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New York Times, Thursday, October 24, 2019

When prefixed with 72-Across, what a friend wishes for you

Author:
Matt Ginsberg
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQX} This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Ginsberg.
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© 2019, The New York Times10/24/19 ( No. 25,552 )
Across
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Fail to invite, maybe : SNUB
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The Taj City : AGRA
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___ toast : MELBA
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Home to a majority of the world's alpacas : PERU
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Spinnaker or spanker : SAIL
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Smith, sometimes : ALIAS
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Drop : OMIT
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When prefixed with 72-Across, what a friend wishes for you : NOTHINGBUTTHEBEST
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... A matter worth considering : NOTHINGTOSNEEZEAT
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Mythical meanie : OGRE
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"What ___?" : ELSE
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... Plaint upon going through one's closet : NOTHINGTOWEAR
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Suggest gently : HINTAT
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Whale's closest living land relative : HIPPO
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Words repeated in "___ right, or ___ right?" : AMI
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Delights in : LOVES
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They're taken in chess : TURNS
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... A small amount : NOTHINGMUCH
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Introductory course? : SALAD
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... "Piece of cake!" : NOTHINGTOIT
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Gladiatorial accessory : SPEAR
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Watch surreptitiously : SPYON
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___ shot : FLU
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A, B and C, but not X, Y and Z : NOTES
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Bubbled, as a cauldron : ROILED
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... Dud : NOTHINGBURGER
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Calumnies : LIES
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Unaltered : ASIS
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... Magician's claim : NOTHINGUPMYSLEEVE
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... Surgeon's goal : NOTHINGLEFTBEHIND
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In the thick of : AMID
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One in it for the long run? : MILER
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Palindromic woman : ANNA
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Result of atmospheric inversion : SMOG
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Old kind of pool : STENO
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Bridge scorecard heading : THEY
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Where Bill and Hillary Clinton met : YALE
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Difficult situation : SPOT
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"Little ___ in Slumberland" (early comic) : NEMO
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"QB VII" author, 1970 : URIS
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... "Swish" : NOTHINGBUTNET
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Widely banned building material : ASBESTOS
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Part of a medical kit : GAUZE
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It's a tradition : RITE
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Ski area in the Wasatch Mountains : ALTA
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Wild West? : MAE
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Displace by force : ELBOWOUT
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Feudal superior : LIEGE
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City whose name, appropriately, is an anagram of ARABS : BASRA
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Purple perennial : ASTER
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Address starter : HTTP
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Carrier that operates only six days a week : ELAL
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Go (for) : OPT
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Overly theatrical sorts : HAMS
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Repeated cry after "Stop shaking me!" : IMUP
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Deserving, to Santa : NICE
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Chips in : HELPS
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Opiner's opener : ISAY
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Waterford offering : VASE
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😂 😂 😂 : ROFL
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Shade of green : NILE
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Drywall support : STUD
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Does a surfing trick : HANGSTEN
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Singer who played the title role in "Calamity Jane" : DORISDAY
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___ deer : ROE
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Holiday song : NOEL
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Level : TRUE
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... "Keep at it!" : NOTHINGISEASY
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Comforts : BALMS
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Opening of a fitness motto : USEIT
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M-1, for one : RIFLE
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Jeff of the Electric Light Orchestra : LYNNE
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Totally dope, in dated slang : PHAT
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Ho Chi ___ City : MINH
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Heiress of Hartfield, in an 1816 novel : EMMA
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Popular Renaissance instrument : VIOL
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Sharp part : EDGE
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Stereotypical frat member : BRO

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle.

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