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New York Times, Friday, November 27, 2020

"Bloom County" character whose vocabulary consists mostly of "Thbbft!" and "Ack!"

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Robyn Weintraub

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 32 for Ms. Weintraub. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Robyn Weintraub notes:
Welcome to today's puzzle, in which I channel my 15-year-old self by including references to both "Bloom County" and "The Far Side." I ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
CFLAT is a tough word to clue. There are no famous orchestral works in that key. It's the enharmonic equivalent of B Major (five ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love it when Jim chimes in. Sometimes people complain about entries like C FLAT as arbitrary, but I don't mind them. And I love ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 1127 ( 25,952 )
Across
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___ others : AMONG
6
Supermarket chain inits. : IGA
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Shortly, for short : ASAP
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Part of a fireplace set : POKER
14
Onetime court figure : FOOL
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Lacking vivacity : DULL
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Classic British rock group : STONEHENGE
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Vivacity : BRIO
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Pioneering reggae artist whose name is an exclamation : EEKAMOUSE
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Response to an air offensive? : BLEEP
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Alternative to mushrooms : LSD
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Confused : THROWN
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Still has feelings (for) : CARRIESATORCH
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Singer Grande : ARIANA
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Thanksgiving dinner preference : LEG
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___ Ren of "Star Wars" : KYLO
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Imparts : LENDS
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Part of H.R.H. : HER
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1000 in the military : TENAM
37
Wise guys? : MAGI
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Be sociable : MIX
39
Heavenly halo : CORONA
40
Fruity dessert with a rum-flavored sauce : BANANASFOSTER
43
Prime : SELECT
44
Word that may or may not be a contraction : ILL
45
Chihuahua is a Mexican one : STATE
46
Attire for some traditional dancing : HULASKIRT
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"Me neither" : NORI
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"Bloom County" character whose vocabulary consists mostly of "Thbbft!" and "Ack!" : BILLTHECAT
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Having moved on from : OVER
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Little creatures recurring in Dalí paintings : ANTS
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___ lines : ENEMY
57
Word that may or may not be a contraction : WERE
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Underground org. in N.Y.C. : MTA
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Famed Miami golf resort : DORAL
Down
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Feature of Notre-Dame supported by flying buttresses : APSE
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Speck : MOTE
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"Enough! I get it!" : OKOK
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"99 Luftballons" singer : NENA
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1984 comedy horror film that contributed to the creation of the PG-13 rating : GREMLINS
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Discoveries of Michael Faraday : IONS
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Type-A type : GOGETTER
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Blond in a bar? : ALE
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Spot removers : ADBLOCKERS
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"Hmm ... all right, I'm in!" : SUREWHYNOT
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Common character in "The Far Side" : ALIEN
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Make a splash : PLOP
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Longstanding disputes : FEUDS
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Old Testament prophet : HOSEA
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Chill response : BRR
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Apt ticker symbol for Harley-Davidson : HOG
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Zero on the Beaufort scale : CALM
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Sphere : AREA
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Page seen in a wedding album : RINGBEARER
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Michelin offering : RADIALTIRE
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Echo responder : ALEXA
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Part of a track : LANE
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Midwest colleague of Representative Ocasio-Cortez : OMAR
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Comment that pretends to be subtle, but isn't : HINTHINT
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Structure near a bed? : TOOLSHED
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Pasta in a cheesy dish, informally : MAC
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Harpist's home key : CFLAT
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Hillary Clinton ___ Rodham : NEE
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Perches for houseplants : SILLS
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Pilot's place : STOVE
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Blanket that won't keep you warm? : SNOW
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Big cosmetics chain : ULTA
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It's a numbers game : KENO
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Cake topper : ICER
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Hindu deity of virtue : RAMA
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Equivalent of "cya" in a text : TTYL
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[Just like that!] : BAM

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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