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New York Times, Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Author:
Andrew J. Ries
Editor:
Will Shortz
Person who's ready and able to help ... or a literal description of four occurrences in this puzzle
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Andrew Ries

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Ries.
Jeff Chen notes:
It's not often that I scratch my head, trying to figure out a puzzle's theme. Obviously JOHNNY ON THE SPOT refers to Johnny CASH, ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times5/25/16 ( No. 24,305 )
Across
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Start of a Latin 101 conjugation : AMO
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Eastern Mediterranean port since ancient times : JAFFA
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"Take Care" rapper, 2012 : DRAKE
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Sessions, e.g.: Abbr. : SEN
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Total : INALL
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"I am ___, hear me roar" : WOMAN
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Dough in hand, redundantly : CASHMONEY
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Clued in : AWARE
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Big name in 1950s presidential campaigning : ADLAI
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Full of shadows : DUSKY
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Scotch topper : TAM
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Juicy fruit : PEAR
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State capital near Lake Tahoe : CARSONCITY
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Course reversal : UTURN
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Chick's tail? : ADEE
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Class with many unknowns: Abbr. : ALG
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Brand with "Old World Style" : RAGU
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Klutz's utterance : OOPS
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Person who's ready and able to help ... or a literal description of four occurrences in this puzzle : JOHNNYONTHESPOT
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Lead-in to girl : ATTA
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Off-base sort? : AWOL
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School's end : EDU
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Tomato variety : ROMA
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Got under the skin of : IRKED
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Gym activity that works the pectorals : BENCHPRESS
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Quiet place to pray : APSE
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Org. that encourages flossing : ADA
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Many a Wall Street Journal graphic : CHART
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Like much state fair fare : FRIED
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Little bud : KIDDO
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Last one in, say : ROTTENEGG
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Calendario start : ENERO
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Love to pieces : ADORE
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Chowder head? : CEE
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___ Hannah of "Blade Runner" : DARYL
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Not so hot : TEPID
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Sin : ERR
Down
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Acronym on Beyoncé records : ASCAP
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Gettysburg general : MEADE
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Chargers' action : ONSLAUGHT
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First name at Woodstock : JIMI
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"I'd like to buy ___, Pat" : ANO
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Spanish steps? : FANDANGO
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___-de-lis : FLEUR
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Actress Milano : ALYSSA
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Johnson also known as "The Rock" : DWAYNE
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Ticket info : ROW
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Prized Italian instrument : AMATI
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Gold standard : KARAT
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"In the practice of tolerance, one's ___ is the best teacher": Dalai Lama : ENEMY
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Rodgers's partner, in song : HART
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Sent to the canvas, for short : KOD
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Bonkers, in modern lingo : CRAY
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Some "American Greed" subjects, for short : CEOS
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Big coffee server : URN
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1977 album with the hit single "Deacon Blues" : AJA
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Great deal : LOT
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Spanish article : UNA
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Leaning column : OPEDPIECE
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Mini-spacecraft : POD
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Bad name for an anger management counselor? : STU
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Traffic cop, for short? : NARC
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Resealable bottle feature : TWISTTOP
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___ d'oeuvres : HORS
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"Benevolent" fraternity member : ELK
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"Would ya look at that!" : OHCOOL
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Dash abbr. : MPH
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Genesis landing site : ARARAT
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Get through hard work : EARN
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Sweltered in the sun : BAKED
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Minneapolis suburb : EDINA
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Third-place finisher in 2000, 2004 and 2008 : NADER
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Diminish by degrees : ERODE
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Bob with the Silver Bullet Band : SEGER
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Yard tool : EDGER
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Farm store purchase : FEED
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Wine descriptor : DRY
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TNT part : TRI

Answer summary: 2 debuted here and reused later.

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