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New York Times, Sunday, August 2, 2020

"___ to tyrants, and my country's friend" (words of Cato in "Julius Caesar")

Author:
David Levinson Wilk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Levinson Wilk

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 61 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Wilk. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times8/2/20 ( No. 25,835 )
Across
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What can fall off a shelf : ICEBERG
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Host of MSNBC's "PoliticsNation" beginning in 2011 : SHARPTON
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Be profane : CUSS
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Something never seen at night : MATINEE
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Beckoning words : COMEHERE
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For ___ amount of time : ASET
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Nobody but the guy gettin' married on his feet? : STANDINGROOMONLY
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Put up with : BEAR
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Captures : ENTRAPS
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House vote : NAY
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Gettysburg general George : MEADE
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Like screwball comedies : ZANY
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Pig food : SLOP
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Gish ___, novelist of "The Resisters" and "Typical American" : JEN
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Sickly-looking : SALLOW
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Olympic equipment weighing less than 770 grams each : EPEES
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Winter item you'll be wearin' for years? : EVERLASTINGLOVE
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Statistic tracked at census.gov/popclock : BIRTHS
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"Mixed Marriage" playwright St. John Greer ___ : ERVINE
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Reduced in rank : DEMOTED
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Receiver of an all-points bulletin : RADIOCAR
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Longtime Yankees first baseman Mark : TEIXEIRA
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Simile's center : ASA
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Row : OAR
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God who becomes a goddess when an "r" is removed : EROS
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Spam sender : BOT
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James of "The Godfather" : CAAN
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Danger when walkin' in a silo? : FALLINGRAIN
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One who delivers : MOM
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Mansfield of old Hollywood : JAYNE
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"Er, uh, that is ..." : IMEANT
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Dada pioneer : ARP
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___ Paulo : SAO
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Rock singers? : SIRENS
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Hedge fund titan nicknamed "The Palindrome" : SOROS
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"Sorry, am ___ your way?" : IIN
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Drivin' around the lot with pop-pop? : PARKINGRAMP
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Overhead expenses? : HATS
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Private Twitter transmissions, for short : DMS
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"Absofruitalicious" cereal, in ads : TRIX
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Sponge alternative : RAG
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Slangy possessive : YER
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What a pro bono lawyer provides : LEGALAID
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Very observant person : EAGLEEYE
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Shoulder blade : SCAPULA
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Pickup truck capacity, maybe : ONETON
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Detects : SENSES
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Sayin' "Look, here's the thing about dry land ..."? : QUALIFYINGROUND
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To-dos : STIRS
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Batting ninth : UPLAST
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The Children's Defense Fund, e.g., in brief : NGO
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Medical breakthrough : CURE
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"Ish" : ORSO
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Boiling mad : IRATE
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West Bank grp. : PLO
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Realize : ACHIEVE
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Kind : SORT
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What was causin' the doctor to check for joint pain? : FEAROFMISSINGOUT
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Very consequential : HUGE
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The North Pole vis-à-vis the South Pole, e.g. : ANTIPODE
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Go as low as : STOOPTO
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French/Belgian river : YSER
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Apollo and others : THEATERS
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"Understood" : YESISEE
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Online exchange, in brief : IMS
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Animal feared by an ailurophobe : CAT
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"What's your ___?" (question to a guest en route) : ETA
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Recycling container : BIN
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Michael who wrote "The Neverending Story" : ENDE
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Restricts, with "in" : REINS
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Washing machine setting : GENTLE
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Windshield clearer : SCRAPER
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Certain earring : HOOP
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Singer Tori : AMOS
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"What's the Frequency, Kenneth?" band : REM
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Call of the wild? : PHONESEX
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One trading dollars for quarters : TENANT
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Paris suburb : ORLY
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French marshal in the Napoleonic Wars : NEY
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Camila with the 2018 #1 hit "Havana" : CABELLO
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Employ with regularity : USEALOT
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Bird also known as a little auk : SEADOVE
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Scattered (about) : STREWED
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Blue Muppet with a pink nose : GROVER
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Obsidian, once : MAGMA
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Aquarium creature with black-and-white stripes : ZEBRAFISH
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Capital in the South Pacific : APIASAMOA
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Teasing words when someone starts listing the digits of pi, say : NERDALERT
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Mythical creature seen on old Bhutanese stamps : YETI
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Rock's Joplin : JANIS
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Hägar the Horrible's dog : SNERT
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Sure winners : SHOOINS
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Cross-country camping expedition, maybe : RVTRIP
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Treat as a bed : LIEON
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Hit the nail on the head, e.g. : IDIOM
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Meager : SCANT
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Pope Francis' homeland: Abbr. : ARG
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Modern library borrowing : EBOOK
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Bring in : EARN
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Longtime media columnist David : CARR
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Mate's reply : AYEAYESIR
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Basketball Hall-of-Famer who was the first woman to sign an N.B.A. contract : ANNMEYERS
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Single-serving coffee brand : NESPRESSO
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Landlocked Asian country : LAOS
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___ Gorbachev, former first lady of the Soviet Union : RAISA
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His tombstone reads "Workers of all lands unite" : MARX
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Moves like Jell-O : JIGGLES
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Told : SAIDTO
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Hiccups : SNAGS
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Coming-out announcement : IMGAY
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Buttinsky : PRIER
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Certain nest egg, for short : IRA
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Blue-and-white earthenware pottery : DELFT
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Dramatic ballroom dance : TANGO
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Two-time Best Actress winner Rainer : LUISE
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Eva of "Desperate Housewives" : LONGORIA
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Ho-hum feelings : ENNUIS
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Opposite of exo- : ENTO
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Soft and wet : SQUISHY
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___ oxide (red compound) : CUPROUS
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Egg carton spec : AALARGE
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Special dinner order : PLATTER
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Boo-boos : OUCHIES
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Home past curfew : INLATE
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Like the Met Gala : DRESSY
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Online notice for a party : EVITE
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Phnom ___, Cambodia : PENH
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"___ to tyrants, and my country's friend" (words of Cato in "Julius Caesar") : AFOE
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Naval officer: Abbr. : CMDR
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Grandson of Eve : ENOS
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Budgetary excess : FAT
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Make a decision : OPT
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"There but for the grace of God ___" : GOI
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Intel missions : OPS
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Western native : UTE
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About one inch of a foot : TOE

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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