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New York Times, Thursday, January 5, 2017

*Comic actor / *Card game ... or a hint to the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Ed Sessa
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Edward Sessa

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {GJQX} This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Sessa.
Jeff Chen notes:
Some black squares interpreted as JACK added to themers, i.e. what looks like YOU DON'T KNOW is actually YOU DON'T KNOW (JACK). Nice ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times1/5/17 ( No. 24,530 )
Across
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Half of a Wall Street firm since 1882 : SACHS
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One working on hands and knees : TILER
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Eye-level sensor : EAR
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She played Annie Lee in "Selma" : OPRAH
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How fish is shipped, often : INICE
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Copyright year for "Shrek" and "Monsters, Inc." : MMI
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*Put-down to an ignorant person : YOUDONTKNOWJACK
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*"Bingo!" : JACKPOT
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Irish red ___ : ALE
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___ Coyote (toon) : WILEE
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Bosox slugger a.k.a. Big Papi : ORTIZ
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*Headless Horseman's prop : JACKOLANTERN
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Part of a Yiddish phrase of dismay : VEY
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Prompter? : CUER
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Brewing agents : YEASTS
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Throw a hissy fit : ACTUP
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Financial guru Suze : ORMAN
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It may be pulled on a road : UIE
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*Tool for removing heavy footwear : BOOTJACK
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*Comic actor / *Card game ... or a hint to the answers to the starred clues : JACKBLACKJACK
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*Slender tree of northern North America : JACKPINE
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Ice cream maker Joseph : EDY
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Enthusiast : FIEND
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Wyoming's ___ Range : TETON
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Musical set in France, informally : LESMIZ
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Govt. org. that gets tips from whistleblowers : OSHA
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Gob : TAR
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*Quesadilla cheese : MONTEREYJACK
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Former Maine senator Olympia : SNOWE
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Mizrahi of fashion : ISAAC
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Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : NIA
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*Trunk item : CARJACK
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*Versatile worker : JACKOFALLTRADES
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N.Y.C.'s Third or Fifth : AVE
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Roasted, in a way : FETED
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"___ Mio" : OSOLE
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Ending with fly and drive : BYS
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Bases of nightmares : FEARS
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Stand-up comic Sykes : WANDA
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Bean used to make tempeh : SOYA
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Speed skater Ohno : APOLO
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Like Vlad the Impaler : CRUEL
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Tricked : HAD
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Robbed of the spotlight : SHOWNUP
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Nixon in 1995 or Lincoln in 2012 : TITLEROLE
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Comics artist : INKER
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Tablecloths and napkins : LINEN
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Prefix with conscious : ECO
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Mended, as rugs : REWOVEN
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Ineffectual exec : EMPTYSUIT
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Mine, to Mimi : AMOI
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Scallop-edged cracker : RITZ
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Nick at ___ : NITE
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Stephen of "V for Vendetta" : REA
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___ above : ACUT
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Gibble-gabble : YAK
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Nickname for Tony : TINO
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In public : SEEN
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___ Tesfaye a.k.a. R&B's the Weeknd : ABEL
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"Longtime companion" for "same-sex partner," once : CODE
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They're good at drawing kids : TOYSTORES
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Directed : RAN
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Company for which about one in eight U.S. workers has worked : MCDONALDS
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Small enterprise? : BIZ
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Fruit that's sometimes poached : PEAR
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Write and send quickly, as a letter : FIREOFF
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1994 Brandon Lee action film : THECROW
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Gaping mouth : MAW
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TKOs, e.g. : STAT
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Sporty two-seater : MIATA
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William ___, physician who championed bedside training : OSLER
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Stop at : ENDON
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Stock figure : YIELD
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Cut covering : SCAB
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Shade of blue : NAVY
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No longer at anchor : ASEA
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Figure on a rate sheet : FEE
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Fat ___ pig : ASA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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