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New York Times, Saturday, January 13, 2018

Author:
Alan DerKazarian
Editor:
Will Shortz
One-named singer with the 2016 #1 album "A Seat at the Table"
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Alan DerKazarian

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 35 Missing: {VX} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. DerKazarian. Saturday freshness: 90%
Alan DerKazarian notes:
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© 2018, The New York Times1/13/18 ( No. 24,903 )
Across
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What a physiognomist studies : FACES
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Palma's island : MAJORCA
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Christopher Paolini best seller : ERAGON
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Hope was once its driving force : USOTOUR
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Sluggishness : LANGUOR
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Act : STATUTE
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"Well done!" : IMIMPRESSED
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Something with "three deuces and a four-speed" in a 1964 hit : GTO
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30, on a table : ZINC
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God : MAKER
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Golfer Mickelson : PHIL
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Dryish : SEMIARID
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___ facie (legal phrase) : PRIMA
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Former Ecuadorean "dollars" : SUCRES
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London or Manchester : WRITER
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Chicken characteristic : FEAR
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Charles of "Hill Street Blues" : HAID
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___ stick : SELFIE
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Measure of data transfer speed, for short : BITSEC
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With nothing on top : PLAIN
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Touchy subject : SORESPOT
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Successor to Churchill : EDEN
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Noted blind mathematician : EULER
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Noted boxing family : ALIS
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Blackguard : CUR
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Alliance of groups against a common enemy : UNITEDFRONT
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Measures of sharpness : IQTESTS
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One-named singer with the 2016 #1 album "A Seat at the Table" : SOLANGE
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Parts of pit crews : FUELERS
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Throw a bomb : GODEEP
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"You don't have to explain" : YESISEE
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Like an eisteddfod festival : WELSH
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Hernando's "happy" : FELIZ
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A Musketeer : ARAMIS
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Foxes, e.g. : CANINES
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Croissan'wich alternative : EGGMCMUFFIN
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Make more powerful, with "up" : SOUP
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Rumpled : MUSSED
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Bloom that's often white or lavender : ASTER
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1940 Fonda role : JOAD
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N.H.L. Eastern Conference team, on scoreboards : OTT
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Camp out in the wilderness, say : ROUGHIT
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2/2, in music : CUTTIME
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Pertaining to colored rings : AREOLAR
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Field work : NORMARAE
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Parent, e.g. : REARER
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Does some runs : SKIS
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Annual June celebration : PRIDEPARADE
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Strand during a storm, maybe : ICEIN
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Stuck-up sort : PRISS
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Newfoundland or golden retriever : WATERDOG
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Staff additions : HIREES
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Spell out : SPECIFY
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Nickname for baseball's Orlando Hern√°ndez : ELDUQUE
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Shakespearean fencer : LAERTES
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Leave in a hurry : BOLT
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Fast-food icon, with "the" : COLONEL
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Neighbor of Allemagne : SUISSE
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Hints : TINGES
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___-deux : ENTRE
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Curry of the N.B.A. : STEPH
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A smartphone has lots of them : USES
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Go smoothly : FLOW
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Country music's Mike ___ : ELI

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