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New York Times, Thursday, October 22, 2020

Keeps going despite fatigue ... or a hint to three features of this puzzle

Author:
Sid Sivakumar
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sid Sivakumar

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Sivakumar. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times10/22/20 ( No. 25,916 )
Across
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Wristwatch part : STRAP
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Rock band with a 1980 album that went 25x platinum : ACDC
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"That's amazing!" : WOW
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Crumbles away : ERODES
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Place : LIEU
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"That's amazing!" : OOH
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They put in long hours to get better hours : LABORUNIONS
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Emmy-winning actress Aduba : UZO
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Strong base : LYE
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What's theorized to have preceded the Big Bang :
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Puts off, in a way : TABLES
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Down-hearted softies? : DUVETS
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Slimeball : CAD
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Showy wraps : BOAS
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Telephone when all lit up? : DRUNKDIAL
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Word seen above a mug shot : WANTED
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What polar opposites have in common :
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Graceful leap : JETE
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It may lead up to a letdown : HYPE
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When some people break for lunch : ATONE
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___-fresh : OVEN
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Red slips of paper? : IOUS
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___ Bengal (five-star hotel in Kolkata) : TAJ
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Endure punishment : TAKEIT
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Founder of the Sikh religion : GURUNANAK
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Actress Laura : DERN
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What's uttered by a mime :
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Potshots : SNIPES
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Sprinkle (with) : PEPPER
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Second-busiest airport in the U.S. : LAX
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___ ears : JUG
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Houseware brand that's easy to read in a mirror : OXO
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Keeps going despite fatigue ... or a hint to three features of this puzzle : RUNSONEMPTY
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Military missions, informally : OPS
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Wedding wear : VEIL
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Laugh riot : SCREAM
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Opposition : FOE
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Spot : ESPY
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They may be given in relief : SIGHS
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Promote : SELL
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It's used to carry out an order : TRAY
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Gear for the bench : ROBE
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Fracas : ADO
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Look over : PERUSE
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Oscar winner Mahershala : ALI
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Corp. leader in charge of 35-Down : CIO
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Not-so-great depression : DENT
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John of "Being John Malkovich" : CUSACK
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Enthusiastic reply to "Wanna try?" : WOULDIEVER
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Go slowly : OOZE
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"___ with me?" : WHOS
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Many a 4WD ride : SUV
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Name on both "The Simpsons" and "South Park" : NED
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They cause rolling of the eyes, not rolling in the aisles : BADJOKES
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Woos outside one's league, so to speak : DATESUP
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Misleading malware : TROJAN
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It brings the heat : SUN
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Place to catch shrimp : BAYOU
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Not accidental : ONPURPOSE
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Aid in catching shrimp : NET
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Had a home-cooked meal : ATEIN
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Observance once known as Quadragesima (Latin for "fortieth") : LENT
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Harrison, e.g., but not Ford : WHIG
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Figures, e.g. : DATA
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Gets darker, in a way : TANS
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Ones arranging spots : ADEXECS
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Gall : NERVE
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Approximate weight of a liter of water : KILO
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Green splats, on Rotten Tomatoes : PANS
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[And ... it's gone!] : POOF
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Fair : EXPO
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Bemoans : RUES
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Format of a digital pic : JPEG
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Its name is said to mean "people of the mountains" : UTAH
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Where squatters may be seen : GYMS
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Defeat just barely : NIP
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Word that becomes its own synonym if you change its first letter to "WI" : SLY
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3-D test : MRI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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