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New York Times, Saturday, May 27, 2017

Word that's its own synonym when its first two letters are replaced with "w"

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Gulczynski.
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:
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© 2017, The New York Times5/27/17 ( No. 24,672 )

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Across
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Honor in a big way : FETE
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"The Aviator" actor, 2004 : ALDA
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Fictional swordsman : ATHOS
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Stoked : AGOG
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Province of NW Spain : LEON
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Word that's its own synonym when its first two letters are replaced with "w" : CHARY
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"At the ___" (subtitle of a 1978 hit) : COPA
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Fellow : GENT
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Relatives of kites : ERNES
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N.E.A. member?: Abbr. : ASSN
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Language related to Hopi : AZTEC
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Terse response to an order : ONIT
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"Well, yeah!" : DUH
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Md or Rn fig. : ATNO
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Notable 1973 defendant : WADE
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Establishes : ERECTS
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Dickens character "with a dead lull about her" : HAVISHAM
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University in Melbourne : FLORIDATECH
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Occasional meat eater : FLEXITARIAN
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Carl Sagan's sequel to "Cosmos" : PALEBLUEDOT
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Gloss : ANNOTATE
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Quick to put up, in a way : PREFAB
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Great Trek figure of the 1830s : BOER
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Spring's cyclic counterpart : NEAP
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Company behind Hitchcock's "Notorious" : RKO
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One making bank-to-bank transfers? : BOAT
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James and Jones of jazz : ETTAS
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Battles : VIES
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Dungeons & Dragons race : OGRES
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"___ it up and spit it out" ("My Way" lyric) : IATE
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What's more : ALSO
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Totally occupy : TIEUP
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Trailer segment : CLIP
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Color close to puce : PLUM
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Like many towels : TERRY
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One of two areas on a football line : SLOT
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Play award? : ESPY
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Front : FACADE
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See how many hits you get, say : EGOSURF
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Five-star : TOPSHELF
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Pulitzer-winning novelist Jennifer : EGAN
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Fountain growth : ALGA
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1994-2000 TV talk show : LEEZA
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"Who'da thunk it?!" : DONTTHATBEATALL
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During pregnancy : ANTENATAL
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Crush : ACE
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Be subtly and snarkily insulting : THROWSHADE
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"Girls" girl played by Lena Dunham : HANNAH
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Portmanteau in the frozen food aisle : OREIDA
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Word with sound or storm : SYSTEM
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Part of many a scandal : COVERUP
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Peddler of religious literature : COLPORTEUR
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Attempt to cure : TREAT
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Like many major highways : SIXLANE
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Less genial : ICIER
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Science of nutrition : DIETETICS
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Basic : NOFRILLS
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Starts to practice : TAKESUP
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Jim ___, one-handed Yankee who pitched a no-hitter in 1993 : ABBOTT
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Knuckle-headed antic? : NOOGIE
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Like Mars vis-à-vis Jupiter : NEARER
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Like centerfolds, typically : BOSOMY
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Grill setting : PATIO
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9/ : SEPT
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Use an e-cig : VAPE
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Bug catcher, maybe : SPY

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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