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New York Times, Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Country that, according to its tourist bureau, has the highest number of museums per capita

Author:
Nancy Stark and Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Stark. This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Nediger.
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© 2019, The New York Times6/12/19 ( No. 25,418 )

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Across
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Getting close : WARM
5
Having obligations : INDEBT
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Antiquated : OLD
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Making a crossing, maybe : ASEA
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Not so savvy about the ways of the world : NAIVER
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Top of an outfit, for short? : CEO
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1938 Alfred Hitchcock mystery : THELADYVANISHES
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Air : TELEVISE
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Well-padded coat : PARKA
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Fictional Charles : NORA
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Assert openly : PROFESS
25
1999 Garry Marshall comedy : RUNAWAYBRIDE
29
They can be dangerous when split : ATOMS
30
Cabin-building items : LOGS
31
Bussing on a bus, e.g., for short : PDA
34
Scandalous suffix : GATE
35
Conveyances on and off base : JEEPS
37
Silent type : CLAM
38
"___ sells seashells ..." : SHE
39
List for the forward-thinking : AIMS
40
Like some oil and remarks : CRUDE
41
1933 James Whale sci-fi horror film, with "The" : INVISIBLEMAN
44
Dutch master who painted "Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window" : VERMEER
47
Czech or Pole : SLAV
48
Self-evident truth : AXIOM
49
Appealing to lascivious desires : PRURIENT
53
Amorality ... as suggested by 17-, 25- and 41-Across? : LACKOFCHARACTER
56
"Rocks" : ICE
57
Mathematician John who discovered logarithms : NAPIER
58
Stationery shade : ECRU
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The shakes, for short : DTS
60
Former friend : EXALLY
61
Clog or pump : SHOE
Down
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Light amount? : WATT
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Eponym of the world's largest tennis stadium : ASHE
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Part of a film archive : REEL
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August, e.g., but not May or June : MALENAME
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One of the Gandhis : INDIRA
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Contradict : NAYSAY
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Cruddy joint : DIVE
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Adán's mate in la Biblia : EVA
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Jerry's partner in the frozen food aisle : BEN
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Camera stabilizers : TRIPODS
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Shade in a desert landscape : OCHRE
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Relatives of shallots : LEEKS
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Crepes in Indian cuisine : DOSAS
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Asserts openly : AVOWS
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On base : SAFE
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Top hat, to a magician : PROP
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Fixes wrongly? : RIGS
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Uses for worn-out T-shirts : RAGS
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Geographical entity with six straight sides : UTAH
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Reminder to oneself, perhaps : NOTE
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Grace word : BLESS
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Coveted, as a position : PLUM
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"Anti-art" art movement : DADA
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"Preach!" : AMEN
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Don't you believe it! : JIVE
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Title meaning "commander" : EMIR
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Cracks : CREVICES
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Sea creature resembling a flower : ANEMONE
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Santa ___, Calif. : CLARA
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"Don't worry, everything's fine" : IMOK
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Country that, according to its tourist bureau, has the highest number of museums per capita : ISRAEL
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Not sharp : BLURRY
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Not yet expired, say : VALID
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Spot-on : EXACT
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Chops finely : RICES
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Dr. ___ : PHIL
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Make a lasting impression : ETCH
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Builder of the Domus Aurea : NERO
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Faithful : TRUE
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Copier option : FAX
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Help in filing, maybe : CPA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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