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New York Times, Wednesday, June 27, 2018

1-Across : Insurance giant based in Columbus, Ga.

Author:
Ned White
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 22 for Mr. White.
Ned White notes:
I could have sworn Sean Parker, in "The Social Network," advised Mark Zuckerberg to LOSE THE THE, and so it was with my original ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My a-ha moment was one of relief today. DROP THE THE is such a great phrase, uttered so well by Justin Timberlake (playing Sean Parker ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times6/27/18 ( No. 25,068 )
Across
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Insurance giant based in Columbus, Ga. : AFLAC
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Brain or watch part : STEM
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Waterfall feature, often : MIST
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Archibald ___ (Cary Grant's real name) : LEACH
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Latina miss: Abbr. : SRTA
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Environment : AREA
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Early "Saturday Night Live" camera command? : CUTTOCHASE
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Noirish : DARK
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"Beauty is truth, truth beauty" is part of one : ODE
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Kvetch : MOAN
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Start of an elimination : EENIE
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Nonverbal communication, for short : ASL
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"You want Pepsi or Coke?," e.g.? : POPQUESTION
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One of two in many churches : AISLE
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Its alphabet goes from Alfa to Zulu : NATO
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Leavers of pheromone trails : ANTS
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Haiti's Papa Doc or Baby Doc : DUVALIER
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Chauffeurs the actor Kevin to his house? : BRINGSHOMEBACON
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Christmas topper : SANTAHAT
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Goes out with : SEES
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"... as it ___ heaven" : ISIN
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Hits into the outfield : SWATS
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Basic query to a physicist? : WHATSMATTER
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Lays flat : KOS
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Squalid : RATTY
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Cry after "Company" : HALT
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Comic strip cry : ACK
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Opposing voice : ANTI
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Sean Parker's famous advice to Mark Zuckerberg in naming The Facebook ... or a hint to 17-, 24-, 36- and 46-Across : DROPTHETHE
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It "should not mean / But be," per Archibald MacLeish : POEM
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"Downton Abbey" title : EARL
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Sites for development : UTERI
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___ qua non : SINE
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English princess : ANNE
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1953 A.L. M.V.P. Al : ROSEN
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Big name in foil : ALCOA
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Animosities that may span generations : FEUDS
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Source of many English words : LATELATIN
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Law : ACT
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Noisy bites : CHOMPS
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What a slalom path has : SSHAPE
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Calmer, in brief : TRANQ
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Mysteries in the '16 film "Arrival" : ETS
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Sallie ___ (student loan offerer) : MAE
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Durable : MADETOLAST
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Modern Persian : IRANI
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Prefix with comic : SERIO
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Like a seat with a coat over it, maybe : TAKEN
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Aplomb : COOL
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Founded: Abbr. : ESTAB
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One, on a bill : UNUM
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Gutter locale : EAVE
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"Shouldn't everyone be doing this now?" : ISNTITTIME
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Core muscles : ABS
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Big D.C. lobby : NRA
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One-third of an ellipsis : DOT
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Sharp footwear : ICESKATES
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Job ad abbr. : EOE
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I.C.U. workers : RNS
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Bloated, say : GASSY
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Carpenter's leveler : SHIM
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Tennis champ Mandlikova : HANA
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Taro, in Hawaiian cuisine : STAPLE
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Result of a lashing : WELT
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Excalibur was his sword : ARTHUR
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Concludes filming : WRAPS
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Capital once ruled by France : HANOI
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When some news is aired : ATTEN
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Source of pain for a lion, per Aesop : THORN
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Adobe color : OCHRE
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Yarn unit : SKEIN
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Narc's grp. : DEA
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Managed : RAN
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Ike's charge in W.W. II : ETO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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