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New York Times, Monday, May 27, 2019

Kind of test ... and a hint to a word hidden three times each in 16-, 22-, 38- and 48-Across

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 73, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 48 for Mr. Haight.
Bruce Haight notes:
Ironically, in a puzzle about lots of choices, theme entry lengths of 14,14,14,11,11 left me scrambling for options to make ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MULTIPLE CHOICE — interpreted as "three instances of OR"? Huh. The best crossword themes are consistent, tight, and have a ... read more
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J
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I
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M
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H
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O
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B
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O
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S
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S
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T
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A
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B
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A
R
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B
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A
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I
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C
O
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P
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W
O
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L
D
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K
N
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O
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O
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B
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W
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O
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R
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D
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W
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L
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T
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N
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B
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E
C
O
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O
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P
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H
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L
O
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F
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T
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O
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P
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O
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C
D
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S
N
O
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S
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A
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H
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G
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S
P
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T
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H
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O
R
R
O
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R
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S
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B
O
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P
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S
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S
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T
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M
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C
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H
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A
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© 2019, The New York Times5/27/19 ( No. 25,402 )
Across
1
___-dandy : JIM
4
Tramps : HOBOS
9
Wild guess : STAB
13
"___ we having fun yet?" : ARE
14
Humdinger : BEAUT
15
BMW rival : AUDI
16
What M.B.A.s enter upon graduation : CORPORATEWORLD
19
On bended ___ : KNEE
20
Yoko who loved John Lennon : ONO
21
Spelling contest : BEE
22
Verbatim : WORDFORWORD
27
Allows to expire : LETSDIE
30
Slap the cuffs on : NAB
31
Prefix with friendly : ECO
32
Extra energy : OOMPH
35
Upper floor of a barn : LOFT
38
Canadian team in the N.B.A. : TORONTORAPTORS
41
How music can be stored : ONCD
42
Cause one's bedmate to use earplugs, say : SNORE
43
"Moby-Dick" setting : SEA
44
Gluttonous type : HOG
46
Make a mess, as hot grease on a surface : SPATTER
48
Tale that might feature a haunted house : HORRORSTORY
52
Christmas ___ (Dec. 24) : EVE
53
___ constrictor : BOA
54
"Hey! Over here!" : PSST
58
Kind of test ... and a hint to a word hidden three times each in 16-, 22-, 38- and 48-Across : MULTIPLECHOICE
63
"What a pity ..." : ALAS
64
Like a haunted house : EERIE
65
Roof repair material : TAR
66
R&B singer with the 2006 #1 hit "So Sick" : NEYO
67
Mascara misadventure : SMEAR
68
"I wonder ..." : HMM
Down
1
Beanstalk climber in a children's story : JACK
2
Golf club that's not a wood : IRON
3
Simple : MERE
4
"Game of Thrones" airer : HBO
5
Opposite of 'neath : OER
6
Sheep's plaint : BAA
7
No longer having in stock : OUTOF
8
Old office worker who took dictation : STENO
9
___ Paulo, Brazil : SAO
10
Increase in engine power : TURBOBOOST
11
Chicago's ___ Planetarium : ADLER
12
Waited : BIDED
17
Seats for parishioners : PEWS
18
Frayed, as clothing : WORN
23
Stuff oneself with, briefly : ODON
24
Prison disturbances : RIOTS
25
Exorcism target : DEMON
26
Poet Whitman : WALT
27
Actor Jared : LETO
28
Supply-and-demand subj. : ECON
29
Ceremonial pre-Olympic event : TORCHRELAY
33
"Cheers!," in Berlin : PROST
34
A Marx brother : HARPO
36
Complimentary : FREE
37
Pre-1917 ruler : TSAR
39
Scent : ODOR
40
Fruit that flavors liqueurs : PEAR
45
Desert crossed by the ancient Silk Road : GOBI
47
Spell-checker find : TYPO
48
Virile one : HEMAN
49
Small egg : OVULE
50
Word after "on the" and "learn the" : ROPES
51
Site of 1690s witch trials : SALEM
55
Jedi foe : SITH
56
Grifter's game : SCAM
57
A U.S. senator's is six years : TERM
59
Chinese menu general : TSO
60
Poet's "before" : ERE
61
Org. where one needs a security clearance to work : CIA
62
That lady there : HER

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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