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New York Times, Friday, May 29, 2020

Woman's name that becomes another woman's name when its vowels are switched

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Ezersky.
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© 2020, The New York Times5/29/20 ( No. 25,770 )
Across
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Twitter label for top hashtags : TRENDS
7
Relative of a histogram : BARCHART
15
Currency of Indonesia : RUPIAH
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Had a midday break : ATELUNCH
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Tough nut to crack : ENIGMA
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Explanation for the existence of evil in God's presence : THEODICY
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Do without : ESCHEW
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Money, in slang : GELT
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Care package sender, often : MOM
22
White House family of the early 20th century : TAFTS
23
Contest : VIE
24
Store window sign : SALE
25
Billion-dollar Procter & Gamble brand : OLAY
26
Country album? : WORLDATLAS
29
What a relief! : PAINPILL
31
___ kick : ONA
32
Yielding : PLIANT
33
Where BMW is headquartered : MUNICH
36
"Live well" sloganeer : GNC
37
Subject that encompasses net neutrality : CYBERLAW
39
Central to, with "of" : ATTHEHEART
43
It comes to light : MOTH
44
Put on display, with "out" : TROT
45
Product of transcription : RNA
46
Certain Afrocentrist, informally : RASTA
47
One making a malicious attack, maybe : BOT
48
Pore over : SCAN
50
Ditch : DESERT
51
Zoo attraction : APEHOUSE
53
Capable of handling the task : UPTOIT
54
Best-selling studio album of all time (33x platinum) : THRILLER
55
Hold tight : CLENCH
56
Something U and I have in common : SYMMETRY
57
Evans who was the 2009-10 N.B.A. Rookie of the Year : TYREKE
Down
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Lullaby locale : TREETOP
2
Goes once around the track : RUNSALAP
3
It's worse than a bomb : EPICFAIL
4
"Sweet dreams!" : NIGHTYNIGHT
5
Olivia de Havilland and Olivia Newton-John, for two : DAMES
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Playwright who wrote "All great truths begin as blasphemies" : SHAW
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Enemy of the Joker : BATGIRL
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Just behind : ATHEEL
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Dance done to fiddle music : REEL
10
Thrombus, more familiarly : CLOT
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Cabinet dept. that tracks homelessness : HUD
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Savage : ANIMAL
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Sister brand of 7Up : RCCOLA
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Mint family members : THYMES
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Lightning unit : VOLT
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What can help you step up your workout routine? : STAIRMASTER
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Sail-hoisting device : WINCH
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Reservation : DOUBT
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Princess in "The Crown" : ANNE
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Bread, in Bologna : PANE
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Woman's name that becomes another woman's name when its vowels are switched : MYRA
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"Whew!" elicitor : CLOSEONE
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Three-pointer? : HATTRICK
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Corn or bean plant, perhaps : CANNERY
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Cry accompanying a double take : WHATTHE
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Attempts to hit : ATBATS
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America's Cup, e.g. : TROPHY
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Until due : TOTERM
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Need for teachers across the board : ERASER
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Left-facing arrow, in an email : REPLY
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Flat part of a flat : SOLE
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Extremely popular to a small fan base : CULT
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Channel : DUCT
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For ___ (birthday card category) : HIM

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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