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New York Times, Thursday, December 13, 2018

Author:
John Westwig
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Westwig

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {QXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Westwig. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
John Westwig notes:
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1213 ( 25,237 )
Across
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Vessel for frying food : SAUTEPAN
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Variety of green tea : MATCHA
15
Word with power or zero : ABSOLUTE
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Having win after win : ONARUN
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Beer you make yourself : HOMEBREW
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Get cell service? : DOTIME
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Lovelace of computing fame : ADA
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Some West Point grads : ARMYMEN
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Non-PC? : MAC
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Is an agent for, informally : REPS
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One end of a kite string : SPOOL
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Genuflect, e.g. : BEND
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Indian state known for its tea : ASSAM
29
The moon, e.g. : ORB
30
Book leaf : FOLIO
31
Two, to Teo : DOS
33
N.F.L. star who was a Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in 2017 : JJWATT
34
Who said "If you're not ready to die for it, put the word 'freedom' out of your vocabulary" : MALCOLMX
37
Accept the sudden loss of, as an opportunity : KISSGOODBYE
38
Children's author Beverly : CLEARY
40
"Duuuude!" : BRO
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Flute, e.g. : GLASS
42
One doing cat scans? : VET
44
"Finished!" : DIDIT
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Lift : RIDE
49
Mother-of-pearl : NACRE
51
Zippo : NADA
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"Here Come the Warm Jets" musician : ENO
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Butts : BOTTOMS
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Lead-in to X, Y or Z : GEN
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Lose fizz : GOFLAT
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Classic declaration in Gotham City : IMBATMAN
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Burning : ONFIRE
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Not closing before 10 or 11 p.m. : OPENLATE
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Back from a vacation, say : RESTED
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Acceptance from fellow brainiacs, in slang : NERDCRED
Down
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Name that comes from Arabic for "desert" : SAHARA
2
Dwellings : ABODES
3
Many graphics on election night : USMAPS
4
Use it for kicks : TOE
5
Italy's third-largest island, after Sicily and Sardinia : ELBA
6
Engine sounds : PURRS
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At the original speed, in music : ATEMPO
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Publishing debut of 1851, with "The" : NEWYORKTIMES
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Lead-in to T, A or X : MODEL
10
In short order : ANON
11
Bit of ink : TAT
12
What might have a large collection of prints : CRIMELAB
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What Gandhi once likened to an ocean : HUMANITY
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Opening of many a speech : ANECDOTE
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Swarm : MOB
24
Pathetic one : SADCASE
26
College in Brunswick, Me. : BOWDOIN
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Ties up, in a way : MOORS
30
Oslo setting : FJORD
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Furtive : SLY
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LinkedIn listing : JOB
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Mixed martial arts champion Conor ___ : MCGREGOR
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Multipurpose : ALLINONE
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First ones to bat : LEADOFFS
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Representative sample of a larger group : CROSSSECTION
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Acid holder : VAT
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___ l'oeil (illusion) : TROMPE
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One-named 1950s TV sex symbol : DAGMAR
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Imagine : IDEATE
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Back from a vacation, say : TANNED
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"Gotcha" : NOTED
50
Old flame? : EMBER
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Like Old Mother Hubbard's cupboard : BARE
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Smooth : SAND
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Burning : LIT
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Spa offering, briefly : TLC

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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