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New York Times, Wednesday, January 4, 2017

When it was time for the filling, the dentist asked for, well, ...

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Samuel A. Donaldson
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Samuel A. Donaldson

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Donaldson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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I still managed to enjoy this one even after my years of dentist-aversion therapy. (Not surprisingly, it hasn't worked out well for my ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times1/4/17 ( No. 24,529 )
Across
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Bee ball? : SWARM
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Somewhat : ATAD
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Historian's focus : PAST
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Sarcastic "Amazing!" : OHGEE
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Hedonistic sort : ROUE
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Janis's spouse in the comics : ARLO
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The new dentist wanted to make a good ... : FIRSTIMPRESSION
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Gymnast's asset : AGILITY
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Secret group in "The Da Vinci Code" : OPUSDEI
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Important contacts : INS
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Kind of cross or yogurt : GREEK
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The dentist helped the patient afford the visit with a ... : BRIDGELOAN
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Previously, previously : ERST
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Mystical character : RUNE
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Albanian currency : LEK
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Info on a wine label : YEAR
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Target of crunches : ABS
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Heads for the bar? : FOAMS
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Org. that prohibits traveling : NBA
40
Dispatched, as a dragon : SLEW
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Young sea lion : PUP
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Big D.C. lobby : AARP
44
Rogen of "Sausage Party" : SETH
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The dentist sorted all the bristled instruments into ... : BRUSHPILES
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"Too rich for my blood" : IMOUT
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Flub : ERR
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Super 8 alternative : DAYSINN
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Burst out laughing : CRACKUP
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When it was time for the filling, the dentist asked for, well, ... : YOUKNOWTHEDRILL
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"Diana" singer Paul : ANKA
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Like Mother Hubbard's cupboard : BARE
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Insurance giant : AETNA
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Capone's nemesis : NESS
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Call in court : OYEZ
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A workout works one up : SWEAT
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Loose change "collector" : SOFA
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Fillmore's party : WHIG
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Prefix with cultural : AGRI
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Decline again : RESLIDE
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Parceling (out) : METING
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___ ant : ARMY
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Word after carrot or muffin : TOP
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Night light up north : AURORA
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Intensify : DEEPEN
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It'll open many doors : PASSKEY
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Like much of Arizona : ARID
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Plum used to flavor gin : SLOE
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Singer Tennille : TONI
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By ___ (alone) : ITSELF
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Good name for a plaintiff? : SUE
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Die : GOKAPUT
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Pentagon V.I.P.s : BRASS
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Belarussian money : RUBLE
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Atlas extra : INSET
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Barack Obama, astrologically : LEO
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Kidney-related : RENAL
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Buffalo pro : SABRE
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Bunkers : TRAPS
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M M M : MUS
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Shape of the world : SPHERE
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Friskies rival : WHISKAS
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All plane attendants in attendance : AIRCREW
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Congo ape : BONOBO
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Where fashions debut : RUNWAY
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Some luxury bags : PRADAS
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Short amount of time? : MIN
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Cannon on screen : DYAN
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Best of the best : AONE
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Big laughs : YUKS
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Word in some French restaurant names : CHEZ
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Franklin's flier : KITE
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What's got the upper hand? : ULNA
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Surveyor's map : PLAT
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Numero after due : TRE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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