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New York Times, Friday, July 6, 2018

State capital that was a boyhood home of Herbert Hoover

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {FQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 15 for Ms. Weintraub.
Robyn Weintraub notes:
Today's puzzle, a mini-themed Friday, came about purely by chance. I set up a random grid with two intersecting 15s, a departure from ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I do so many themeless puzzles that getting a mini-theme to help one stand out is a real treat. I loved Robyn's usage of RACE TO THE ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times7/6/18 ( No. 25,077 )

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Across
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Ruler who died in 30 B.C. : CLEOPATRA
10
Panic button : EJECT
15
Ticket request : AISLESEAT
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Alice with a Nobel Prize in Literature : MUNRO
17
Weave : INTERLACE
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Co-star of Wood in "The Lord of the Rings" : ASTIN
19
Land of ___ (where 1-Down lived) : NOD
20
Legal conclusion? : ESE
21
Doesn't get involved : SITSBY
22
Cajolery : SWEETTALK
25
One of two polar opposites : ICECAP
28
Standard product, once : OIL
29
"___ It Time" (1977 hit for the Babys) : ISNT
33
Unlikely Top 40 songs : ARIAS
34
More au courant : TRENDIER
36
Find common ground : MEETINTHEMIDDLE
39
Ironic reaction to dry humor? : SPITTAKE
40
Has a great night at the comedy club : KILLS
41
Tribe encountered by Lewis and Clark : OTOE
42
One of the jacks in cribbage : NOB
43
Dearies : HONEYS
44
Much of the text of a Supreme Court decision : REASONING
47
Big gaps : CHASMS
50
Hawaiian souvenir : TAN
51
Floppy disk creator : IBM
54
River of forgetfulness, in myth : LETHE
55
Image on the Maine or South Carolina flag : STATETREE
58
Some "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" costumes : ARMOR
59
Trades : VOCATIONS
60
Pallid and unhealthy in appearance : PASTY
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Sizable ordinal : UMPTEENTH
Down
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Problematic firstborn : CAIN
2
Lead-in to type : LINO
3
Abbr. on a city boundary sign : ESTD
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Pamplona plaudit : OLE
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/ : PER
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Out : ASLEEP
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Rib : TEASE
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Competition that hurts everyone : RACETOTHEBOTTOM
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Got into a pickle? : ATE
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Some WikiLeaks leaks : EMAIL
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Words after "Ha, ha" : JUSTKIDDING
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Drs. that see head cases : ENTS
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Home, in slang : CRIB
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Orlando, in the music world : TONY
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State capital that was a boyhood home of Herbert Hoover : SALEM
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Lacking focus : SCATTERSHOT
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"You sure about that?" : WASIT
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Weary : TIRE
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Kid's proud retort : IAMSO
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Moved furtively : CREPT
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Letters sung as mi, mi, re, re, do : EIEIO
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Move furtively : SIDLE
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Nervous ___ : NELLY
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Lock : TRESS
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Olympus rival : NIKON
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Pram pushers, perhaps : NANAS
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Ring data : TKOS
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Intimate : HINTAT
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___ board : EMERY
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Civil rights org. since 1909 : NAACP
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Thunderous sound : CLAP
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Goddess of marriage : HERA
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Some bill collectors : ATMS
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Decrease? : IRON
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Like lop ears : BENT
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Go well (with) : MESH
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Long-running drama set in N.Y.C., informally : SVU
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When la Bastille was stormed : ETE
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Word with black or blood : TIE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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