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New York Times, Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Singer whose 1980 single "The Breaks" was the first gold record rap song

Author:
Johanna Fenimore
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Fenimore. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times6/3/20 ( No. 25,775 )
Across
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James who sang "At last, my love has come along" : ETTA
5
Small matter : ATOM
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Easy mark : PATSY
14
Things with nails sticking out : PAWS
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Fat removal procedure, in brief : LIPO
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Ease up : ABATE
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Direction on a ship : ALEE
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Oscar-winning Jared : LETO
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Director Coppola : SOFIA
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Storms out : LEAVESINAHUFF
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Author Rand : AYN
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Homecoming returnee, for short : ALUM
25
During the recent past : LATELY
27
Airy snack item : CHEESEPUFF
30
Casual top : TEE
31
Like Life Savers : TORIC
32
Miss Piggy's coy question : MOI
33
Limitless : VAST
34
Having ___ of it : NONE
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"Pretty Woman" co-star : GERE
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Mug : PUSS
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Actress/director Lupino : IDA
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Wear away : ERODE
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Request : ASK
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Singer whose 1980 single "The Breaks" was the first gold record rap song : KURTISBLOW
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Agrees : SAYSOK
55
Top-quality : AONE
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Black bird : DAW
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Fairy tale villain associated with the ends of 20-, 27- and 49-Across : THEBIGBADWOLF
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Playground fixture : SLIDE
61
"Je t'___" ("I love you," in French) : AIME
62
Home of Timbuktu : MALI
64
Drooping : SAGGY
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M.R.I., for one : SCAN
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If you drop this, you're sure to trip : ACID
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Fireplace remains : ASHES
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What hot dogs do : PANT
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Parts of gym routines : REPS
Down
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Org. with monitors : EPA
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Hunting cry : TALLYHO
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Many a middle schooler : TWEENER
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On the main : ASEA
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Mutated gene : ALLELE
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Makes too busy to do other things : TIESUP
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Best : OPTIMUM
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It "monthly changes in her circled orb," in "Romeo and Juliet" : MOON
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Turkish V.I.P. : PASHA
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Up and ___ : ABOUT
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Crisp, smooth fabric : TAFFETA
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Squelches : STIFLES
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Verily : YEA
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Explorer ___ da Gama : VASCO
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Title role for Michael Caine and Jude Law : ALFIE
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Be effective : ACT
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As of now : YET
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Starting point for a German count : EINS
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Maritime hazard : FOG
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Almost any word ending in -ize : VERB
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___ Haley, former U.N. ambassador : NIKKI
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Alternative to "com" and "org" : EDU
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Mend, as a torn seam : RESEW
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Faux ___ : PAS
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All of America wrapped up in one book : USATLAS
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Way, way up : SKYHIGH
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Type of coffee : ARABICA
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Theatrical partner of "Arsenic" : OLDLACE
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Somersault, say : DOAFLIP
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"That stinks!" : EWW
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Everyone included : TOAMAN
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Set to the right or the left : INDENT
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Marsh plant : SEDGE
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Executes orders : OBEYS
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[Oh!!!] : GASP
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Actor Epps : OMAR
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Agcy. for retirees : SSA
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Things shown to bouncers : IDS

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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