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New York Times, Saturday, November 21, 2020

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Ezersky notes:
This one's not my usual constructing style. I fought the urge early on to make the grid as wide open as possible, and left in more ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
IOWA CAUCUS is such a standout entry! I love that a small state underestimated by too many wields such influence every four years. ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 1121 ( 25,946 )
Across
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"Isn't it strange?" : WEIRDHUH
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1, 2, 3, 4 ... 11, 12, 14, etc. : FLOORS
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Natural ingredient in mouthwash : ALOEVERA
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Record at the register : RINGUP
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Times table? : NEWSDESK
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Juice : ENERGY
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Bootlegger's foe : TMAN
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Award winners : LAUREATES
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Modern health risk, informally : ECIG
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Composer whose name is one letter off from an international peace grp. : ENESCO
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How model airplane parts are sold : INAKIT
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Subject of Shakespeare's line "Come, thou mortal wretch" : ASP
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Closers of some boxes : TABS
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___/hr. (power meas.) : BTU
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Condescending term of address : BUB
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Couscous tidbit : PINENUT
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Dark : MACABRE
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Shipment to a mill : IRONORE
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Ally of Britain during the Seven Years' War : PRUSSIA
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Human Genome Project org. : NIH
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1980s cable competitor of CMT : TNN
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Nonvital surgery target : CYST
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Book before Deut. : NUM
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Finale of a radio countdown : TOPHIT
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Having a little of this, a little of that : RAGTAG
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Bird that sometimes sings in a duet : WREN
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Cal Ripken Jr. or Pee Wee Reese : SHORTSTOP
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Latin word that's 12-Down backward : ERGO
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Joint : DOOBIE
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Einstein referred to his endorsement of it as "one great mistake" : ATOMBOMB
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Neutral at worst : NOLOSS
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Longtime locale of Mideast conflict : THESINAI
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"Nevertheless ..." : ANDYET
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90s kid? : ASTUDENT
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In ___ of : WANT
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Uncomplicated : ELEMENTARY
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Bill and Hillary Clinton have each won one : IOWACAUCUS
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Judith who was the second American woman in space : RESNIK
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Part of a box set, maybe : DVD
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Part of a foot : HEEL
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Alpha ___ Minoris (the North Star) : URSAE
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With 45-Down, Disney song written by Elton John and Tim Rice : HAKUNA
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Maverick : FREESPIRIT
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Machine in a particle physics lab, in brief : LINAC
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Like some ranking systems : ONETOTEN
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Despotic boss : OGRE
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Challenges for Roombas : RUGS
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___-fi : SPY
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Extra shot at the slots : RESPIN
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Lead agent on "NCIS" : GIBBS
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28-pound debut of 1981 : IBMPC
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Topic in artificial intelligence : TURINGTEST
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What's more : ANOTHERONE
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Annual mass event in Nevada's Black Rock Desert : BURNINGMAN
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Blockage unblocker : STENT
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Humdingers : BEAUTS
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In any possible way, in dialect : NOHOW
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Titular android of early anime cartoons : ASTROBOY
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See 8-Down : MATATA
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Offer in advance : PREBID
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What unexpected problems may do : ARISE
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Foes of the Romans : GOTHS
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"So ___?" : SOON
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Stock market recommendation : HOLD
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Expert on feet : POET
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Last words? : OBIT
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3x platinum Kendrick Lamar song with the lyric "I was born like this" : DNA
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Big Sky Conference sch. : MSU

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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