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New York Times, Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Song that opens and closes 23-Down and whose title is literally described in this puzzle's center

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 182 for Mr. Kahn.
David J. Kahn notes:
I wrote this puzzle a while ago after hearing that the Broadway show had been running for 20 years. This is an especially good time to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A cut above most tribute puzzles. I appreciated many aspects of this one: The CIRCLE OF LIFE visual worked well, especially as David ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times6/11/19 ( No. 25,417 )

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Across
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Simba's mate in 23-Down : NALA
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Snoozefest : BORE
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Not fully open : AJAR
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First mate? : ADAM
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"Runnin'" college team : UTES
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"Call me the greatest!" : IRULE
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56-Across, roughly translated : NOWORRIES
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Where to have your hair done : SALON
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Song that opens and closes 23-Down and whose title is literally described in this puzzle's center : CIRCLEOFLIFE
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Fully : INTOTO
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West Coast air hub, for short : SFO
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Bastille Day season : ETE
26
"Can't be" : NAH
27
"Put a tiger in your tank" gas brand : ESSO
30
Greek group that's not in Greece : FRAT
32
Tries to lose some pounds : DIETS
34
Actress Fanning : ELLE
36
Seasoning that can lead to high blood pressure : SALT
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Misfortunes : ILLS
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Show again : REAIR
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One who's looking : EYER
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Only continent larger than Africa : ASIA
43
Radio band options : AMFM
44
Repeated "Survivor" setting : SAMOA
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Globes : ORBS
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QB tackle : SACK
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Slip-___ (shoes) : ONS
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Dominate : OWN
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Dug in, in a way : ATE
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Enthusiastic : RAHRAH
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Song from 23-Down : HAKUNAMATATA
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Getting long in the tooth : AGING
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23-Down setting : PRIDEROCK
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Gentrification raises them : RENTS
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Spill the beans : TELL
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The "E" in HOMES : ERIE
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Best Picture winner based on events of 1979-80 : ARGO
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College that awarded the first Ph.D. in the U.S. : YALE
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23-Down villain : SCAR
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One of the Bobbseys, in children's literature : NAN
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Big fuss : ADO
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Martial ___ : LAW
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1998 BP purchase : AMOCO
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Pack animals : BURROS
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Suffix with hypn- : OTIC
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List quickly, with "off" : REEL
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Valuable Scrabble tiles : ESSES
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___ Sea (almost dried-up body) : ARAL
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Director of 23-Down on Broadway : JULIETAYMOR
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Overhead : ALOFT
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Fleming at the Met : RENEE
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Supports : ISFOR
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Bar mitzvahs and the like : RITES
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Job seeker's success : OFFER
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Neighbor of Nepal : INDIA
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Tough as ___ : NAILS
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Disney movie released in June 1994 : THELIONKING
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Appear to be : SEEM
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Five Norwegian kings : OLAFS
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Not at the dock, say : ASEA
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Russian Revolution target : TSAR
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Bean type : LIMA
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British singer Lewis with the 2008 #1 album "Spirit" : LEONA
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It's worthless : TRASH
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Dreaded one? : RASTA
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Need for doing toe loops : SKATE
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Forehead covering : BANGS
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Baby rocker : CRADLE
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2015 Tony winner Kelli ___ : OHARA
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Bet : WAGER
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Evacuate : EMPTY
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Long-eared lagomorphs : HARES
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"Do ___ others as ..." : UNTO
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Word after Bay or gray : AREA
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Part of a cash register : TILL
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Tolkien monster : ORC
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Org. behind the Bay of Pigs invasion : CIA
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Lead-in to plop : KER

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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