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New York Times, Thursday, July 5, 2018

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 107 for Mr. Ross. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Randolph Ross notes:
The idea for this puzzle was inspired when Donald Trump made the unfounded charges that he was being wiretapped by President Obama at ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Secretive orgs rebusized … WIRETAPped? It's fun to see those rebus bugs planted into the grid, but I didn't get why WIRETAP would mean ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0705 ( 25,076 )
Across
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Director Lee : ANG
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Humdrum : DRAB
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World's largest peninsula : ARABIA
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Response to a good meme, maybe : LOL
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Many a staffer : AIDE
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"She" went through a huge breakup in 1984 : MABELL
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Hells Canyon locale: Abbr. : IDA
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Stooge : TOOL
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Low draw : ONEALL
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Something good to be under : BUDGET
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Spring event at a nursery : GARDENSALE
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Successor to the Cutlass : ALERO
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Intended : AIMED
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Wee wee? : LIL
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Outlet for the Loire : BAYOFBISCAY
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Give in : CAVE
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Live and breathe : ARE
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This pulls a bit : REIN
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Ways : MODES
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Not much : ATAD
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Figure in Milton's "Paradise Lost" : ADAM
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Give a zero-star review : TRASH
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Ride provider : UBER
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Subj. of arms talks : WMD
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___ de combat (out of action due to injury) : HORS
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Clear speaking : ENUNCIATION
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Chest thumper, for short? : EMT
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Clothing portmanteau : SKORT
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Map of México, e.g. : CARTA
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Fought in public : MADEASCENE
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Even though : ALBEIT
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J. R. Ewing, e.g. : OILMAN
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Heroine of Tennessee Williams's "Summer and Smoke" : ALMA
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Corn site : TOE
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Derisive : SNEERY
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A couple of bucks? : DEER
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T or F, frequently: Abbr. : ANS
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Weatherspoon of the W.N.B.A. : TERESA
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Big jerk : YANK
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Wash. setting, in the winter : PST
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Poor woodcutter of folklore : ALIBABA
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Lumpy : NODULAR
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Pleasant glance : GLADEYE
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Driver's license information : DATEOFBIRTH
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Hoot : RIOT
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Flap : ADO
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Hercule Poirot, e.g. : BELGIAN
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Subject of an Italian aria : AMORE
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Big Pharma expense : RANDD
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"... sting like ___" : ABEE
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Protein-rich picnic dish : BEANSALAD
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"It doesn't hurt that bad" : ILLLIVE
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Gene mutation results : ALLELES
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Miracle-___ : GRO
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Frank Loesser's "Once in Love With ___" : AMY
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Tart : ACID
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Rhyme for "thee" in "America the Beautiful" : SEA
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It may follow a dot : COM
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Lead prosecutor in the O. J. Simpson case : MARCIACLARK
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Stubborn one : ASS
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Be against : ABUT
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Animal house : DEN
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Maximally : THEMOST
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Iceberg's cousin : ROMAINE
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Gallery owner : ARTDEALER
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Still packing, say : UNREADY
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What the four undercover orgs. in this puzzle might do : WIRETAP
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Things that are voted on : MOTIONS
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Means of identification : DNATEST
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Long, long time : EON
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Early diet drink : TAB
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Some cuts, later : SCARS
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Neighbor of South Sudan : KENYA
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Jolly Roger pirate : SMEE
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Grace period? : AMEN
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Rural expanse : LEA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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