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New York Times, Friday, August 4, 2017

Who said "All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl"

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 26 for Mr. Gulczynski.
Damon J. Gulczynski notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2017, The New York Times8/4/17 ( No. 24,741 )
Across
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Some undergrad degs. : BSS
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Plans nefariously : PLOTS
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Rout : DRUB
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"That's a shocker" : IHADNOIDEA
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___ number : CELL
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Labor market short on long-term work : GIGECONOMY
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Gunn of "Breaking Bad" : ANNA
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3-year-old in 2015 sports news : AMERICANPHAROAH
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"Sorta" : ISH
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Ahead of, old-style : ERE
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Like pawns and puppets : USED
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Point guard, e.g. : PLAYMAKER
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Historic "restructuring" : PERESTROIKA
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Grp. with the 1976 platinum album "A New World Record" : ELO
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Nova Scotia's Grand ___ National Historic Site : PRE
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Who said "All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl" : CHAPLIN
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Bass part : FIN
39
Ellipsis alternative, maybe : ETC
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Quaint evening reading material : LATEEDITION
42
Low-level computer work : DATAENTRY
44
Like many indie films : ARTY
45
Chafe : IRK
46
It appears at the top of a page : URL
48
Autocrat known as "the Liberator" : TSARALEXANDERII
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What fish or chicken can be, but not turkey : VERB
58
They're light-years away : EXOPLANETS
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Nuisance : PAIN
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Band featured in the mockumentary "The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle" : SEXPISTOLS
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Seizure : GRAB
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White Cloud competitor : SCOTT
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___-mo : SLO
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N.Y.C. racetrack, informally : BIGA
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Level : SHIM
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Learned : SAGE
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Doggy : POOCH
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Chinese tennis star who has won both the French and Australian Opens : LINA
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Go crazy with, in a way : ODON
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Many a sub : TEMP
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Teammate of Hammerin' Hank in 22 All-Star Games, with "the" : SAYHEYKID
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The N.I.H. is based in it : DCAREA
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City near Pyramid Lake : RENO
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Bone involved in pronation : ULNA
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Eliciting a "meh" : BLAH
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Pooh-pooh : DERIDE
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Longtime TV procedural : NCIS
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Fendi rival : ARMANI
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Hiked : UPPED
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Maker of the iComfort line : SERTA
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At attention : ERECT
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Brooklyn art institute : PRATT
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Horse or gazelle, at times : LOPER
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The ___ School (Manhattan dance institution) : AILEY
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Sour, fermented milk drink : KEFIR
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"Burnt Norton" poet : ELIOT
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"The Daily Show" correspondent Chieng : RONNY
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White of the eye : SCLERA
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Like ingrates : THANKLESS
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Object of a scout's search : TALENT
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Modern travelers' marketplace : AIRBNB
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Black : UNLIT
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Food figs. : RDAS
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"Modern Family" rating : TVPG
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Brand : SEAR
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Cantatrice's delivery : ARIA
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C.F.O., e.g. : EXEC
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Love letters : XOXO
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Datum for a secy. : APPT
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Some old fire trucks : REOS
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"___ do" : ITLL
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Playground rejoinder : ISSO

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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