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New York Times, Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Author:
Alex Bajcz
Editor:
Will Shortz
Big name in American book publishing for 120+ years ... and a hint to the answers to the starred clues
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Alex Bajcz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Bajcz. Wednesday freshness: 90%
Alex Bajcz notes:
This puzzle is a blast from my past — I wrote and submitted this puzzle back in Summer 2013 ! Why it's running so long after the fact is ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
"Both words can precede X" themes largely fell by the wayside about three years ago, not long after Will called a moratorium on simpler "words ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times11/11/20 ( No. 25,936 )
Across
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Converted into fuel, as coal : COKED
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Former gridiron org. for the Memphis Maniax and Orlando Rage : XFL
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Maximally : ATMOST
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Superheroes' specialties : ABILITIES
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"For richer, for ___ ..." (vow words) : POORER
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*Four-time heavyweight champ nicknamed "The Real Deal" : HOLYFIELD
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Download without paying, say : PIRATE
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Role in "The Matrix" : NEO
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Prefix with skeleton : EXO
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Like "aurum" for gold and "ferrum" for iron : LATIN
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*Gift that comes with a hitch? : WEDDINGPRESENT
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Lose it : GOAPE
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Holes in shoes : EYELETS
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Paid to play: Var. : ANTEED
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Narrow estuary : RIA
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Thanos, to the Avengers : FOE
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*Place that honors those who've served : VETERANSMEMORIAL
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Twisty curve : ESS
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Laugh like a Stooge : YUK
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Japan's oldest religion : SHINTO
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___ Pilate : PONTIUS
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Corporate raider Carl : ICAHN
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*Producer of a lot of suits? : BUSINESSSCHOOL
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Cary of "The Princess Bride" : ELWES
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"I, ___" (Langston Hughes poem) : TOO
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Humanities subj. : ENG
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"Cut that out!" : STOPIT
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Big name in American book publishing for 120+ years ... and a hint to the answers to the starred clues : DOUBLEDAY
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Mistakes : ERRATA
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Epithet for Jesus in some church names : OURSAVIOR
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Like many returning spring breakers : TANNED
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Relatives of "ums" : ERS
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Take a soak : BATHE
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Sammy with four Oscars : CAHN
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Instrument heard in "I Got You, Babe" : OBOE
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Units on an electric bill : KILOWATTS
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Ron of Tarzan on 1960s TV : ELY
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"What's the ___?" : DIF
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Mandarin "thank you" : XIEXIE
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Tax evasion, e.g. : FELONY
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Inspiration for the Beatles' "Day Tripper" : LSD
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Venmo, e.g. : APP
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Where you're actually going when you "see a man about a horse" : TOILET
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Quagmire : MORASS
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Speechify : ORATE
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Take effect : SETIN
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Reznor of rock's Nine Inch Nails : TRENT
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Knotted (up) : TIED
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Relative of a foil : EPEE
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Road sign animal : DEER
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Start of an idea : GERM
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Ballet move : PLIE
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Paper units : REAMS
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Collapsed, with "in" : GAVE
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About half of all binary code : ONES
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Taylor who sang "Tell It to My Heart" : DAYNE
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Last task before sending to print : FINALEDIT
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"Solemn" words : OATH
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Musk who co-founded PayPal : ELON
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Trail mix ingredients : NUTS
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Goes on a run : SKIS
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Home to the Cedar Point amusement park : OHIO
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"___ Suave" (1991 hit) : RICO
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It's found beneath the crust : PIEPAN
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Like some job training : ONSITE
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Series of bookings across America : USTOUR
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Combs : SCOURS
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Under siege : BESET
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Super- : ULTRA
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___ to secrecy : SWORN
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Goblins, in folklore : HOBS
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Lye, in chemistry class : NAOH
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Move in a spiral : GYRE
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Skosh : TAD
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Female caribou : DOE
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Most popular U.S. dog breed, familiarly : LAB
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Actress Mendes : EVA

Answer summary:
4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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