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New York Times, Saturday, January 23, 2016

Player of a green alien in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and a blue alien in "Avatar"

Author:
Kameron Austin Collins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 60, Blocks: 45 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Collins. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Chen notes:
Beautiful construction. I'm still surprised at how few constructors use giant chunks of black squares in "stair" shapes. Tim Croce ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times1/23/16 ( No. 24,182 )
Across
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"This is the life!" : AHBLISS
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Realize : NET
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Canal problems? : EARACHES
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Like some plane exits : FORE
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It keeps things on track : GUIDERAIL
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Rightmost column of the periodic table, e.g. : GASES
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French pronoun : ILS
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Supply-side policies tied to a political era : REAGANOMICS
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___ bath : SITZ
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"Ish" : KINDASORTA
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Corner : NOOK
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Old things that are new again : REISSUES
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Not given, say : LENT
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Surround : ENCASE
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Instruction in many a steak recipe : SEAR
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Vasco da ___ : GAMA
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Shipping platform : PALLET
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San ___ : REMO
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Real-life New York hospital sometimes seen on "Law & Order: SVU" : BELLEVUE
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___ Stark, half brother of Jon Snow on "Game of Thrones" : ROBB
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Subway car during rush hour, seemingly : SARDINECAN
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Check : STEM
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Marvel superhero : MRFANTASTIC
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Beam : RAY
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Squeezing : EKING
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"Wheel of Fortune" penalty : LOSEATURN
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Mythological subject for Leonardo, Correggio and Rubens : LEDA
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"Oh, that's brilliant!" : NICEIDEA
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Tax : TRY
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Sawbucks : TENNERS
Down
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Shield decorated with the head of a Gorgon : AEGIS
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Take to the police station : HAULIN
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British port from which John Cabot sailed to the New World in 1497 : BRISTOL
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"There's a good ___" : LAD
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Decorator with good taste? : ICER
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Donkey's mate : SHREK
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Salty gulp : SEAAIR
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"Absolutely out of the question!" : NOSIREE
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Pitches : ERECTS
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Wife in John le Carré's "The Constant Gardener" : TESSA
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John Hancock, notably : SIGNEE
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Snack brand since 1975 : FAMOUSAMOS
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Freight : LADING
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Very light, delicate material : GOSSAMER
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Sprint Cup awarder : NASCAR
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Player of a green alien in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and a blue alien in "Avatar" : ZOESALDANA
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Passing sounds? : KNELLING
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Actors, to agents : TALENT
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Climax of a TV makeover : REVEAL
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Betrayal : PERFIDY
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City called "The Old Pueblo" : TUCSON
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Become noticeable in an unpleasant way : OBTRUDE
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Carnival person : BARKER
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Falls flat on one's face : EATSIT
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Word with standard or water : BEARER
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Great Lakes fish : SMELT
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Certain heiress : NIECE
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Repetitive sorts : MYNAS
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French city once held by William the Conqueror : CAEN
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Big natural resource in Malaysia : TIN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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