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New York Times, Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Author:
Jacob Stulberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
Warning for easily provoked types ... or for the answers to the six starred clues?
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Jacob Stulberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QWZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Stulberg.
Jacob Stulberg notes:
When several letters will work in a given square, I'll often choose the one with the higher Scrabble value, which tends to make for a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun visual, a fishing line represented by a string of Is, ending with a J, which looks like a fish hook. I grokked the idea quickly ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

In 2008, Liz Gorski used a similar string of I's to hold up an arachnid.

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© 2017, The New York Times5/31/17 ( No. 24,676 )
Across
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Ice Bucket Challenge, in 2014 : FAD
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*Complain : CARP
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"The King and I" setting : SIAM
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Corp. milestones : IPOS
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In ___ of : LIEU
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What used to be yours? : THINE
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Jacket feature : VENT
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W.W. II general Bradley : OMAR
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Katherine of "27 Dresses" : HEIGL
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Take by force : EXTORT
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One following statutes to the letter : LEGALIST
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Hoof, essentially : TOE
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*Extract with heat, in a way : SMELT
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"___ All Over Now" (Rolling Stones hit) : ITS
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Refrain from singing? : TRALALA
29
Things hurled at the Olympics : DISCI
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Hunky-dory : AOK
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*Weapon with a point : PIKE
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Farmyard noise : MOOING
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"A likely story!" : IBET
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Swing successor : BEBOP
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Level : TIER
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Doesn't disturb : LETSBE
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*The Mikado in "The Mikado," e.g. : BASS
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Savings option, for short : IRA
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Big name in games : HOYLE
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Scare the bejeezus out of : TERRIFY
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Mimic : APE
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*Birdcage feature : PERCH
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You, to Yvette : TOI
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Neighbor of Quebec : LABRADOR
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Fancy cracker topping : CAVIAR
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Hazel eyes, e.g. : TRAIT
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You might prepare one for potential investors : DEMO
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Yeats's land : EIRE
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Many rural Pennsylvanians : AMISH
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Site of a famous eviction : EDEN
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Pickle flavorer : DILL
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"Per hour" or "per mile" figure : RATE
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*Shoe part : SOLE
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Rapture : JOY
Down
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Solid orange ball : FIVE
2
Top : APEX
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Warning for easily provoked types ... or for the answers to the six starred clues? : DONTTAKETHEBAIT
4
Cardiologist's concern : CLOT
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Fire starter? : AIM
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Area : REALM
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Like baby food, often : PUREED
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Poet Silverstein : SHEL
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What might tempt the answers to the six starred clues? : IIIIIIIIIIIIIIJ
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Unsettling feeling : ANGST
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Softens : MELTS
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Bar sight : STOOL
15
"Oh really?" : THATSO
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Take in : REAP
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Short notice? : GLIMPSE
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"For heaven's ___!" : SAKE
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Word before (or synonymous with) end : TAIL
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Spa wear : ROBE
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Cast aspersions on, in a way : LIBELED
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Barracks sight : COT
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Go down : EBB
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___ Blaster (toy gun) : NERF
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Ash, e.g. : GRAY
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Name on Chinese restaurant menus : TSO
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It might be bleeped : OATH
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Indirect route : BYPATH
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Mex. miss : SRTA
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Wears : ERODES
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Wandered aimlessly : ROVED
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Where vows may be taken : ALTAR
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Italian city known for its prosciutto and cheese : PARMA
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Words to live by : CREDO
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"All ___" : RISE
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Part of a rocket : CONE
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Singer Guthrie : ARLO
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Bank (on) : RELY
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Former senator and R.N.C. head Martinez : MEL

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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