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New York Times, Tuesday, June 27, 2017

43-Down : Annoying critic

Author:
John Guzzetta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Guzzetta

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Guzzetta.
John Guzzetta notes:
I wish I had a great story about how I came up with this theme while coming up to bat at home plate, gritting my teeth and staring ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Easy-breezy hidden synonym theme, WHIFF, FAN, STRIKE all relating to striking out. I did check-swing on this theme concept at first, ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times6/27/17 ( No. 24,703 )
Across
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Exiled leader of 1979 : SHAH
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Sing smoothly : CROON
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I.R.S. experts : CPAS
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Spotted rodent of South America : PACA
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Zoo resident that needs a big tank : HIPPO
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River of Florence : ARNO
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And others, for short : ETAL
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Following : AFTER
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Word exclaimed with "Get" or "Too" : REAL
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Slight sense that something is seriously shady : WHIFFOFSCANDAL
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Minus : LESS
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"Texas tea" : OIL
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Courtroom wear ... or concern : SUIT
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"Just do it" or "I'm lovin' it" : ADSLOGAN
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One who really brings out the crowds : FANFAVORITE
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Broody rock genre : EMO
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"Ye" follower on shoppe signs : OLDE
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Gene, the singing cowboy : AUTRY
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Hitters' stats : RBIS
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Take advantage of : USE
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Military unit assembled for sudden attack : STRIKEFORCE
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Generous giving : LARGESSE
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Morales of "Criminal Minds" : ESAI
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Jokester : WAG
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Depression-era migrant : OKIE
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Fight to the bitter end ... or a hint to the starts of 20-, 32- and 40-Across : GODOWNSWINGING
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"Star Trek: T.N.G." character : WORF
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Stay home for supper : EATIN
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"Fine by me" : OKAY
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Unwelcome bit of mail : BILL
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Paddle : SPANK
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Shakespearean king : LEAR
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Artist Warhol : ANDY
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Citrusy, e.g. : TANGY
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Hamlet, for one : DANE
Down
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Eject, as angry words : SPEW
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"Thirty days ___ September ..." : HATH
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Antioxidant-rich berry : ACAI
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24,110 years, for plutonium 239 : HALFLIFE
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Bad state to be in : CHAOS
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Guitar phrases : RIFFS
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Chooses : OPTS
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Intl. group with two South American members and none in North America : OPEC
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"When Harry Met Sally ..." writer Ephron : NORA
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Exercise on an elliptical machine, informally : CARDIO
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Middle school math class : PREALGEBRA
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Annoyingly focused : ANAL
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What astronomers call a day on Mars : SOL
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Greek salad topper : FETA
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Florida State athlete, slangily : NOLE
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Tortilla chip dip : SALSA
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What the River Styx forms the boundary of : UNDERWORLD
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Bandleader Shaw : ARTIE
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Quaint dagger : DIRK
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Eye woe : STYE
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___ curiae (friends of the court) : AMICI
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Part of the body associated with sneezing, sniffling and snoring : NOSE
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Awful-smelling : FOUL
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Big mixing containers : VATS
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"___ is not to reason why" : OURS
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Copper alloy used in jewelry : ROSEGOLD
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State flower of Utah : SEGO
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Ireland's Sinn ___ : FEIN
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Annoying critic : GADFLY
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In the red : OWING
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Broadway's "___ Boots" : KINKY
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Enter : GOIN
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Rapper Kanye : WEST
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California's ___ Valley : NAPA
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Superhero creator Lee : STAN
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Company that was the first in the U.S. to air a TV ad with a gay couple (1994) : IKEA
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Indian flatbread : NAAN
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Circular or spiral motion : GYRE
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Org. for which Mike Tyson twice held the heavyweight title : WBA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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