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New York Times, Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Mountain chain about 5,000 miles long ... or a hint to 17-, 25-, 31-, 44-, 50- and 61-Across

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John Ciolfi
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ciolfi.
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© 2018, The New York Times11/13/18 ( No. 25,207 )
Across
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Commercial prefix with Turf : ASTRO
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Inspiring lust : SEXY
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Like about half the games on a team's schedule : AWAY
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First little pig's building material : STRAW
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Rouse : WAKE
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Snitched : TOLD
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Representatives Sessions (R-TX) and Aguilar (D-CA), for instance? : HOUSEPETES
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"Famous" cookie name : AMOS
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A pop : EACH
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"Bali ___" (Rodgers and Hammerstein show tune) : HAI
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Nauru's capital : YAREN
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Sault ___ Marie : STE
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Why many people visit Napa? : FORTHEWINES
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Key on the left side of a keyboard : TAB
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"Handy" thing to know, for short? : ASL
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RR stop : STA
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Nurseries? : BABYSITES
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Bud in baseball's Hall of Fame : SELIG
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A thou : ONEK
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Outlet from the left ventricle : AORTA
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"Je t'___" ("I love you": Fr.) : AIME
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Fairy tale baddies : OGRES
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What ice trays typically do? : BEARCUBES
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Its symbol is Sn : TIN
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Western tribe : UTE
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Overrule : NIX
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President Herbert's wife and mother, e.g.? : HOOVERDAMES
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Company with a mascot named Leo : MGM
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___ di Pietro, artist better known as Fra Angelico : GUIDO
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"___ Majesty" (what to call a king) : HIS
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De ___ (by law) : JURE
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Singer Guthrie : ARLO
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Play "Name That Tune"? : GUESSNOTES
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Where Cinderella lost her slipper : BALL
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Swarming pest : GNAT
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Biblical queendom : SHEBA
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French buddies : AMIS
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They may cover a lot of ground : SODS
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Mountain chain about 5,000 miles long ... or a hint to 17-, 25-, 31-, 44-, 50- and 61-Across : ANDES
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Fire remnants : ASHES
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Relative of a mink : STOAT
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Query after a knock-down-drag-out fight : TRUCE
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Reckless, as a decision : RASH
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Fall behind : OWE
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Say on a stack of Bibles : SWEAR
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Weird Al Yankovic's first hit : EATIT
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Classic Jaguar model : XKE
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"Oh, absolutely!" : YESYES
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Game company that introduced Breakout : ATARI
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Movement that Ms. magazine developed out of : WOMENSLIB
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Period enjoyed by an introvert : ALONETIME
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Football stats: Abbr. : YDS
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Irrational fear : PHOBIA
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Hole punches : AWLS
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Followers of mis : FAS
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"___ mañana!" : HASTA
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Wise ones : SAGES
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Rug rat : TYKE
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Alternative to the counter at a diner : BOOTH
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Cardiologist's X-ray : ANGIOGRAM
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Mathematician Daniel after whom a principle is named : BERNOULLI
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Words repeated by Lady Macbeth in Act V, Scene 1 : TOBED
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Word following "Able was I ..." : ERE
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French waters : EAUX
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"Gunsmoke" star James : ARNESS
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Went after, in a way : SUED
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Modern prefix with gender : CIS
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Band with the 1966 #1 hit "Wild Thing," with "the" : TROGGS
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Baroque stringed instruments : VIOLS
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In the lead : AHEAD
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Vapors : MISTS
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Less bright, as colors : MUTED
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Diving bird : GREBE
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Monument Valley sights : MESAS
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Lav : JOHN
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Bygone court org. -- or current court org. : ABA
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Half of due : UNO
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Org. based in Fort Meade, Md. : NSA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle.

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