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New York Times, Thursday, January 2, 2020

Author:
Ed Sessa
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Sessa. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Edward Sessa notes:
Working with short theme entries, I tried to have as many as possible, but eight plus a revealer did make for compromises on the fill, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Who's afraid of the DARK? Not Ed! We've written in the key words (see grid below), which hopefully makes the concept clear. I've seen ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0102 ( 25,622 )
Across
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Sight on a dollar bill : SEAL
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Offerings at many coffeehouses : SCONES
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Rent : LET
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Ballet movement : PLIE
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Result : EFFECT
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"For a quart of ___ is a dish for a king": Shak. : ALE
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Nyctophobic : AFRAIDOFTHEDARK
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1990 Sam Raimi superhero film : DARKMAN
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Zoophilist's org. : SPCA
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Impermanent fixes : STOPGAPS
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1967 thriller for which Audrey Hepburn received an Oscar nomination : WAITUNTILDARK
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Surprise winner : DARKHORSE
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"A simple yes ___ will suffice" : ORNO
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Unit in a shopping cart : ITEM
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R.M.N. or L.B.J. : PRES
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Battle stat : MIA
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Crowning point : ACME
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Former Mideast alliance, for short : UAR
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Not know something others know : BEINTHEDARK
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Cocktail made with ginger beer : DARKNSTORMY
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Independence in Washington, e.g.: Abbr. : AVE
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A-O.K. : JAKE
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Fair-hiring inits. : EEO
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Container in a tasting room : CASK
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National park through which the Virgin River runs : ZION
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Bio lab medium : AGAR
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Post-sunset : AFTERDARK
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Sweet that lacks milk : DARKCHOCOLATE
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Uses as partial payment : TRADESIN
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Territory east of Ukraine on a Risk board : URAL
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Little peeve : NIT
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Where Darth Vader gets his strength ... or what eight answers in this puzzle share : THEDARKSIDE
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Top gun : ACE
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Suck in again, scientifically : RESORB
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Didn't doubt a bit : KNEW
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Prospector's accessory : PAN
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Many John Wayne films, informally : OATERS
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"The Night of the Hunter" screenwriter James : AGEE
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Eponymous Belgian town : SPA
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Famously nonunionized worker : ELF
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Tel Aviv-to-Cairo carrier : AIRSINAI
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Reach quickly, as a conclusion : LEAPTO
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Wheels for four : SEDAN
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Cash flow tracker, for short : CFO
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Like much freelance work : OFFSITE
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Stinging plant : NETTLE
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Unoriginal voice : ECHO
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N.B.A. All-Star Curry : STEPH
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Hedy of old Hollywood : LAMARR
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Pass : ELAPSE
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Gets ready for a punch, say : TENSES
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Critical hosp. area : ICU
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Lose amateur status : GOPRO
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Baby's first home : WOMB
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Grammy winner India.___ : ARIE
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"Nature's great healer," per Seneca : TIME
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Perfume ingredient : MUSK
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Transport to remote areas, briefly : ATV
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Bistro sign word : CHEZ
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Ended a fast : ATE
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Plain for all to see : NAKED
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Erstwhile iPod type : NANO
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Entertaining lavishly : REGALING
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Spam, for one : MEAT
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Old days : YORE
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Guy in a suit : JOHNDOE
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Little shut-eye : CATNAP
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"I bless the rains down in ___" (lyric from a 1983 #1 hit) : AFRICA
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College of ___ Island (CUNY school) : STATEN
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Most bone-chilling : ICIEST
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#49 : ALASKA
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Once more in vogue : RETRO
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Checks : CURBS
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Planet of 1970s-'80s TV : ORK
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Kind of butter used in cosmetics : SHEA
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Train schedule abbr. : ARR
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Poor mark : DEE
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Animal that sounds like you? : EWE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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