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New York Times, Monday, November 2, 2020

Country along Argentina's entire western border

Author:
Luke Vaughn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Vaughn.
Luke Vaughn notes:
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© 2020, The New York Times11/2/20 ( No. 25,927 )
Across
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Hacky ___ (game) : SACK
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Loud, mocking call : JEER
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Wash with vigor : SCRUB
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Sound of a chuckle : HEHE
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Stare at, as a creep might : OGLE
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Principle to fight for : CAUSE
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Z ___ zebra : ASIN
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Poetic foot with a short and a long syllable : IAMB
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Opposite of rural : URBAN
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Popular dog crossbreed : GOLDENDOODLE
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Common dog command : SPEAK
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Coins in India : RUPEES
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Have an invisible footprint : LEAVENOTRACE
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Whimper : MEWL
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___ and tonic : GIN
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Part of a test that may produce a hand cramp : ESSAY
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Thurman of "Pulp Fiction" : UMA
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Was gentle with : CODDLED
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Before, in a poem : ERE
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Tinker Bell, for one : FAIRY
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Locale of the anvil and the stirrup : EAR
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Vehicle that travels in only one direction : SLED
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One version of poker : FIVECARDDRAW
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Actor Nielsen of "Airplane!" : LESLIE
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Pants might burst at them : SEAMS
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"S.N.L." offering : COMEDYSKETCH
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Commuting option : TRAIN
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Grand achievement : FEAT
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Root used in making poi : TARO
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"Party on, ___!" "Party on, Garth!" : WAYNE
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Jane Austen novel : EMMA
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Lake that feeds into Lake Ontario : ERIE
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Newspaper opinion pieces : OPEDS
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Optimistic : ROSY
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Ballpoint points : NIBS
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Retrieves, as baseballs : SHAGS
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"The Fox and the Grapes" author : AESOP
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Country along Argentina's entire western border : CHILE
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Model and reality star Jenner : KENDALL
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Connect : JOIN
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"Holy moly!" : EGAD
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Furry red monster of children's TV : ELMO
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Having a new life : REBORN
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Made a bust? : SCULPTED
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Occupations : CAREERS
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Massage : RUB
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John Cougar Mellencamp's "R.O.C.K. in the ___" : USA
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"Big" name in London : BEN
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Barely scrape (by) : EKE
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Batman and Robin are a "dynamic" one : DUO
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Artist's stand : EASEL
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Panic : SCARE
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Prior to now : AGO
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YouTube clip, informally : VID
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Ceased : ENDED
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Green-___ monster : EYED
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Botch, as a catch : MUFF
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Inbox accumulation : EMAIL
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Relinquish, as one's rights : WAIVE
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Tornadoes : CYCLONES
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"Wee" fella : LAD
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Botch something : ERR
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Take back, as an offer : RESCIND
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Add sugar to : SWEETEN
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Skill of an archer : AIM
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Marijuana cigarette, in old slang : REEFER
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Use a sentence with a "?" : ASK
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Maker of Asteroids : ATARI
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Intermittently available fast-food sandwich : MCRIB
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High heels, e.g. : SHOES
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Version that's just for show : DEMO
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Some Thanksgiving side dishes : YAMS
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Common dog command : STAY
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Start of every ZIP code in Virginia : TWO
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Genre for Megan Thee Stallion : RAP
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Sailor's "yes" : AYE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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