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New York Times, Tuesday, July 17, 2018

With 40-Across, what a straight-A student passes with ... or a hint to 17-, 27-, 46- and 62-Across

Author:
Amanda Chung and Karl Ni
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Chung. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Ni. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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AMANDA: We'd submitted quite a few puzzles before this one being accepted. The themes ranged from too silly to too familiar. There was ... read more
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Loved this theme! FLYING COLORS = things that fly, all described by a color. This huge GREEN LANTERN fan loved seeing Hal Jordan get ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times7/17/18 ( No. 25,088 )
Across
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Avocado dip, slangily : GUAC
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"Peace be upon ___" (Muslim phrase about a prophet) : HIM
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Devise a plot : SCHEME
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Teeny-tiny : ITSY
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Prefix with center : EPI
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Invented, as a new word : COINED
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W.W. I enemy ace : REDBARON
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Diamond judge : UMPIRE
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Slobbers : DROOLS
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Letters on a radio button : AMFM
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Lair : DEN
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Parisian evenings : SOIRS
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Like a house that might be built in a day : PREFAB
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Quidditch ball that ends the game when it's caught : GOLDENSNITCH
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Jackson 5 hit with the lyric "It's easy as 1, 2, 3" : ABC
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Feedbag feed : OATS
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Artoo-___ : DETOO
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With 40-Across, what a straight-A student passes with ... or a hint to 17-, 27-, 46- and 62-Across : FLYING
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See 37-Across : COLORS
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Best : OUTDO
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Swain : BEAU
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Responsibility for a house sitter, maybe : PET
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Comics hero with a magic ring : GREENLANTERN
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Decorates : ADORNS
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Des Moines resident : IOWAN
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W-2 ID : SSN
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Opposite of manual : AUTO
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Gibson of tennis fame : ALTHEA
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Something a tabby can't resist : CATNIP
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Symbol of happiness : BLUEBIRD
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"Fine by me" : OKSURE
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Jeremy of the N.B.A. : LIN
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Et ___ (and others) : ALII
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Annual internet awards : WEBBYS
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"Spring forward" hrs. in N.Y.C. : EDT
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Subject of road "Xing" signs : DEER
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Prepares, as oneself for battle : GIRDS
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In ___ (unborn) : UTERO
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"Likewise" : ASDOI
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Half human, half machine : CYBORG
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That lady's : HERS
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Tech start-up's big moment : IPO
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Part of a mosque from which the call to prayer is made : MINARET
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Shoe blemishes : SCUFFS
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Military raider : COMMANDO
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Not square : HIP
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Children's author Blyton : ENID
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Slight : MERE
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First garden site : EDEN
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Moreover : ALSO
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Department store department : MENS
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Smartphone predecessor, for short : PDA
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Jessica of "7th Heaven" : BIEL
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Fuel for a fire : LOG
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Roof style of some Corvettes : TTOP
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Uneaten part of an apple : CORE
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Parasite harborer : HOST
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Lost in ___ : AFOG
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Make fuzzy : BLUR
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Suffix meaning "cell" : CYTE
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Notion : IDEA
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Product label looked for by the lactose intolerant : NONDAIRY
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"You go onstage ... now," e.g. : CUE
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Cartoon boy who makes many prank calls : BART
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Elevate to royalty : ENNOBLE
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@@@ : ATS
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Jewelers' glasses : LOUPES
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Tick off : RILE
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So-so : NOTBAD
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Period of time : WHILE
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American Eagle clothing line : AERIE
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All-time low : NADIR
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Flat-bottomed boat : SCOW
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Sushi bar drink : SAKE
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Accident investigation org. : NTSB
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Family title with two pronunciations : AUNT
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Worn-down pencil, e.g. : NUB
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Slang for a hat : LID

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