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New York Times, Saturday, July 7, 2018

Loss of a sound at the start of a word, as "opossum" to "possum"

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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© 2018, The New York Times7/7/18 ( No. 25,078 )

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Across
1
Loud, as a radio : ABLARE
7
What stars do : TWINKLE
14
Repeatedly hit : BEATON
15
Some petroleum : SHALEOIL
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Play out, as events : UNFOLD
17
"I wanna hear everything" : TALKTOME
18
Pioneer in steam engines : JAMESWATT
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Complete coverage? : SKIN
21
Early people who used a base-20 numerical system : MAYAS
22
Sorrowful cries : AYS
23
Rapper ___ Rhymes : BUSTA
24
What closes on Sundays? : AMEN
25
Cut : SCISSOR
27
Fun bit of trivia : LITTLEKNOWNFACT
32
___ Tech (former for-profit school) : ITT
33
Olympic gymnastics gold medalist Raisman : ALY
34
"Children of the Albatross" author : NIN
35
Vietnamese soup : PHO
36
Doesn't snap : KEEPSITTOGETHER
40
Billies : HEGOATS
41
Packing ___ : HEAT
42
They may have stained-glass windows : APSES
45
Playbill bit : BIO
46
Police line? : PERPS
47
Cut : SAWN
48
Internet in-jokes that have gone viral, in modern lingo : DANKMEMES
50
Individual's unique use of language : IDIOLECT
52
How dishes are usually sold : ASASET
54
Martial arts holds that are hard to escape : ARMLOCKS
55
President Bartlet on "The West Wing" : JOSIAH
56
One waiting for the captain? : MESSBOY
57
Invites out for : ASKSTO
Down
1
___-Bakr, longtime adviser to Muhammad : ABU
2
Any member of Saul's tribe, in the Bible : BENJAMITE
3
Close friend of Hamilton, in "Hamilton" : LAFAYETTE
4
Fighter of Ferocious Flea in 1960s cartoons : ATOMANT
5
Hamilton and 3-Down, in "Hamilton" : ROLES
6
Quashes : ENDS
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"Absolutely unacceptable!" : THATSSONOTOK
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Cartoonist Kelly : WALT
9
Breed : ILK
10
Travel from site to site? : NETSURF
11
Screwballs : KOOKS
12
Calculus calculation : LIMIT
13
Multi-time W.N.B.A. All-Star ___ Delle Donne : ELENA
15
Be a homebody : STAYIN
19
Mary Jane : WACKYTOBACKY
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Zayn formerly of One Direction : MALIK
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"___ chance!" : BONNE
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Bud inducted into Cooperstown in 2017 : SELIG
26
Belts : SWIGS
28
Performs some light surgery? : LASES
29
Loss of a sound at the start of a word, as "opossum" to "possum" : APHERESIS
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Spot in the third balcony, say : CHEAPSEAT
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Trespassing and defamation : TORTS
37
Chemical compounds in so-called hospital smell : PHENOLS
38
Poisons : TAINTS
39
1994 Jim Carrey comedy : THEMASK
42
2007 #1 Alicia Keys album : ASIAM
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Man of the cloth : PADRE
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Moves at a crawl? : SWIMS
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Mexican bread : PESOS
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Art ___ : DECO
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Goya subject : MAJA
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Alley-oop starter : LOB
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Tennyson's "You Ask Me, Why, ___ Ill at Ease" : THO

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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