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New York Times, Sunday, October 18, 2020

Author:
Miriam Estrin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Miriam Estrin

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 139, Blocks: 90 Missing: {Q} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Estrin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Miriam Estrin is a native of St. Louis, now living in London. She works for Google as a policy manager dealing with international laws and regulations on access to information. After ... read more
Miriam Estrin notes:
This crossword is a little light on theme squares and a little heavy on black squares. The upside is that it should make for a zippier solve and a more accessible puzzle. The fitting title ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Confused about the bookish theme? Don't read too much into it. Wonderful gridwork out of a newer constructor! On average, a Sunday grid will have about a dozen ugly bits holding it ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 1018 ( 25,912 )
Across
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Dinosaur in the Mario games : YOSHI
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Titular film character opposite Harold : MAUDE
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Something offered in tribute : TOAST
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___ Martin DB5 ("Bondmobile") : ASTON
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Knock-down-drag-out fights : SLUGFESTS
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Nudge : ELBOW
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Barack, Michelle, Hillary and Bill took them, for short : LSATS
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Yann Martel's baking memoir? : LIFEOFPIE
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Have heart eyes for : ADORE
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Member of Britain's upper house : LORD
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Tone-___ : DEAF
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Shunned, with "out" : ICED
29
"Don't get ___!" : CUTE
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F. Scott Fitzgerald's chivalric tale? : TENDERISTHEKNIGHT
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Just like that : INASNAP
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Zaps, as leftovers : NUKES
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Brainstorms : IDEATES
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Messes (with) : MONKEYS
43
Follower of "Je m'appelle" : NOM
44
What a figure skate has that a hockey skate lacks : TOEPICK
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"___ you seeing this?" : ARE
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Voltaire's sweet novel? : CANDIED
50
Scan that excites hydrogen atoms, for short : MRI
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Can't keep one's mouth shut? : YAWNS
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Alternative to de Gaulle : ORLY
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Debussy's "___ d'Étoiles" : NUIT
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Prepare to go next : TEEUP
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"You're making me blush!" : OHSTOP
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Lived (with) : ROOMED
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Marcel Proust's kitchen mystery? : INSEARCHOFLOSTTHYME
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Trouble : ADO
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I : EGO
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"That's ___!" (director's cry) : AWRAP
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Halloween vis-à-vis November 1 : EVE
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"Yeesh!" : OOF
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One of six parked on the moon : ROVER
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Nasty, in a way : SNIDE
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Author Ferrante : ELENA
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Neutral paint color : FLAX
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Break : GAP
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Societal problem : ILL
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"When They See Us" director DuVernay : AVA
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Big e-commerce site : ETSY
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Antoine de Saint-Exupéry's pet story? : THELITTLEPRINTS
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Guarantees : SWEARSTO
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[Doh!] : HEADSLAP
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Semibiographical source for "Citizen Kane" : HEARST
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Small trunks : SPEEDOS
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Certain red wine : SHIRAZ
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Trap : ENSNARE
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Had a friendly relationship (with) : GOTON
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"___ is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it": Einstein : SCIENCE
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"Revenge ___ dish ..." : ISA
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William Shakespeare's historical romance? : JULIUSSEESHER
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Gives one's seal of approval : OKS
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Woman's name that's a piece of furniture backward : DEB
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Classical singing venue : ODEON
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Beat : SPENT
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Call to reserve? : LET
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The final installment of "The Godfather" : III
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Bit of coffee : BEAN
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Sierra Nevadas, e.g. : ALES
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Word that can precede or follow "run" : DRY
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"___ ready for this?" (opening of a pump-up jam by 2 Unlimited) : YALL
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Part of an Italian veal dish name : OSSO
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Go back to square one : STARTANEW
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Share a workspace, in modern lingo : HOTDESK
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Helpful connections : INS
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Breakfast order : MUFFIN
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Long period : AGE
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What a weather balloon might be mistaken for : UFO
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Letters on the "3" button : DEF
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Catches a glimpse of : ESPIES
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What Mrs. Potts and Chip serve in "Beauty and the Beast" : TEA
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Brit's term of affection : OLDCHAP
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"Finally!" : ABOUTTIME
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Resolve, with "out" : SORT
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Precious, to a Brit : TWEE
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Goes undercover? : SLEEPS
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Heated accusation : LIAR
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Sound effect during a bomb defusing, perhaps : TICK
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"I watched that episode already" : SEENIT
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Critical time : DDAY
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Queen who made Carthage prosper : DIDO
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Pittsburgh-to-Buffalo dir. : NNE
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Fair forecast : SUNNY
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Beat in a boxing match, in a way : TKOD
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Corral : HEMIN
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Command for a right turn, in mushing : GEE
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"It's possible" : IMAY
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"You've Got Mail" director Ephron : NORA
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Neutral paint color : ECRU
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Sound like a broken record : SKIP
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Shoe with holes : CROC
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Top dogs : ALPHAS
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Subject of Rick Steves's travel guides : EUROPE
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God, in Guadalajara : DIOS
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Bullet alternatives: Abbr. : NOS
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Utter : SHEER
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Como ningún ___ (unique, in Spanish) : OTRO
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Pledge drive gift : TOTE
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Giggle : TEHEE
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Dreyer's ice cream partner : EDY
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___ Harbor, first official port of entry to the United States : SAG
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Channel that aired "Daria" and "The Hills" : MTV
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Fan mail recipient : IDOL
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Exploding star : NOVA
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Take pride in something : OWNIT
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Ruffle : FRILL
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What can take a punch? : LADLE
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___ & Chandon (Champagne) : MOET
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Long periods : EONS
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Little bow-wow : ARF
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Wray of "King Kong" : FAY
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Nonresident doctor : EXTERN
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Lead role on "Parks and Recreation" : LESLIE
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Writer Stein : GERTRUDE
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Green and others : ALS
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Sets (against) : PITS
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The Amazons were the daughter of this god, in myth : ARES
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By way of : VIA
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Director's cry : ANDSCENE
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Is employed : HASAJOB
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Movie with the line "I feel the need ... the need for speed" : TOPGUN
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Dials : PHONES
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Some concert tour merchandise : TSHIRTS
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Martial arts master : SENSEI
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Sushi condiment : WASABI
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Traitor in the Revolutionary War : ARNOLD
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Warehouse employee : PACKER
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"S.N.L." cast member Gardner : HEIDI
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Lover of Orion, in myth : EOS
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8-Down pilots, in brief : ETS
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Forest grazer : DOE
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Full of spice : ZESTY
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Where Zeno taught : ELEA
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Children's poet Silverstein : SHEL
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___ beam : ION
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Place for a shvitz : SPA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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