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New York Times, Friday, July 28, 2017

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Robyn Weintraub

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 31 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 12 for Ms. Weintraub. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0728 ( 24,734 )
Across
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Award for "Hairspray" but not "Hair" : BESTMUSICAL
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Some party hirees : DJS
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Famous 1980s movie quote : ETPHONEHOME
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Breakfast morsel : OAT
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XXX, for example : THREEINAROW
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Land in la mer : ILE
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A goner : TOAST
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Platform locale: Abbr. : STA
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Texting app that was so 2012 : ICHAT
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Tequila sunrise direction : ESTE
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"Ten ___ Commandments" (song from "Hamilton") : DUEL
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Response to an affront : SLAP
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Parisian crowd? : TROIS
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Burl who sang about Rudolph : IVES
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Evidence of a change of mind : CROSSOUT
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Grooms : PREENS
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Lug nut hiders : HUBCAPS
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Have as emergency backup, say : COUNTON
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Crosses the threshold : ENTERS
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Dispute settler, maybe : COINTOSS
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Caution : WARN
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Like some myths : NORSE
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Fire's need : FUEL
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___ Decor (Hearst magazine) : ELLE
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Alternatives to lumps: Abbr. : TSPS
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Like some divorces : MESSY
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"O, ___ the day!" (exclamation from Miranda in "The Tempest") : WOE
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Intimate : GETAT
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Lead-in to duct : OVI
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Oversee to a fault : MICROMANAGE
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Home of Paradise: Abbr. : NEV
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Bluntly honest : PLAINSPOKEN
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Rock band? : ORE
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Dangerous situation : HORNETSNEST
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The Divine Miss M : BETTE
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Guiding beliefs of a people : ETHOS
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Jack ___ : SPRAT
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"___ Colors Don't Run" (flag maxim) : THESE
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Big name in Champagne : MOET
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College, in British lingo : UNI
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Aesthetically pleasing : SENSUOUS
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"Big thumbs-down!" : IHATEIT
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Some lipstick shades : CORALS
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Word from a Latin lover : AMO
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Lamb Chop puppeteer : LEWIS
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Question from the unwilling : DOIHAVETO
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Sriracha ingredients : JALAPENOS
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Reversal of a 29-Across : STET
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Lawyer's need : CLIENT
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Roller coaster features : DROPS
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Bolshevik's target : TSAR
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Figs. in a 3-2-4 format : SSNS
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Muse (on) : CHEW
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Have a hot body : RUNAFEVER
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Meddling : OBTRUSIVE
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Dramatic parts : SCENES
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Aplomb : POISE
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It may be carved in stone : RUNE
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Coppola film family name : CORLEONE
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Fill with crayons : COLORIN
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Big showcase prize on "The Price Is Right" : NEWCAR
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Body fluid : LYMPH
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Dovetail component : TENON
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Support for a garden plant : STAKE
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House aides : PAGES
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Vessel opener : STENT
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Little bit of MSG? : MONO
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Breaches : GAPS
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U.N. worker protection grp. : ILO
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Tucson hrs. : MST

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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