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New York Times, Monday, September 4, 2017

Cookout, briefly ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 23-, 52- and 58-Across

Author:
Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 22 for Ms. Gray.
Tracy Gray notes:
For most constructors, I imagine, some theme concepts never get their moment in the sun. They sit in constructors' idea books, waiting ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Love it when a Monday puzzle hides a theme like this! Tracy treats us to a BBQ with WINGS, DOGS, BRATS, and SLIDERS. I enjoy seeing ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times9/4/17 ( No. 24,772 )

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Across
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"Goldilocks" bear with the hardest bed : PAPA
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Birds that waddle : DUCKS
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Bridge : SPAN
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Wyatt at the O.K. Corral : EARP
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Dickens's ___ Heep : URIAH
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Syrup brand used in making pecan pie : KARO
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Is ready for one's star turn, say : WAITSINTHEWINGS
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So-so : MEH
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Exuberance : GLEE
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Word accompanying a head slap : DUH
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1992 Tarantino crime thriller : RESERVOIRDOGS
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Scene not used for the final version of a film : OUTTAKE
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Latticework strip : LATH
29
Stat for A-Rod or Hammerin' Hank : RBI
30
Snow ___ (kids' winter construction) : FORT
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Hangmen's loops : NOOSES
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Falsetto-voiced Muppet : ELMO
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Cookout, briefly ... or a hint to the ends of 17-, 23-, 52- and 58-Across : BBQ
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Fill a position : HIRE
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Permeate : SEEPIN
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Bird feeder material : SUET
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Rickey or gimlet ingredient : GIN
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Hearty brews : ALES
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Embarrassed : ABASHED
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Children of armed forces personnel, slangily : MILITARYBRATS
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Welcome sight? : MAT
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Org. that defends individual rights : ACLU
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Bro's sibling : SIS
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Fast, sharp-breaking curveballs : BACKDOORSLIDERS
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Hanker (for) : ACHE
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Rimshot instrument : SNARE
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Member of an elite Navy team : SEAL
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Miso bean : SOYA
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Letter-shaped track in metalworking : TSLOT
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Anything-goes party : ORGY
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Parishioner's bench : PEW
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Smallish battery : AAA
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8:00-11:00 p.m. on TV : PRIMETIME
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H.S. exam graded on a five-point scale : APTEST
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Drunk motorist's offense, briefly : DUI
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Decorative vase : URN
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Oil company with a triangular logo : CITGO
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___ Gibran, author of "The Prophet" : KAHLIL
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Ed with the 2017 #1 hit "Shape of You" : SHEERAN
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Hit the slopes : SKI
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Consumer products giant that makes Tide, for short : PANDG
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Mythical 100-eyed giant : ARGUS
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Snack (on) : NOSH
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Bundle of papers : SHEAF
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Fixated on, as an idea : WEDTO
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Pound : U.K. :: ___ : Russia : RUBLE
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"King Kong" and "Citizen Kane" studio : RKO
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Noun go-with : VERB
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Cry before "I know!," in a classroom : OHOH
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They're mined and refined : ORES
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Atlanta-based cable inits. : TBS
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Tourist : SIGHTSEER
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Iroquois foes : ERIES
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Email button : SEND
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October birthstone : OPAL
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Platform for loading ships : QUAY
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Epic poem written in Homeric Greek : ILIAD
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Bottom-line expense : NETCOST
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Recede, as the tide : EBB
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Ankle bones : TARSI
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Places for mani-pedis : SALONS
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Laid down the law : SAIDSO
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National auto body repair chain : MAACO
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Like wool on bare skin, typically : ITCHY
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Neither urban nor suburban : RURAL
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Degs. held by Bloomberg and G. W. Bush : MBAS
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Mauna ___ (volcano) : KEA
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Sign for a sold-out show : SRO
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Do-over in tennis : LET
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What an old shirt may be used as : RAG
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Foxy : SLY

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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