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New York Times, Thursday, October 8, 2020

Benjamin Franklin adage ... or a hint to interpreting the answers to the four starred clues

Author:
Francesca Goldston and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Goldston. This is puzzle # 116 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
FRANCESCA: I'm so happy to finally have a puzzle published in the NYT. I've been solving and constructing puzzles since I was a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I thoroughly enjoyed working with Francesca, appreciating her nose to the grindstone approach on both themer exploration as well as ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times10/8/20 ( No. 25,902 )

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Across
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Relief from the desert? : ALOE
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Judging partner of Simon, Heidi and Sofia on "America's Got Talent" : HOWIE
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Member of the fam : SIS
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"The gallant pig" of children's literature : BABE
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Certain noble's domain : BARONY
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Cinemax competitor : TMC
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*When many people solve crosswords : SPARECHANGE
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Word that sounds like its second letter : ARE
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Sully : SMIRCH
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Introduces to the mix : ADDSIN
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Player ___ : PIANO
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Much-litigated 2010 law, for short : ACA
26
Bar order specification : ONICE
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Rocinante, to Don Quixote : STEED
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*Rough patch : HARDCASH
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Puckered : PURSED
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Big name in A.T.M.s : NCR
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*Occupied oneself : PASSEDTHEBUCK
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Mauna ___ : KEA
40
Becoming new, in a way : WANING
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*Cheat on, say : TWOCENTS
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One of three in a double magnum bottle : LITER
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Group of fish : SHOAL
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Big mouth, informally : YAP
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Common cause of tonsillitis : STREP
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"It" factor? : HORROR
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How Lennon wrote the opening lines of "I Am the Walrus" : ONACID
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See 48-Down : OUT
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Benjamin Franklin adage ... or a hint to interpreting the answers to the four starred clues : TIMEISMONEY
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[Groan] : UGH
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Hullabaloo : HOOPLA
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Avocado pit, e.g. : SEED
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Quaker's possessive : THY
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Annual parade V.I.P. : STPAT
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Recipe amts. : TSPS
Down
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Core components, for short : ABS
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Loves every second of something : LAPSITUP
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44 years? : OBAMAERA
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Atmosphere on "The Twilight Zone" : EERINESS
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"Everybody's a comedian" : HAHHAH
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British pop star Rita : ORA
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Came out on top : WON
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"Young Frankenstein" role : INGA
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Provider of specs : EYEDOC
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Equilibrium : STASIS
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"Jackpot!" : IMRICH
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Play part : SCENE
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Secretly include, maybe : BCC
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Loses ground slowly but surely : ERODES
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Family inheritance? : DNA
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Sony console of the 2000s, for short : PSP
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One of more than 200 Bach works : CANTATA
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Playful and teasing : ARCH
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Doodled, e.g. : DREW
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Hockey fake-out : DEKE
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Turn down : DENY
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Christmas scent : BALSAM
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Price per piece : UNITCOST
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Gemstones resembling topaz : CITRINES
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Mired (in) : KNEEDEEP
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Org. : GRP
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"Having said that ..." : THOUGH
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"We're not ___!" (classic line from "Wayne's World") : WORTHY
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Rowboat mover : OAR
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Fabrics : CLOTHS
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Gone bad, to Brits : SPOILT
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With 55-Across, public thanks : SHOUT
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Thigh-slapper : RIOT
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Org.? What org.? : NSA
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Swab's swab : MOP
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Fuel economy authority, for short : EPA
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N.F.L. divisions: Abbr. : YDS

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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