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New York Times, Monday, November 26, 2018

Author:
Evan Kalish
Editor:
Will Shortz
The secret geeky part of you ... or a hint to 17-, 23-, 32-, 42- and 49-Across
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Evan Kalish

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 41 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Kalish. Monday freshness: 67%
Evan Kalish notes:
Astute observers will note that this is very similar to my debut offering from July . I have other ideas, I swear! My future ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Just like products, insects, and styles, theme types have a life cycle. The very first time a theme is published, it's often ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times11/26/18 ( No. 25,220 )
Across
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Aware, in a modern way : WOKE
5
Idris ___, People's 2018 Sexiest Man Alive : ELBA
9
Abyss : CHASM
14
"Man, I'm sorry to hear!" : OHNO
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Nursery rhyme word repeated before "go away" : RAIN
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"Social contract" philosopher John : LOCKE
17
Dachshund : WIENERDOG
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Totally wipe out : EATIT
20
Plant, as seeds : SOW
21
Our sun : SOL
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Dress in Delhi : SARI
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Copies of movies submitted to critics prior to release : SCREENERDVDS
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___ mark (#) : HASH
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"Mazel ___!" : TOV
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Witnessed : SEEN
32
Partner at a table for two : DINNERDATE
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Mideast grp. once headed by Yasir Arafat : PLO
36
Otherworldly : ODD
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Big argument : ROW
38
Levin or Gershwin : IRA
40
The "L" of LSAT : LAW
41
Hawaiian necklace : LEI
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Times when everything goes perfectly : BANNERDAYS
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Ambulance crew, for short : EMTS
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Words exchanged at an altar : IDO
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Fellas : GUYS
49
Genetically engineered, highly selective medical treatment : DESIGNERDRUG
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Modern food concerns, for short : GMOS
54
Night before a holiday : EVE
55
Sack : BAG
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Sing like Dean Martin : CROON
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The secret geeky part of you ... or a hint to 17-, 23-, 32-, 42- and 49-Across : INNERNERD
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Trailblazing Daniel : BOONE
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Modest poker holding : PAIR
65
Et ___ (and others) : ALIA
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Jewish observance : SEDER
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Conveniences at many cash-only businesses : ATMS
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"Don't go!" : STAY
Down
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Really impresses : WOWS
2
Columbus's home : OHIO
3
Was in the loop : KNEW
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Really, really long time : EON
5
One might lead to an unearned run : ERROR
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Soup scoop : LADLE
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Book jacket bit : BIO
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Director Lee of "Life of Pi" : ANG
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Cloudless : CLEAR
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Stockpiles : HOARDS
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Running around during recess, e.g. : ACTIVEPLAY
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Bit of Winter Olympics equipment : SKI
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Opera presenter, with "the" : MET
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Artist M. C. ___ : ESCHER
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Extreme : SEVERE
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Nine-digit ID : SSN
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When you'll likely reach your destination, for short : ETA
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Away : NOTIN
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Transportation problems caused by 27-Down, say : DELAYS
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Winter precipitations : SNOWS
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Plea from a fugitive : HIDEME
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Announcer's cry after a successful field goal attempt : ANDITSGOOD
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Handed (out) : DOLED
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Spring birds : ROBINS
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Nickname for a 12-time N.B.A. All-Star : DWADE
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Attorney in court, e.g. : ARGUER
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Was really into : DUG
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Olympic gold-medal gymnast Biles : SIMONE
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Dead duck : GONER
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Jean material : DENIM
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Camper enthusiasts, informally : RVERS
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Alternative to suspenders : BELT
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Tune from "Turandot" : ARIA
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Greeting Down Under : GDAY
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"___ Evening News" : CBS
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Fish eggs : ROE
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Brewery output, for short : IPA
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D.C. ballplayer : NAT
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"Illmatic" rapper : NAS

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