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New York Times, Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Institute signed into existence by Thos. Jefferson

Author:
Kathy Wienberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {KQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Wienberg.
Kathy Wienberg notes:
The seed entry for this puzzle was the highly appropriate DAILY JUMBLE. At first I considered constructing a Sunday puzzle but ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've seen plenty of anagram-themed puzzles — even made a few myself — but darn it if I haven't seen LYDIA as DAILY JUMBLE (the letters ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is an XWord Info milestone. Five years ago today, Jeff Chen began writing his daily crossword commentary, starting with one of his own puzzles.

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© 2018, The New York Times8/15/18 ( No. 25,117 )
Across
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Midday : TWELVE
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The Emerald Isle : ERIN
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Bring home : NET
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Superficial appearance : VENEER
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Not occurring naturally : MADE
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Tulsa sch. : ORU
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Car coat : WAX
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Most-wanted group : ALIST
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Tony winner Neuwirth : BEBE
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Zap, in a way : TASE
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Prefix with -phyte : NEO
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FIRED : STIRFRIED
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Reds, blacks, evens or odds, in roulette : WAGERS
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Perform better than : OUTDO
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Bird that can hardly get off the ground : EMU
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Encomium : TRIBUTE
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PARBOIL : BIPOLARDISORDER
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Place for taps : BARROOM
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Praise-filled poem : ODE
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Result of tears on makeup : SMEAR
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Device for spraying paint : AIRGUN
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STREAM : MIXMASTER
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Ryan who co-starred in 1995's "French Kiss" : MEG
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Machu Picchu builder : INCA
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Headlight? : HALO
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One putting money on the table : PAYER
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Something thrown to see who goes first : DIE
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LYDIA : DAILYJUMBLE
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Red state grp. : GOP
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Upscale hotel chain : OMNI
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Opposite of keyed up : ATEASE
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Suffix with differ : ENT
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Spritzes, e.g. : WETS
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Tightly fixed : WEDGED
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"Orange Is the New Black" rating : TVMA
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Prosperity : WEAL
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Turning out : ENDINGUP
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Tenant : LESSEE
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Airplane course : VECTOR
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Bungle : ERR
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___ Brickowski, protagonist of "The Lego Movie" : EMMET
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One of three people walking into a bar, in a joke : RABBI
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Do-nothing : IDLER
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Laura Bush ___ Welch : NEE
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"Hold on, don't go yet!" : NOWAIT
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Removed from memory : ERASED
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Dressy rental : TUXEDO
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Muscles used in a Russian twist, for short : ABS
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"___ words have never been spoken" : TRUER
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Pic : FOTO
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Kind of developer : WEB
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"Where ___?" : AMI
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Luminary : STAR
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Basics of school learning, in brief : RRR
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When sung five times, an Abba hit : IDO
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High school science class, informally : BIO
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Institute signed into existence by Thos. Jefferson : USMA
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2009 Peace Nobelist : OBAMA
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Doctor Zhivago's love : LARA
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Request at the end of a meal, maybe : DOGGYBAG
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URL ender for 35-Down : EDU
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Stimpy's TV pal : REN
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Iota : SMIDGE
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Underling : MINION
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Apart from : EXCEPT
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Attribute : IMPUTE
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Didn't just criticize : REAMED
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Guilty feeling : SHAME
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Corrupt : TAINT
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New York Bay's ___ Island : ELLIS
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Mr. Rogers : ROY
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"What ___ is there?" : ELSE
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Bassoon part : REED
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Chemical company that merged with DuPont : DOW
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Giant part of a T. rex skeleton : JAW

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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