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New York Times, Sunday, December 16, 2018

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 71 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 30 for Mr. Ezersky. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sam Ezersky notes:
Today's puzzle is hereby dedicated to my housemate, Nick. The revealer was all his idea; I just happened to flesh out the exact wordplay and build the whole thing myself instead of seeing ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Before you go sending that angry THIS F'IN PUZZLE MAKES NO SENSE! email to me, look at the fixed-up answers below. Go on; I'll wait. Get it? [Casting doubt on] isn't CALLINGINTSTION, but ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Great title.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1216 ( 25,240 )
Across
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Early wake-up time : FIVEAM
7
Title for Iran's Ruhollah Khomeini : IMAM
11
Herbert of old "Pink Panther" films : LOM
14
Penultimate tourney round : SEMIS
19
"Doesn't matter to me" : IMEASY
20
Not yet completed : TODO
21
___ moment : AHA
22
Sash go-with : TIARA
23
Ancient capital of Laconia : SPARTA
24
Brew : SUDS
25
Letters before single, double or triple : RBI
26
Lace tip : AGLET
27
Casting doubt on : CALLINGINTOQUESTION
30
Lake Volta's land : GHANA
31
The best, informally : ACES
32
Radio/TV character played in film by Michael Horse (1981) and Johnny Depp (2013) : TONTO
33
Like some ruins in the Western Hemisphere : MAYAN
35
Lookalike : TWIN
36
8.5" x 11": Abbr. : LTR
37
Scare quote? : BOO
38
Words of resignation : IQUIT
40
Topic concerned with hacking and software rights : CYBERETHICS
42
Put on a few layers : BUNDLEUP
44
Three-star mil. rank : LTGEN
45
Pope who supported the House of Borgia : PIUSIII
47
Diminishing returns? : ECHOES
50
They're between shoulders : ROADS
54
Word with shot or suit : LONG
55
Rowdydow : ADO
56
Not abstaining : USING
57
Much sales : RETAIL
58
"No bid" : IPASS
60
An end to depend : ENCE
62
Head honcho : CEO
63
"Resume speed," musically : ATEMPO
64
Emailing option : BCC
65
Riddle-ending query : WHATAMI
67
Toward the stern : ABAFT
69
Its first letter stands for "India" : IPA
70
Certain tenant : ROOMER
72
Lex, e.g., in N.Y.C. : AVE
74
Misfortunes : ILLS
75
Going for broke : ALLIN
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Sides in Risk : ARMIES
78
Bette Midler's "Divine" nickname : MISSM
80
Tense periods, for short : OTS
82
Archer of film : ANNE
83
Dangerous environment : SNAKEPIT
84
Easy-to-swallow pill : GELCAP
85
Food item cracked open before eating : CRABLEG
87
Prized duck : EIDER
89
It comes after II Chronicles : BOOKOFEZRA
91
"Today was just brutal!" : IMSPENT
94
Coiner of the term "Oedipus complex" : FREUD
96
/ : PER
97
Thickheaded : DIM
100
Words of denial : NOTI
101
Lost : ATSEA
103
All-nighter aid : NODOZ
105
Sets of plotted points : LOCI
106
Shade of pink : CORAL
108
Immediately ... or where this puzzle's five shaded squares appear? : ATTHEDROPOFAHAT
111
Floor : AMAZE
112
Japanese symbol of luck : KOI
113
Largo or lento : SLOW
114
Swimming : NATANT
115
Notable schemer : PONZI
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Some dash lengths : EMS
117
Rock stars are frequently on this : TOUR
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Come out : EMERGE
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Standard parts of combo meals : SODAS
120
"I'm good, thanks" : NAH
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E-tail site since 2005 : ETSY
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King's speech? : SERMON
Down
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Kind of year : FISCAL
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Collision : IMPACT
3
Calf raised for its meat : VEALER
4
Gloucester and Kent in "King Lear" : EARLS
5
Certain bubbly, informally : ASTI
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Final work of Willa Cather's "Prairie Trilogy" : MYANTONIA
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Tennis commentator's cry : ITSIN
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Police officer who's not necessarily on horseback : MOUNTIE
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"Play next" command on a music app : ADDTOQUEUE
10
Shade of green : MOSS
11
Cowboy's rope : LARIAT
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"Here we go again ..." : OHBOY
13
Followers of openers : MAINACTS
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By oneself, in a way : STAG
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It's played for half a beat in 4/4 time : EIGHTHNOTE
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Country whose name consists of three consecutive state postal abbreviations : MALAWI
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Peaceful : IRENIC
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___ spawn (hellions) : SATANS
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"Ooh, let's do that!" : GOODIDEA
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"Eww, that's enough!" : TMI
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MetLife Stadium team, on scoreboards : NYG
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Clear and set, as tables : BUS
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Scanned IDs : UPCS
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Italian pistol : BERETTA
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Gets to : BUGS
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One who cracks the whip? : LIONTAMER
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Plastic construction piece : LEGOBLOCK
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Serving in a red-and-white striped box : POPCORN
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Totally out : INACOMA
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Juice brand : HIC
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Longtime N.B.A. on TNT analyst : ONEAL
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Who wrote "Some people talk to animals. Not many listen, though. That's the problem." : AAMILNE
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Action of a ladle : DIPPING
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"Miss ___" (2016 political thriller) : SLOANE
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Some fall births : LIBRAS
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Heroes of the Battle of Britain, for short : RAF
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Babe : SWEETIE
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Mannerly : CIVIL
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Freelancers' units: Abbr. : HRS
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Colorful treat that resembles a rocket : ASTROPOP
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All-Star Mets catcher of the 1990s-2000s : MIKEPIAZZA
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Corner PC key : ESC
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Tow destination : IMPOUNDLOT
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Scat snippet : LALA
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"Quién ___?" : SABE
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Sanctuaries : SAFEZONES
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Be conned : GETTAKEN
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[Shiver] : BRR
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With 93-Down, half of a double helix : DNA
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Skunklike, say : ODOROUS
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Like TV but not radio? : INCAPS
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"Old MacDonald" farm sounds : MOOMOO
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See 88-Down : STRAND
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Purchase at an African market : FETISH
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"Yay, team!" : RAH
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Cause damage : DOHARM
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Volunteer's declaration : ICANGO
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Snowball fighter's protection : MITTEN
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Botanical opening : STOMA
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Marriage money : DOWRY
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"Ciao!" : LATER
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Gifts that one usually bows when receiving : LEIS
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Certain dirección : ESTE
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What stars have : FAME

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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