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New York Times, Sunday, November 18, 2018

39-Down : Delmonico steak cuts

Author:
Byron Walden and Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 130, Blocks: 74 Missing: {FZ} This is puzzle # 92 for Mr. Walden. This is puzzle # 62 for Mr. Fagliano. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2018, The New York Times11/18/18 ( No. 25,212 )
Across
1
Era of ignorance : DARKAGES
9
Elevators in an office building? : HEELS
14
Houston squad, casually : STROS
19
Eaglelike : AQUILINE
20
Mississippi River bottom feeder : MUDCAT
21
"Wouldn't that be nice!" : IWISH
22
Satchel for a homicide detective? : MURDERCASEMURSE
24
Joe of "GoodFellas" : PESCI
25
Something found at the top of many a Google search page : PAIDAD
26
Manufactured : MADE
27
Baking soda has many of these : USES
29
Tush : REAR
30
Danny Ocean's ex-wife in "Ocean's Eleven" : TESS
31
Unseasonal wear on a winter vacation? : SKIRESORTSKORT
34
Map : CHART
36
Parisian waters : EAUX
37
Jewish mourning period : SHIVA
38
Zoom, e.g. : LENS
39
Baseball stats sometimes called 39-Down : RBIS
42
Jerk : SPASM
46
Static : INERT
48
Swiss canton that was home to William Tell : URI
49
Variety of stud poker, familiarly : HILO
50
Berry with two diacritics in its name : ACAI
51
"Get ___!" : AGRIP
52
Late-morning meal for a TV family? : BRADYBUNCHBRUNCH
58
Dorm overseers, for short : RAS
59
Sports event with two diacritics in its name : EPEE
60
Cry after "Company" : HALT
61
Who wrote "In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king" : ERASMUS
64
One way to buy mustard cheaply? : GREYPOUPONGROUPON
67
Like the number i, mathematically : NONREAL
68
Burns writing : POEM
69
Strong bond : GLUE
70
A pillar of Islam : HAJ
71
Emails such as "Click this link to become an Apollo astronaut"? : SPACEPROGRAMSPAM
77
Erie Canal city : UTICA
80
___ Spiegel, co-founder of Snapchat : EVAN
81
"Darling, won't you ___ my worried mind" ("Layla" lyric) : EASE
82
Peter's chief of staff on "The Good Wife" : ELI
83
Down-on-their-luck sorts : HOBOS
84
Hit the hide off the baseball : RIPIT
86
Beauts : GEMS
87
Backgrounds in theater : SETS
88
Tempur-Pedic rival : SERTA
90
Seawater compound : NACL
92
Neophytes : TYROS
93
Collection of Yule-centric posts? : BURNINGLOGBLOG
98
Boxing venue : RING
99
Nagy of Hungarian history : IMRE
100
Wooded valley : DELL
101
Bird on Walden Pond in "Walden" : LOON
102
Like services covered by a health insurer : INAREA
105
Drops : OMITS
107
Utensil for eating some cured meat? : SALTEDPORKSPORK
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Link with : TIETO
111
Brainpower : SMARTS
112
See to it : MAKESURE
113
When a happy hour might start : ATSIX
114
Haven : OASIS
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Seizure cause : EPILEPSY
Down
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Deaden acoustically : DAMP
2
Blue shade : AQUA
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Kingdom in "The Prisoner of Zenda" : RURITANIA
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Leg-pullers : KIDDERS
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Div. for the Red 106-Down : ALEAST
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Secures with a band : GIRDS
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S.A.S.E., e.g.: Abbr. : ENC
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They require stitches : SEAMS
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What the rotator cuff rotates : HUMERUS
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School extension? : EDU
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Neutral shades : ECRUS
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Word from the Latin for "noose" : LASSO
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One caught by a 12-Down : STEER
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Nurse : SIP
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Can-can dancing? : TWERKING
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Formula for slope in math : RISEOVERRUN
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Costa Rican president who won the 1987 Nobel Peace Prize : OSCARARIAS
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Stuffed ___ : SHIRT
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Clay and oil, for artists : MEDIA
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"For heaven ___" : SAKES
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Some ways on Waze: Abbr. : STS
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Split personality? : EXPARTNER
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Branch of Islam : SHIA
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Appurtenance for a cartoon Neanderthal : CLUB
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Mannheim mister : HERR
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Delmonico steak cuts : RIBEYES
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Document listing technical specifications : BLUEPAPER
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TV network with a science-y name : ION
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Prefix with puncture : ACU
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More sensible : SANER
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One is roughly the mass of a speck of dust : MICROGRAM
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Festoons with Charmin, for short : TPS
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Charged up : HYPER
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Laura of "Big Little Lies" : DERN
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Confucian philosopher ___ Hsi : CHU
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Really trendy : HAPPENING
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Hit just beyond the infield : BLOOP
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Hightail it, saltily : HAULASS
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Ocean froth : SPUME
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"The Simpsons" bar : MOES
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Asian fruits used in Western alternative medicine : GOJIBERRIES
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Norwegian king near the end of the first millennium : OLAVI
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Non-___ (food label) : GMO
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Western powwow held every year or so : NATOSUMMIT
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"Come again?" : HUH
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Limit : CAP
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"Fancy that!" : GEE
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People like you : PEERGROUP
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Orfeo in Gluck's "Orfeo ed Euridice," e.g. : ALTO
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Not catch : MISS
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Crescent-shaped Italian pastries : CORNETTI
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Piedmont wine town : ASTI
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Alternatives to gelcaps : TABLETS
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Semiliquid stuff : GLOOP
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Neural junction : SYNAPSE
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So-so filler? : AND
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Lunkheads : CLODS
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Holiday glitter : TINSEL
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Flora and fauna : BIOTA
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Plaster for painting : GESSO
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Animal used to guard sheep and goats : LLAMA
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Spanish crockery : OLLAS
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Munchkin : GNOME
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"___-Tikki-Tavi" : RIKKI
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Misreckons : ERRS
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"It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is ___": Churchill : AKEY
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See 5-Down : SOX
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Numerical prefix : TRI
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Much Top 40 music now : RAP

Answer summary: 21 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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