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New York Times, Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Big scare of a couple of decades ago ... or a phonetic hint to this puzzle's theme

Author:
Christina Iverson and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.639302
Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Iverson. This is puzzle # 106 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
CHRISTINA: I'm very excited that this will be the first puzzle of the new decade. May this be a year and decade with many more female ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I enjoyed going back and forth with Christina on grid filling once Will approved the current set. She pointed out that it'd be elegant ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times1/1/20 ( No. 25,621 )
Across
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"Sounds exciting," sarcastically : OHFUN
6
First verb in the Lord's Prayer : ART
9
Trim : CLIP
13
Pages (through) : LEAFS
14
Commercial follower of "-o-" : RAMA
16
Super-duper : AONE
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Employer of nurse sharks? : MAKOCLINIC
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Name spelled out in a Kinks hit : LOLA
20
Laudatory lines : ODES
21
___ Claire, Wis. : EAU
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Delicacy in a tiny spoon : CAVIAR
24
Fig. in the form XXX-XX-XXXX : SSN
25
"It's green and slimy" and "It tastes like the ocean"? : KELPREVIEWS
27
Climate agreement city : PARIS
29
Site of the fall of man : EDEN
30
Late Saudi journalist Khashoggi : JAMAL
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"With this ring, I ___ wed" : THEE
33
Crushing setback : BLOW
37
Seal the deal : ICEIT
38
Big scare of a couple of decades ago ... or a phonetic hint to this puzzle's theme : Y2K
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Sign away : WAIVE
40
Own (up) : FESS
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"___ mío!" (Spanish cry) : DIOS
42
Storied toymakers : ELVES
43
Deadlocked : EVEN
45
Less colorful : PALER
46
Nerd's goal on a dating app? : FINDINGDORK
51
Yodeler's peak : ALP
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Ciaos at luaus : ALOHAS
54
Brouhaha : ADO
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Fruit in some gin : SLOE
56
Animal relative of a hinny : MULE
57
Pointy bill or tail feathers? : ENDOFSTORK
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Dr. ___, film enemy of Austin Powers : EVIL
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Bring up ... or something that might be brought up : REAR
62
Unidentified person, in slang : RANDO
63
Climax in "Hamilton" : DUEL
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Dunderhead : ASS
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Having a body mass index over 30, medically : OBESE
Down
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Actor Edward James ___ : OLMOS
2
State of mind : HEADSPACE
3
Jokey parts of prank calls, often : FAKENAMES
4
Sci-fi travelers, for short : UFOS
5
Presidential advisory grp. : NSC
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Times New Roman alternative : ARIAL
7
Accumulated, as expenses : RANUP
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"Jeez, I did NOT need to know that!" : TMI
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Fictional sport whose rules are invented during play : CALVINBALL
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Sarge's superior : LOOIE
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Something a bride or groom might acquire : INLAW
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Fruit from an orchard : PEARS
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Give in (to) : ACCEDE
18
Levi's alternatives : LEES
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One of 17 Monopoly properties: Abbr. : AVE
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Traditional wedding wear, for some : KILT
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Really needs a bath, say : REEKS
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Complained angrily and loudly : RAISEDHELL
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What "choosy moms choose," in ads : JIF
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Knot-___ (scout's skill) : TYING
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Necessity for life, chemically speaking : H2O
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Be a hermit, say : LIVEALONE
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Supreme leaders : OVERLORDS
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Five-time Pro Bowl receiver Welker : WES
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Diluted : WEAK
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Not as bright : DENSER
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Itinerary word : VIA
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T.A.'s overseer : PROF
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Having renown : FAMED
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Message on a candy heart : ILUVU
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"Cross my heart!" : NOLIE
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Pops, to tots : DADAS
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Things that might make one cry "Foul!"? : ODORS
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Black tea variety : PEKOE
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Knife : STAB
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Promoter of Teacher Appreciation Week: Abbr. : NEA
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Sellout show inits. : SRO

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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