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New York Times, Saturday, December 12, 2015

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 77 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 1212 ( 24,140 )
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Light shower? : PRISM
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Bars where swingers hang out? : JUNGLEGYM
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Reef denizen : MORAY
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Private detective : OPERATIVE
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Skilled forger : SMITH
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Deploys to one's advantage : LEVERAGES
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Joseph's uncle, in Genesis : ESAU
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How the operas "Artaxerxes" and "Iolanthe" are usually performed : INENGLISH
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German-born American tennis star who won 17 Grand Slam singles and doubles titles : JOHNMCENROE
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"Mountain, Navel, Anchors, Table" artist, 1925 : ARP
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New seal : PUP
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"Hungarian Dances" composer : BRAHMS
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Pitch ___ : WOO
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Go a few rounds? : SPIRAL
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Fancy : POSH
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Longtime radio rival of Stern : IMUS
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Pool party : STENO
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Franklin who sang "Piece of My Heart" : ERMA
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State symbol with a reduplicative name : NENE
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Possible cause of vertigo : OTITIS
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Lose tone : SAG
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Lose tones? : GODEAF
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Suffix with 4-Down : IST
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Lead-in to drop or roll : EGG
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Make a squirrellike exit : SCAMPERAWAY
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Collapse at one's desk, say : SLUMPOVER
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The gamut : ATOZ
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"Whatevs" : LIKEICARE
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African desert that includes the Skeleton Coast : NAMIB
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Feature of some mattresses : OPENCOILS
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Bathroom brand with a Snake Plus variety : DRANO
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Part of a business that might include invoicing, payment, updates and equipment maintenance : POSTSALES
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Raw power : SINEW
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Residents of 24 Sussex Dr. in Ottawa : PMS
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Balcony address? : ROMEOROMEO
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One of the currencies replaced by the euro in 2002 : IRISHPOUND
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Job tester : SATAN
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Grammy-winning hit that begins "Whatcha gon' do with all that junk" : MYHUMPS
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Angelina of Hollywood : JOLIEPITT
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Wharton's home, briefly : UPENN
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Ultimatum retort : NEVER
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In a sauce of browned butter, capers, parsley and lemon : GRENOBLOISE
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Like South Dakota vis-à-vis North Dakota : LARGER
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Citation shortening : ETAL
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Best Picture Oscar winner before "Ben-Hur" : GIGI
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Cosmetics company founder Rocher : YVES
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Protection against mosquitoes : MESH
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Gossiping : JAWING
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Après-ski warmers : CUPSOFCOCOA
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Pantomime : APE
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Lady Godiva, for one : HORSEWOMAN
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It has issues with feminism : MSMAGAZINE
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Unkempt : SHAGGY
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Retailer with stylized mountaintops in its logo : REI
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Targeting the Fourth Estate : ANTIPRESS
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"Capeesh?" : SEE
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Beaches, in two senses : STRANDS
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Gelatinous dishes : ASPICS
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Be handy : AVAIL
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___ Norman Cosmetics : MERLE
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Maker of Basketbrawl and Robo-Squash : ATARI
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Food for hogs : SLOP
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Contouring procedure, briefly : LIPO
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Relatives of banjoleles : UKES
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Base closure? : MENT
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Decorative flourish : BOW

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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