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New York Times, Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Escape tool secreted in a cake, in cartoons

Author:
Joe Kidd
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Kidd.
Jeff Chen notes:
ELS additions in today's debut offering. SECURITY CAMELS confused me at first — I thought it was a CAMERAS to CAMELS ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times8/23/17 ( No. 24,760 )
Across
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Remove, as a hat : DOFF
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Alma mater for Bush 41 and Bush 43 : YALE
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Born on a stud farm, say : BRED
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Diva's opportunity to shine : ARIA
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Ancient Greek theaters : ODEA
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Born yesterday, so to speak : NAIVE
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Alternative to suspenders : BELT
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Caterers' dispensers : URNS
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Actress Page of "Juno" : ELLEN
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Dromedaries on patrol? : SECURITYCAMELS
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Burlap fiber : HEMP
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Pre-K attendees : TOTS
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Sandwich shop request : NOMAYO
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Sighed words : AHME
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"Still open," on a sched. : TBA
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Smartphone screen image : ICON
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Deplorably bad : VILE
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Results of abrasions : SORES
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Henhouses of ill repute? : CHICKENBROTHELS
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Book between Daniel and Joel : HOSEA
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Gardener's spring purchase : SEED
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Nascar's Yarborough : CALE
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"Mangia!" : EAT
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Whodunit game : CLUE
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Overdoes it onstage : EMOTES
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Mother of Chaz Bono : CHER
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Agenda particular : ITEM
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The "I" and "o" of "I do"? : MARRIAGEVOWELS
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Celestial hunter : ORION
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Key with four sharps: Abbr. : EMAJ
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Do flawlessly : NAIL
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Urban Dictionary fodder : SLANG
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El ___ (weather phenomenon) : NINO
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Not fooled by : ONTO
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H.R.E. part : HOLY
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Drive-in restaurant need : TRAY
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Wicked Witch's home : WEST
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Apply with a sponge, say : DAB
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What you might take your lead from? : ORES
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Escape tool secreted in a cake, in cartoons : FILE
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"It'll never happen!" : FATCHANCE
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Reminder to a chess opponent : YOURMOVE
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Leaky, as a faucet : ADRIP
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Post-Mardi Gras period : LENT
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"Whoa! Not so fast!" : EASYTHERE
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Ointments containing aloe, perhaps : BALMS
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Agitate, with "up" : RILE
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First name in stunt cycling : EVEL
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Bears' homes : DENS
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Most worthy of a handwriting award : NEATEST
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One-eighty : UEY
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Common URL ending : COM
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Specialized market segment : NICHE
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Lorena of the L.P.G.A. : OCHOA
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Like a basted turkey : MOIST
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"The Zoo Story" playwright Edward : ALBEE
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Grab the tab : TREAT
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One having a ball? : BELLE
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Pack-toting equines : ASSES
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Guerrilla fighter : INSURGENT
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"Let's be serious here ..." : OHCOMENOW
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Cash register sound : KACHING
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Schiller work adapted by Beethoven : ODETOJOY
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Place to graze : LEA
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Kitten's cry : MEW
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Political bosom buddy : CRONY
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The first Mrs. Trump : IVANA
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Slam-dance : MOSH
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Guthrie at Woodstock : ARLO
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Iranian money : RIAL
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Leader in a robe : EMIR
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Penny or memory follower : LANE
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Rides the bench : SITS
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Developer's site : LOT

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