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New York Times, Friday, October 9, 2020

"Yesterday, I ___ a clock. It was very time-consuming" (groaner joke)

Author:
Sam Buchbinder
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Buchbinder. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Buchbinder notes:
Hi Solvers! Thanks for spending your Friday with this puzzle. I hope you enjoy the variety of entries, including the ON TOP OF THE ... read more
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The IRON CROSS is such an awe-inspiring feat of strength. One of my life goals is to hold an IRON CROSS for five seconds, but given ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times10/9/20 ( No. 25,903 )

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Across
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Student who might take a crash course? : ECONMAJOR
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Chills : HANGS
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Direct kind of fight : MANOAMANO
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Apply : EXERT
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Leftovers from a Greek salad : OLIVEPITS
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Burton who hosted "Reading Rainbow" : LEVAR
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Dating app blurb : BIO
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True : LOYAL
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"Yesterday, I ___ a clock. It was very time-consuming" (groaner joke) : ATE
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Bad marks for a high schooler : ACNE
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1/768 of a gal. : TSP
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"Haven't the foggiest" : NOIDEA
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Silently acknowledges : NODSTO
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___ Flakes (old Post cereal) : OAT
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Hide : MASK
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Winter airplane need : DEICER
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Darts : FLITS
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Homes all over the planet? : SPACESTATIONS
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Look for people to scam online : PHISH
41
___ di Mare (Italian fashion label) : ARMATA
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Up (or down) for something : GAME
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Obituary word : NEE
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More warm, in a way : NEARER
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Slangy response to a knock at the door : WHODAT
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Round-bottomed vessel : WOK
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Batik artist, e.g. : DYER
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Shirt protector : BIB
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Beckett title character : GODOT
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Bruiser : APE
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Hwy. through St. Paul, Minn. : USTEN
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Gymnastics rings feat with arms fully extended : IRONCROSS
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Locale of the Île de la Cité : SEINE
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"Take some time to think" : SLEEPONIT
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Minds : HEEDS
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They provide a clearer picture : HDSCREENS
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Taking Back Sunday or Dashboard Confessional : EMOBAND
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Printed cotton fabrics : CALICOES
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Party bowlful with a sour cream base : ONIONDIP
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Mo. for Guy Fawkes Day : NOV
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Astronaut Jemison : MAE
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Boomer at a concert : AMP
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Puts away : JAILS
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Promising : ROSY
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Pick-up line? : HELLO
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___ throwing (faddish sport) : AXE
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Where Colin Kaepernick played college football : NEVADA
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Hazards for high heels : GRATES
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Zoom : STREAK
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Kind of missile : ANTITANK
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Got out : ESCAPED
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Verbally attacked : TOREINTO
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>:-( : IMSOMAD
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Stock market sector, for short : TECH
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Mimicking : ALA
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Part of many a tree swing : TIRE
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Chicago-to-Indianapolis dir. : SSE
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Zero : NARYAONE
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Infuses with : STEEPSIN
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Parts of a record : ARRESTS
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Prez with the same initials as an N.Y.C. landmark : GWBUSH
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"It all makes sense now" : AHISEE
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Connection to the underworld : MOBTIE
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___ Scott College, one of the Seven Sisters of the South : AGNES
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Tribe that traditionally spoke Chiwere : OTOES
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Trade gossip : DISH
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Period, with "the" : END
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Japanese electronics giant : NEC
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Y.M.C.A. course : CPR
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Norma McCorvey's alias in a famous court case : ROE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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