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New York Times, Thursday, October 15, 2020

Author:
Lindsey Hobbs
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Hobbs. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Lindsey Hobbs notes:
Very happy to make my Times crossword debut! I've been a daily solver for many years but only decided to try a hand at constructing in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I have the pleasure of chatting with Jim Horne once a week, dissecting a week's worth of upcoming puzzles at a time. One of the best ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Fun puzzle. To paraphrase Ms. Zellweger, "You had me at VEGEMITE."

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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 1015 ( 25,909 )
Across
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Key for Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" : EFLAT
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A house may be built on it : SPEC
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Burlesque accessories : BOAS
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Web-footed mammals : PLATYPUSES
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A goose egg : NADA
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Gimlet garnish : LIME
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Locale suggested by this puzzle's theme : AUSTRALIA
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Malcolm Gladwell best seller that explores the 10,000-hour rule : OUTLIERS
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Ice cream container : TUB
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Virginia Woolf's "___ Dalloway" : MRS
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Statue of ___, figure atop the U.S. Capitol : FREEDOM
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___ culpa : MEA
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Autobahn hazard : EIS
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Elflike : FAY
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Big hopper : KANGAROO
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Things with perks? : COFFEEPOTS
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"I need to speak with you," briefly : AWORD
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Capote sobriquet : TRU
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Cartomancy tool : TAROT
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Brand of spread for sandwiches and toast : VEGEMITE
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Bouncer's equipment : TRAMPOLINE
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Ingredient in a Cuban sandwich : HAM
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Spanish 23-Across: Abbr. : SRA
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Holy Trinity part : SON
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Ones coming for a ride? : REPOMEN
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Select : TAP
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Wood rich in tannins : OAK
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"Yankee Doodle" epithet that's also the name of a food : MACARONI
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Nickname for 18-Across, and a hint to how four answers in this puzzle are to be entered : DOWNUNDER
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Instrument played using circular breathing : DIDGERIDOO
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Nashville music mecca, informally : OPRY
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"Old MacDonald" sound : OINK
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Where Achilles took a dip? : STYX
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Little ones : TOTS
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They can be treated with warm compresses : STYES
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English town known for its salt : EPSOM
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___ de sel : FLEUR
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Goes the distance : LASTS
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___ Gawande, author of the 2014 best seller "Being Mortal" : ATUL
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Embodied : TYPIFIED
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Catch : SNARE
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Take five : PAUSEFORAMOMENT
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S.I. V.I.P.s : EDS
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Balls of yarn, fake mice, etc. : CATTOYS
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Gossip : BLAB
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Big Alaska export : OIL
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"You think that's true about me?" : AMI
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"SpongeBob SquarePants" setting : SEA
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___ Rebellion, 1808 uprising in New South Wales : RUM
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Language that gave us "spunk" and "slogan" : ERSE
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Piece of information : DATUM
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Performers of the ceremonial haka dance : MAORI
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Noted example of corporate misconduct : ENRON
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Stone with curved bands : AGATE
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Violinist Zimbalist : EFREM
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Dweller in a eucalyptus forest : KOALA
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Capitulates : CAVES
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Have a loan from : OWETO
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Strand at the airport, maybe : FOGIN
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Letter-shaped part of a sink : PTRAP
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Whirled powers? : TORNADOS
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What it takes two to tie : THEKNOT
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Time it takes light to travel .3 mm: Abbr. : PSEC
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Novelist Santha Rama ___ : RAU
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Grades : MARKS
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Hot alcoholic drink : TODDY
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1973 #1 Rolling Stones love ballad : ANGIE
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Fishing spots : PIERS
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Traditional gemstone for a seventh wedding anniversary : ONYX
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Gas : RIOT
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Galas : DOS
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Make a decision : OPT
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Sardonic : WRY
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Italian god : DIO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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