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New York Times, Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Author:
Rich Proulx
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rich Proulx

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQW} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Proulx. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Rich Proulx notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 1014 ( 25,908 )
Across
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Lab test : ASSAY
6
View from Liechtenstein : ALP
9
Square : PLAZA
14
Water slide : CHUTE
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Word that becomes its own opposite if its first letter is removed : SHE
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Hall's partner : OATES
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So much, in music : TANTO
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*1st and 5th : HANGLOOSE
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"Count me in" : IMGAME
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Garment often made of silk : SARI
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Kid-centric org. : PTA
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*1st separate, 2nd and 3rd together, and 4th and 5th together : VULCANSALUTE
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Tied in ___ : AKNOT
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Encourage : EGGON
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Spongy growth : MOSS
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Potent strain of marijuana : KUSH
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Chateaux-lined river : LOIRE
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Sanctions : OKS
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*2nd and 3rd separated : VICTORY
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Irk : VEX
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Response to "Am not!" : ARESO
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Newswoman Phillips : KYRA
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Spot for a sitting duck : NEST
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101 : BASIC
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Some natural hairstyles : AFROS
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*1st : CANIGETALIFT
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"The Simpsons" shopkeeper : APU
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Four-time Grammy winner Lovett : LYLE
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Display contempt for, in a way : SPITON
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*2nd and 3rd crossed : HOPEFULLY
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Adult insect stage : IMAGO
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___ and wiser : OLDER
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Playbill part, informally : BIO
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What each number in the starred clues represents : DIGIT
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"They're creepy and they're ___" (start of the "Addams Family" theme song) : KOOKY
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Dot follower : EDU
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14 pounds, in Britain : STONE
Down
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When Aida dies in Verdi's "Aida" : ACTIV
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Former performing orca : SHAMU
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Popular beachwear : SUNGLASSES
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Charges : ATTACKS
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Extra on "Star Trek" : YEOMAN
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Outcome of being fired? : ASH
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Capital at an elevation of 12,000 feet : LHASA
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Disciplinary : PENAL
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With "please" or "if I may," say : POLITELY
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Language with more than 25 vowel sounds : LAO
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Perched on : ATOP
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Soap that comes in blue-green bars : ZEST
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Far from harbor : ASEA
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Minions' leader in "Despicable Me" : GRU
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Long-stemmed mushroom : ENOKI
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Unable to answer any more clues, say : STUCK
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___ trip : EGO
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Tries something : GIVESITAGO
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Gold and silver have them, but not bronze : ORES
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"Step right up!" : NEXT
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Biblical kingdom in modern-day Jordan : MOAB
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Cajun cooking staple : OKRA
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Pen that's full of oink? : STY
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Goddesses of the seasons : HORAE
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Low, creaky speaking register : VOCALFRY
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Traverses 48-Down, in a way : RAFTS
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[Not my error] : SIC
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High rollers' preference, perhaps : NOLIMIT
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Water hazards : RAPIDS
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Where Ross taught paleontology on "Friends," for short : NYU
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"Goodness me!" : ILLBE
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Extremely cold : GELID
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Strand at an airport, maybe : FOGIN
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Govt.-backed security : TNOTE
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"Well, I guess so" : AHOK
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Word with shirt or grounds : POLO
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Off-the-neck style : UPDO
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Apt rhyme for "shriek" : EEK
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This puzzle's solver : YOU

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

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