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New York Times, Monday, May 28, 2018

Internet connection faster than dial-up, for short

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 3 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
Unlike most puzzles where the creative process begins with the theme and theme entries, this one started with the central grid art. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
So pleasant to start the week with a smiley face. Alex did a great job with his grid art, that grin coming right through, along with ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times5/28/18 ( No. 25,038 )
Across
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Trudges : TRAMPS
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Billboard Hot 100 and others : CHARTS
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Language spoken by Jesus : ARAMAIC
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Hinged part of an airplane wing : AILERON
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"Bye Bye Birdie" song : PUTONAHAPPYFACE
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Partner of his : HERS
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Untagged, in tag : NOTIT
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"Star Trek" lieutenant : SULU
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Ore-___ (frozen taters brand) : IDA
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Inflatable item for water fun : POOLTOY
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Bon ___ (clever remark) : MOT
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Russian cottage : DACHA
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Philosopher ___-tzu : LAO
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Humiliate : ABASE
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Super bargain : STEAL
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Internet connection faster than dial-up, for short : DSL
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More Solomonlike : WISER
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___ roaming (smartphone setting) : DATA
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"Well, shoot!" : DANG
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What you might do if you sing 16-Across : BREAKINTOASMILE
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500 sheets of paper : REAM
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Most deals that sound too good to be true : SCAMS
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1 1 1 : ONES
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Units of farmland : ACRES
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Before, in poetry : ERE
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Elizabethan neck decorations : RUFFS
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Florida's ___ National Forest : OCALA
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___ four (small pastry) : PETIT
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How you might feel if you sing 16-Across : FULLOFGOODCHEER
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Prefix with center : EPI
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Show hostility to, as a dog might a mail carrier : GROWLAT
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Powerful cleaner : LYE
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Medium strength? : ESP
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No-goodnik : SOANDSO
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Girl at a ball, in brief : DEB
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Slangy "Amen!" : TRUEDAT
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Corporate hustle and bustle : RATRACE
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"Famous" cookie name : AMOS
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Fellow : MAN
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It has 88 keys : PIANO
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Prom, e.g. : SCHOOLDANCE
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Washington image seen on the back of a $50 bill : CAPITOLDOME
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Aware of, informally : HIPTO
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Prince ___ Khan : ALY
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Ones whistling while they work? : REFS
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Shocks with lasting impact : TRAUMAS
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"Almost got it that time!" : SOCLOSE
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Pests in the garden : APHIDS
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Spay, e.g. : NEUTER
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Travel aid made obsolescent by GPS : ATLAS
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___ paneer (Indian dish made with spinach) : PALAK
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Expressions of boredom : YAWNS
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Ate substantially : HADAMEAL
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One who blabs : BIGMOUTH
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"My country, ___ of thee ..." : TIS
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Some small batteries : AAS
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Undergarment with straps : BRA
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Makes back, as an investment : RECOUPS
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Bit of jewelry on the side of the head : EARCLIP
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Roofing sealant : TAR
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Area for six of the nine baseball positions : INFIELD
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Part of the head hidden on the jack of spades : LEFTEYE
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Curvy letter : ESS
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Long, tiring jobs : SLOGS
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Right-hand page in a book : RECTO
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Big top? : AFRO
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BlackBerrys, e.g., in brief : PDAS
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Lawyer's charge : FEE
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___ long way : GOA
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Possess : OWN
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Antiquated : OLD
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Yank's Civil War foe : REB

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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