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New York Times, Monday, July 27, 2015

Author:
D. Scott Nichols and Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
26-Down : Situation after a leadoff single
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Nichols. This is puzzle # 19 for Ms. Burnikel.
Constructor notes:
SCOTT: We made this puzzle last August and it was accepted on Oct 3, 2014. We were happy to give YOKO ONO such a place of prominence ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Last name PALINDROMES today, with our old crossword friend YOKO ONO smack dab in the middle. I was fascinated by "Splash" as a kid, so ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times7/27/15 ( No. 24,002 )
Across
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Sports wrap-up : RECAP
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Given a PG-13 or R, e.g. : RATED
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Procure : GET
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Cause for a food recall : ECOLI
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"Uncle!" : IGIVE
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Historical span : ERA
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*Youngest French Open champion : MONICASELES
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Bobby who won the Norris Trophy eight times : ORR
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Expert : MAVEN
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Doofus : NIMROD
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Love like crazy : ADORE
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Lean-___ (rude shelters) : TOS
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Like Hans Christian Andersen's "Duckling" : UGLY
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Rio ___ (Texas border river) : GRANDE
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Nick of "48 Hrs." : NOLTE
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___ McIlroy, 2014 P.G.A. Player of the Year : RORY
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Peter, Paul or Mary : NAME
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___ of roses : ATTAR
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Tan who wrote "The Joy Luck Club" : AMY
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*"Double Fantasy" singer : YOKOONO
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"Me, me, me!" attribute : EGO
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Wood for model airplanes : BALSA
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Brand in contact lens care : RENU
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Flying pest : GNAT
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Zoo heavyweight, informally : HIPPO
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"You don't think I will?!" : DAREME
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Arabian Sea sultanate : OMAN
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Ending with walk or trade : INS
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Storm drain cover : GRATE
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Maine city on the Penobscot River : BANGOR
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Song of triumph : PAEAN
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___ Arbor, Mich. : ANN
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What the ends of the answers to all the starred clues are : PALINDROMES
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Unaccounted-for G.I. : MIA
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Do penance : ATONE
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"Remember the ___!" : ALAMO
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Contented sigh : AAH
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Pepé ___, amorous cartoon skunk : LEPEW
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Fortuneteller's deck : TAROT
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Band with the 4x platinum album "Automatic for the People" : REM
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___-friendly (green) : ECO
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Hoodwink : CON
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Payment to an ex : ALIMONY
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Jean-Luc of the U.S.S. Enterprise : PICARD
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Ascend : RISE
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Insurance or ticket counter employee : AGENT
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Michael Jackson's "Don't Stop ___ You Get Enough" : TIL
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Nevertheless : EVENSO
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Arnaz of "I Love Lucy" : DESI
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*C.I.A.'s second-longest-serving director : GEORGETENET
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Flynn who played Robin Hood : ERROL
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Behind schedule : TARDY
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Big name in skin care : AVEENO
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Dog that's a little of this, a little of that : MUTT
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Doughnut shop lure : AROMA
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*"Splash" star : DARYLHANNAH
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Situation after a leadoff single : ONEON
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Seize : GRAB
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Vietnamese neighbor : LAO
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Ohio home of the Soap Box Derby : AKRON
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Slapping Stooge : MOE
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Best-effort performance : AGAME
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Memorization : ROTE
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Talk incessantly : YAP
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Elbowed : NUDGED
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Serenade : SING
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Crunchy breakfast bowlful : GRANOLA
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Jolly Roger flier : PIRATE
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Mount where Noah disembarked : ARARAT
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Lead-in to care since 2009 : OBAMA
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Craze : MANIA
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Backbone : SPINE
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October birthstone : OPAL
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From scratch : ANEW
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Cut (off) : LOP
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Scratch : MAR
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Punk music offshoot : EMO
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Habitual drunk : SOT

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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