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New York Times, Monday, June 4, 2018

Hilton hotel chain ... or what 18-, 29- and 49-Across each have

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 54 for Ms. Burnikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Beautiful Monday puzzle. Interesting theme full of fresh finds, a couple of bonuses in the fill, and a smooth grid. Nothing more I ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times6/4/18 ( No. 25,045 )
Across
1
"Meet the Press" host Chuck : TODD
5
Trippy drug : LSD
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Iraqi city whose name, appropriately, is an anagram of ARABS : BASRA
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Dumpster emanation : ODOR
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Berry for a purple smoothie : ACAI
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Silly prank : ANTIC
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Watch, as the bar : TEND
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"Nonsense!" : BALDERDASH
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Best : TOP
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Home to the N.B.A.'s Heat : MIAMI
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Flier from flower to flower : BEE
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Shady places : ARBORS
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Covering of a corn ear : HUSK
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Boneless cut named for a New York restaurant : DELMONICOSTEAK
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Saucer in the sky, for short : UFO
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___ Alto, Calif. : PALO
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Carrying a gun : ARMED
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Very off-color : LEWD
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Some showy blossoms, informally : GLADS
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City north of Carson City : RENO
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Samples : TRIES
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"Later!" : CIAO
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180° from SSW : NNE
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Jet that evades radar detection : STEALTHFIGHTER
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The biblical wise men, by tradition : TRIO
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Slobbers : DROOLS
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Corner PC key : ESC
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Steer clear of : AVOID
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Sup : EAT
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Hilton hotel chain ... or what 18-, 29- and 49-Across each have : DOUBLETREE
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Actress Perlman of "Cheers" : RHEA
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National Geographic has a new one every month : ISSUE
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Spot for a flowerpot : SILL
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"Nuts!" : DARN
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Sweetness, sourness or bitterness : TASTE
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Kim, to Khloé Kardashian, for short : SIS
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"Don't go!" : STAY
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Wee one : TOT
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Verse dedicated to someone : ODE
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Snarky comment after "This is your big chance" : DONTBLOWIT
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Archenemy of the Fantastic Four : DRDOOM
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Place for experimenting : LAB
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Run a con on : SCAM
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Limp watch painter : DALI
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Server at a coffeehouse : BARISTA
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"What else?" : AND
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Random guess : STAB
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Get up : RISE
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Painful throb : ACHE
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Boise's state : IDAHO
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Birds on some Australian coins : EMUS
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Item held by an actor : PROP
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18+ ticket category : ADULT
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Alludes (to) : REFERS
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Glitch : SNAG
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Deborah of "The King and I" : KERR
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Down with a bug : ILL
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Cheap section in a plane : COACH
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"So true!" : AMENTOTHAT
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Dog shelter : KENNEL
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Active types : DOERS
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Bug spray component : DEET
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"What's the ___?" ("Who cares?") : DIF
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Expressed : SAID
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Brand that "nobody doesn't like" : SARALEE
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Folklore baddie : OGRE
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Performing now : LIVE
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Honeybunch : TOOTS
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Squirrels away : HOARDS
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Polish, as prose : EDIT
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Baseball's "Slammin' Sammy" : SOSA
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Use four-letter words : CUSS
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State flower of Tennessee : IRIS
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Place to order a ham on rye : DELI
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"However ..." : BUT
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Golfer Ernie : ELS
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Time in history : ERA
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"___ takers?" : ANY

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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