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New York Times Jul 30 2016

'Glass half empty' sort DEFEATIST
'Mean Girls' screenwriter TINAFEY
'___ pray' LETUS
1922 Kafka short story AHUNGERARTIST
Armful for Moses TABLETS
Attribute as the cause of CHALKUPTO
Author of the 'Mostly Ghostly' book series STINE
Author who shares his name with a German state HESSE
Basis of a patent NEWIDEA
Change, as allegiances REALIGN
Charles who created murals for Harlem Hospital and the American Museum of Natural History ALSTON
Child support, for short? PTA
Close to, colloquially INWITH
Completely surpass ECLIPSE
Dull-witted DOPEY
Emily Dickinson's 'Ended, ___ it begun' ERE
F and G, but not H NOTES
Feature of CNN or Fox News CRAWL
Fire away ASK
Goya's 'Duchess of ___' ALBA
Grade sch. class ENG
Grind down MILL
Has dreams ASPIRES
Hedge fund employee ANALYST
Hematologist's measure PLATELETCOUNT
Hindu goddess often portrayed with her husband Shiva KALI
It adds stress: Abbr ITAL
It doesn't have much to say BITPART
Itinerary abbr ETA
Kind of card SIM
Ladder's counterpart CHUTE
Legal org ABA
Like motel walls, it often seems PAPERTHIN
Meander WEND
Means of communication since 1817, in brief ASL
Michael Moore offering, for short DOC
One sitting on a celestial throne HERA
Part of a hit 1940s-'50s film trio LAMOUR
Part of a square RIGHTANGLE
Pet name meaning 'faithful' FIDO
Pioneer in New Journalism in the 1960s-'70s TALESE
Ready RIPE
Refuses to WONT
Ridiculous imitation MOCKERY
Santa ___ MARIA
Sea ___ URCHIN
Slide presentations? AMOEBAS
Some receptions TEAS
Something John Adams and John Quincy Adams each had ONETERM
Sparring partners? FISTS
Sprayed, in a way MACED
Start of a Hamlet monologue ALAS
Start of many a romantic comedy CHANCEMEETING
Surgeon's tool CLAMP
That there YON
They might be ill OMENS
Track things LANES
Traffic report source, often AMRADIO
Wife in Jonathan Franzen's 'The Corrections' ENID
Wonder AWE
Work on a lead, maybe EDIT
Writer Sedaris AMY
Zodiac symbol CRAB
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