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New York Times, Thursday, October 10, 2019

"Tread carefully!" ... or a hint to four dangers in this puzzle

Author:
Tracy Gray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tracy Gray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 28 for Ms. Gray. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Tracy Gray notes:
The email response from the editorial team on this puzzle came as an "Almost Yes!" due to the obscurity of one of my phrases — ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
When Jeb approached me with the WATCH YOUR STEP revealer Tracy mentioned, I was underwhelmed. Isn't WATCH YOUR STEP too general, ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times10/10/19 ( No. 25,538 )

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Across
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Acrobat displays : PDFS
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Fish in a Japanese pond : KOI
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Unjustified criticism, in slang : BADRAP
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Make well : HEAL
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Part of the Nativity story : INN
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Light a fire under : AROUSE
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Luxury hotel brand : OMNI
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What margarine has, unlike butter : NOCHOLESTEROL
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Potentially offensive : NONPC
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World Golf Hall-of-Famer Isao : AOKI
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Morsel for a toad : ANT
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It's here, on the Champs-Élysées : ICI
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Hounds : HASSLES
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Paul in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame : LES
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Part of a tenant screening report : CREDITCHECK
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Conseil d'___ (adviser to un président) : ETAT
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One of two for four : SEMI
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Lasik target : EYE
36
Birds' bills : NEBS
39
"Tread carefully!" ... or a hint to four dangers in this puzzle : WATCHYOURSTEP
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Jiffies : SECS
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___ Poke (caramel candy) : SLO
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Old cars with wings in their logo : REOS
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Sexologist Shere : HITE
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Classic "Animal House" scene : TOGAPARTY
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Fool : SAP
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Kenya's second-largest city : MOMBASA
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"Are you blind, ref?!" : BOO
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Part of I.P.A. : ALE
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Speck : IOTA
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Authors of many sch. textbooks : PROFS
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Requirement after a surgery, perhaps : HOSPITALSTAY
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Apnea-treating M.D.s : ENTS
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Before it's too late : INTIME
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Nickname in 1950s politics : IKE
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Pulitzer-winning James : AGEE
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Get moving : BESTIR
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Suede feature : NAP
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Exam with two logical reasoning sects. : LSAT
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Sound system? : PHONICS
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Opposite of builders : DEMOCREWS
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Aid for prospective homeowners : FANNIEMAE
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Berth place : SLIP
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Relations : KIN
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Cry of horror, quaintly : ONO
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Cuzco residents : INCAS
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Online shopping icon : BASKET
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Sellers on Etsy, e.g. : ARTISANS
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Jane or John, in unsolved cases : DOE
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Like scenes in Grant Wood paintings : RURAL
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Last two words of John Lennon's "Imagine" : ASONE
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Pummels with paintballs, say : PELTS
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Metaphor for indebtedness : HOLE
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Michael of "Weekend Update" on "S.N.L." : CHE
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Banda ___ (2004 Indonesian tsunami site) : ACEH
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Blue-bottled vodka brand : SKYY
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Abandon : DITCH
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Colorful aquarium swimmer : TETRA
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Sister of Helios and Selene : EOS
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Aids in getting drunk fast : BEERBONGS
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Brit's afternoon refreshment : SPOTOFTEA
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Long-running series whose lead role was Lt. Horatio Caine : CSIMIAMI
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Beauty supply chain : ULTA
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Down Under jumpers, informally : ROOS
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Long Island community bordering Oyster Bay : SYOSSET
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Certain leathercrafter : TOOLER
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CPR givers : EMTS
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Parent company of Athleta and Old Navy : GAP
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Master, in Hindi : SAHIB
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Singly : ALONE
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Gnats, rats and brats : PESTS
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Bring home, as a runner : BATIN
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"Let's get ___!" : REAL
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Mango's center : PIT
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Shawn Corey Carter ___ Jay-Z : AKA
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"Indeedy" : YEP

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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