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New York Times, Monday, July 30, 2018

Narrow escape ... or what the end of the answer to each starred clue is?

Author:
Gary Cee
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Cee. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
PLAY BALL! Or something. I was all set to give this the thumbs-up as an easy-peasy baseball puzzle — themers ending in things an ump ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times7/30/18 ( No. 25,101 )
Across
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Bouquet holder : VASE
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Leaf-gathering tool : RAKE
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Org. that distributes music royalties : ASCAP
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"SportsCenter" channel : ESPN
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Better than ___ : EVER
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Hole digger's tool : SPADE
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*Annual event displaying agricultural products : STATEFAIR
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Japanese beer brand : KIRIN
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Unexpressed : TACIT
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Children's author ___ Asquith : ROS
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Dog biter : FLEA
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___-friendly (green) : ECO
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*Spilling a drink or eating all the guacamole, say : PARTYFOUL
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Rhythmic pattern : CADENCE
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Junior ___, 12-time Pro Bowl linebacker : SEAU
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Rock grp. with the 1977 song "Rockaria!" : ELO
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Sun or planet : ORB
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Socially assertive types : ALPHAS
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Original Beatles bassist ___ Sutcliffe : STU
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*Candy from a candy machine : GUMBALL
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Miner's haul : ORE
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Hauling : TOTING
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Fold-up bed : COT
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Item in a caddie's bag : TEE
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Bread served with vindaloo : NAAN
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Rangers or Flyers : NHLTEAM
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*Attack from the sky : AIRSTRIKE
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One might end with .org : URL
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Roulette playing piece : CHIP
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Envision : SEE
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Low voice : BASSO
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A hot one might be trending : TOPIC
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Narrow escape ... or what the end of the answer to each starred clue is? : CLOSECALL
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Met performance : OPERA
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Brother mentioned more than 70 times in Genesis : ESAU
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Nonstick cookware brand : TFAL
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Extend, as a membership : RENEW
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Peeved : SORE
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Dreamcast console maker : SEGA
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Word after life or bulletproof : VEST
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"The Thin Man" dog : ASTA
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*In a daze : SPACEDOUT
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Lead on : ENTICE
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Official with a whistle, informally : REF
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Screen siren Gardner : AVA
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Knightley of "The Imitation Game" : KEIRA
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Flubs : ERRORS
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"___ and ye shall receive" : ASK
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Add some style to : SPIFFUP
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Monte ___ (gambling haven) : CARLO
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Parisian goodbye : ADIEU
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Punishment-related : PENAL
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School founded by King Henry VI : ETON
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Covertness : STEALTH
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Request at a hair salon : PERM
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"You folks," in Dixie : YALL
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"___ la vie" : CEST
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Midlevel voice : ALTO
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Middle-aged women with eyes for younger men : COUGARS
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Original "Monty Python" network : BBC
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*Vacationer's container for valuables : HOTELSAFE
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Length x width, for a rectangle : AREA
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Appear to be : SEEM
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Pesky flier : GNAT
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Of the highest rank : AONE
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Motivate : INSPIRE
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Siblings' daughters : NIECES
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It lets things slide : LUBE
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Expanses of land : TRACTS
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One in a cast : ACTOR
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"If there's any justice!" : IHOPE
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Become edible, as a fruit : RIPEN
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Ashton Kutcher TV role : KELSO
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Metal refuse : SLAG
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Widemouthed pot : OLLA
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Sound like a crow : CAW
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Rowboat propeller : OAR
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Take legal action : SUE

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

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