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New York Times, Monday, September 3, 2018

Singer and former "American Idol" judge, familiarly

Author:
Trent H. Evans
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Evans.
Trent H. Evans notes:
I'm thrilled to have my first puzzle published in the New York Times. One thing I have discovered while learning this craft is that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Fun imagery, someone SITTING, suddenly jumping to a STANDING position, WALKING in alarm, and then jolting to RUNNING. I'm imagining it ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times9/3/18 ( No. 25,136 )

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Across
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Big name in banking : CHASE
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Tempest : STORM
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Something to download : APP
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"The Fox and the Grapes" author : AESOP
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Ancient Asia Minor region : IONIA
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Subject for "Dunkirk" or "Apocalypse Now" : WAR
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Defenseless target : SITTINGDUCK
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Hawaii's Mauna ___ : KEA
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Pitching stat : ERA
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Transmits : SENDS
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Hall-of-Fame Broncos QB John : ELWAY
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Artsy Big Apple neighborhood : SOHO
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"Crazy Rich ___" (hit 2018 movie) : ASIANS
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Directive that's in force until canceled : STANDINGORDER
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Eagles' nests : AERIES
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Puerto ___ : RICO
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Just a touch : DAB
36
Lobbying org. for seniors : AARP
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Pioneer in email : AOL
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Wild's opposite : TAME
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"'Sup, ___?" : BRO
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New Age energy field : AURA
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Part of an urn that can turn : SPIGOT
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Notice when getting fired : WALKINGPAPERS
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Scarf down : INHALE
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Big parts of donkeys : EARS
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Birds that honk : GEESE
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Justice Sotomayor : SONIA
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Furry foot : PAW
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Meadow : LEA
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Repeated comical reference : RUNNINGJOKE
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Like most things in "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" : ODD
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Words said just before dinner : GRACE
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Stan's buddy of old comedies : OLLIE
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Pre-C.I.A. spy org. : OSS
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"Holy cow! This could be bad!" : YIPES
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With ___ in sight : NOEND
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Lawyer's assignment : CASE
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Prince, to a throne : HEIR
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"The Thin Man" dog : ASTA
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One in need of drying out : SOT
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Unit of a TV series : EPISODE
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Agree to join : SIGNON
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Newsman Chuck : TODD
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Burden : ONUS
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Ocasek of the Cars : RIC
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Muddles through with what one has : MAKESDO
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Middle school years, notably : AWKWARDAGE
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Song of praise : PAEAN
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Says "Dear God ..." : PRAYS
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Sodas not much seen nowadays : NEHIS
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It can be white or boldfaced : LIE
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Small scissor cut : SNIP
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Path of a Hail Mary pass : ARC
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Bygone Swedish auto : SAAB
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Bit of weeping : TEAR
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Images on Kansas City Chiefs' helmets : ARROWHEADS
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A pun can induce one : GROAN
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Resource extracted from Alaska's North Slope : OIL
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Roman god of love : AMOR
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Wagers : BETS
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NPR's Shapiro : ARI
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Much of a salon worker's income : TIPS
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Peanut or pollen reaction, possibly : ALLERGY
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Hawaiian instrument, for short : UKE
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Land on the Strait of Gibraltar : SPAIN
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Model of excellence : PARAGON
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Small batteries : AAS
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Ones who are said to grant three wishes : GENIES
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Eskimo home : IGLOO
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Must-haves : NEEDS
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Crackle and Pop's buddy : SNAP
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Fairy tale beginning : ONCE
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Tree : Christmas :: ___ : Festivus : POLE
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Similar (to) : AKIN
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Dandelion, for one : WEED
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Spoon-bending Geller : URI
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Singer and former "American Idol" judge, familiarly : JLO

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