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New York Times, Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Author:
Jim Hilger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jim Hilger

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQX} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Hilger. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jim Hilger notes:
Hi to everyone. It's great to have a crossword in the Times again. I built this puzzle back in the fall of 2016. The published version ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Everyone, SPREAD out! At first, I was turned off by the visually jarring shotgun spray of circles strewn across the grid, but I ended ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0123 ( 24,913 )
Across
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Value of snake eyes in craps : TWO
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Rules as a monarch : REIGNS
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Difficult endeavor : SLOG
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Put on TV : AIR
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87, 89 or 93, on a gas pump : OCTANE
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With 25-Down, office request : TAKE
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Pro at tax time : CPA
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In any place : WHERESOEVER
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Counterparts of compressions, in physics : TENSIONS
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Wear away : ABRADE
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___-X : GEN
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"Get serious!" : CMON
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Member of a Marvel Comics group : AVENGER
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Divinity school subj. : REL
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T-X connection : UVW
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Neighbor of the asteroid belt : MARS
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Strip discussed in the Oslo Accords : GAZA
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Word with circle or ear : INNER
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Nobel laureate Wiesel : ELIE
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Opinion pieces : OPEDS
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Nashville venue, informally : OPRY
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Mork's TV pal : MINDY
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Wait for a green light, say : IDLE
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Fire and fury : RAGE
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Peculiar : ODD
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It doesn't get returned : ACE
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Less sincere, as a promise : EMPTIER
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Make black, in a way : CHAR
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El Al hub city : LOD
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"Already?" : SOSOON
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City straddling Europe and Asia : ISTANBUL
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Foreboding : PREMONITION
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Judge Lance of the O.J. trial : ITO
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Book after Chronicles : EZRA
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Surface : EMERGE
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Grazing area : LEA
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Drakes : ducks :: ___ : swans : COBS
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Apt word to follow each row of circled letters : SPREAD
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Subtext of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" : LSD
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Diplomat's skill : TACT
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Film editor's gradual transition : WIPE
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Leftover in a juicer : ORANGERIND
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Olympic sport with strokes : ROWING
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Repeat : ECHO
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Calif.-to-Fla. route : ITEN
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Elongated, heavily armored fish : GARS
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U-turn from SSW : NNE
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Opening word? : SESAME
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Rear admiral's rear : STERN
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___ flow : LAVA
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Green-lit : OKED
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Richard of "Unfaithful" : GERE
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Coins of ancient Athens : OBOLI
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Picked up on : SENSED
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Place to sing "Rock-a-Bye Baby" : CRADLE
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See 16-Across : AMEMO
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Bona fide : VALID
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A narcissist has a big one : EGO
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Relative of an épée : RAPIER
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Concern for a debt collector : UNPAIDBILL
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Brink : VERGE
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More sardonic : WRYER
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End of a line on the Underground? : ZED
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Antivirus software brand : NORTON
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Divinity sch. : SEM
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Logo with an exclamation mark : YAHOO
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Annual French film festival site : CANNES
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Smoothed out : PLANED
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Deep sleeps : COMAS
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Particular in a design : SPEC
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Ricelike pasta : ORZO
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Belgrade denizen : SERB
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Anatomical canal : ITER
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Royal title : SIRE
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Outfit in Caesar's senate : TOGA
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Pac-12 team : UTES
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Mutual fund consideration : LOAD
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Little rascal : IMP

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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