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New York Times, Friday, October 26, 2018

What officials need to get cleared before speaking?

Author:
Evan Kalish
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Kalish.
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© 2018, The New York Times10/26/18 ( No. 25,189 )

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Across
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It might go to the dogs : TABLESCRAP
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Unaltered : ASIS
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Tahoe, for one : ALPINELAKE
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Costa ___ : RICA
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Trendy salad type : KALECAESAR
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Plot in Genesis : EDEN
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Prey for a dingo : EMU
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"Rush!" : ASAP
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Assessment of acidity : PHTEST
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Platform that many things run on : IOS
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Part of the Trinity : SON
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Maniacal laugh : BWAHAHA
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Traditional retirement present : PEN
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Ambiguity : GRAYAREA
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Selection ___ : BIAS
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Breezes (along) : SAILS
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Knights, bishops, rooks, etc. : MEN
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Fluff pieces : LINT
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See 47-Down : SKUNK
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Not final : BETA
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Word before "I hate that!" : UGH
36
"I'm ___!" : SUING
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An almanac and Google, for a crossword solver : AIDS
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Extra keys, e.g. : SPARESET
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Excel-using exec, maybe : CFO
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What officials need to get cleared before speaking? : THROATS
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Bladder, e.g. : SAC
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Subway operator, for short : MTA
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Stuffed appetizer : SAMOSA
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Relative of sepia : PUCE
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Cable inits. popular with female viewers : OWN
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Starting : FROM
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"That's not me anymore" : IVECHANGED
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Hilton alternative : OMNI
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"Take your time" : NOPRESSURE
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Funny Martha : RAYE
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Wheedles : SWEETTALKS
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Part of the original "Star Trek" cast : TAKEI
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National alternative : ALAMO
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88 or 89 : BPLUS
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That can't be right : LIE
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Boxes : ENCASES
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September and October, for pumpkins : SEASON
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Expletive-free : CLEAN
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Farrier's tool : RASP
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Going by : AKA
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Postarrest ritual : PERPWALK
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"___ Arrives" (1967 soul album) : ARETHA
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Pitched horizontally : SIDEARMED
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Polar features : ICESHEETS
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Seat of Orange County, Calif. : SANTAANA
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Kansas' Fort ___ : HAYS
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Escort : BRING
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Rehearsed : PAT
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Too lean : GAUNT
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Major lobbying group, colloquially : BIGPHARMA
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United : INHARMONY
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"Blue ___" (Irving Berlin tune) : SKIES
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Lasciviously desires : LUSTSFOR
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Keeps up : SUSTAINS
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Part of one's Twitter page, informally : BIO
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High ___ : SEAS
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Bills are found in it : AFCEAST
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College assignment, informally? : ROOMIE
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Prestige : CACHET
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South American capital : SUCRE
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High muck-a-muck : MOGUL
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Move behind? : TWERK
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Very long chain : ANDES
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First name of a cartoon 33-Across : PEPE
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"I shall return," e.g. : VOW
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It checks for leaks, for short : NSA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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