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New York Times, Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Phrase in an article on grown-up child stars, perhaps ... or a hint to this puzzle's shaded squares

Author:
Jake Halperin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jake Halperin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Halperin.
Jake Halperin notes:
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© 2019, The New York Times12/11/19 ( No. 25,600 )

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Across
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Swear : AVOW
5
"America" begins and ends with this : SCHWA
10
Greeting card text, often : POEM
14
Mother of Castor and Pollux : LEDA
15
Rigel's constellation : ORION
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Tolstoy heroine : ANNA
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Australian wind instrument : DIDGERIDOO
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Old story : MYTH
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Commencement : ONSET
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Pinochle plays : MELDS
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It may be checked at a station : OIL
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Decorative garden element : WATERFEATURE
27
Build up charges : RUNATAB
30
Impolite onlooker : STARER
31
___ interface : USER
32
[Like magic!] : POOF
35
Dot follower : COM
36
Cavernous opening : MAW
37
Petulant : WASPISH
39
Sound of a penny dropping? : AHA
42
Map abbr. before 1991 : SSR
44
Garment in Gujarat : SARI
45
"Rats!" : CRUD
46
Word of greeting or farewell : SHALOM
49
Gently boosted, as someone's ego : STROKED
51
"Grease" song with onomatopoeic lyrics : WEGOTOGETHER
54
Figure on some greeting cards : AGE
55
Ltr. accompaniers : ENCLS
56
How seafood may be shipped : INICE
60
___ Blanc, highest of the Alps : MONT
62
Phrase in an article on grown-up child stars, perhaps ... or a hint to this puzzle's shaded squares : THENANDNOW
64
Clip : PACE
65
Pandemonium : HAVOC
66
Dungeons & Dragons figure : OGRE
67
Locale of Charon's ferry : STYX
68
Worries : STEWS
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Travels (about) : GADS
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Brand of shoes and handbags : ALDO
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Target for a phlebotomist : VEIN
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Racetrack ratio : ODDS
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Engage in conflict : WAGEWAR
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Frat.'s counterpart : SOR
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Mafia don, for one : CRIMEBOSS
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One who's not "it" : HIDER
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Penner of the line "Language is wine upon the lips" : WOOLF
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Some terminals : ANODES
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Brand of cooking spray : PAM
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Line heard from the starting line : ONYOURMARK
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Unabridged : ENTIRE
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"Das Lied von der Erde" composer : MAHLER
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"L'___ c'est moi" (declaration of Louis XIV) : ETAT
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Nickname for Louis Armstrong : SATCH
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Fiesta finger food : TAPA
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Confucian path to enlightenment : TAO
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Ingredient in a Bahama Mama : RUM
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Its members are represented by stars : USA
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Reuters or Bloomberg : NEWSAGENCY
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Cost-controlling W.W. II org. : OPA
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Winter milestone : FIRSTSNOW
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Put pen to paper : WROTE
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Wielders of the dark side of the Force : SITH
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Tint : HUE
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Contribute : ADD
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___-mo : SLO
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Carnival fare on a stick : CORNDOG
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Overwhelms : SWAMPS
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Billy : HEGOAT
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Their days are numbered : MONTHS
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Steed stopper : REIN
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Onetime instant-messaging app : GCHAT
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École attendee : ELEVE
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Female role in "Young Frankenstein" : INGA
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Thin rope : CORD
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Members of a flock : EWES
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It borders Mex. : TEX
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Window boxes, for short : ACS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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