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New York Times, Tuesday, June 9, 2020

With 44-Across, band with the #1 hits "Bad Medicine" and "Livin' on a Prayer"

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Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 82, Blocks: 43 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Cheng. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times6/9/20 ( No. 25,781 )

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Across
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Universe : COSMOS
7
Like a future doctor's studies : PREMED
13
Land of rustic innocence : ARCADIA
15
More obviously sad : TEARIER
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Be under the weather : FEELILL
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Wilbur Wright's brother : ORVILLE
18
Item in a game of jackstraws : PICKUPSTICK
20
Unit in a superintendent's bldg. : APT
22
Runaway success : SMASH
23
San Francisco area, with "the" : BAY
26
Close-fitting headwear : DORAG
29
Tiny peeve : NIT
30
Banded marble : AGATE
32
Attempt to fix something and inadvertently make the situation worse : OPENACANOFWORMS
35
Spring mo. : APR
36
Reaction to a gut punch : OOF
37
Go easy on the criticism : TAKEASOFTLINE
44
See 52-Across : JOVI
45
Pack animal : BURRO
46
Like Sadie, in a Beatles song : SEXY
48
Madison Square Garden, e.g. : ARENA
50
"Dude!" : BRO
51
Superscript number for a cube : THREE
52
With 44-Across, band with the #1 hits "Bad Medicine" and "Livin' on a Prayer" : BON
53
Dandy : FOP
55
Test for a future Ph.D. : GRE
57
Summer hrs. : DST
58
Join (with) : GETHOOKEDUP
62
Be an enthusiastic dweeb, with "out" : GEEK
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Restrict : HEMIN
65
"Get a ___!" : GRIP
68
Brontë's "Jane ___" : EYRE
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Make into law : ENACT
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Like the star on Texas' flag : LONE
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Soldiers' meal : MESS
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Pulls hard : YANKS
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Community gym org. : YMCA
Down
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School lunchroom, informally : CAF
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Shipment to a refinery : ORE
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Coronation rod, in Britain : SCEPTRE
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Country between Algeria and Burkina Faso : MALI
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Of lyric poetry : ODIC
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Jockey's wear : SILKS
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Capital of Western Australia : PERTH
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Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
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Guitarist Clapton : ERIC
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Place to get a dairy treat : MILKBAR
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Unagi, e.g. : EEL
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Rap's Dr. ___ : DRE
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Bryn Mawr grad, e.g. : ALUMNA
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Throw at : TOSSTO
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Bother : PAIN
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Bother : ADO
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Something to do to a balloon or a wheelie : POP
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Cash box, for short : ATM
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"Getting to ___" (guide to negotiating) : YES
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Darth Vader's original given name : ANAKIN
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Stare stupidly : GAPE
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Missing letters? : AWOL
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Popular kids' game ... or a hint to 18-, 32-, 37- and 58-Across : GOFISH
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Maryland delicacy : CRAB
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Snapshot, informally : FOTO
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Matador charger : TORO
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Comic book debut of 1963, with "The" : AVENGERS
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Court call? : SUBPOENA
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Rink great Bobby : ORR
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Breaststroke move : FROGKICK
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Annual White House Correspondents' dinner, jocularly : NERDPROM
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Flames that have gone out? : EXES
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Sharp punch : JAB
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Until now : YET
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In the back, nautically speaking : AFT
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___ Conference : TED
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Informal greeting : OHHEY
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Monopoly payments : RENTS
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Squeaks (out) : EKES
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Yemen neighbor : OMAN
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Nasty, as a fight : UGLY
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Beauty : GEM
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Real looker? : EYE
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End of a co. name : INC
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Stew tidbit : PEA

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