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New York Times, Saturday, January 19, 2019

Traditional drink with sedative and euphoriant properties

Author:
Erik Agard and Paolo Pasco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Agard. This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Pasco.
Constructor notes:
ERIK: None of my favorite clues from this puzzle are mine: 34-Across (a clue which could have never existed if this puzzle was ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
These guys are so innovative with their grid designs. This one draws from all sorts of themeless styles: usual triple-stacks in the NW ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Becoming by 34-Across is highly recommended. Read it!

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© 2019, The New York Times1/19/19 ( No. 25,274 )
Across
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Leafleter's cry : TAKETHIS
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Betrays a scratchy throat : CROAKS
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Under tight control : ONALEASH
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They're down in the mouth : UVULAE
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Fat burner? : POTBELLIEDSTOVE
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Three-syllable woman's name meaning "gift" : ADIA
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King of the stage : LEAR
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"Not feeling it" : NAH
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Third of a dozen? : ZEE
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Freckle, e.g. : DOT
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Combat sport, for short : MMA
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Squeeze (out) : EKE
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Task on a summer to-do list : MOW
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Actress Jessica : BIEL
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Coat under feathers : TAR
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What most online passwords are : CASESENSITIVE
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"Becoming" someone? : MICHELLEOBAMA
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Mine field? : PERSONALSPACE
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G.O.P. grp. : RNC
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Jar filler : TIPS
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Dict. abbr. : OBS
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Sch. in Ames : ISU
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Start of a cry that ends "bah!" : SIS
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Hypocritical grp. at Harper Valley Junior High, in song : PTA
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Spot for some piercings : LIP
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Bugs of a sort, for short : VWS
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What one of the five Olympic rings stands for : ASIA
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Musical title that's 19-Across spelled backward : AIDA
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2016 or 2028 : YEAROFTHEMONKEY
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Original name of Mount Rainier : TACOMA
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Chemistry exam? : ACIDTEST
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Sauce brand : ORTEGA
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Left for : HEADEDTO
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8 on the Mohs hardness scale : TOPAZ
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One of two poles : ANODE
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Olympic swimming gold medalist Ledecky : KATIE
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Idris of "The Dark Tower" : ELBA
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Get ready to swing, with "up" : TEE
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Film with the tagline "The nightmare isn't over!" : HALLOWEENII
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Key : ISLET
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Much of the population of Iran : SHIA
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Something to chew on : CUD
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Parts of some caravans, for short : RVS
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"Scram!" : OUT
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Stretch for relaxation : ALONETIME
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Traditional drink with sedative and euphoriant properties : KAVAKAVA
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"Listen up!" : SEEHERE
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Traditional symbols of royalty : ERMINES
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Participate in a speed round? : DOSHOTS
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Where writing is believed to have been invented : MESOPOTAMIA
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Chinese e-commerce giant : ALIBABA
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Many editorial workstations : MACS
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School sounds : BELLS
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Stilted performance, perhaps? : CIRCUSACT
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Tries to smack : SLAPSAT
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Tic ___ (mints) : TACS
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Suits and such : MENSWEAR
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In on : PRIVYTO
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King or queen : PIECE
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Was high on : LIKED
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Words of explanation : IDEST
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Check words : PAYTO
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Persian word from which "chess" comes : SHAH
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Deal preceder : ANTE
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Landmark 1970s Supreme Court case, informally : ROE
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"4 real?!?" : OMG
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Org. concerned with traffic : FAA
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Quizzical : ODD

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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