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New York Times, Thursday, August 9, 2018

Q: "Should you call that stopover between Liverpool and Belfast a peninsula?" A: "___"

Author:
Patrick Merrell
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQV} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 88 for Mr. Merrell.
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© 2018, The New York Times8/9/18 ( No. 25,111 )
Across
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Sounds of surrender : SIGHS
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1922-91 initials : USSR
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Extra inches : FLAB
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A patriarch of the Israelites : ISAAC
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S O S, basically : PLEA
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Film treasure hunter Croft : LARA
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Q: "Can I write both a poem and an essay?" A: "___" : NORHYMEORREASON
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Meet stick : BATON
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Tight hold : BEARHUG
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What Alabama cheerleaders often request? : ANA
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Matt's replacement on "Today" : HODA
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Candymaker H. B. ___ : REESE
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Yearned (for) : LONGED
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Tracy Marrow's stage name : ICET
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German article : DER
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Author of the line "It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes" : PUZO
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Actualities : TRUTHS
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Q: "Is that snack bar known for good burgers?" A: "___" : NOGREATSHAKES
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Common place for a car's name, once : HUBCAP
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Hunchbacked film character : IGOR
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Night that "77 Sunset Strip" aired for most of its run: Abbr. : FRI
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Popular game console : XBOX
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Skill on display in the "Kill Bill" movies : KUNGFU
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Synopsis : RECAP
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Conspirator's agreement : IMIN
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Part of a pickup line? : CAB
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Name on both sides of the Equator : AMERICA
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Pledge : SWEAR
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Q: "Should you call that stopover between Liverpool and Belfast a peninsula?" A: "___" : NOMANISANISLAND
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Fiddler on the reef? : CRAB
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Duds : GARB
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Jokester : CUTUP
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Lacking : SANS
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Detail, in brief : SPEC
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Auguries : OMENS
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Consideration at the Pearly Gates : SIN
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Prefix with -bar : ISO
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Chickpea : GARBANZO
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"Made you look!" : HAHA
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Haying tool : SCYTHE
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Topple : UPEND
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___-pitch : SLO
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Member of a Macedonia minority : SERB
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Like signatures of William Shakespeare : RARE
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Certain S O S : FLARE
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Whipped : LASHED
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Provoke : AROUSE
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British sausage : BANGER
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It might be set with candles : MOOD
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Kitt who played Catwoman : EARTHA
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Tour de France high point : ALP
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Something drawn when landing on a yellow square in Pictionary : NOUN
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On-demand flier : AIRTAXI
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Van ___ : GOGH
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Brink : CUSP
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Verb ending in old verse : ETH
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Hard or soft menu item : TACO
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Exterior : SKIN
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Fad teddy bear name of the 1980s : RUXPIN
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Retreat : EBB
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Holder of dozens upon dozens : EGGCRATE
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Loose change "collector" : SOFA
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Steak coating : RUB
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Swiss money : FRANCS
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Sea sucker : REMORA
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Metaphor for death in a Eugene O'Neill play : ICEMAN
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Small relative of an elephant bird : KIWI
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World Heritage Site grp. : UNESCO
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Sultans and sheiks, usually : ARABS
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News inits. since 1996 : MSNBC
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Camels, e.g., for short : CIGS
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Rush-rush : ASAP
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Diploma displayer, for short : ALUM
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Live : ARE
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Wimple wearer : NUN
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Some inning enders, in brief : DPS

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