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New York Times, Monday, May 25, 2020

Decided otherwise ... or a hint to the four sets of circled letters

Author:
Andrea Carla Michaels and Victor Barocas
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrea Carla Michaels
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1.61052
Victor Barocas

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 69 for Ms. Michaels. This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Barocas.
Constructor notes:
ACME: As a Libra, I'm very familiar with the phrase, "I've changed my mind" so decided to see if I could literally do just that within ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It blows my mind that BOGGLES THE MIND wasn't the revealer. That's okay, I don't mind. Even though I've seen a lot of Jedi MIND tricks ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times5/25/20 ( No. 25,766 )
Across
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Jab with a knife : STAB
5
Word after monkey or handle : BARS
9
Social class in India : CASTE
14
Grammy winner India.___ : ARIE
15
Suffix with period or class : ICAL
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___ : first :: omega : last : ALPHA
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2011 film co-starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams : MIDNIGHTINPARIS
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"I'll wait to hear from you online" : EMAILME
21
Luau dish : POI
22
Anger : IRE
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Nat ___ (cable channel) : GEO
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"You ___ be kidding!" : MUST
25
Football scores, for short : TDS
26
App introduced in 2010 to locate a missing Apple product : FINDMYIPHONE
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Prominent part of Dumbo : EAR
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Ambulance workers, in brief : EMTS
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Lollygagged : LAZED
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"The ___ From Ipanema" (1964 hit) : GIRL
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Business operations, informally : ADMIN
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Large, flat-topped hill : MESA
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Environmentally conscious : GREEN
43
The whole nine yards : ATOZ
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33 1/3 or 45: Abbr. : RPM
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Mr. Spock player : LEONARDNIMOY
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Hurricane's center : EYE
52
Down with the flu, say : SICK
53
Opposite of WSW : ENE
54
Restroom, for short : LAV
55
___ Lilly (pharmaceutical giant) : ELI
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So-so : AVERAGE
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Decided otherwise ... or a hint to the four sets of circled letters : CHANGEDONESMIND
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Ancient land that lent its name to an order of architecture : IONIA
64
Fe, chemically : IRON
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"An apple ___ keeps ..." : ADAY
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A little off mentally : DOTTY
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Tenth of a dime : CENT
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What just happened? : NEWS
Down
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Identical : SAME
2
Remove, as fat : TRIM
3
Musical set in ancient Egypt : AIDA
4
Not harmful : BENIGN
5
Title house owner in a 2000 Martin Lawrence comedy : BIGMOMMA
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It's gotta hurt : ACHE
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Cousin of a mouse : RAT
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Goof : SLIPUP
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Building pictured on the back of a $50 bill : CAPITOL
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Pie ___ mode : ALA
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Sugar-free lemon-lime soda : SPRITEZERO
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Place for a bronze medalist : THIRD
13
Makes more bearable : EASES
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___ la Cité (bit of land in the Seine) : ILEDE
19
Quick snack : NOSH
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Place an "X" in the wrong spot on, say : MISMARK
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So-so : FAIR
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Not pertinent : IRRELEVANT
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Abbr. on a pay stub : YTD
29
War zone for Rambo, informally : NAM
30
Silly Putty container : EGG
33
Annual TV award for athletes : ESPY
34
Hoover ___ : DAM
36
Director Spike or singer Brenda : LEE
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"___ be my pleasure!" : ITD
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Happening that's no big whoop : NONEVENT
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Small bouquet : NOSEGAY
44
Fan mags : ZINES
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"Blue" or "White" river : NILE
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Like vinegar : ACIDIC
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Broadway belter Ethel : MERMAN
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11th-century Spanish hero : ELCID
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"Hurray!" : YAHOO
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In a little while, in poetry : ANON
57
Assistant : AIDE
58
Chew (on), beaver-style : GNAW
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Ice cream brand : EDYS
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Small point to pick : NIT
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About which someone might say "Get the lead out!" : ORE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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