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New York Times, Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Author:
Kyle Dolan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kyle T. Dolan

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Dolan. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kyle T. Dolan notes:
I wrote and submitted this puzzle in September 2019, and it was accepted in December of that year. The original thematic inspiration ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've seen a couple of these "letter building" puzzles before, and I've even brainstormed something along the lines of I KNOW RIGHT? to ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 1117 ( 25,942 )
Across
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Piece of land in el océano : ISLA
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Lemon juice and vinegar, e.g. : ACIDS
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Studio behind Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" : MGM
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Ferry or wherry : BOAT
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Charged for a chemistry class? : IONIC
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Study, with "over" : PORE
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Cousin of Simon Says : MOTHERMAYI
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Flight board listings, for short : ETAS
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Stainless ___ : STEEL
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Bugler in the Rockies : ELK
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Marital ___ : BLISS
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Proceeding headlong without thinking : RASH
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2012 Ang Lee film set largely at sea : LIFEOFPI
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"Man, just my luck!" : OHGREAT
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Identifies, as in a social media post : TAGS
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Sassy : PERT
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Mrs., in Mexico : SRA
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Turnkey : JAILER
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Obama ___ (2009-17) : ERA
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Support for an updo : HAIRPIN
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"Yes, captain!" : AYE
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Jazz ensembles : COMBOS
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Hotel room extra : COT
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Medical breakthrough : CURE
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Liveliness, in music : BRIO
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Not in usable condition, say : DAMAGED
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What a chop shot imparts : BACKSPIN
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Many a Punjabi : SIKH
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"Kate & ___" (1980s sitcom) : ALLIE
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Fireplace fuel : LOG
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Sort seen walking a red carpet : CELEB
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Student ___ : LOAN
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"Show some courage!" ... as this puzzle's theme can do? : GROWASPINE
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Like hymns, unlike most poems : SUNG
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Person who really digs working? : MINER
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"I'll get right to work!" : ONIT
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Some app interruptions : ADS
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15%-er : AGENT
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Children's medicine, in doctor-speak : PEDS
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Some mainframe computers : IBMS
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Chimney coating : SOOT
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Photo posted days or weeks after it was taken, on social media : LATERGRAM
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Deep down inside : ATHEART
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Every breath you take : AIR
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Accept an invitation, say : COME
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Counting everything : INALL
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Aid for a home repair project, informally : DIYKIT
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___-fi : SCI
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The "da-da-da-DUM!" of Beethoven's Fifth : MOTIF
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Take firm hold of : GRASP
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Soccer superstar Lionel : MESSI
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House speaker Nancy : PELOSI
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"Is there anything ___?" : ELSE
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Launched : BEGAN
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Tastes some : HASASIP
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Build-your-own Mexican dishes, at times : FAJITAS
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Big Mideast inits. : OPEC
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Captain Marvel, e.g. : HERO
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Race that requires a swimsuit, helmet and running shoes, for short : TRI
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Part of a circle : ARC
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Facial wrinkle suggesting a jovial spirit : LAUGHLINE
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"Jane ___" : EYRE
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Clarinet piece : REED
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Derby entrant : HORSE
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"___ Save America" (political show) : POD
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Blues legend with the hit "The Thrill Is Gone" : BBKING
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Baked treat on a stick : CAKEPOP
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Sight off the Gulf Coast : OILRIG
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Speakers' aids, in brief : MICS
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Light wood : BALSA
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Audibly : ALOUD
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Groups identified by tartans : CLANS
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Everybody's opposite : NOONE
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Rocker Stefani : GWEN
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Lady of Camelot : ENID
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Casino actions : BETS
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"Today" rival, for short : GMA
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"Life beats down and crushes the soul, and ___ reminds you that you have one": Stella Adler : ART

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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