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New York Times, Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 170 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David J. Kahn notes:
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1115 ( 24,479 )
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"My Kind of ___ (Chicago Is)" : TOWN
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Went 90, say : SPED
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The former Mrs. McCartney : LINDA
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What you may think of : IDEA
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Concern for beachcombers : TIDE
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Tinker to ___ to Chance (Cubs double play combo) : EVERS
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Curse of the Billy ___, Cubs "jinx" that ended in 2016 : GOAT
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Western tribe : UTES
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Things proofreaders look for : TYPOS
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Hall-of-Famer known as Mr. Cub : ERNIEBANKS
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Racer Yarborough : CALE
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Balls : ORBS
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Blog annoyances : TROLLS
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Backbone-related : SPINAL
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The year 254 : CCLIV
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Opposite of baja : ALTA
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Its inaugural flight was from Geneva to Tel Aviv : ELAL
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Kind of blitz : MEDIA
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2016 award for each Cub : WORLDSERIESRING
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Shag or bob : STYLE
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English lockup : GAOL
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Barely beat : EDGE
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Judy Jetson's kid brother : ELROY
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Moves like a whirlpool : EDDIES
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Entertain grandly : REGALE
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Trash-toting transport : SCOW
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Sleep like ___ : ALOG
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Wrigley Field events since only 1988 : NIGHTGAMES
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Finish pitching in a lopsided game : MOPUP
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Uncouth one : BOOR
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Newswoman Logan : LARA
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Capital in a Cole Porter song : PAREE
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Certain tax-free investment, for short : MUNI
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Home to French silk makers : LYON
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Bar drink taken in one gulp : SNORT
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What many writers write on : SPEC
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Cubs slugger with 609 home runs : SOSA
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Buster Brown's canine sidekick : TIGE
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Something whiffed : ODOR
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Withdraw gradually : WEAN
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Cub, e.g. : NATIONALLEAGUER
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Targets of close shaves? : STUBBLES
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Some wrap holders : PITAS
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First place : EDEN
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What many writers write on : DESK
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Allow to : LET
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Unique feature of Wrigley Field : IVYCOVEREDWALLS
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Country whose capital is more than 4,500 feet above sea level : NEPAL
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Like some humor : DROLL
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Burros : ASSES
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Stat for Jon Lester : ERA
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Cubs' divisional rivals: Abbr. : STL
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Hoopsters' hoops : RIMS
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Familiar sayings : SAWS
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Secret plan : PLOT
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Modest reply to a compliment : ITRY
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Hall-of-Fame sportscaster Harry who regularly led the Wrigley Field crowd in singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" : CARAY
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Oscar : films :: ___ : ads : CLIO
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Toy block brand : LEGO
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"What ___ tell you?" : DIDI
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"Picnic" playwright : INGE
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Matures : AGES
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PC brand : DELL
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Thrilling : ELECTRIC
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Kylo ___, Adam Driver's role in "Star Wars" : REN
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Ballpark frank : DOG
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Stadium walkways : RAMPS
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Internet finance firm : ELOAN
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Decide to play for pay : GOPRO
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Glimmered : SHONE
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Some early PCs : IBMS
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Ascend : GOUP
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Chicken salad ingredient : MAYO
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Boy with a bow and arrow : EROS
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Mideast capital supposedly founded by a son of Noah : SANA
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Favorite : PET

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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