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New York Times, Monday, May 4, 2020

What the starts of the answers to 17-, 24-, 48- and 60-Across do, punnily?

Author:
Emily Carroll
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {MVX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 12 for Ms. Carroll.
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© 2020, The New York Times5/4/20 ( No. 25,745 )
Across
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Kids around : JESTS
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Just about every character on "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" : COP
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Actress Christina : RICCI
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Created for a particular purpose, as a committee : ADHOC
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Big fuss : ADO
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Like the gases neon and argon, but not oxygen and hydrogen : INERT
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Features of most hotel doors : PEEPHOLES
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City that's the setting for several van Gogh paintings : ARLES
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Denouement : END
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Last words of a threat : ORELSE
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Designer Gucci : ALDO
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Gibberish : GOBBLEDYGOOK
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Spins, as a baton : TWIRLS
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Flying insect with a narrow waist : WASP
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Costa ___ : RICA
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Not do takeout at a restaurant : EATIN
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All the rage : HIP
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What the starts of the answers to 17-, 24-, 48- and 60-Across do, punnily? : USEFOWLLANGUAGE
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Mini-albums, for short : EPS
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Like streakers : NAKED
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What you might build a winter fort with : SNOW
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Avid : KEEN
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Pickled green garnishes : CAPERS
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Medical impostors, informally : QUACKDOCTORS
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"For ___ us a child is born ..." : UNTO
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Muscular : STRONG
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Actress Kravitz of "Big Little Lies" : ZOE
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Singer of the 2015 #1 hit "Hello" : ADELE
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Bar with country music : HONKYTONK
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More decisive : SURER
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Ma that might baa : EWE
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Knight stick? : LANCE
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Hermann who wrote "Siddhartha" : HESSE
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Fire truck's color : RED
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Olympians' blades : EPEES
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Wisecrack : JAPE
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Home for Adam and Eve : EDEN
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What dogs do in the spring : SHED
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Apex : TOP
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Group of fish : SCHOOL
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Spy sent by Moses into Canaan : CALEB
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Three-time Pro Bowler ___ Beckham Jr. : ODELL
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Sheriff's group : POSSE
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Narrow inlet : RIA
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Shabbily dressed : INRAGS
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Film about food? : CELLOPHANE
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Belief system : CREDO
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"There, there" : ITSOK
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Spheres : ORBS
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Dickens's "The Mystery of ___ Drood" : EDWIN
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Steffi of tennis fame : GRAF
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Yin's partner : YANG
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"Can't argue with that" : TRUE
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Puff of smoke : WISP
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Performers in a rink : ICESKATERS
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Animal at Yellowstone National Park : ELK
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Beverage for a darts player, perhaps : ALE
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Small amount : TAD
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Frankenstein's assistant in "Young Frankenstein" : IGOR
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Basilica benches : PEWS
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Brief race, in brief : ONEK
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Things wizards wave : WANDS
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Mailing letters? : USPS
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Places to take French classes : ECOLES
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Bop on the head : CONK
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Popular pattern for socks and sweaters : ARGYLE
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Suppress : QUASH
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Excessive, as influence : UNDUE
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Catchall category : OTHER
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Actor Russell or director Cameron : CROWE
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Muscular : TONED
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Certain basketball defense : ZONE
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"___ bitten, twice shy" : ONCE
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Just manages, with "out" : EKES
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Before, in verse : ERE
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Spigot : TAP

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

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