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New York Times, Wednesday, May 30, 2018

34, for each row, column and main diagonal in a 4x4 magic square

Author:
Sande Milton and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 13, Columns: 17 Words: 75, Blocks: 39 Missing: {FQW} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Milton. This is puzzle # 84 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
SANDE: It's a real thrill to publish my first NYT puzzle. I've been solving these things for over 60 years, first cutting my teeth on the NY Post, then ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Sande comes up with some of the most creative ideas of any of my collaborators. I liked his initial concept of doing something Scrabble-related in a ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times5/30/18 ( No. 25,040 )
Across
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Loose ones sink ships, in a saying : LIPS
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Transparent sheet used for overlays : ACETATE
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Approach shot in golf : CHIP
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Gooey vegetable : OKRA
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Bolivian president Evo : MORALES
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Pealed : RANG
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Alternative to Sky UK, with "the" : BEEB
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Rack #1: AELPRSY : PLAYERS
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Shamu, e.g. : ORCA
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Iconic theater in Harlem : APOLLO
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Foul atmosphere : MIASMA
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___ Marie, singer of the 1985 hit "Lovergirl" : TEENA
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Features of many wedding cakes : TIERS
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Odometer button : RESET
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Key : ISLET
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Yawners, in sports : ROMPS
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Like diamonds from a mine : UNCUT
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Subway entry : STILE
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Historic walled city of Spain : AVILA
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Dance studio fixture : BARRE
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Game pieces in 31-Down : TILES
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Connecting point : NEXUS
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Iraq's main port : BASRA
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Turn down : NIX
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Shrek's relatives : OGRES
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Priestly attire : ALB
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34, for each row, column and main diagonal in a 4x4 magic square : SUM
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Lead-in to screening : PRE
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Summer hours: Abbr. : DST
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Dig : GIBE
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Rack #3: BDEJLMU : JUMBLED
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Irish Rose's love : ABIE
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The Runnin' Rebels of the N.C.A.A. : UNLV
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50 from Calif. to Md., e.g. : USROUTE
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Dreamy state : HAZE
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Miracle Met Tommie : AGEE
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Business end of a wasp : STINGER
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Specs printed on a toy box : AGES
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High ball : LOB
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Retail giant in furniture : IKEA
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Get-ready work : PREP
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Some counterintelligence targets : SABOTEURS
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Sufficient : AMPLE
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Mayflower Pilgrim, e.g. : COLONIST
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Procter & Gamble detergent : ERA
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Scotland's longest river : TAY
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It has a head and hops : ALE
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Danger for homeowners : TERMITES
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Big name in nail polish : ESSIE
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Go to the opposite side : CROSSOVER
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Injure : HARM
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___ Trail (path in the Andes) : INCA
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Org. with a lot of links on its website : PGA
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Rack #4: EELRSTT : LETTERS
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Rack #2: AAEGNRR : ARRANGE
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Actor Sean of "The Lord of the Rings" : ASTIN
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Message system superseded by fax : TELEX
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Chafe : RUB
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Allowing to happen : ENABLING
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Game described by this puzzle's four racks : SCRABBLE
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1953 Leslie Caron title role : LILI
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Assortment ... or a description of 32-, 39- and 42-Across? : MIXEDBAG
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XXL, e.g. : PLUSSIZE
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Carrier to Stockholm : SAS
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How some beef is served : AUJUS
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"Atten-shun!," e.g. : ORDER
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Water, in Oaxaca : AGUA
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It's compulsory : MUST
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Pistol ___ (Oklahoma State's mascot) : PETE
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Links things : TEES
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First lady : EVE
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It can see right through you, in brief : MRI
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Nice, in Nice : BON
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Car nut : LUG
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"I caught you!" : AHA

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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