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New York Times, Friday, December 13, 2019

Author:
Leslie Rogers
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Leslie Rogers

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Rogers. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Leslie Rogers notes:
I'm very excited to have my first solo byline and my first themeless puzzle published! I decided to give themeless constructing a try ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Second puzzle, second POW! for Leslie! Her first one was at one end of the constructing spectrum — an easy-peasy, smooth Monday — and ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1213 ( 25,602 )
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Skintight swimwear for a surfer : RASHGUARD
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National park west of Calgary : BANFF
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Bump into : ENCOUNTER
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Works : OPERA
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It's a start : FIRSTSTEP
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Participant in a joust : STEED
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Issue : EMIT
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See 34-Across : NICE
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Grant : CEDE
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___ home : RAM
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Non-English letter used in set theory : ALEPH
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___ Blakely, Spanx founder and self-made billionaire : SARA
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Old TV actress Swenson : INGA
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Noodle dish served with bean sprouts : PADTHAI
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Treat rarely prepared indoors : SMORE
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With 20-Across, "Well done!" : VERY
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+ : AND
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Winter event near a beach : POLARBEARPLUNGE
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Event studied in eschatology, with "the" : END
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Beef alternative : VEAL
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Aconcagua is its highest point : ANDES
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Hose, e.g. : LEGWEAR
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Word before and after "a" : MANO
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Heavenly instrument : LYRE
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So-called "hippie-mobile," for short : VWBUS
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Place where mud and stones might be found : SPA
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Where many snowbirds winter, for short : BOCA
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Some crust contents : ORES
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Protest loudly : RAIL
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Noted name in whiskey : DEWAR
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Symbol of time elapsed in "Beauty and the Beast" : ROSEPETAL
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Extraordinarily : ULTRA
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"Well done," in Italian : MOLTOBENE
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Landlady on "I Love Lucy" : ETHEL
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When to go on a run : SKISEASON
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Direct : REFER
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Jungian principle : ANIMA
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Fabric in theater curtains : SCRIM
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Whole bunch : HOST
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Instinctual : GUT
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Detangle : UNSNAG
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Fifth-century military leader : ATTILA
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Athlete/model Gabrielle : REECE
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Beverage marketed as a blend of 23 different flavors : DRPEPPER
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Bartlett alternative : BOSC
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Its highest score is 5, in brief : APTEST
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"Want help?" : NEEDAHAND
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Uncaged, perhaps : FREERANGE
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Fidget spinners or Furbys, once : FAD
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Heavenly instrument : HARP
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Pages, e.g. : AIDES
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An early withdrawal from this incurs a penalty, in brief : IRA
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"The ___!" (insulted person's cry) : NERVE
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Musician who won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature : DYLAN
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Give a breather : SPELL
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Where cash goes to waist? : MONEYBELT
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Mature, as a forest : OLDGROWTH
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___-de-Marne (French department) : VAL
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Wally's sitcom brother, with "the" : BEAV
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Mental notes? : EARWORMS
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Game with a four-colored deck : UNO
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Clichéd company claim : WECARE
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Breakfast bowlful : MUESLI
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Strengths : ASSETS
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Stream : BROOK
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Doesn't leave hungry : SATES
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Upright, maybe : PIANO
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Actor Alfie of "Game of Thrones" : ALLEN
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Asia's shrunken ___ Sea : ARAL
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Platinum-certified country album of 1988 : REBA
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Straight : DUE
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Poet who wrote "We loved with a love that was more than love" : POE

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

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