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New York Times, Saturday, October 24, 2020

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 99 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Byron Walden notes:
It's been a year since my last Saturday puzzle in the Times. But, really, not that much has been going on in the meantime. I submitted ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The name Byron Walden strikes both awe and fear in the hearts of solvers around the world. Byron is known for his wide-open grids, ... read more
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Across
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Comic improvisations : RIFFS
6
Jacket material : COVERART
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Muralla de ___ (Spanish landmark) : AVILA
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Home to about 4 in 5 Americans, per the census : URBANAREA
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Categorized by district : ZONAL
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"Ooh ... impressive!" : NEATTRICK
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Function with no limits? : ORGY
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Simple shot : GIMME
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Facility : EASE
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Sazerac cocktail ingredient : RYE
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Share a course, perhaps : COTEACH
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Perambulate : STROLL
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Supporting frame : CHASSIS
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Drag enthusiast : HOTRODDER
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"This is too much for me" : ICANT
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Things relied on in desperation : AWINGANDAPRAYER
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Takes a ride? : REPOS
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Car feature with hands-free steering : AUTODRIVE
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Staged attention-getter : PRSTUNT
41
Teddy bear : SOFTIE
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Discount shoe retailer : PAYLESS
45
In-person setting for the Emmys, but not the Oscars: Abbr. : PDT
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Passing options : ABCD
50
Hole maker : SPADE
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Not kosher : TREF
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Going from petticoats to pants, once : BREECHING
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Icelandic currency : KRONA
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Challenge for an infielder : BADBOUNCE
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Sans ___ (carefree) : SOUCI
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Eternally, in religious parlance : AGETOAGE
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Sedated : UNDER
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Superquick on the uptake : RAZORSHARP
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Intellectual property? : IVORYTOWER
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Digital access points : FINGERTIPS
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Savagely criticize : FLAY
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HAL's earthbound "twin," in Arthur C. Clarke's "2010: Odyssey Two" : SAL
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___ fraîche : CREME
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Certain liberal of the 21st century : OBAMACRAT
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The Hokies of the A.C.C., for short : VATECH
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Suffix with insist : ENT
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Pink or close to it : RARE
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"This is prophetic" in "Nixon in China," e.g. : ARIA
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Requests made to profs for postgrad programs : RECS
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Word with hot or spit : TAKE
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Tesla, for one : UNIT
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First name of Israel's first female prime minister : GOLDA
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Obstructs : CLOGSUP
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Arrangements of locks : HAIRDOS
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"... eh, scratch that" : ORNOT
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Quaint accessory for an aviator : SCARF
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Speak up boldly : SAYITPROUD
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Noticeable : INEVIDENCE
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Local celebration, of a sort : STREETFAIR
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Forensic lab activity : DNATYPING
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Extension for 54-Down : EDU
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Squad : POSSE
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New Hampshire's "Gate City" : NASHUA
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Charging implement : LANCE
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One of 30 on a regular dodecahedron : EDGE
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"I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do" band, 1975 : ABBA
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Engage in rodomontade : BRAG
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Give up : CEDE
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Pileup after digging a hole : DEBT
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"___: Uprising" (Disney animated series) : TRON
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Say "You're so-o-o cute!," say : COO
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The Wildcats of the Big 12 Conf. : KSU

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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