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New York Times, Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Dense megalopolis that includes Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou [Greek alphabet]

Author:
Freddie Cheng
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Cheng. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Freddie Cheng notes:
Why should the top three guys get all the glory and the medals, I ask?! Go FOURTH and shine, underdogs, and May the FOURTH be with ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Such a clever idea! HAPPY FOURTH hints at the fourth item in an ordered set, i.e., NUMBERS the fourth book of the Bible, TIME the ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times7/4/18 ( No. 25,075 )
Across
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Indian state that exports tea : ASSAM
6
Trade blows : SPAR
10
Grade sch. class : SCI
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John or son Julian : LENNON
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Renée Fleming performance : ARIA
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Still-life object : URN
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Identifications on left-hand pages, traditionally [the Bible] : EVENNUMBERS
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Blue expanse : SEA
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Peace sign : VEE
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Letter before Peter in a phonetic alphabet : OBOE
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"Oh, hogwash!" : PSHAW
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Something a bug might produce : ERROR
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Setting for a popular show [dimensions] : PRIMETIME
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Still-life object : VASE
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Wood in some closets : CEDAR
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Notwithstanding : ALBEIT
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Hanoi holiday : TET
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"___ be surprised" : YOUD
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Dense megalopolis that includes Hong Kong, Macau and Guangzhou [Greek alphabet] : PEARLRIVERDELTA
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Handle : TEND
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Goddess who captured Orion, in Greek myth : EOS
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Gobs : OODLES
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Tennis great Ivanisevic : GORAN
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"Money ___ object" : ISNO
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Singer with the 2017 Album of the Year "24K Magic" [planets] : BRUNOMARS
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Govt. debt instrument : TNOTE
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Ran gracefully : LOPED
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Device sold with earbuds : IPOD
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Word with press or mess : KIT
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Small, medium or large: Abbr. : ADJ
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Annual greeting ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 26-, 39- and 48-Across : HAPPYFOURTH
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Opposite of paleo- : NEO
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Away from the wind : ALEE
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Showstopper, literally : FINALE
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Male swan : COB
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Dirty, as tricks : MEAN
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Shock dispenser : TASER
Down
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Motrin alternative : ALEVE
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Cut, as ties : SEVER
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Scoffing look : SNEER
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Massachusetts' Cape ___ : ANN
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Interterminal transport : MONORAIL
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Cousin of an épée : SABER
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___-K : PRE
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Bring out of the closet? : AIR
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Spoke like Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" : RASPED
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Food item ordered at a bar : SUSHIROLL
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Destroy, as an opponent : CREAM
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Speechless, perhaps : INAWE
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Small protuberance : NUB
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Something one might do after an embarrassing loss : MOPE
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Didn't leave after everyone else left : STAYEDON
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Trite : OVERDONE
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Summer refresher : ICEE
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Subways : METROS
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Netflix transmission : STREAM
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Apropos : APT
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Bruce or son Brandon : LEE
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Tremendous piece of work : BANGUPJOB
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Remote things? : TVS
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Pac-12 athlete : UTE
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County prosecutors, for short : DAS
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Macbeth's Scottish burial isle : IONA
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"Stop! You'll be sorry!" : DONTDOIT
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Hillary Clinton's maiden name : RODHAM
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Kids' road trip game : ISPY
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Like some vin : BLANC
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"It's not my first ___" : RODEO
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Come to fruition : RIPEN
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Plants also known as ladies' fingers : OKRAS
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World champion, e.g. : TITLE
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Bygone anesthetic : ETHER
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Out of whack : OFF
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Stout, maybe : ALE
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Subject of early genetic study : PEA
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___ voce (without dissent) : UNA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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