80, Blocks: 37 Missing: {KQZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Vratsanos. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Vratsanos notes:
I conceived of this puzzle five years ago this month, not long after the publication of two Tuesdays that would later factor into a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Wilson's FOURTEEN / POINTS played upon today. Can you imagine a president trying to lay out fourteen points today, the first worded ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times5/23/19 ( No. 25,398 )
Across
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Game with a maximum score of 3,333,360 : PACMAN
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Host Allen of TV's "Chopped" : TED
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*The outcome of a story might hinge on one : PLOT
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Get some air : INHALE
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Hotheadedness : IRE
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Brief, abrupt changes in direction : JOGS
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*One might say "Home Sweet Home" : NEEDLE
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*Important spot on the body for acupuncture : PRESSURE
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Tempest in a teapot : ADO
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Aid for making a sand castle : SPADE
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Vineyard vessel : VAT
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See 42-Across : BIT
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"Victory is ours!" : WEWIN
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Unlikely homecoming court members : NERDS
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Contribute : ADD
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*Viewing angle : STAND
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White-petaled daisy : OXEYE
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Vault : LEAP
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___ boots : UGG
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Who said "When I'm ready to fight, my opponent has a better chance for surviving a forest fire wearing gasoline drawers" : MRT
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Bet (on) : LAYODDS
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"My heavens!" : DEARGOD
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With 23-Across, modicum : WEE
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Nursing ___ : BRA
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Vibe : AURA
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Prominent 1990s Washington duo : GORES
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*Kind of average : GRADE
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C7H5N3O6 : TNT
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Development centers? : UTERI
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Comic actor Seth : ROGEN
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Fairly small hail size : PEA
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Subtract a year or two from one's age, say : FIB
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Mentally goes [grumble grumble grumble] : STEWS
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Gulager of old TV and film : CLU
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With 61-Across, what President Wilson proposed for a lasting peace ... or what's missing from the answers to the starred clues : FOURTEEN
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See 59-Across : POINTS
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Fictional schnauzer : ASTA
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Area of educ. : SCI
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Nativity scene : CRECHE
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*School overlooking the Hudson : WEST
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Certain intersection : TEE
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Drill command : TENHUT
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*Locate precisely : PIN
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Good "Wheel of Fortune" buy for CHEESE WHEEL : ANE
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Time to indulge : CHEATDAY
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Grp. that trademarked the phrase "Helping Survivors Survive" : MADD
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Provides (for) : ALLOWS
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By birth : NEE
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*Malcolm Gladwell best seller, with "The" : TIPPING
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Something to run : ERRAND
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Notarized paper : DEED
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Attire not usually worn outdoors, informally : PJS
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World's most-visited museum : LOUVRE
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Sweet Rosie of old song : OGRADY
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___ fly : TSETSE
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Title usually abbreviated to its first, fifth and sixth letters : SENORA
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Certain curtains : SWAGS
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*Kind of pen : BALL
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Flash of genius, say : IDEA
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Conservatory piece : ETUDE
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*Touchdown follower : EXTRA
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*Aid in a speaker's presentation : POWER
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Fort ___, Md. : MEADE
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Let up : DESIST
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Goes on and on and on : DRAGS
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Visceral shock : GUTPUNCH
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Author Sarah ___ Jewett : ORNE
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*Part of a scatter diagram : DATA
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*Sycophant's reward : BROWNIE
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Hearty laugh : GUFFAW
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Useless : OTIOSE
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Counters : REBUTS
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Homer's home : GREECE
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Rerun : ENCORE
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Certain cricket match : TEST
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It might be attached to a car : LIEN
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Animal feared by Winston in "1984" : RAT
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Survey fig. : PCT
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July 4, 1776, for one: Abbr. : THU
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*Big moment in a tennis match : SET

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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