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New York Times, Friday, November 24, 2017

48-Across : Fictional hero who wore a sombrero cordobés

Author:
Bruce Haight and David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {B} Spans: 2 Grid is asymmetric. This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Haight. This is puzzle # 70 for Mr. Steinberg.
Constructor notes:
BRUCE: I first submitted this puzzle in January of 2014. Anna Shechtman wrote back : "Will is intrigued by your AT THE DROP OF A HAT ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Mini-theme, FLIPPING ONE'S LID paired with AT THE DROP OF A HAT. Actually, more than just a mini-theme, what with the "hat" of black ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This is the 29th asymmetric grid of the Shortz Era. Here are the rest.

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© 2017, The New York Times11/24/17 ( No. 24,853 )
Across
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Dish whose name means "pierce flesh" : SASHIMI
8
Squids' squirters : INKSACS
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What can get two feet higher : OTTOMAN
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Chocolate truffle filling : GANACHE
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Snapping ... as suggested by some black squares in this puzzle : FLIPPINGONESLID
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Summer shade : TAN
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High-and-mighty sort : SNOOT
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Asian capital that's home to Jokhang Temple : LHASA
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Sci-fi TV series before "DS9" : TNG
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Attack, as a gnat : SWATAT
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No longer flexible : SET
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Got things down : ATE
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It has the world's highest per capita income : QATAR
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One surrounded at sea : ISLE
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Ferris wheel part : CAR
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Fall ___ : GUY
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Thanks for waiting : TIP
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Not remote : ONSITE
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Person picking a ticket : VOTER
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Goes through the motions of? : REENACTS
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Sack : AXE
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Oscar follower, in communications : PAPA
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Fictional hero who wore a sombrero cordobés : ZORRO
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Beam that might hit someone hard? : JIM
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Heretofore : AGO
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Football lineman : CENTER
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Staten Island Railway inits. : MTA
53
Childproofing option : LATCH
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Meter masters : POETS
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Singer Green and others : ALS
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With only slight provocation ... as suggested by some black squares in this puzzle : ATTHEDROPOFAHAT
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"Toodle-oo!" : CHEERIO
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Board near a gate : ENPLANE
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Pincered bugs : EARWIGS
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Villain whose alter ego is Edward Nigma : RIDDLER
Down
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Its shell isn't hard : SOFTTACO
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Brave person, typically? : ATLANTAN
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Brandy cocktails : STINGERS
4
Quick flight : HOP
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Parenting challenges : IMPS
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Steady : MAINSQUEEZE
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Not even slightly : INNOWAY
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"You can't stop me!" : IGOTTA
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Bread also called khamiri : NAN
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Assumed the hero pose, in yoga : KNELT
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Something the narrator of "A Visit From St. Nicholas" threw up : SASH
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Compact Mercedes-Benz : ACLASS
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Chip maker : CHISEL
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Tranquil : SEDATE
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One forced to take the blame : GOAT
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What we have "in order not to die of the truth," per Nietzsche : ART
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Fitbit had one in 2015, for short : IPO
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Former telco giant : GTE
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E.R. staples : IVS
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Plan for later yrs. : IRA
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Attraction on the bank of the Yamuna River : TAJMAHAL
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Branch from an artery : EXITLANE
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Enhance, as a recording : REMASTER
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Amateurs : NONPROS
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Sci-fi beeper : ARTOO
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Trumpet vine, e.g. : CREEPER
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Trattoria treat : TORTONI
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State quarters? : PALACE
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Name on an annual literary award : AGATHA
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Literary orphan who lived for a while in a cupboard : POTTER
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Dearest, in Dijon : CHERI
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Cogitate (on) : CHEW
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Cal tecs? : SFPD
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Go for : DIG
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City govt. official : ALD

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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