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New York Times, Monday, October 28, 2019

Safe ... or how the last words of 16-, 23- and 49-Across are made?

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Zhouqin Burnikel
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is puzzle # 66 for Ms. Burnikel.
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© 2019, The New York Times10/28/19 ( No. 25,556 )
Across
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Hollywood trophy : OSCAR
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Paleo diet restriction, informally : CARB
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Tiebreaker periods, for short : OTS
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Pinterest posting : PHOTO
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Skater Harding : TONYA
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Minor criticism : NIT
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Look (at) : TAKEAGANDER
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"As I see things ...," in a text : IMO
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Pronoun for a yacht : SHE
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Facts and figures : DATA
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Cook under a hot flame : BROIL
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Singer with the 2018 #1 hit "Thank U, Next" : ARIANAGRANDE
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Giant in test prep : KAPLAN
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Fallback option : PLANB
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Sir ___ Newton : ISAAC
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All there mentally : SANE
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Chutzpah : GALL
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Reno's home: Abbr. : NEV
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"Address" for Springsteen's band : ESTREET
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Viscous substance : GOO
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Black-tie affair : GALA
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Sneaker named for a cat : PUMA
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Like argon or neon : INERT
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The Hunter constellation : ORION
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Evil-repelling charm : AMULET
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Locale for London's Royal Opera House : COVENTGARDEN
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What a crying emoji means : IMSAD
54
Roald who created Willy Wonka : DAHL
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Little mischief-maker : IMP
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Senator Cruz : TED
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Safe ... or how the last words of 16-, 23- and 49-Across are made? : OUTOFDANGER
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Swellhead's problem : EGO
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Mind-boggling designs : OPART
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Barnyard honker : GOOSE
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Droop, as an old couch : SAG
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Ready for picking : RIPE
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Wander off : STRAY
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Chooses, with "for" : OPTS
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Ousted Iranian ruler : SHAH
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Soft drink in a red can : COKE
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Snacked on : ATE
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Monaco Grand Prix, e.g. : ROADRACE
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Late-night host O'Brien : CONAN
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In addition : AND
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Bread for a Reuben sandwich : RYE
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10-time Grammy winner Streisand : BARBRA
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Alternative to a bialy : ONIONBAGEL
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Lacking courage : TIMID
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Didn't ask before taking : STOLE
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"See ya!," for a Brit : TATA
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Pick up, as yards in football : GAIN
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Tolled, as bells : RANG
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Pie ___ mode : ALA
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Sleeper's breathing problem : APNEA
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Sheer delight : GLEE
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Checker after reaching the other side of the board : KING
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On the ocean : ASEA
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Salivating animal in a classic conditioning study : PAVLOVSDOG
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Attacked by hornets : STUNG
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Elbow's place : ARM
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Folk tales : LORE
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Trent ___, former Senate majority leader : LOTT
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Feature of a cheetah's coat : SPOT
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Problems with glitchy livestreams : TIMELAGS
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Carpet measurement : AREA
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Mother Teresa, for one : NUN
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Opposite of alfresco : INDOOR
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Condition treated with Ritalin, in brief : ADHD
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References, as prior court decisions : CITES
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Luxury Swiss watch : OMEGA
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Love to death : ADORE
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Vessel in which to shoot the rapids : RAFT
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Composer Stravinsky : IGOR
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Flat-topped hill : MESA
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Gazelles, for cheetahs : PREY
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News inits. since 1958 : UPI
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Light touch : TAP
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"What's ___ to like?" : NOT

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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