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New York Times, Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Riddle-de-dee: What is it that the more you take, the more you leave behind?

Author:
Lee Taylor
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Taylor. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times5/5/20 ( No. 25,746 )

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Strip bordering Israel and Egypt : GAZA
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Antidote : CURE
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Up to now : ASYET
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Boatloads : ALOT
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"Now!," in an order : ASAP
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Exuberant cry : BOOYA
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Riddle-de-dee: What is it that the more you take, the more you leave behind? : FOOTSTEPS
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Soup eater's sound : SLURP
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___ position : FETAL
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Laughfest : RIOT
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Galena and sphalerite : ORES
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Wheel tooth : COG
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Place to conduct a paternity test : DNALAB
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Activity on a school playground : KICKBALL
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Things tinier than minis : MICROS
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What's flicked from a cigarette : ASH
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Prime minister between Cameron and Johnson : MAY
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Czar called "the Great" : PETERI
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Severely cut, as prices : SLASHED
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American Impressionist Mary : CASSATT
42
Greetings : HELLOS
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Classroom temp : SUB
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Thanksgiving day: Abbr. : THU
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Invite on a date : ASKOUT
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Purveyor of drug paraphernalia : HEADSHOP
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Dresser : BUREAU
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Assenting vote : YEA
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Swabbie's liquor allotment, once : GROG
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___ of passage : RITE
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Writing in a blue book : ESSAY
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___ ark : NOAHS
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Riddle-de-dee: What asks no questions but must be answered? : TELEPHONE
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Worker for a TV station or a mag : ADREP
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Ink cartridge color : CYAN
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"You said it!" : AMEN
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One of the Kennedy brothers, familiarly : TEDDY
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Detained : HELD
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Trees used for archery bows : YEWS
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Fishing hook : GAFF
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Soothing ointment : ALOE
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___ suit : ZOOT
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Go on the offensive : ATTACK
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Siamese or Persian : CAT
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___-friendly : USER
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Double-quick : RAPIDLY
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Printer brand : EPSON
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"Six-pack" muscles : ABS
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Ones performing alone : SOLOACTS
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Riddle-de-dee: What's light as a feather but can't be held for long? : YOURBREATH
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Brontë heroine : EYRE
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Nightly bugle call : TAPS
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Neatnik's opposite : SLOB
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Where the Rays play : TAMPABAY
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Professional poker player, e.g. : GAMESTER
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Don't believe them! : LIES
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Buckwheat porridge : KASHA
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St. Kitts and St. Vincent : ISLES
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Riddle-de-dee: What's clean when black and dirty when white? : CHALKBOARD
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Little chap : LAD
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Maker of Weed B Gon : ORTHO
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Exercise that targets the 9-Down : SITUP
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Cast (off) : SLOUGHED
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Word after half or happy : HOUR
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Maestro's wave of a baton, say : CUE
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Sleep, informally : SHUTEYE
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Low-pitched : DEEP
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Walk with a swing of the hips and shoulders : SASHAY
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Letter after gee : AITCH
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Flier in a black cloud : GNAT
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Got transported : RODE
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Airline to Ben Gurion : ELAL
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"That's ___ nerve!" : SOME
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With a clean slate : ANEW
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Yearnings : YENS
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One lurking in the shadows : SPY
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Bring to a close : END

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