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New York Times, Thursday, June 11, 2020

Who wrote, in a classic children's book, "It is hard to be brave ... when you're only a Very Small Animal"

Author:
Peter A. Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter A. Collins

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 This is puzzle # 112 for Mr. Collins.
Peter A. Collins notes:
This puzzle started about six or seven years when I realized that FRANK SINATRA and ELVIS PRESLEY, the kings of their respective ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'd never have thought to link FRANK SINATRA and ELVIS PRESLEY. Yes, they're both icons in POPULAR / MUSIC. They both sang MY WAY. And ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times6/11/20 ( No. 25,783 )
Across
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Something cut by a lapidary : GEM
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Lineup at a truck stop : RIGS
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Stunned, in a way : TASED
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There was much of it in Shakespeare : ADO
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Head of Harpo Productions : OPRAH
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Conscious : AWAKE
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Cry of disgust : FEH
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Relative of a raccoon : COATI
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Many eyes are upon it, informally : TATER
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With 22-Across, mid-20th-century giant in 59-/62-Across : FRANK/ELVIS
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See 20-Across : SINATRA/PRESLEY
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Appear that way : SEEMTO
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Direction in España : ESTE
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Bag, in commercialese : SAK
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Port in southern Italy : BARI
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Secret knowledge : ARCANA
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Counted toward the totality of : FIGUREDIN
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Turns (off) : SHUTS
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Things exchanged between brides and grooms : IDOS
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Hit for 20-/22-Across (1969 or 1977) : MYWAY
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About half of a regular soccer field : ACRE
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William and Mary, e.g. : NAMES
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Flag : LOSESTEAM
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Coffers : CHESTS
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"Haughty Juno's unrelenting ___": Aeneid : HATE
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Old TV knob abbr. : HOR
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On : ATOP
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Adjusts one's sight : REAIMS
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With 62-Across, see 20-Across : POPULAR
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See 59-Across : MUSIC
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Shade of blue : ROYAL
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Martin Luther King Jr. had one : DREAM
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Fill for a schooner : ALE
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Actor who was People magazine's 1992 Sexiest Man Alive : NOLTE
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Cabinet department : STATE
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___ Arbor : ANN
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Pastime for Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin : CHESS
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Tore : SPED
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Soft component of fleece? : CEE
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Blunders : GAFFES
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First woman to receive her own New York City ticker-tape parade (1926) : EDERLE
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Native Arizonan : MOHAVE
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Moon or Mercury : ROCKSTAR
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N.Y.S.E. debut : IPO
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Understand : GRASP
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Spoof : SATIRE
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Secret spillers : TATTLERS
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Conscious : AWARE
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Thai dip : SATAYSAUCE
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Squeeze (out) : EKE
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German "the" : DER
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Duncan ___ : HINES
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Some clouds : NIMBUSES
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Old film dog : ASTA
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Western city known as "Family City U.S.A." : OREM
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Bone cavities : ANTRA
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Casey of "American Top 40" : KASEM
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Bit of bucolic verse : IDYL
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Country house : CHATEAU
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Small songbird : FINCH
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Where to find an American in Moscow? : IDAHO
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1960s TV character who often said "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" : GOMERPYLE
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___ Jima : IWO
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First automaker to offer seatbelts as an option (1949) : NASH
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Coin collector's interest : YEAR
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Beans and rice : STAPLES
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Like some glasses : STEMMED
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Alphabet trio : STU
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Ford contemporary : OLDS
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Line on an auto shop invoice : PARTS
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One spared by God in a Bible story : ISAAC
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Who wrote, in a classic children's book, "It is hard to be brave ... when you're only a Very Small Animal" : MILNE
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Something that might be stolen while a crowd watches? : SCENE
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Supply for General Mills : OATS
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Garner : REAP
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G.O.P. grp. : RNC
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Cry of awe : OOH
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Disposed of, in a way : ATE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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