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New York Times, Friday, May 5, 2017

Song whose opening lyric translates to "What a beautiful thing is a sunny day"

Author:
Patrick Berry
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Patrick Berry

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQWXZ} This is puzzle # 222 for Mr. Berry. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2017, The New York Times5/5/17 ( No. 24,650 )
Across
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Radisson rival : RAMADA
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Title role for Bryan Cranston in a 2015 biopic : TRUMBO
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Neologism coined by Cole Porter : DELOVELY
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Sea that Homer called "wine-dark" : AEGEAN
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Song whose opening lyric translates to "What a beautiful thing is a sunny day" : OSOLEMIO
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Missionaries' targets : PAGANS
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Scratch : DINERO
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River bisecting Orsk : URAL
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Squad cmdr. : SGT
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White notes in Monopoly : ONES
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Golf cart foursome : TIRES
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1962 Organization of American States expellee : CUBA
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Necromancers : MAGES
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Crown cover : DORAG
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Part of an armada : SHIPOFTHELINE
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Instructions on where to go? : HOUSETRAINING
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World's oldest currency still in use : POUNDSTERLING
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Total : RUNTO
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Grate catches? : HEELS
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Early automotive pioneer : OLDS
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Scoopers for taramasalata : PITAS
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Musical group with "energy domes" : DEVO
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End of a cause? : LIB
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___ soup : MISO
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Pole topper : ICECAP
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LeBron James, by birth : OHIOAN
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Restless sort : GADABOUT
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"She understands her business better than we do," per Montaigne : NATURE
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Agricultural outfit : OVERALLS
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Banded metamorphic rock : GNEISS
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Lively wit : ESPRIT
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Substance used in Egyptian mummification : RESIN
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Unaided : ALONE
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Earthworm trappers : MOLES
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Contend : AVER
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Things mailed without a label? : DEMOTAPES
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Who said "I'm so mean I make medicine sick" : ALI
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Cantina offerings : TAPAS
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De facto : REAL
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___ boots : UGG
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Ruler's role : MEASURING
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Reports of gunfire? : BANGBANG
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Performing for an audience : ONSTAGE
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Dummkopf : DODO
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Emancipation proclamation : YOUREFREETOGO
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Lay-by : England :: ___ : America : RESTAREA
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"No need to trouble yourself" : IGOTTHIS
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Firth of "The King's Speech" : COLIN
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Make a hash of : MISDO
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France's patron saint : DENIS
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Conversation piece? : SOUNDBITE
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Follows the game? : HUNTS
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They meet at a summit : HILLSIDES
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Surname of TV's "Hot Lips" : HOULIHAN
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Extend : PROLONG
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Seven ___ (Civil War battle site) : PINES
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Shut out : DEBAR
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Things that take guts? : ECOLI
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Cathedral feature : VAULT
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Withdraws, with "out" : OPTS
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Opportunity's on it : MARS
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Gefilte fish option : CARP
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Word of agreement that sounds like a pronoun : OUI
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Road map abbr. : AVE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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