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New York Times, Monday, July 14, 2014

40-Down : Singing the praises of

Author:
MaryEllen Uthlaut
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQVWXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Uthlaut. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
MaryEllen Uthlaut notes:
I am a novice at crossword puzzle constructing, and my debut at "The New York Times" was September 7, 2010. This is my second puzzle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A fun theme, a great reason for a "word hidden within phrases" type puzzle. This theme type gets done often, so to have a fun addition ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times7/14/14 ( No. 23,624 )
Across
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___, crackle, pop : SNAP
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Shapely shade trees : ELMS
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Beer mug : STEIN
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Mani-___ (nail job) : PEDI
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Breakfast or lunch : MEAL
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Drink often served with marshmallows : COCOA
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Stairway safety feature : RAIL
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Web designer's concern : PAGELAYOUT
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"Relax, soldier!" : ATEASE
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Milky gems : OPALS
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Annoyed "Hel-LO!" : YOUFORGOTME
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65 on a hwy., maybe : MPH
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Tit ___ tat : FOR
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Complete : ENTIRE
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Japanese compact S.U.V. : SUBARUFORESTER
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In addition : ALSO
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Disposable lighter : BIC
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2012 Ben Affleck film set in Iran : ARGO
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Sandwich cookie with abundant filling : DOUBLESTUFOREO
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Kind of fin : DORSAL
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Mauna ___ : LOA
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James Bond, for one : SPY
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Eerie encounter ... or a hint to 23-, 31- and 39-Across : UFOSIGHTING
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Stop on ___ : ADIME
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"Yay, we did it!" : HURRAH
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Locked up in : CONFINEDTO
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Secretary, say : AIDE
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Like some Peruvian ruins : INCAN
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First, second or reverse : GEAR
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"The check ___ the mail" : ISIN
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Conductor Solti : GEORG
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Elvis's middle name : ARON
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"Don't give me ___!" : THAT
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Hose setting : SPRAY
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"Cool beans!" : NEATO
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Mademoiselle's goodbye : ADIEU
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Rice ___ (dish) : PILAF
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Caesar or Charlemagne : EMPEROR
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Meadow : LEA
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Myopic Mr. ___ : MAGOO
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Snoozed : SLEPT
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Like a triangle with sides of different lengths : SCALENE
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Yo-yo and Etch A Sketch : TOYS
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Prefix with friendly : ECO
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Note of indebtedness : IOU
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Singer ___ King Cole : NAT
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Less funny, as a joke : LAMER
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Davenport : SOFA
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Roots (around) : GRUBS
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Anglican bishop's hat : MITRE
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Pasta sauce brand : PREGO
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Foot-long sandwich : HERO
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Old Russian ruler : TSAR
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Small sailboat : SLOOP
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Exorbitant interest charge : USURY
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Goes up and down, as a buoy : BOBS
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Physically strong : FIT
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Round windows : OCULI
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Opposite of subtracts : ADDS
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Singing the praises of : LAUDING
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Fairylike : ELFIN
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Blast from a lighthouse : FOGHORN
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Honolulu's home : OAHU
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What follows phi, chi, psi : OMEGA
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Passover feast : SEDER
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Hazel eyes or curly hair : TRAIT
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Dubliners, e.g. : IRISH
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Gold-medal gymnast Comaneci : NADIA
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Treaty of ___, pact ending the War of 1812 : GHENT
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From a distance : AFAR
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Marlboro or Camel, informally : CIG
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21st word of the Pledge of Allegiance : ONE
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Sgt., e.g. : NCO
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"___ Te Ching" (old Chinese text) : TAO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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