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New York Times, Monday, December 10, 2018

"Now things are getting interesting" ... or a hint to the first words of 17-, 24-, 45- and 57-Across

Author:
Alex Eylar
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Eylar. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eylar notes:
57-Across seems like a good enough segue as any, so here's an old anti-joke about jungles. It's high noon in the Amazon jungle, and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love the creativity in this theme. As a writer, I hear THE PLOT THICKENS all the time, yet I've never thought about it as a plot of ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times12/10/18 ( No. 25,234 )

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Across
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Shoestrings : LACES
6
Cook in oil : FRY
9
Brewing giant originally based in Milwaukee : PABST
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Roofing alternative to shingles : SLATE
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Whopper (but not the Burger King kind) : LIE
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Hawaiian greeting : ALOHA
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Extremely inexpensive : DIRTCHEAP
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Things sometimes hidden behind paintings : SAFES
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Extinguish, as a fire : PUTOUT
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Cost of a bank transaction that's not with one's own bank : ATMFEE
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Confucian philosophy : TAO
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Bottom-up, as a political movement : GRASSROOTS
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Runs away to marry : ELOPES
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Like some winter highways : ICY
30
Perfect test grade : APLUS
31
New Testament trio : MAGI
33
Pop a fly? : SWAT
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"Now things are getting interesting" ... or a hint to the first words of 17-, 24-, 45- and 57-Across : THEPLOTTHICKENS
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Gilbert of "Roseanne" and "The Conners" : SARA
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Knots : TIES
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Ship of 1492 : PINTA
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High degree : PHD
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Bub : BUSTER
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Amateurish : BUSHLEAGUE
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GPS lines: Abbr. : RDS
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Going from gig to gig : ONTOUR
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Texas city seen in many westerns : LAREDO
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Hatred : ODIUM
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Bars that kids go to? : JUNGLEGYM
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Get a feeling : SENSE
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Iraq War danger, in brief : IED
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One of the Hawaiian Islands : KAUAI
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Parts of a forest : TREES
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"Here's something interesting," in brief : FYI
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Got some Z's : SLEPT
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Timothy Leary's drug : LSD
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"The Greatest" in the ring : ALI
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One who doesn't travel to work alone : CARPOOLER
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"___, Brute!" : ETTU
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Religious offshoot : SECT
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___-de-lis : FLEUR
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Cowboy's rope : RIATA
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Informal affirmative : YEP
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Danish or cream puff : PASTRY
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Avis competitor : ALAMO
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Highly successful, in theaterspeak : BOFFO
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One of 500 in a ream : SHEET
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Zaps with a police gun : TASES
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Harleys, in slang : HOGS
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PC character set : ASCII
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Milk dispensers : TEATS
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Leader of the pack : ALPHA
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Sounds of resignation : SIGHS
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Stage after larva : PUPA
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Bilingualism subj. : ESL
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Sacred peak in Greek myth: Abbr. : MTIDA
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Had one's fill : ATE
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Equipment often transported on a car's roof : SKIS
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Was a maverick : WENTROGUE
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Chipped in at a poker game : ANTED
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Old Russian royals : TSARS
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None of the above : OTHER
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Computer's "brain," for short : CPU
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Clouds of smoke : PLUMES
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What the Titanic had a disastrous encounter with : BERG
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Give a lift : BOOST
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Beneath : UNDER
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"Goosebumps" writer R. L. ___ : STINE
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One of four purchased for a Monopoly property : HOUSE
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Sticky : GLUEY
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We, on a candy heart : UANDI
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Fraternal group : ELKS
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"You're on!" : DEAL
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Alternative to Skippy or Peter Pan : JIF
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Big mouth : YAP
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Cambridge sch. for budding engineers : MIT

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