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New York Times, Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Home to this puzzle's featured structure, as hinted at by the starts of the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Timothy Polin
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Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 48 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2018, The New York Times11/7/18 ( No. 25,201 )
Across
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"Caught you!" : BUSTED
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Rapidly increase in size : SNOWBALL
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Britain, Spain or France, once : EMPIRE
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Shrub used to make tea : CAMELLIA
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Bachelorette party attendee : GALPAL
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*Seek surreptitiously : ANGLEFOR
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Author Kingsley : AMIS
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Under the weather : ILL
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Faculty heads : DEANS
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Mormon's donation : TITHE
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Got ready to run? : EDITED
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Woman's name that's an anagram of a European native : EDNA
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Stylish, '60s-style : MOD
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All the rage : HOT
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Maker of Team USA swimsuits : SPEEDO
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Nada : NIL
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Comic strip opossum : POGO
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*Fight imaginary enemies : TILTATWINDMILLS
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"Such a shame!" : ALAS
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Clearance item holder : BIN
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"For sure!" : YESYES
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Deep desire : YEN
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Ashen : WAN
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Occasion to dress up : GALA
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Intestines' locale : MIDGUT
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Airheaded : DITSY
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Hard effort, metaphorically : SWEAT
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"The Cask of Amontillado" writer : POE
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"Toodle-oo!" : TATA
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*Baseball throw that might thwart a squeeze play : PITCHOUT
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Captain Ahab, e.g. : WHALER
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"Regrettably, it's true" : AFRAIDSO
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Coleridge's "The ___ Harp" : EOLIAN
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Get wasted : TIEONEON
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Commoners' superiors : ROYALS
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Sired : BEGAT
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So-called "fifth taste" : UMAMI
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Tricky bowling situation : SPLIT
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*Bettors' aids : TIPSHEETS
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___ of Good Feelings : ERA
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New York's Katz's, for one : DELI
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Burn with water : SCALD
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Indian flatbread : NAN
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"U can't b serious!" : OMG
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Joined with a torch : WELDED
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Not be colorfast : BLEED
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___ Romeo : ALFA
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Meaning of "Simba" in Swahili : LION
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Film director ___ von Trier : LARS
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Grassy expanse : LEA
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Source of medieval Norse poetry : EDDA
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Declaration made while anteing up : IMIN
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"What'd I say?!" : TOLDYA
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Halfway decent : NOTBAD
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Fit to be canonized : HOLY
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Eye hungrily : OGLE
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Throw out : TOSS
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Bit of training accompanying "Sit!" and "Speak!" : STAY
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Stack (up) : PILE
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Verve : ELAN
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Diarist Anaïs : NIN
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Home to this puzzle's featured structure, as hinted at by the starts of the answers to the starred clues : PISAITALY
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Improvise, with "it" : WING
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Gin rummy combo : MELD
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___ reason : WITHIN
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1960s muscle car : GTO
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Former colony that's a gambling mecca : MACAO
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Supermodel and actress Kate : UPTON
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Shire of "Rocky" : TALIA
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Total bargain : STEAL
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Exaggerated accounts : YARNS
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Dustup : SPAT
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Surfing aid : WIFI
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Raison d'___ : ETRE
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Wide-mouthed jug : EWER
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Tribute that may be urned? : ODE
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Nonprofit grp. that works with the Defense Department : USO
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"Boo-___!" : HOO

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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