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New York Times, Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Something to take and "make it better," in the Beatles' "Hey Jude"

Author:
Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 75, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQVXZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. Trudeau. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ross Trudeau notes:
I hoped to include one more theme answer that had NO HANDS, but I just couldn't make EX-GAMBLER or BANKRUPT CASINO fit in the grid. ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I had zero chance of winning at "Name That Theme" today. With mirror symmetry, if there are no long across slots in the top half of ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times10/7/20 ( No. 25,901 )
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"___ a rough night": Macbeth : TWAS
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Miss on TV : PIGGY
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Falafel bread : PITA
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Black-tie affair, maybe : GALA
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___ Jackson Jr., "Straight Outta Compton" star : OSHEA
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God whose name is an apt anagram of "rose" : EROS
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"___ pass" : ITLL
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Schemes : PLOTS
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Sign on for another tour : REUP
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Kind of position : FETAL
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Beast of burden : ASS
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Bands at weddings : RINGS
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Was a passenger : RODE
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To the ___ degree : NTH
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"Ugh!" : BLEH
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Cpl. or sgt. : NCO
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Something to take and "make it better," in the Beatles' "Hey Jude" : SADSONG
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Duke's N.C.A.A. div. : ACC
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Cockpit measurement: Abbr. : ALT
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Architect Frank : GEHRY
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Beats by ___ (audio brand) : DRE
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Hide ___ hair : NOR
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Not awarded by accident, say : MERITED
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London lav : LOO
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Honda division : ACURA
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Invasive plant? : SPY
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Celebrity gossip show with an exclamation point in its title : ENEWS
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Falls (over) : KEELS
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Car mentioned in the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun, Fun" : TBIRD
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Bluish hue : TEAL
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Place to count sheep? : BARN
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Cry while doing a stunt ... or a hint to 2-, 7- and 12-Down : LOOKMANOHANDS
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California's ___ Woods : MUIR
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"Good job!," south of the border : BUENO
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Classic Monopoly token : IRON
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Item on a hotel pillow : MINT
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Match : AGREE
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Simplicity : EASE
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Requests : ASKS
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Attempts in basketball and target practice : SHOTS
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Put away : STOW
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"The freakin' weekend is here!" : TGIF
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Something the ancient Egyptians used for keeping time : WATERCLOCK
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"Regrettably, that's the case" : ALLTOOTRUE
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Leaves for dinner? : SALAD
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Soda : POP
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Caribbean natives, e.g. : ISLANDERS
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Vessel found drifting without a crew : GHOSTSHIP
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1995 gangster comedy with John Travolta and Rene Russo : GETSHORTY
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"___ queen!" ("Fabulous!") : YAS
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Jeopardy : PERIL
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Woman in a Sherlock Holmes story : IRENEADLER
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Audience unlikely to applaud : TOUGHCROWD
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Snakes in hieroglyphics : ASPS
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French article : LES
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The Notorious ___ (late jurist's nickname) : RBG
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Mom's mom : NANA
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It's "only a number" to the young at heart : AGE
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Dec. 31 celebration : NYE
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Biz biggies : CEOS
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Rami with a Best Actor Oscar : MALEK
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Actress Messing of "Will & Grace" : DEBRA
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"Says who?" and others : RETORTS
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Fools : NINNIES
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Some Carnaval dances : SAMBAS
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Some Chevrolet S.U.V.s : TAHOES
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"It is to ___" : LAUGH
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Actress Lisa : BONET
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San ___ Obispo, Calif. : LUIS
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It comes out of a pen, either with or without its first letter : OINK
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___ Wolfe, armchair detective : NERO
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"Curses!" : DRAT
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Meh : SOSO
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U.F.C. sport : MMA
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Unopened, say : NEW

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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