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THE FIRST SHALL BE LAST

New York Times, Sunday, August 28, 2016

95-Down : Start of a few choice words?

Author:
Paolo Pasco
Editor:
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 64 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Pasco.
Paolo Pasco notes:
Cool, my first Sunday New York Times Crossword! Did you notice the nine-letter bonus answer? If you haven't gotten it, I'll give you time to look for it before you read on. For the longest ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Paolo's Sunday debut! I like how he's been stretching himself as a constructor, first doing themelesses, then early week, and now a Sunday 21x. Very cool to see a person push and stretch ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times8/28/16 ( No. 24,400 )
Across
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Ditch : SCRAP
6
See-through clothing material : MESH
10
Listens to Shakespeare? : HARKS
15
Taiping Rebellion general : TSO
18
Tourist's report : TRAVELOGUE
20
Ring or sphere : ARENA
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Mail : SHIP
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Reason to scream "Why won't this damn thing locate airplanes!"? : RADARANGER
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Honorary title in Wisconsin? : DAMECHEESE
25
___ Aduba of "Orange Is the New Black" : UZO
26
Insect that shorted out an early computer, spawning the term "computer bug" : MOTH
27
"Ciao" : BYEBYE
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Surmise : INFER
30
Hamiltons : TENS
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Domain of "Hamilton" : THEATER
34
City with 500 attractions? : DAYTONA
36
Takes in : HAS
38
Bay ___ : AREA
39
Section of "Aida," e.g. : SCENA
41
Letters after CD : ROM
42
"Hey, let's gather 100 people to enact laws and ratify treaties"? : SENATEIDEA
46
Fired (up) : KEYED
47
Glow : AURA
48
Get by : ELUDE
49
Super ___ : NES
50
Listen to violinist Itzhak's music? : HEARPERLMAN
52
Like blue moons : RARE
53
Norm: Abbr. : STD
54
California missionary Junípero ___ : SERRA
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"Ready to relieve 'em of a ___ or two" ("Les Misérables" lyric) : SOU
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Stamp incorrectly, in a way : MISDATE
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Group that appeared in the movie "Grease" : SHANANA
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Oscars grp. : AMPAS
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Out of gas, informally : ONE
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Soft drink favored by the Marines? : SPRITEDECORPS
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Stephen of "Interview With the Vampire" : REA
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Sticky spots? : NESTS
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Cathedral feature : STEEPLE
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Blazing successes : METEORS
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"Oh, you're funny-y-y-y ..." : HAR
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Indian wear : SARIS
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Super ___ : PAC
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Setting for the beginning of "The Book of Mormon" : UTAH
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Church response that's taken as a given? : ASSUMEDAMEN
83
Lead-in to Pablo or Carlos : SAN
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Like Navy SEALs : ELITE
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"Old MacDonald Had a Farm" sounds : BAAS
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"Got it" : ROGER
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Newspaper essay on why not to go outdoors? : INSIDEOPED
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Skit show, for short : SNL
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E-cigarette output : VAPOR
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Frat boy types : BROS
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Assn. : ORG
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Top of the agenda : ITEMONE
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Fastener with a ring-shaped head : EYEBOLT
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Cries of approval : YAYS
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Tennis's King of Clay : NADAL
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Cry from comic book civilians : SAVEUS
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Futile : VAIN
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Meadow : LEA
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Woody playing a medieval baron? : THANEALLEN
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Books written entirely in chat rooms? : IMEDNOVELS
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Robert of "Airplane!" : HAYS
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Singer LaBelle : PATTI
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TLC and Destiny's Child : GIRLGROUPS
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Most "Doctor Who" characters, for short : ETS
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"What if ...," informally : SPOSE
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___ cone : NOSE
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On edge : ANTSY
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Walk with pride : STRUT
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Crosswords in 1924-25, e.g. : CRAZE
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Home inspector's concern : RADON
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"Selma" director DuVernay : AVA
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Locks in place for a while? : PERM
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What the "1" of "1/2" represents : MONTH
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Intellectual : EGGHEADED
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Litigate : SUE
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Home remedy drink : HERBTEA
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Bill of "Trainwreck" : HADER
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Aladdin, e.g. : ARAB
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"Ratatouille" rat : REMY
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Embroiled (in) : KNEEDEEP
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Biological pouch : SAC
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Los Angeles Lakers' home until 1999 : THEFORUM
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Assent to a married mujer : SISENORA
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89-Across character played by Adam Sandler : OPERAMAN
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"Tao Te Ching" philosopher : LAOTSE
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Mailed : SENT
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"Howdy" : HIYA
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"___, verily" : YEA
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Gray, say : SHADED
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Mythical father of Harmonia, strangely enough : ARES
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Southern chain : ANDES
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Took in : ATE
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America's Cup, e.g. : SEARACE
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Rostand protagonist ___ de Bergerac : CYRANO
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Sunday delivery : SERMON
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Bush labor secretary Chao : ELAINE
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Sips : NURSES
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Puts under : INTERS
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Bits of truth : KERNELS
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Name on many a college hall, informally : ALUM
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One easily bowled over? : HEADPIN
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Laugh-filled broadcast : ROAST
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Racer's brand : STP
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More see-through : SHEERER
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Noted tea locale : ASSAM
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The Titanic, e.g. : STEAMER
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Gucci competitor : ARMANI
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Bit of expert advice : PROTIP
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Fill with gas : AERATE
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Like pageant contestants, typically : SASHED
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"Full speed ahead!" : ITSAGO
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Push-up muscle, informally : PEC
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"That means ..." : THUS
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Passing remarks? : EULOGY
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Showed over : RERAN
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Nisan observances : PASSOVERS
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Green spirit : ABSINTHE
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Something felt at Christmas : SANTAHAT
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Post-Christmas events : SALEDAYS
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Hit upside the head, in slang : DOPESLAP
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Snoot : SNOB
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Eternally, to poets : EER
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Words of concession : IRESIGN
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Liable to spoil? : DOTING
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Cousin of a lemming : VOLE
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Sch. whose honor code includes chastity : BYU
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Staffs : MANS
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Start of a few choice words? : EENIE
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Big dipper : LADLE
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Native of Alaska : ALEUT
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Goes "Ow, ow, ow!" : YELPS
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Like the response "Talk to the hand!" : SASSY
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Adele, voicewise : ALTO
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Spot checkers? : VETS
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One of Asta's masters : NORA
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College-level H.S. courses : APS
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"Dios ___!" : MIO
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The "V" of fashion's "DVF" : VON

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 4 debuted here and reused later.

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