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RUSH HOUR HEADACHES

New York Times, Sunday, June 10, 2018

Author:
Ruth Bloomfield Margolin
Editor:
Will Shortz
Word repeated by Romeo in "As mine on ___, so ___ is set on mine"
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 69 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Ms. Margolin.
Ruth B. Margolin notes:
The idea for this puzzle came to me while driving on the highway, en route home from NYC. I saw a billboard with a weight/wait pun, and it sent me searching for some fun puns of my own. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Homophonic plays on phrases, all relating to commuting. I thought I'd seen everything when it comes to straight-up homophone replacements, but BUSSED YOUR BUTT made me laugh out loud. And ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times6/10/18 ( No. 25,051 )
Across
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"Me too" : ASAMI
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Expert on jingles : ADMAN
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U.K. V.I.P. : QEII
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Corp. leadership : MGMT
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Baby's woe : COLIC
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Nap for a loafer? : SUEDE
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"Cien ___ de Soledad" (Gabriel García Márquez novel) : ANOS
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Bailiwick : AREA
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Lane restricted to allow motorcades through? : CHUTEFORTHESTARS
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Ribs : KIDS
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Jerry's adversary, in cartoons : TOM
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___ colada : PINA
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Night vision? : DREAM
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Early online forum : USENET
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Honolulu's historic ___ Palace : IOLANI
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Current : PRESENTDAY
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Pressing and shoving me as I enter the subway? : CRAMPINGMYSTILE
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Sounds before sneezes : AHS
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Word repeated by Romeo in "As mine on ___, so ___ is set on mine" : HERS
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Brown v. Board of Education city : TOPEKA
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Last words of a pep talk, perhaps : GOGETEM
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Not taking a bow? : ASTERN
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New Haven collegian : ELI
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Mousetrap brand : DCON
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Take a hit : TOKE
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Highway obstructed by accidents, detours and construction? : ROUTEOFALLEVIL
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Things sometimes stolen in Hollywood : SCENES
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East Berlin's land: Abbr. : DDR
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Prosperous period : BOOM
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Standing Rock tribe : SIOUX
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Pays attention to : HEEDS
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Rope for strangulation : GARROTE
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Package sender to an enlistee, maybe : ARMYMOM
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Kosher : LEGIT
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Title kitten in a Key and Peele action comedy : KEANU
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Not stay in the pail, say : SLOP
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Youth org. since 1910 : BSA
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They sit in front of a cox : OARMEN
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Took public transportation while one's wheels were at the shop? : BUSSEDYOURBUTT
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City near Provo : OREM
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"Time ___ a premium" : ISAT
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Grp. with a co-pay : HMO
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Bit of dangly jewelry : EARBOB
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"Star-bellied" Seussian creature : SNEETCH
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Net fisher : SEINER
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Song lead-in to "di" or "da" : OBLA
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Rural turndown : NAW
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"This tollbooth line will make me late!"? : INEEDTOLOSEWAIT
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Portal in "Alice in Wonderland" : RABBITHOLE
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Shellac and myrrh : RESINS
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Rule against singing : OMERTA
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Toodle-oos : TATAS
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Peddle : VEND
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:-D : LOL
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Where Scarlett got a letter? : TARA
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Split an Uber? : PAYYOURFARESHARE
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Fun run length, for short : ONEK
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Last thing said before eating? : AMEN
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Washington, but not Jefferson : STATE
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Any local in "The Music Man" : IOWAN
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Matter of interest? : RATE
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Spot : SITE
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Like legalized marijuana : TAXED
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Alternating-current motor inventor : TESLA
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Home of many Big Apple galleries : SOHO
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One with '18 after one's name, say : ALUM
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Alma mater of Wm. Hewlett of Hewlett-Packard : MIT
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Colorful summer treat : ICEPOP
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Like the "s" in "aisle" : ASONANT
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Dodge S.U.V. : DURANGO
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Brave adversary : MET
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Condition for some distracted kids, for short : ADHD
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Not e'en once : NEER
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Like some oil money : QATARI
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Canine coat? : ENAMEL
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"Hmm, the oven was on. Did ___ didn't ..." : IOR
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Time release : ISSUE
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Get to Grand Central right at 5:00? : MAKETHETEEM
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Tool for a blacksmith : GRINDSTONE
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Jason's wife in myth : MEDEA
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Finger-licking good : TASTY
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Thread: Prefix : FILI
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San Francisco : BART :: Philadelphia : ___ : SEPTA
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Sweater damage : SNAG
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"No more for me, thanks" : IMSET
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Force onward : IMPEL
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Utah's ___ Canyon (locale of petroglyphs) : SEGO
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Kale alternative : CHARD
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Fix, as a golf green : RESOD
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Pianist Rubinstein : ARTUR
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Rise above the din, say : YELL
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Somewhere over the rainbow they're blue, in song : SKIES
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Carry-___ : ONS
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Scraped (out) : EKED
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Cleanup target : MESS
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Tax ___ : REBATE
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Queen dowager of Jordan : NOOR
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___ Homme (fashion line) : DIOR
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Awkward : CLUMSY
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Decision point : FORK
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Simple life? : AMOEBA
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Through : VIA
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"Quantico" actress Priyanka ___ : CHOPRA
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Prefix with -phone : XYLO
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"I'm scared by the speed you're going in this traffic!"? : GIMMEABRAKE
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Not sagging at all : TAUT
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No-nonsense quartet? : ENS
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Pout : MOUE
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Elton's johns : LOOS
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Bring in : EARN
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Special soldier : GREENBERET
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Did some theater work, casually : USHED
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Good ol' boy : BUBBA
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Certain vodka order, informally : STOLI
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Up : ATBAT
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Neighbor of Hond. : NIC
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Radiate : EMIT
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Campaign supporter : DONOR
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Expressive facial features : BROWS
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___ Tzu (dog) : SHIH
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Doofus : TWIT
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Take care of : SEETO
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Put on a pedestal : ELEVATE
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Sister of Snow White : ROSERED
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Delaying response to "Is it time?" : NOTYET
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Comic Boosler : ELAYNE
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___ qua non : SINE
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Sends a breakup text, say (tsk!) : ENDSIT
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Helicopter feature : ROTOR
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Refrigerator handle? : AMANA
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Snacks during hora feliz : TAPAS
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N.Z. neighbor : AUST
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Mlle., in Managua : SRTA
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House work? : LAWS
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___ cavity : ORAL
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Golden Globe winner Dunham : LENA
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Friend of Francine : AMI
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Kind of paper : FAX
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Help make the bed? : HOE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle.

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