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New York Times, Friday, October 20, 2017

Author:
Peter Wentz
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Who wrote "He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened"
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Peter Wentz

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQZ} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Wentz. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Friday freshness: 78%
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© 2017, The New York Times10/20/17 ( No. 24,818 )
Across
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"And there you have it!" : BADABING
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Small ammo : BBSHOT
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1999 prequel that grossed over a billion dollars, familiarly : EPISODEI
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Obscure knowledge : ARCANA
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Iran-contra business : ARMSDEAL
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Chucks : HEAVES
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Cut : MOW
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Things to 19-Across : YARDS
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Helps in a way one shouldn't : ABETS
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Twerps : SNIPS
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"If I were a betting person, I'd say ..." : ODDSARE
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Play with strings : STRUM
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Tries to win : WOOS
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Hoedown participant : GAL
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Inverse function in trigonometry : ARCSINE
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Things non-PC people buy? : MACS
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Symbol for a member of Anonymous : GUYFAWKESMASK
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Things often found by the dessert table : URNS
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Dated women? : FAIRSEX
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Down : SAD
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It changes one's perspective : LENS
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Buck ___, first African-American coach in Major League Baseball : ONEIL
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Time off for an N.F.L. team : BYEWEEK
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One letter of "NATO" in the NATO alphabet : OSCAR
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Locale for much of "The Da Vinci Code" : PARIS
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Arabic name that sounds like a reply of agreement : YASIR
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Rocker Gramm of Foreigner : LOU
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Ominous parting words : ORELSE
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"Today" co-host beginning in 2007 : HODAKOTB
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Book of selected texts : READER
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Frequent locale in the comic strip "Andy Capp" : ALEHOUSE
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Things hashed and mashed, informally : TATERS
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Places for nightstands : BEDSIDES
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Lintels, e.g. : BEAMS
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Blacksmiths' wear : APRONS
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Chucklehead : DIMWIT
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Chucklehead : ASS
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Catch a wave, in a way : BODYSURF
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Conception : IDEA
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About : NEAR
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Decorate elegantly : GILD
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"Enough of this!" : BAH
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Prepares, in a way, as chicken : BREADS
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Sources of labor pains? : SCABS
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Really enjoy oneself : HAVEAGAS
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Kind of mind : ONETRACK
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Curtain decorations : TASSELS
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Longhorn rival : SOONER
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Appeals to a higher authority? : PRAYS
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Playground retort : DOESSO
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Big name in digital security : MCAFEE
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User-editable internet pages : WIKIS
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High-class : SWANKY
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High points : MAXES
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Where the rules are unclear : GRAYAREA
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Be malnourished : UNDEREAT
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Some holiday decorations : MENORAHS
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Plug-in point : USBPORT
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___ ape (gibbon) : LESSER
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Digital storage service : ICLOUD
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Who wrote "He who knows others is wise; he who knows himself is enlightened" : LAOTSE
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"Salomé" playwright : WILDE
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Easily fooled sorts : RUBES
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"Grand, ungodly, godlike man," in literature : AHAB
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Exclusive : SOLE
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No longer anonymous, for short : IDED
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Hosp. parts : ERS
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Butterfly ___ (fish) : KOI

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

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