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New York Times, Friday, November 3, 2017

Filmmaker whose directorial debut was "This Is Spinal Tap"

Author:
Kameron Austin Collins and Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {FJQXZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Collins. This is puzzle # 177 for Mr. Quigley.
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© 2017, The New York Times11/3/17 ( No. 24,832 )
Across
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"Save your excuses" : SPAREME
8
Part of the Constitution : ARTICLE
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Grant access : ALLOWIN
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Half of the digits have this : TOENAIL
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Edible kernel : NUTMEAT
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Built up : AMASSED
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Cross-shaped mil. award : DSO
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Not so lenient : STERNER
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You, overseas : SIE
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Death or destruction : DOOM
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"___ the Agent" (old comic strip) : ABIE
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Naval Academy students, informally : MIDS
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Auntie ___ (pretzel chain) : ANNES
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Target of a heist : BANKVAULT
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Not let go of something : BEATADEADHORSE
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In advance of : ERE
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A to Z : ALL
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Platform for chatting : GOOGLEHANGOUTS
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Filmmaker whose directorial debut was "This Is Spinal Tap" : ROBREINER
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"You're making me blush!" : AWGEE
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Forever and a day : AGES
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Suffragist Carrie Chapman ___ : CATT
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Word after who, what, where, when, why or how : ELSE
50
Utterance made while shaking : BRR
51
Hit 2014 musical based on a 1992 film : ALADDIN
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Abbr. in a financial report : YTD
55
White whales : BELUGAS
57
English headwear with a short visor : ETONCAP
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Time off : LEISURE
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Target, as an audience : CATERTO
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The Muses and others : ENNEADS
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Like many of the Minions in "Despicable Me" : ONEEYED
Down
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Pacific flatfish : SANDDAB
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With a guest, on a guest list : PLUSONE
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Penn State campus site : ALTOONA
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DVD attachment? : ROM
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Much of a flock : EWES
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Car whose name means "reward" : MIATA
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Ugandan city on Lake Victoria : ENTEBBE
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Finished : ATANEND
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Setting for Broadway's "The Light in the Piazza" : ROME
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Common sports injury : TEAR
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They can help you get jobs : INS
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Senator who was one of the assassins of Julius Caesar : CASSIUS
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Go unused : LIEIDLE
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Destined to inherit the throne : ELDEST
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Gold-certifying org. : RIAA
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Things seen in a shower : METEORS
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"Hero and Leander" poet : MARLOWE
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Platoon V.I.P. : SARGE
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Sadiq ___, London mayor elected in 2016 : KHAN
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Gorky Reservoir river : VOLGA
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Grocery section : DELI
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Stop wasting energy, say : GOGREEN
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Ohio school : OBERLIN
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Boxes : ENCASES
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Source of a river : HEAD
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Style symbolizing luxury and glamour : ARTDECO
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Intense sobbing with a contorted face, in modern lingo : UGLYCRY
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Willful? : TESTATE
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Green bean, e.g. : SEEDPOD
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Hoi polloi sorts : RABBLE
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God father? : TITAN
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Tequila chaser : AGUA
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It's used in preparing tamales : LARD
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"See here ..." : NOTE
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"It's no ___" : USE
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Previously : NEE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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