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New York Times, Monday, November 9, 2020

Country whose name becomes another country if you change the last letter to a Q

Author:
Kate Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJVXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Hawkins.
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© 2020, The New York Times11/9/20 ( No. 25,934 )
Across
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Thing with pads and claws : PAW
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Wanders : ROAMS
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Rod, reel, tackle box, etc., for a fisher : GEAR
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Olympic Dream Team inits. : USA
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Place in a mausoleum : ENTOMB
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___ Tokarczuk, 2018 Literature Nobelist : OLGA
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Raiser of the dead? : PALLBEARER
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Musk who founded SpaceX : ELON
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Brainstorms : IDEAS
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Go by, as time : ELAPSE
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Young Scottish lady : LASS
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Financial aid for college that doesn't need to be repaid : PELLGRANT
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Country whose name becomes another country if you change the last letter to a Q : IRAN
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Person with a basket or cart : SHOPPER
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Mixed-breed dog that's part spaniel : COCKAPOO
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"Keen!" : NEATO
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"That's ___ from me" (refusal) : ANO
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Arthropod that can roll into a ball : PILLBUG
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Melted chocolate, e.g. : GOO
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Word before mall or poker : STRIP
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Right to cross someone else's land : EASEMENT
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Unlucky : HAPLESS
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Start of a newspaper article, in journalese : LEDE
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Busy person just before an election : POLLTAKER
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Pledge drive giveaway : TOTE
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Fix, as a shoe : RESOLE
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Insects that love wool : MOTHS
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Appropriate initials of "stuff we all get" : SWAG
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Lures for magazine readers : PULLQUOTES
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Tiny bit : IOTA
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Minneapolis's twin city : STPAUL
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Defining period : ERA
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Banana leftover : PEEL
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Cosmetician Lauder : ESTEE
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Singer Lana Del ___ : REY
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Necessity for a teacher : PUPIL
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Carne ___ (grilled beef dish) : ASADA
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Home of Cardiff and Swansea : WALES
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Yanks' foes : REBS
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Number said just before "Liftoff!" : ONE
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___ snail's pace : ATA
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Edible mushroom with a honeycomb cap : MOREL
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Gets a whiff of : SMELLS
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Flips out : GOESAPE
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Best Actress nominee for "Juno" : ELLENPAGE
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"A long time ___ in a galaxy far, far away ..." ("Star Wars" intro) : AGO
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Tried to get elected : RAN
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"Erin go ___!" : BRAGH
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Elective eye surgery : LASIK
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Having tines : PRONGED
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Big ___, nickname of baseball's David Ortiz : PAPI
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Unstable chemical compound : ENOL
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Grand ___ National Park : TETON
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Comes down a mountain, in a way : RAPPELS
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Rummage (around) : ROOT
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Alternative to Venmo : CASH
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Like some beer at a bar : ONTAP
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Related to big business : CORPORATE
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Cry to a toreador : OLE
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Hay unit : BALE
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For whom a product designer designs : USER
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Against the law : ILLEGAL
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Trending hashtag beginning in 2017 : METOO
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Dots on a transit map : STOPS
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What lieutenants do to captains : SALUTE
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"Trees" in underwater forests : KELPS
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It's said to have the thickest fur of any mammal : OTTER
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When repeated, comforting words : THERE
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Op-ed piece, e.g. : ESSAY
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Farm animal that kicks : MULE
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Sample a soda, say : SIP
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Tribulation : WOE
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Back muscle, for short : LAT
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"What?," in Oaxaca : QUE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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