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New York Times, Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 181 for Mr. Kahn. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David J. Kahn notes:
I don't want to say I'm a big Queen fan but the ringtone on my cell phone is "Radio Ga Ga." When I saw the Queen biopic recently, I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My embarrassing first reaction: OH NO, FREDDIE MERCURY DIED! Sad, but true. (Both my stupid reaction and the fact that Mercury died. ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1212 ( 25,236 )
Across
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Baja resort : CABO
5
Prefix with cycle or sphere : HEMI
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Choice words : ANDOR
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Informed about : UPON
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Big publisher of romance novels : AVON
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Tour leader : GUIDE
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Debate venues : FORA
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Nickname of an Israeli leader : BIBI
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What Fortune magazine called "America's most innovative company" for six consecutive years : ENRON
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With 58-Across, iconic frontman of 39-Across : FREDDIE
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25-Down, notably : CONCERT
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___ of Hormuz : STRAIT
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Words in an old French cheer : LEROI
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Manhattan Project physicist Bruno ___ : ROSSI
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Many a decal : IRONON
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Home run, in slang : TATER
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June Cleaver or Marge Simpson : TVMOM
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Bedazzle : AWE
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1977 album with a palindromic title : AJA
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British rock band that gave an iconic performance at 25-Down : QUEEN
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Subject of a spot check? : ZIT
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Easygoing, and then some : LAX
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Darfur's locale : SUDAN
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Exclaims : CRIES
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Sevastopol's locale : CRIMEA
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Something to debate : ISSUE
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Softened : EASED
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Service, maybe : TEASET
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25-Down, notably : BENEFIT
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See 20-Across : MERCURY
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White mushroom : ENOKI
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River in W.W. I fighting : YSER
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Sting, e.g. : TRAP
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April Fools' Day birth, e.g. : ARIES
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Make silent : MUTE
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"Where ___?" : ELSE
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One of three biblical gifts : MYRRH
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Part of a dog breed's name : APSO
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Went platinum? : DYED
Down
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Police officer's equipment : CUFFS
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Left on a ship : APORT
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Hole maker : BORER
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How you might go zip-lining : ONADARE
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Things that are kicked : HABITS
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Wilcox daughter in "Howards End" : EVIE
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Flash ___ : MOB
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How fish on a fishing boat are stored : INICE
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Benchmark figure given how old a person is : AGENORM
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Vatican diplomat : NUNCIO
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Urgent : DIRE
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Fragrance : ODOR
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Hit musical set in 1990s New York : RENT
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Designer who said "My dream is to save women from nature" : DIOR
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Hunter in the heavens : ORION
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1985 fund-raising event watched by 1.5+ billion people : LIVEAID
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Tuxedo shirt attachment : STUD
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"Life Is Beautiful" extra : NAZI
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Baby's boo-boo : OWIE
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Clears : NETS
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Rash decision? : TALC
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Cracked a little : AJAR
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Lyft alternative : TAXI
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Kind of store or chorus : MENS
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Somewhat : QUASI
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Haddock or hake : SEAFISH
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One who might work in the wings of a theater : CUER
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Flinched or blinked : REACTED
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Not as assertive : MEEKER
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Two-channel : STEREO
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Root words : ETYMA
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Bad-tempered and unfriendly : SURLY
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Leave no trace of : ERASE
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Entered (in) : TYPED
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Radiant smile : BEAM
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Professor Higgins, to Eliza : ENRY
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"Strangers on a Train" film genre : NOIR
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2015 World Series team : METS
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Bro hello : SUP

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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