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New York Times, Saturday, July 16, 2016

Kid-lit character who says "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually"

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 26 Missing: {JZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 82 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Byron Walden notes:
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© 2016, The New York Times7/16/16 ( No. 24,357 )
Across
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School for Rory Gilmore of "Gilmore Girls" : YALE
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Item that became trilingual in the late '90s : USPASSPORT
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Slavering toon : ODIE
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Captain : TEAMLEADER
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Salty drink? : GROG
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She was "the answer to a prayer" in a 1941 #1 Jimmy Dorsey hit : MARIAELENA
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1983 hit for Rufus and Chaka Khan : AINTNOBODY
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French pronoun : TOI
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Pitch successfully : MAKEASALE
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Like salsa : LATIN
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Ingredient in a Baltimore Bracer : ANISETTE
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Pros at settling disputes : FIXERS
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Auto option patented by 3M : TINT
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Cast mate? : TVWIFE
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Italian term of address: Abbr. : SIG
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Leaves out in the open? : FOLIAGE
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"No ___!" : MAS
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Shower component : METEOR
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Apparent flaw : WART
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Confessed statements : CREEDS
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"Wake Up on the Bright Side" sloganeer : LAQUINTA
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Louses : HEELS
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Medical term for lead poisoning : SATURNISM
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"___ word?" : ANY
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Pool cover : BATHINGCAP
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Film animation technique : STOPMOTION
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Drug smuggler : MULE
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Governor who was the father of another governor : MARIOCUOMO
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Yank with 25 grand slams : AROD
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Polysomnogram finding : SLEEPAPNEA
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Bird with a resonant "ha-wah" call : NENE
Down
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Balance sheets? : YOGAMATS
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Ninth-century pope who was married with a daughter : ADRIANII
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Simba sobriquet : LIONKING
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A migraine sufferer might have one : EEGTEST
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Level best : UTMOST
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Aeschylus' play "The Persians" is about one : SEABATTLE
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Crossing state lines, perhaps : PAROLEVIOLATION
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HC(O)NH2, for one : AMIDE
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Kill : SLAY
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Grasp : SEE
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Companion : PAL
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"Swan Lake" heroine : ODETTE
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"Claude Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil," e.g. : RENOIR
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Drills : TRAINS
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Scottish refusal : NAE
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Magazine that published Harry Truman's memoirs : LIFE
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Kill : AXE
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Worthless amount : FIG
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2005-07 sitcom about the Gold family, with "The" : WARATHOME
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RICO enforcers : FEDS
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They may end with golden goals, for short : OTS
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Job for which you give someone a hand : MANICURE
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Exhibition locale : ARTSALON
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Rush : STAMPEDE
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Former Florida senator Martinez : MEL
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Support for a pilot : WINGMAN
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Gulfs : CHASMS
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Zipcar alternative : RENTAL
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Kid-lit character who says "The nicest thing about the rain is that it always stops. Eventually" : EEYORE
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Trendy pseudocereal : QUINOA
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Cinerary item : URN
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Suddenly took notice : SATUP
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Locale of the Evert Tennis Academy, familiarly : BOCA
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Word that follows pot but precedes pan : PIE
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Clean (up) : MOP

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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