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New York Times, Tuesday, October 29, 2019

9-Across : Stealthy fighter

Author:
Evan Mahnken
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {X} Scrabble average: 2.00 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Mahnken. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Evan Mahnken notes:
This is a bit of an odd theme, and apparently Will Shortz and company were on the fence about it for quite some time. Of course, I'm ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
JAYZ interpreted as people whose full names are bookended by J and Z. My first reaction: shouldn't JAYZ hint toward people whose ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times10/29/19 ( No. 25,557 )
Across
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Sting operation, e.g. : TRAP
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Bad way to run : AMOK
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Stealthy fighter : NINJA
14
San ___, Italy : REMO
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Tibetan spiritual guide : LAMA
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Ones not part of PC culture? : IMACS
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Racetrack shape : OVAL
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"What's ___ for me?" : INIT
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Holder of a baby kangaroo : POUCH
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*"Saturday Night Live" cast member of the late 1980s : JONLOVITZ
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Instruction on a door : PUSH
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Letters next to an alias : AKA
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Meadow : LEA
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"Rah! Rah!" : GOTEAM
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Homes for hornets : NESTS
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Channel offering "gavel-to-gavel" coverage : CSPAN
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Pretty ___ picture : ASA
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Reaction to a cartoon mouse : EEK
35
Movie villain who says "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that" : HAL
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Hearty dish : STEW
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*Singer starring in 2019's "Hustlers" : JENNIFERLOPEZ
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Faucet handle on the right : COLD
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Middling mark at school : CEE
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Servant of Saruman the White in "The Lord of the Rings" : ORC
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___-blasted (darn) : DAD
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Conference call enabler : SKYPE
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The Jets and the Sharks, in "West Side Story" : GANGS
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Snarkily indicates one's boredom : SNORES
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Intelligence-gathering org. : NSA
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Christian school in Tulsa, Okla. : ORU
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Part of a cap : BRIM
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*Grammy winner for "Make It Mine," 2010 : JASONMRAZ
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Civil rights grp. : NAACP
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Uganda's Idi ___ : AMIN
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Car with four circles in its logo : AUDI
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Wood used in canoe-making : CEDAR
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Eastern mystic : YOGI
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"Understood" : ISEE
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It's made of three oxygen atoms : OZONE
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About 97% of the modern penny : ZINC
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He played with Kobe on the Lakers : SHAQ
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Kind of virus in computers : TROJAN
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Take back : REVOKE
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Some kitchen appliances : AMANAS
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Bit of pre-election news : POLL
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Still breathing : ALIVE
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Fiend : MANIAC
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Fail to include : OMIT
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Name on a famous New York deli : KATZ
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Japan, to the Japanese : NIPPON
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"Guess it's time to fold" : IMOUT
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Sicken : NAUSEATE
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*Onetime member of 'N Sync : JCCHASEZ
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___ Wednesday : ASH
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Jimmy of the Daily Planet : OLSEN
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Pico de ___ (condiment) : GALLO
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Gaping mouth : MAW
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Look after : TEND
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Things you can count on to help you get to sleep? : SHEEP
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Listing on a scorecard : PAR
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Shoes, in slang : KICKS
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Watchdog org.? : SPCA
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*Singer on the first day of Woodstock : JOANBAEZ
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Mythical city of gold : ELDORADO
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Elfin : FEY
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Instrument in an old-timey theater : ORGAN
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Section of a record store : CDS
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Always, in music : SEMPRE
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Navy rank below lieutenant : ENSIGN
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"Take your time!" : NORUSH
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Like quality eggs : GRADEA
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Title girl in a Creedence Clearwater Revival song : SUZIEQ
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Puerto ___ : RICAN
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Fast-food chain with carhops : SONIC
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Rapper whose name hints at the extremities of the answers to the five starred clues : JAYZ
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Mine: Fr. : AMOI
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"___ oui!" : MAIS
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Many a G.I. : NCO

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