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New York Times, Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Icing on the cake ... or a hint to 20-, 24-, 35- and 43-Across

Author:
Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QV} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Trudeau. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2019, The New York Times5/7/19 ( No. 25,382 )
Across
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Green carving stone : JADE
5
Execs who handle the green : CFOS
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Brunch item often topped with sugar or fruit : CREPE
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Alternatives to lagers : ALES
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Aid to accessibility : RAMP
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Word before "the bar" or "the boom" : LOWER
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___ Blanc : MONT
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Ones making written comments on text : ANNOTATORS
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Purchase something sight unseen : BUYAPIGINAPOKE
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Prosecutors, for short : DAS
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Big wind : GUST
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Chinchilla or macaw, e.g. : EXOTICPET
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Snowfall unit : INCH
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"Cousin" of 1960s TV : ITT
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Not deceived by : ONTO
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Battlefield renown : GLORY
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1984 mockumentary with a lot of ad-libbed dialogue : THISISSPINALTAP
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Anti-rust coatings : ZINCS
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Smell : ODOR
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Unified : ONE
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Smoothie berry : ACAI
43
Danger of laboring outdoors in the summer : SUNSTROKE
46
Panache : ELAN
48
___ Lingus : AER
49
Icing on the cake ... or a hint to 20-, 24-, 35- and 43-Across : FINISHINGTOUCH
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Brain region linked to speech : BROCASAREA
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What someone who's never satisfied wants : MORE
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Minaret, e.g. : TOWER
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"Me neither," formally : NORI
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Qatari leader : EMIR
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Sch. whose athletes are the Minutemen and Minutewomen : UMASS
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Pest control brand : DCON
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"My b" : OOPS
Down
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Frame component : JAMB
2
Felipe or Moises of baseball : ALOU
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Refute : DENY
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Nueva York or Dakota del Norte : ESTADO
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Ocean Spray fruit snacks : CRAISINS
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Scary part of a wolf : FANG
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Upscale hotel chain : OMNI
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Quick learner, say : SPONGE
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Thunder sounds : CLAPS
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Turn soil by machine : ROTOTILL
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Furry "Star Wars" creature : EWOK
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Father, in France : PERE
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Bustling hosp. locales : ERS
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Stretched tight : TAUT
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Local dialect : PATOIS
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System of moral values : ETHIC
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Singer Aguilera's nickname : XTINA
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Abbr. for change : CTS
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Quickly attach, as a top to a bottle : POPON
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Taboo : NOTOK
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Popular bird in origami : CRANE
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Promote excessively : HYPE
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Chichén ___ (Mayan ruins) : ITZA
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Attic : GARRET
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Arts and ___ : SCIENCES
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Names, briefly : IDS
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"[sigh] ... We just dealt with this" : NOTAGAIN
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Say "Talk to the hand, 'cause the face ain't listenin'," say : SASS
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Release from one's clutches : UNHAND
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Theatrical cry from a balcony : OROMEO
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Ones failing polygraphs : LIARS
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Native to : FROM
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Hawkeye's home : IOWA
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Classic Camaro : IROC
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Master detective Wolfe : NERO
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Man, in Milan : UOMO
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Blood's foe : CRIP
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The wife's, e.g. : HERS
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A/C stat : BTU

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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