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New York Times, Friday, June 19, 2020

Neapolitan song whose first line translates to "What a beautiful thing is a sunny day!"

Author:
Greg Johnson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 25 Missing: {HJQ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Johnson.
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© 2020, The New York Times6/19/20 ( No. 25,791 )
Across
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Centerpiece of a luau : ROASTPIG
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Pick : OPTFOR
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Be supervised by : ANSWERTO
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Rocky's best friend in the "Rocky" films : PAULIE
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Screen that keeps out bugs? : BETATEST
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Register : ENROLL
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Fan group : BLADES
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1970s rock band that launched the career of Sammy Hagar : MONTROSE
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Gives credit : LENDS
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Docking site during the 1980s-'90s : MIR
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iComfort company : SERTA
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The same as in France : EGAL
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Makes deceptively attractive : GILDS
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Craps throw called "Little Joe" : TWOS
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Steady temperament : EVENKEEL
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Guess that costs $250 : ANE
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Bel canto composer : ROSSINI
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Made more secure for shipping, say : REBOXED
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They go down the tubes : OVA
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Do curls, e.g. : PUMPIRON
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Rights org. whose logo includes a rabbit : PETA
43
Topic in driver's ed : SIGNS
44
Newspaper fig. : CIRC
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TV's Burnett and Andrews : ERINS
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Evasive maneuver : ZAG
51
Former Portuguese territory : MACAO
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Theater background : STAGESET
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Fix : REMEDY
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Not reside in the center of : OUTLIE
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Neapolitan song whose first line translates to "What a beautiful thing is a sunny day!" : OSOLEMIO
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"Stop right there!" : FREEZE
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Opposite of "pig out" : UNDEREAT
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Owned (up) : FESSED
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Recurring "Weekend Update" character for Gilda : ROSEANNE
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Unruly crowd : RABBLE
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Balance for a tree pose : ONELEG
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Kazakh capital renamed Nur-Sultan in 2019 : ASTANA
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Wraps : SWADDLES
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Where les bérets go : TETES
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Univ. bigwig : PRES
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With 9-Down, response to a knock at the door : ITS
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Ad campaign featuring "mustaches" : GOTMILK
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See 7-Down : OPEN
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Word after hot or fancy : PANTS
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Small tower : TURRET
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Coat placed on the ground : FLOORWAX
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Tool-sharpening aid : OILSTONE
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Out : RELEASED
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Counter action : ORDERING
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Reduce as much as possible : MINIMIZE
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One of many in most families : GENUS
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Oracles : SEERS
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Kind of pass : VIP
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Wall St. deal : LBO
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Designates as inaccessible : ROPESOFF
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William Tell was given one : OVERTURE
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Quenches : SATIATES
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How many Guinness World Record attempts are performed : ONCAMERA
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Group whose lies are much discussed on TV : PGATOUR
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Photographers' considerations : ANGLES
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Occupation for the Three Stooges in "An Ache in Every Stake" : ICEMEN
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Measure equal to about 57° : RADIAN
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Prairie predator : COYOTE
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Confiscate : SEIZE
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Battle royal : MELEE
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Growing need : SEED
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Partners of cones : RODS
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Lead-in to cone : SNO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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