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New York Times, Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Record label for the singers starting 18-, 40-, 45- and 66-Across

Author:
Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Erik Agard

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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 38 Missing: {GQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2017, The New York Times11/29/17 ( No. 24,858 )
Across
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What you see when you look up? : ACROSS
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Observe Ramadan : FAST
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Brand name after "Oh! Oh!," in old ads : OREO
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Ready to retire : SLEEPY
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___ mater : ALMA
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Gather : REAP
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2015's Obergefell v. Hodges, for one : SUPREMECOURTCASE
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Channel with a 24-hour "A Christmas Story" marathon on Christmas : TBS
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Slackens : ABATES
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Japanese noodle type : RAMEN
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Hershey toffee bar : SKOR
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Baler input : HAY
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Leon Uris's "___ 18" : MILA
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___ land : LALA
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Row at the bottom of a spreadsheet : TOTALS
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Japanese art style : ANIME
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Product of assorted tones of makeup : CONTOURKIT
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Email holder : INBOX
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Iconic chain restaurant, informally : HOJO
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Japanese drum : TAIKO
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So-called "self-wringing" cleaning implement : MIRACLEMOP
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More firm, as footing : SURER
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Motionless conditions : STASES
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Deduce, with "out" : SUSS
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Way more than a few : MANY
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Massage : RUB
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Who is told "don't preach," in a Madonna hit : PAPA
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Big get for a reporter : SCOOP
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Plate umpire's call : INSIDE
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___ lepton (elementary particle) : TAU
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Early 2000s Fox reality show : TEMPTATIONISLAND
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Frozen drink brand : ICEE
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Sell : VEND
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Half of quadraphonic : STEREO
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Tear to bits : REND
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On the ocean : ASEA
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Record label for the singers starting 18-, 40-, 45- and 66-Across : MOTOWN
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Helper: Abbr. : ASST
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Extracurricular group : CLUB
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Gym rat's count : REPS
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"___ the ramparts ..." : OER
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Command to a dog : SPEAK
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Emblem : SYMBOL
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"The following is completely true:" : FACT
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Source of trendy health juices : ALOE
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Compress : SMUSH
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Word with coal or pine : TAR
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Two-tone apex predator : ORCA
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Castigate, with "out" : REAM
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___ of use : EASE
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Emotionally honest : OPEN
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Otalgia : EARACHE
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They're held at the beginning of the season : TRYOUTS
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Coconutty Girl Scout cookies : SAMOAS
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From ___ Z : ATO
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Hurts : MAIMS
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"Don't you agree?," in British lingo : INNIT
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Sign of balance? : LIBRA
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Is in the offing : LOOMS
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Pear variety : ANJOU
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Reason for a hospitalization : TRAUMA
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Filmmaker Kurosawa : AKIRA
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Compare : LIKEN
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Alibi : STORY
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Reader's Digest offering : EXCERPT
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Tennis technique : TOPSPIN
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Six-time Sugar Bowl winner, for short : LSU
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Pleasure from inflicting pain : SADISM
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Nibbles : BITES
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Gnocchi topper : PESTO
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Show signs of life : STIR
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Gospel star Winans : CECE
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Portent : OMEN
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Column that leans to one side? : OPED
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Square after four : NINE
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It may come from a fountain : SODA
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Food from a root : TARO
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Freshly : ANEW
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Japanese noodle type : UDON
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Director DuVernay : AVA
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Tennis umpire's call : LET

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