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New York Times, Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Initialism whose third initial often isn't true

Author:
Michael Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Hawkins. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Michael Hawkins notes:
I constructed this thinking it was a hard Monday or easy Tuesday, and that was when the theme clues weren't plumber-specific, but here ... read more
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Plumber-themed puzzle! Now that's something you don't see every day. I enjoyed how Mike related all these common phrases to a ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times5/24/17 ( No. 24,669 )

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Across
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Rio dance : SAMBA
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Not dull : SHARP
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Body-scanning grp. : TSA
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Corners : TREES
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Places to hang holiday lights : EAVES
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Poetic contraction : OER
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Audibly appalled : AGASP
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Person who's all pretense : PHONY
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Give the O.K. : LET
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Vacillates, as a plumber? : RUNSHOTANDCOLD
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Caps Lock, e.g. : KEY
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Dazzle : AWE
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Recipient of a ticker-tape parade, maybe : HERO
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Exhausted, as a plumber? : ALLTAPPEDOUT
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Black ball : EIGHT
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Choice for a par 5 hole, often : WOOD
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Homer's father : ABE
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High-airfare season, for short : XMAS
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Place across the back of a chair, perhaps : DRAPE
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Loafing around : IDLE
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Lang. course : ENG
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Whiskey drink : SOUR
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Comes up short, say : LOSES
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Wasted, to a plumber? : DOWNTHEDRAIN
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Athos, Porthos and Aramis, e.g. : TRIO
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Type : ILK
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Broadway's "Mamma ___!" : MIA
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Anxiety, to a plumber? : SINKINGFEELING
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Rabid fan : NUT
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Outlook function : EMAIL
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Give the O.K. : NODTO
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"___ You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" : ARE
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Major river starting in SE Switzerland : RHINE
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Actor Buddy of "The Beverly Hillbillies" : EBSEN
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Part of r.p.m. : PER
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Furniture store display : SOFAS
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How sloppy kissers kiss : WETLY
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"Game of Thrones" family name : STARK
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Squabble : ARGUE
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Nasty person : MEANY
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Mrs. Truman : BESS
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It's used to pave the way : ASPHALT
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The deadly sins, e.g. : SEPTET
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[LOL] : HAHA
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Makeup maker : AVON
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Tear to pieces : REND
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Gung-ho : PSYCHED
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Booths are set up in them : TOLLROADS
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Have some trouble focusing : SEEDOUBLE
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Part of MoMA : ART
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Letter carrier at Hogwarts : OWL
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Voluminous ref. work : OED
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Sounds made during medical checkups : AHS
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Espy or Emmy : AWARD
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___ psychology : POP
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"Annabel Lee" poet : POE
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Aids for football kickers : TEES
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Marked (out) : EXED
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"Maybe ask someone else" : IMNOTSURE
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One doing sketch work? : GAGWRITER
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Exclamation from Homer : DOH
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Lament : RUE
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Atom in any salt : ION
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Steamship workers : STOKERS
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Used, although one can hardly tell : LIKENEW
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20th-century author famous for her journals : NIN
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Some armory contents : RIFLES
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Sierra Nevada, for one : ALE
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In the ___ of : MIDST
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Contents of a presidential briefing : INTEL
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Having one's wisdom teeth pulled, e.g. : AGONY
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Initialism whose third initial often isn't true : IMHO
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Babe in the woods : NAIF
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Actress Lollobrigida : GINA
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Brain part : LOBE
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Brief siesta : NAP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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