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New York Times, Saturday, December 16, 2017

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 31 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Ezersky notes:
"THE VOICE" is my all-time favorite song, but alas, a clue referencing a #15 Billboard hit from the early '80s will never fly when ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Recent college grad and newest member of the NYT crossword team, Sam peppered his grid with all sorts of fun entries. FOOD PORN, ha! ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1216 ( 24,875 )
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Extra-special delivery? : OCTUPLET
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Rocker whose best-selling album was the punnily titled "Sheik Yerbouti" : ZAPPA
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Hit reality show starting in 2011 : THEVOICE
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Formed ranks : FELLIN
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"If I'm being honest," in modern slang : REALTALK
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Position : ORIENT
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Singer/songwriter on Canada's Walk of Fame : ANKA
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Feed for news headquarters : RAWFOOTAGE
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W.W. I horror : MUSTARDGAS
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Bazaar parts : SHOPS
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Least bit, in a phrase : RAP
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"Sounds like a plan!" : LETS
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"The ___ and the Fox" (Aesop fable) : HEN
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Something a mantis has only one of, surprisingly : EAR
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"Ah, makes sense" : NOWISEE
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One of two Harrison compositions on the Beatles' "Let It Be" : IMEMINE
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Not natural : CREATED
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Drumming sound : RATATAT
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Goal for aspiring comedians, for short : SNL
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When the P.G.A. Championship is held annually: Abbr. : AUG
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Hard-to-solve problem : KNOT
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"Skedaddle!" : GIT
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Uncommon blood classification : BTYPE
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Informal question to someone who's late : WHEREAREYA
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Spanish football powerhouse : REALMADRID
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Magic charm : MOJO
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Group of PC gurus : ITTEAM
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Onetime RCA rival : MAGNAVOX
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"In actuality ..." : FACTIS
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Absolutely clobbered : ATEALIVE
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One of the Kennedys : ETHEL
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Redeemed : CASHEDIN
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De ___ manera (elsewise: Sp.) : OTRA
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TV host Julie : CHEN
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Material for outdoor furniture : TEAK
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Tanning salon fixture : UVLAMP
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Bad thing to go to : POT
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They're beyond belief : LIARS
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Brilliance : ECLAT
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William Shatner sci-fi novel : TEKWAR
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Astronaut's experience : ZEROG
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One way to Rome : ALITALIA
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Courteous host's request : PLEASESTAY
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Notification sound : PING
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Penny, maybe : ANTE
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Enticing pics of things to eat : FOODPORN
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Some West African money : FRANCS
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Start of a fitness motto : USEIT
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Duck : SHIRK
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Rambo, for one : HEMAN
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Up-and-comer : ONETOWATCH
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Do some course prep? : TEEUP
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Papyrus, e.g. : SEDGE
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Goes from Tokyo to Kyoto, say : ANAGRAMS
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Fixed, as a bow : RETIED
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TV M.D. : WELBY
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Certain high school whiz kid : MATHLETE
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Locale for touchdowns : TARMAC
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Taqueria offering : TAMALE
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Modern torrent : EMAIL
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Wild West show prop : RIATA
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Nips : EDGES
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Replete : RIFE
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French government : ETAT
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He wrote "The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses" : OVID
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Bon ___ : JOVI
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Creatures captured in Hercules' 10th labor : OXEN
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Informal turndown : NAH

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 5 debuted here and reused later.

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