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New York Times, Monday, January 13, 2020

Cramped spot for an plane passenger ... or a hint to something hidden in 17-, 26-, 34-, 42- and 51-Across

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JKQVXZ} This is puzzle # 127 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times1/13/20 ( No. 25,633 )
Across
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Suitable for sinking one's teeth into : MEATY
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Mountain lion : PUMA
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Speaker's platform : DAIS
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Letter before beta : ALPHA
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401(k) alternatives : IRAS
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Latch ___ (grip) : ONTO
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Plumber's tool : PIPEWRENCH
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Dermatological sac : CYST
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One catching morays : EELER
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Three-time All-Star pitcher Robb ___ : NEN
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Cry from a crib : WAH
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Vacation relaxation destination : SPA
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Reaches adulthood : COMESOFAGE
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Apportion : ALLOT
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Moo goo ___ pan (Chinese chicken dish) : GAI
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Check for fit : TRYON
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KLM is a "royal" one : DUTCHAIRLINE
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Overdid it onstage : EMOTED
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Defeated : BESTED
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Too much on one's plate : ALOTTOMANAGE
46
Instrument for Billy Joel : PIANO
49
Snake in "Raiders of the Lost Ark" : ASP
50
Zeus : Greek :: Jupiter : ___ : ROMAN
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"Oops, missed the deadline" : ITSTOOLATE
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Big name in ice cream : EDY
55
Statute : LAW
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D.C. insider : POL
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Small, like Santa's helpers : ELFIN
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Bread spread : OLEO
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Cramped spot for an plane passenger ... or a hint to something hidden in 17-, 26-, 34-, 42- and 51-Across : MIDDLESEAT
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Where a cashier puts money : TILL
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Mani-___ (salon combo) : PEDI
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Cow in classic Borden ads : ELSIE
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Two-for-one event : SALE
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Yemeni port : ADEN
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Car company with so-called "Gigafactories" : TESLA
Down
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Treasure hunter's aid : MAP
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___ Lilly & Co. : ELI
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Draw interest from : APPEALTO
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"With this ring, I ___ wed" : THEE
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Two-masted sailing vessel : YAWL
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Polish dumpling : PIEROGI
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Funerary receptacle : URN
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Newsman Robert, former PBS partner of Jim Lehrer : MACNEIL
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Contents of a funerary receptacle : ASHES
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Disney dwarf with the shortest name : DOC
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"Nevertheless ..." : ANYWAY
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"The deal went through!" : ITSAGO
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Storyteller's segue : SOTHEN
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___ room (game site) : REC
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Far : NOTNEAR
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One-named hitmaker born in Nigeria : SADE
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Desirable, as a job : PLUM
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Spoil : MAR
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San Joaquin Valley city : FRESNO
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One-eighth portion : OCTANT
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Business district in downtown Chicago : THELOOP
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Commotion : ADO
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Company behind the Watson project : IBM
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Docility : TAMENESS
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"Omigosh!" : EGAD
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Gainsay : DENY
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Added up, as a score : TALLIED
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Passenger-screening org. : TSA
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Chose to join : OPTEDIN
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Their prospects are up in the air : PILOTS
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Home of Milano and Firenze : ITALIA
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In addition : ASWELL
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___-Loompa (Willy Wonka worker) : OOMPA
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Building wing : ELL
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Pedal pushers : FEET
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___ of Capri : ISLE
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World Cup cheer : OLE
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1950s presidential monogram : DDE
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Be under the weather : AIL
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Wimbledon service? : TEA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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