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New York Times, Sunday, January 6, 2019

59-Across : Duke and others

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 58 for Ms. Burnikel.
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Fun theme.

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© 2019, The New York Times1/6/19 ( No. 25,261 )
Across
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19,000+-foot Peruvian volcano : ELMISTI
8
Husband of Lara in "Doctor Zhivago" : PASHA
13
Quarters : ABODE
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"That's way better than I can do" : TOOGOOD
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As we speak : EVENNOW
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Moisturizer brand : CUREL
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*Stereotypical movie outcome : HOLLYWOODENDING
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Instigated, with "on" : EGGED
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"The Matrix" character : NEO
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Wallops : SLUGS
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Thought-provoking : DEEP
29
Reveal : BARE
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[Poor, pitiful me!] : SOB
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"Contact" org. : SETI
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*Startling disclosure : EYEOPENER
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Demands serious effort (of) : ASKSALOT
40
Vacation spot offering a warm welcome? : SPA
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Fig. usually expressed as a percentage : RDA
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___-Town (city nickname) : CHI
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Gave a thumbs-up : LIKED
46
*Bringer of cold weather : ARCTICFRONT
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*Law enforcement target : RINGLEADER
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Grammy winner Morissette : ALANIS
57
Constitutional Amendment about presidential election procedures : XII
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Get soaked, say : OVERPAY
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Duke and others : NOBLEMEN
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One of eight in "Old MacDonald Had a Farm" : OINK
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Polish off : EAT
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___ Valley : SIMI
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Pilot follower, maybe : EPISODEI
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According to : ASPER
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*Battery boost : JUMPSTART
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"___ makes man wiser and clear-sighted": Vladimir Putin : CHESS
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Fish dish that Nobu restaurants are noted for : BLACKCOD
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Ref. works that can run $1,000+ : OEDS
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Bill Clinton or Barack Obama : LEO
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March ___ : HARE
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Like priests : ORDAINED
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Morning fix, slangily : CUPOJOE
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Like Benadryl: Abbr. : OTC
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Ticks off : ANGERS
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*Moved closer to home? : STOLETHIRD
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*Help for users : REHABCENTER
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Plains tribe : OSAGE
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Ticked off : MAD
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Rain-___ (bubble gum brand) : BLO
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Continental trade grp., once : EEC
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Without principles : AMORALLY
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*Very soon : ANYSECOND
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Criticism : FLAK
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___-mo : SLO
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Cross : MEET
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Nirvana, e.g. : TRIO
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Biblical son who was nearly sacrificed by his father : ISAAC
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Woman famously evicted from her home : EVE
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"No way!" : IXNAY
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Things used for dumping ... or a literal hint to the answers to the starred clues? : DEARJOHNLETTERS
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Adorable sort : CUTIE
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Sun block? : ECLIPSE
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"In a perfect world ..." : IDEALLY
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Sitting posture in yoga : ASANA
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Enter again, as data : RELOG
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Many East Asian World Heritage Sites : TEMPLES
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Suffix of ordinals : ETH
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Bird with blood-red eyes : LOON
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Big name in notebooks : MOLESKINE
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Houses that may include tunnels : IGLOOS
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Sushi sauce : SOY
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Triple-A jobs : TOWS
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Massive star : IDOL
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Stock holder? : PEN
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Plus : AND
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Cutting : SNIDE
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Mead ingredient : HONEY
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"That's so kind of you!" : AWGEE
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Course rarity : ACE
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Continuing source of irritation : BUGBEAR
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Radio City Music Hall has a famous one : ORGAN
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Caterpillar alternative : DEERE
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Box ___ (tree) : ELDER
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Beat by a nose : EDGE
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Pieces of three-pieces : VESTS
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Booted : OUSTED
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Pricey mushroom : PORCINI
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Roughly estimated : BALLPARK
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Many a craft brew : IPA
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Common email attachments : PDFS
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Height: Prefix : ACRO
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Prison weapon : SHIV
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___ anchor (stay still, nautically) : LIEAT
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"Sounds good!" : OKAY
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Sea whose Wikipedia article is written in the past tense : ARAL
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It's in your jeans : DENIM
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The Browns, on scoreboards : CLE
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Increasingly outmoded circus roles : TAMERS
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All thumbs : INEPT
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Rust, e.g. : OXIDE
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Course halves : NINES
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Hand-carved Polynesian statues : TIKIS
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Empire once spanning three continents : GREECE
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Lopsided win : ROMP
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Range rovers : BISON
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"I know the answer!" : OOHOOH
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Out-of-the-blue : SUDDEN
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Symbols of sovereignty : SCEPTERS
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Can't stand : ABHOR
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Shade of gray : SLATE
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Leave thirsty : PARCH
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Peru's ___ Chávez International Airport : JORGE
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Some intersections : TEES
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Supplement : ADDTO
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Dream up : CONCOCT
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"Hasta ___" : LUEGO
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Works in a museum : ART
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"Gotcha" : ISEE
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One keeping a secret, metaphorically : CLAM
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Apollo 13 commander : JIMLOVELL
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Word-of-mouth : ORAL
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Drain feature : EDDY
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Up to it : ABLE
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Pitcher Hideo Nomo, e.g., by birth : OSAKAN
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Be a good designated driver : ABSTAIN
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Flag thrower : REF
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Pitchers' awards? : CLIOS
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Certain keg attachment : ALETAP
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Female friend: Lat. : AMICA
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Connection : NEXUS
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Buttinsky : YENTA
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"Oyez! Oyez!," e.g. : ORDER
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Princess Charlotte, to Harry : NIECE
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Handyperson : DOALL
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Lead-in to "-ville" : ASHE
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Came from on high : ALIT
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Give up : CEDE
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First name in courtroom fiction : ERLE
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Verily : YEA
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___ Bravo : RIO
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Image file extension : JPG
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Pro ___ : TEM
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Method: Abbr. : SYS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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