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New York Times, Monday, November 11, 2019

67-Across : "___, meenie ..."

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Evan Kalish
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Kalish.
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© 2019, The New York Times11/11/19 ( No. 25,570 )
Across
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Fallout from a volcano : ASH
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Where the heart is : CHEST
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Foundation : BASIS
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Vietnamese bowlful : PHO
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Southwestern plant with swordlike leaves : YUCCA
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Skilled (at) : ADEPT
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*Hustler with a cue stick : POOLSHARK
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Japanese beer brand : ASAHI
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March 17 honoree, informally : STPAT
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Regrets : RUES
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Truckload : TON
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*Showy basketball two-pointer : WINDMILLDUNK
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Way one positions one's legs : STANCE
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"___ sure about that?" : YOURE
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Many book-marks, for short : URLS
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Where a cat may be picked up : NAPE
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Make a mess of : BOTCH
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Newsstand purchase, for short : MAG
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*Riot dispersal weapon : TEARGAS
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On the ___ (fleeing) : LAM
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Arabian Peninsula resident : OMANI
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Little Red Riding ___ : HOOD
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Money in Mexico : PESO
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Completely flat surface : PLANE
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Comes up : ARISES
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*1960s-'70s teen idol with the hit "Julie, Do Ya Love Me" : BOBBYSHERMAN
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Everyone : ALL
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Walkway : PATH
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Chefs : COOKS
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Ministore at a mall : KIOSK
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Research institute ... or, when read as a direction, a hint to the ends of the answers to the starred clues : THINKTANK
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Japanese mushroom : ENOKI
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"___, meenie ..." : EENIE
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Lawyer's charge : FEE
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Dance version of a song, maybe : REMIX
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Definitely not look forward to : DREAD
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Stitch up : SEW
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Downloadable programs : APPS
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Photographed : SHOT
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Circular earring : HOOP
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___ fibrosis : CYSTIC
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"Say again?" : HUH
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Digital birthday greeting : ECARD
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Rugby formation : SCRUM
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George of the original "Star Trek" : TAKEI
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What makes a ewe turn? : BAA
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Commercials : ADS
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Water creatures that hatch on land : SEATURTLES
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Protection sold at an Apple Store : IPHONECASE
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Reek : STINK
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Things that are mowed : LAWNS
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Wily : SLY
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Protected Hawaiian bird : NENE
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Arcing tennis hits : LOBS
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Simon & Garfunkel, e.g. : DUO
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Competition between two heavyweights : SUMO
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Gym equipment with springs : TRAMPOLINE
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Rapid green growth in a lake or pond : ALGALBLOOM
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"That feels so-o-o good!" : AAH
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Expert : PRO
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Lead-in to maniac : EGO
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Certain insurers, for short : HMOS
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Minuscule : TINY
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One with a first-person narrative? : ADAM
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Capture : NAB
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___ grigio (wine) : PINOT
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Paranormal ability, for short : ESP
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Arranged, as billiard balls in a triangle : RACKED
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Worker with an apron : BAKER
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Loathed : HATED
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Old anesthetic : ETHER
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760-mile river that starts in Switzerland : RHINE
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Bumbling sorts : OAFS
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Take a ___ (protest, in a way) : KNEE
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Make biased : SKEW
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Winter Olympics item : SKI
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General Mills cereal since 1937 : KIX
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Actress Vardalos : NIA

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle.

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