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New York Times, Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Author:
Adam G. Perl
Editor:
Will Shortz
Number of times Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose flew
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3012/28/19984/25/2018
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18108300
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21.501
Adam G. Perl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Perl. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Adam G. Perl notes:
It is rare nowadays to see a crossword puzzle in the NY Times with only three themes, and not very long ones at that. In fact, only 33 ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Such a great idea! At first, I was confused by a queen "beating" a king at a CHESS MATCH. She doesn't actually beat him, does she? I ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times8/9/17 ( No. 24,746 )
Across
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Feeds the kitty : ANTES
6
Immunity ___ ("Survivor" object) : IDOL
10
Trash bag brand : GLAD
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Bread : MOOLA
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Dixie bread : PONE
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Reduce, as anxiety : EASE
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Where a queen can beat a king : CHESSMATCH
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Disney's "___ and the Detectives" : EMIL
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Mossad's land: Abbr. : ISR
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Catch wind of : HEAR
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Bird on Australia's coat of arms : EMU
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Beat by a whisker : EDGE
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Medium for some sculptures : ICE
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Big name in DVD rental : REDBOX
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Soccer's Messi, informally : LEO
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Half a sawbuck : ABE
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Sculpt : CARVE
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Cheese in moussaka : FETA
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Midwest university town : AMESIOWA
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Where an ace can beat a pair : DOUBLESTENNIS
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Outpouring after a celebrity's passing, say : TRIBUTES
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Wine ___ (oenophile, often) : SNOB
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"Borstal Boy" author : BEHAN
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Onetime English poet laureate Henry James ___ : PYE
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School email suffix : EDU
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Dish often served with home fries : OMELET
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Texter's "Yikes!" : OMG
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Forerunners of smartphones, for short : PDAS
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___ Xing : PED
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"Forbidden" fragrance in old ads : TABU
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California's ___ River : EEL
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One taking a bow in Greek art : EROS
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Where two pair beats three of a kind : SOCKDRAWER
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Breakfast brand : EGGO
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Morales of "La Bamba" : ESAI
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Cockamamie : INANE
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Pain in the you-know-what : PEST
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Make rhapsodic : SEND
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What hands are composed of : CARDS
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"The Walking Dead" channel : AMC
2
Japanese drama style : NOH
3
Gout target, often : TOE
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Cow on milk cartons : ELSIE
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Get fresh with : SASS
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Hoppy brew, briefly : IPA
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Give 100% : DOTHEBESTYOUCAN
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Number of times Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose flew : ONCE
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"The Merry Widow" composer : LEHAR
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"Hmm, I don't know about that" : GEE
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None too smart : LAMEBRAINED
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"I, Robot" author : ASIMOV
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Highest-quality : DELUXE
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Radiology exam, briefly : MRI
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Scout's job, briefly : RECON
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One with pointy ears and shoes : ELF
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"___ I Do" (1926 jazz standard) : DEED
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Completely fall apart : GOTOTHEDOGS
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Was mentioned, as in conversation : CAMEUP
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Times to crow : DAWNS
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Think the world of : ESTEEM
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Hearing-related : AURAL
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Garment in a vestry : ALB
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Certain plural ending : IES
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Alfred of I.Q. testing : BINET
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Coke or Pepsi : SODA
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Transportation to school : BUS
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Flock loser of rhyme : BOPEEP
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Come out of one's cocoon : EMERGE
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Subdues with a shock : TASES
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Goal for some H.S. dropouts : GED
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Primary strategy : PLANA
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Big name in audio systems : BOSE
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Holder of the Obama cabinet : ERIC
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Dipsomaniac : SOT
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What Rick called Ilsa : KID
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Word in 12/8/41 headlines : WAR
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Terminus : END
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In medias ___ : RES

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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