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New York Times, Monday, May 25, 2015

Subjects of a top-secret government cover-up, some believe

Author:
Jennifer Nutt
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JWX} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Nutt.
Jennifer Nutt notes:
I am excited about my third NY Times crossword. This puzzle was inspired by a rather fabulous nail buffer that my friend Doris showed ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I NAILED IT is a great phrase, lively and colorful. Here, it's loosely interpreted to describe the process of manicuring one's nails: ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times5/25/15 ( No. 23,939 )
Across
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Put up, as a painting : HANG
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Little devils : IMPS
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Prejudiced person : BIGOT
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Banned apple spray : ALAR
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Horse with a foal : MARE
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One end of a battery : ANODE
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Excerpt shown on TV : VIDEOCLIP
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Put money up front to play poker : BUYIN
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Kimono sash : OBI
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Ballot : VOTE
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Iron-fisted ruler : TYRANT
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Wastebasket, jocularly : CIRCULARFILE
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Like Mother Hubbard : OLD
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One of the Big Five movie studios, once : RKO
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Status ___ : QUO
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Partner of take : GIVE
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Visitor at a railroad museum, say : TRAINBUFF
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Ripped : TORE
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Studies at the last minute : CRAMS
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Laughfest : RIOT
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Product of a backwoods still : MOONSHINE
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Chunks of bread for stew, e.g. : SOPS
42
Holiday ___ : INN
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Full complement of toes : TEN
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Hit the slopes : SKI
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What a boor sorely lacks : SOCIALPOLISH
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Comment : REMARK
54
Writer Ephron : NORA
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Prefix with liberal or conservative : NEO
56
Intestinal bug : ECOLI
57
Appropriate exclamation upon solving this puzzle? : INAILEDIT
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Push may come to it : SHOVE
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Peewee pup : RUNT
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S, M, L or XL : SIZE
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Schlepped : TOTED
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"So what ___ is new?" : ELSE
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Skin treatment at a spa : PEEL
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Mayhem : HAVOC
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Proof you weren't anywhere near the murder : ALIBI
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Very bottom : NADIR
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Coll. senior's test : GRE
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"Brr-r-r!" : IMCOLD
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Island nation for which a distinctive cat is named : MALTA
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Nosy Parker : PRIER
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Follower of Aug. : SEP
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Ancient Hanging Gardens city : BABYLON
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Become accustomed (to) : INURE
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"The Naked Maja" painter : GOYA
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Thor's father : ODIN
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Protection for an outdoor wedding : TENT
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Small egg : OVULE
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Polynesian carvings : TIKIS
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Witches' gathering : COVEN
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Building skeleton : FRAME
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One-liner : QUIP
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Subjects of a top-secret government cover-up, some believe : UFOS
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Many a time, in poetry : OFT
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"Continue ..." : GOON
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Clothes presser : IRON
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Lopez with the 1963 hit "If I Had a Hammer" : TRINI
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Wasn't colorfast : RAN
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Swelter : BROIL
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"I'd rather not know," in a text : TMI
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Not carry on, as bags : CHECK
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Illustrious, as a past : STORIED
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"Bottoms up!" : SKOAL
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Mountain Dew alternative : SPRITE
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Soothing ointment : SALVE
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Make void : ANNUL
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What banks always have interest in? : LOANS
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Any movie at the Sundance Film Festival : INDIE
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Grab : SEIZE
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Four houses + 1 in Monopoly : HOTEL
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The first "R" in R&R : REST
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Verbal comeback? : ECHO
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Purely academic : MOOT
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Wrath : IRE
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Psychic power, for short : ESP

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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