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New York Times, Friday, July 20, 2018

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
Group to which five U.S. presidents have belonged, from Harding to Ford
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QYZ} This is puzzle # 16 for Ms. Weintraub.
Robyn Weintraub notes:
I have no interest in poker, yet curiously I have now debuted both POKER TABLE and POKER TABLES to the New York Times crossword puzzle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
POKER TABLE is a standout example of a perfect themeless entry/clue pair. Not only is POKER TABLE a great phrase on its own, evoking ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times7/20/18 ( No. 25,091 )
Across
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Dreamhouse resident : BARBIEDOLL
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Food portmanteau : SPAM
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He's nothing special : AVERAGEJOE
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Get fit, with "up" : TONE
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It gets you what you need : LIVINGWAGE
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Analogous : AKIN
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Schooner feature : MAST
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Secretary of state after Muskie : HAIG
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Times, Post, News, etc. : PRESS
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Stole, maybe : FUR
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Neighbor of Djibouti : ERITREA
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Gorp ingredients : RAISINS
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Actress Kirsten : DUNST
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About to go : UPNEXT
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One might be by the water cooler : WORKMATE
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Title character of a 2006 mockumentary : BORAT
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___ characters (Chinese script) : HAN
36
Israeli-born Jew : SABRA
37
What can get batters out? : SPATULAS
39
Chad's place : BALLOT
40
Not built up : RURAL
41
Kibble form : PELLETS
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From that, formally : THEREOF
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Getty oil, e.g. : ART
45
Sword grips : HAFTS
46
Portuguese woman's title : DONA
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Check out, in a way : OGLE
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Hydroxyl-bearing compound : ENOL
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Like cooking that goes whole hog? : NOSETOTAIL
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Warning from one holding an iron : FORE
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Place to spin your wheels : ROLLERRINK
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Rice and Robbins : TIMS
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Skull accompanier : CROSSBONES
Down
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Topical treatment : BALM
2
Running shoe brand : AVIA
3
Short spins? : REVS
4
One who's happy about acquiring a few extra pounds, informally : BRIT
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Janis with the 1975 hit "At Seventeen" : IAN
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Activity for a basket holder : EGGHUNT
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Bacardi brand : DEWARS
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Tourist city in Ventura County : OJAI
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Got access, in a way : LOGGEDON
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Catwoman portrayer Meriwether : LEE
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Not bite off more than one can chew : STARTSMALL
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Place where lots of calls are made : POKERTABLE
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Star ___ (pho flavorer) : ANISE
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Intelligence community? : MENSA
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Colorful seasoning that originated near the Himalayas : PINKSALT
22
Pipe fittings and such : FIXTURES
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Play from which the word "robot" comes : RUR
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Alternatives to marinades : RUBS
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For one : APOP
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At one's best : INRAREFORM
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Creatures that divers sometimes swim with : SEATURTLES
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"Time ___ ..." : WAS
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Pleasant pace : TROT
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Chuck wagon fixin's : EATS
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Divided barrier : HALFDOOR
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Language similar to Thai : LAO
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Knocks loudly? : BERATES
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Storyboard parts : PANELS
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"Five-finger discount" : THEFT
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Five-letter capital written as two words in its native language : HANOI
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2017 Tony winner for Best Play : OSLO
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Other: Sp. : OTRO
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Appreciation : GAIN
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A cameo might have one : LINE
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Group to which five U.S. presidents have belonged, from Harding to Ford : ELKS
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Government org. concerned with radioactive waste : NRC
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Scepter accompanier : ORB

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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