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New York Times, Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Answer to the riddle "What force or strength cannot get through / I, with gentle touch, can do"

Author:
Jason Flinn
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 75, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQVZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Flinn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2017, The New York Times6/20/17 ( No. 24,696 )
Across
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Important consideration for investors : RISK
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Attire that may leave the chest bare : SARONG
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Barely lit : DIM
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Demands : INSISTSUPON
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Concluding musical section : CODA
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One of the premier clubs in the Premier League : MANCHESTERUNITED
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Native New Zealander : KIWI
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A wee hour : ONEAM
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Southern region where blues developed : MISSISSIPPIDELTA
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Swift steeds : ARABS
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Words said while running out the door, maybe : IMLATE
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Comics villain ___ Luthor : LEX
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Applesauce : HOKUM
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Die : PERISH
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"Law & Order: SVU" actor : ICET
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Diamonds are weighed in them : CARATS
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Item swiped by Indiana Jones at the start of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" : IDOL
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Conversed : TALKED
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Gerontologist's subject : AGING
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Crank (up) : AMP
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Hill that's steep on one side and gentle on the other : CUESTA
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Bush - or an anagram of BUSH plus one letter : SHRUB
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Annual Austin festival : SOUTHBYSOUTHWEST
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Halved : INTWO
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Actress Mazar of "Entourage" : DEBI
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Arrival and departure locales hinted at by 17-, 21- and 50-Across : AIRPORTTERMINALS
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CBS show with a "New Orleans" spinoff : NCIS
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Treasured possession : PRIDEANDJOY
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Pitiful : SAD
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Indigenous people of Singapore : MALAYS
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Mill devices : SAWS
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Volcano feature : RIM
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___ moment (shortly) : INA
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Phishing target: Abbr. : SSN
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Does awesomely : KICKSBUTT
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Goulashes, e.g. : STEWS
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Pilgrimage site in central Italy : ASSISI
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Wheel groove : RUT
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Unfold, poetically : OPE
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Negative linking word : NOR
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Roamer of the Serengeti : GNU
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"Pray continue ..." : DOTELL
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Conceptualize : IDEATE
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1979 breakout role for Mel Gibson : MADMAX
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Dominant faith of Iran : SHIISM
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French filmdom : CINE
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Places where lines meet : NODES
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When repeated, Hawaiian menu item : MAHI
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Classic Camaro : IROC
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Sashimi go-with : SAKE
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Wow : IMPRESS
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Accept, as a lesser charge : PLEADTO
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Component : PART
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"How sweet ___!" : ITIS
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Cause of tree damage and downed telephone wires : HIGHWINDS
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Sandwich usually served with toothpicks : CLUB
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Answer to the riddle "What force or strength cannot get through / I, with gentle touch, can do" : AKEY
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Dreadful, as circumstances : DIRE
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Cross to bear : ONUS
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Like the group you're in if you're out, for short : LGBT
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Sneeze sound : ACHOO
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Waste container : ASHBIN
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Dwellers east of the Urals : ASIANS
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One of the friends on "Friends" : MONICA
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Foul-smelling : PUTRID
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Actress Hepburn : AUDREY
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County divs. : TWPS
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Melodic subjects in music : TEMAS
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Meas. of engine speed : RPM
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___-la : TRA
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Up to, informally : TIL
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Author LeShan : EDA
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1977 Steely Dan album : AJA
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Stove setting for simmering : LOW
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___ admin (IT pro) : SYS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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