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New York Times, Saturday, January 18, 2020

R&B/soul singer with the 1981 hit album "Breakin' Away"

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 35 Missing: {QXZ} Grid has diagonal symmetry. This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. McCarty. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times1/18/20 ( No. 25,638 )
Across
1
Careless : SLIPSHOD
9
Indicator of interest on Match.com : WINK
13
Some naturally heated pools : LAVALAKES
15
Home of about 10% of the world's oil reserves : IRAN
16
Winter carnival spectacles : ICEPALACES
18
Lipstick shade : NUDE
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Party person, briefly : DEM
20
Do some showing off with one's bike : POPAWHEELIE
22
Pair at the altar : IDOS
24
Self-described "bluesologist" ___ Scott-Heron : GIL
25
Gets in deep? : INTERS
26
Green people : NOVICES
28
___ monster : GILA
29
Attached, as a hook : TIEDON
30
Preventing cyberclutter : ANTISPAM
34
Like bygone days : OLDEN
35
Relative of slate : BLUESTONE
36
"That stings!" : YOW
37
Opening for a Mughal masterwork : TAJ
38
Husbands one's resources : STINTS
39
Noel abroad : NAVIDAD
42
Huffs : SNITS
43
Canadian hockey great Eric : LINDROS
45
"Arbitrage" star, 2012 : GERE
46
Site of many pitches : KICKSTARTER
50
___ jokes : DAD
51
Dalmatian, for one : CROAT
52
Show some moves on the dance floor : TEARITUP
54
Shaded area : UMBRA
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Deerstalker feature : EARFLAP
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Checkered things : PASTS
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Got in a lather : SUDSED
Down
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Reached feetfirst : SLIDINTO
2
Part of a fancy place setting : LACEDOILY
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Post-breakup declaration : IVEMOVEDON
4
It's not hard to swallow : PAP
5
Sharp rebuff : SLAP
6
Chlorine, for one : HALOGEN
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So-called "African unicorns" : OKAPIS
8
Stick-on : DECAL
9
Leisure activity for which you need glasses : WINETASTING
10
"Winner winner chicken dinner!" : IRULE
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Things can only get better from here : NADIR
12
Mini/midi midpoint : KNEES
14
Baste, e.g. : SEW
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Majority of 15-Across : SHIITES
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Joins up : ENLISTS
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Pieces of chalk? : SIDEWALKART
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Flimflammer : CON
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Old World grazer : GNU
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R&B/soul singer with the 1981 hit album "Breakin' Away" : ALJARREAU
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Settled a debt, informally : PONIEDUP
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Contraption that might have honey and borax : ANTTRAP
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Tinkered (with) : MESSED
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"Emergency calls" may save you from them : BADDATES
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Shade : TINT
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Things that get overlooked? : VISTAS
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Senile sort : DOTARD
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Lord's workers : SERFS
46
Single-serve coffee holder : KCUP
47
___ Thomas, the Soul Queen of New Orleans : IRMA
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Cookout discards : COBS
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Tick off : RILE
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Shade : TAD

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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