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New York Times, Saturday, October 31, 2020

Product that becomes an item to which it's applied after shifting the last letter one spot down in the alphabet

Author:
Stella Zawistowski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Stella Zawistowski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 31 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Ms. Zawistowski. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Stella Zawistowski notes:
I have a feeling this puzzle is going to be quite polarizing, and I hope that many solvers eventually have the same reaction to my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
That clue for PATTON! I read it five times and still didn't understand. PATTON suggested that you shouldn't die for your country? Make ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times10/31/20 ( No. 25,925 )

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Across
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Standout work : BESTSELLER
11
Disney villain based on King Claudius : SCAR
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´, in French : ACCENTAIGU
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Site of an early miracle : CANA
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Dance craze during the Roaring Twenties : CHARLESTON
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Lacking in excitement : ARID
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Pioneering band in nu metal : KORN
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Dark ___ : ARTS
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Actor Malek : RAMI
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Onetime trade org. : EEC
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Hiss at a Congressional hearing : ALGER
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Food from a bar : TAPAS
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"Yeah, you wish!" : DREAMON
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Post-marathon treatment, maybe : ICEBATH
30
It's a thing in Mexico : COSA
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Product that becomes an item to which it's applied after shifting the last letter one spot down in the alphabet : PAM
32
Part of Comedy Central's logo : CEE
33
Heavy hitter? : MALLET
36
Jets : SPEEDS
38
___ minute (cooked to order) : ALA
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Protective wear around shellfish, maybe : BIB
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Wow, just wow : STUN
42
Route for pulling a boat : TOWPATH
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Form of graffiti : AEROSOL
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Choices for sushi chefs : TUNAS
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Hyper- : ULTRA
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A to B, say: Abbr. : VOL
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Break : REST
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A to B, say : STEP
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Edit menu option : REDO
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Coup target : ETAT
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Cheese from Wales, not southeastern Pennsylvania : CAERPHILLY
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Battle of the Hedgerows locale : STLO
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Deserving more credit : UNDERRATED
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Acknowledged : SEEN
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Strip of ownership : DISPOSSESS
Down
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Patronized : BACKED
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Parrot, in a way : ECHOER
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Like hen's teeth : SCARCE
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Soarer by the shore : TERN
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It's noted for its alums : SNL
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"Les Nuits d'___" (Berlioz work) : ETE
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Layered fare : LASAGNA
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Petrol unit : LITRE
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Activity of self-interest : EGOTRIP
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Pantyhose problems : RUNS
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Insect depicted in hieroglyphics : SCARAB
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Terrapin topper : CARAPACE
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Bubbly : ANIMATED
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Sources of crunch for a salad : RADISHES
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Things on the small slide? : AMOEBAS
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Came unhinged : LOSTIT
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Crispy order at a Japanese restaurant : TEMPURA
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Abbr. in a sports injury report : ACL
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Office chair feature : CASTER
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Something fit for a king or queen : MATTRESS
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Titular children's song lyric after "Et la tête!" : ALOUETTE
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One way to get rid of things : LAWNSALE
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Ending with Angel : ENO
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Dweller in the Himalayas : BHUTANI
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Course for many a high schooler, in brief : SATPREP
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Who allegedly said "No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country" : PATTON
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Lissome : SVELTE
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A bunch : OODLES
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Overseas insurance giant : LLOYDS
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European city where the first carbonated beverage was invented : LEEDS
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Move quickly, as a cloud : SCUD
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Narrow inlets : RIAS
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Crackerjack : PRO
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Timecard entries: Abbr. : HRS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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