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New York Times, Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Author:
Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Erik gives us the RUNs today! Wait. That didn't come out right. (pun intended) Such a fun revealer in GOTTA RUN. I enjoyed ... read more

Erik gives us the RUNs today!

Wait.

That didn't come out right.

(pun intended)

Such a fun revealer in GOTTA RUN. I enjoyed the diverse meanings of Erik's themers, a FRIED EGG being sort of runny if you don't cook it enough, a CANDIDATE running for office, a COMPUTER PROGRAM running, and a newspaper running an EDITORIAL.

What, no MARATHONER?

(Actually, I'm okay with that. My half-marathon days are likely behind me. I'm okay with that.)

It did feel a bit loosey-goosey, as there are so many things that run, in many different ways. A dripping faucet, hot and cold moods, ships running aground, run a tab, run the show, etc.

But sometimes you just gotta run with what you have.

So much good fill, as to be expected in an Agard joint. HOT HOT HOT indeed! Loved DUKE IT OUT, THYROID, NO NAMES, PET RAT (the entry, not the thing), and I proudly filled in RETINUES. Not that I could remember what it meant. But it looked like a word, and that counts for something. So there!

I wasn't familiar with WOMANISM, but it was easy to piece together the word. And I'm glad to have read up on it now. Whoever did the logo design (above right), that is incredible work!

Overall, an interesting take on "things/people that run." I'd have put it up for the POW! if it had felt like a tighter set of themers in some way.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1127 ( 25,221 )
Across
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Swore : VOWED
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Kindergarten instruction : ABCS
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What may hold a bather or butter : TUB
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Spring bloom : CROCUS
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Casting director's assignment : ROLE
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Before, to poets : ERE
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2018's "A Star Is Born," e.g. : REMAKE
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It might accompany bacon and toast : FRIEDEGG
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"Well, ___ you special!" : ARENT
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Oscar hopeful : NOMINEE
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Political hopeful : CANDIDATE
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Really good person, metaphorically : SAINT
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Bank job : HEIST
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Nike product : SHOE
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"I'm game!" : LETS
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Mid-April addressee, for short : IRS
32
Like Cheerios : OATY
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Homophone of "row" : RHO
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You might learn a new language to write one : COMPUTERPROGRAM
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Sixth letter after alpha : ETA
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Boot from power : OUST
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Timeline swath : ERA
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Pop flies? : SWAT
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What icicles do : DRIP
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Hilton or Marriott : HOTEL
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Enterprise officer with an earpiece : UHURA
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Opinion piece : EDITORIAL
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Unfamous sorts : NONAMES
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What most college mottoes are in : LATIN
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Parting words from 18-, 23-, 36- and 54-Across? : GOTTARUN
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Halloween creatures : GHOULS
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Big name in nail polish : OPI
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Fine sediment : SILT
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Cirque du ___ : SOLEIL
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Bit of board game equipment : DIE
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Comic Rogen : SETH
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Peevish : TESTY
Down
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Pre-TiVo device : VCR
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Asset in the game The Settlers of Catan : ORE
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Social theory popularized by Alice Walker : WOMANISM
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Virtual birthday greetings : ECARDS
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Get into a fistfight : DUKEITOUT
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Doggie sound : ARF
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Largest Asian island : BORNEO
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Muse of history : CLIO
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Appears to be : SEEMS
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___-weenie : TEENIE
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All-caps word in an email subject line : URGENT
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"Violence ___ violence" : BEGETS
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Drop in the mailbox : SEND
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Conversation : DIALOG
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Fashion sense : TASTE
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Fashion-forward : CHIC
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Prefix with dynamic : AERO
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Neck gland : THYROID
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Messes up : ERRS
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Slightly : ATAD
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1980s soca hit with the lyric "Me mind on fire, me soul on fire" : HOTHOTHOT
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Rodent companion : PETRAT
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Dilating eye part : PUPIL
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Groups of advisers : RETINUES
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The "A" in BART : AREA
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Segway cop's workplace, maybe : MALL
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Solar deity : SUNGOD
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Grammy-winning Goldberg : WHOOPI
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Term of respect for an older woman : AUNTIE
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Win, loss or draw : RESULT
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Baltimore athlete : ORIOLE
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Rack up : AMASS
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Identifiers at the bottom of a blog post : TAGS
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Lake named for a Pennsylvania people : ERIE
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Last degree, in math : NTH
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Ignited : LIT
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Foxlike : SLY

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

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