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New York Times, Thursday, November 30, 2017

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQ} Scrabble average: 2.15 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Charlson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Trenton Charlson notes:
The core concept behind today's puzzle has been seen before, as in these gems by Ashish Vengsarkar and Patrick Merrell, but I wondered ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
BATTLESHIP! What a nice throwback to my days doing GAMES magazine puzzles. Oh, right, there was a BATTLESHIP board game before that. ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1130 ( 24,859 )
Across
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Venomous African snake : MAMBA
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Quandaries : JAMS
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Duchess of ___ (Goya subject) : ALBA
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"Ghosts" playwright : IBSEN
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Cartoon dog : ODIE
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Trollish sort : BOOR
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1984 Schwarzenegger sequel : CONANTHEDESTROYER
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Go fast : ZOOM
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Reeves of "The Matrix" : KEANU
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Kind of bar : SUSHI
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___ Ranch (onetime "Texas White House") : LBJ
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Early form of airmail? : CARRIERPIGEON
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"Yay, me!" : IRULE
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It's measured in cups : BRA
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Minor but essential part : COG
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"In this way" : LIKESO
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Round floor cleaner : ROOMBA
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Many a bar mitzvah attendee : TEEN
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Chrysler model discontinued in 2010 : PTCRUISER
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Mother of the Virgin Mary : ANNE
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Butters up? : BASTES
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Opened one's mouth but didn't speak? : YAWNED
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Fair-hiring inits. : EEO
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Campaign freebie : PIN
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Scary figure in Stephen King's "It" : CLOWN
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Grinder : SUBMARINESANDWICH
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Org. whose symbol is an eagle atop a key : NSA
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Run-of-the-mill : HOHUM
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Language from which "kayak" comes : INUIT
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Pac-12 team : UTES
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It's four units long in a popular board game (with the game's other pieces hinted at by the circled letters) : BATTLESHIP
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Red giant in the constellation Cetus : MIRA
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A penny is a small one : ANTE
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Express : VOICE
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Future C.P.A.'s study : ECON
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"Gotta go," in textspeak : TTYL
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Fragrant compound : ESTER
Down
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Word after hot or open : MIC
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Blood letters : ABO
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___ Explorer (browser) : MSN
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Schnozz : BEAK
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Wings : ANNEXES
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Pope before Leo VI : JOHNX
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For two : ADEUX
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Potpourri : MIX
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Congress : SEX
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Bella of 1970s politics : ABZUG
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Unpredictable sort : LOOSECANNON
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"Oh, cry me a river!" : BOOHOO
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Giving heat? : ARMING
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Duty : TAX
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Neighbor of India and China in Risk : SIAM
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Cheerful tune : LILT
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Cocktail party spread : BRIE
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Foreigner song with the lyric "With that one guitar / He'll come alive" : JUKEBOXHERO
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Gaming debut of 2001 : XBOX
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Agent : PROXY
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Actress Headey : LENA
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Join voluntarily : OPTIN
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Just what the doctor ordered, for short? : RXS
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Turn on the waterworks : BAWL
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Watch over : TEND
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Google heading : NEWS
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Novelist Ferber : EDNA
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Filter target : SPAM
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Pull off : ACHIEVE
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Unearth : EXHUME
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Pet store category : EXOTIC
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Lazy ___ : SUSAN
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Good at repartee : WITTY
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Big name in microprocessors : INTEL
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___-de-sac : CUL
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Chinese menu possessive : TSOS
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Take some swings : BAT
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Army ___ : ANT
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Success in the game 60-Across ... or a hint to interpreting the circled squares : HIT
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Winter coat : ICE
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Each : PER

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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