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New York Times, Monday, December 16, 2019

Author:
Howard Barkin and Kevin Christian
Editor:
Will Shortz
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107/23/201412/16/20192
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2302111
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1.65100
Howard Barkin
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125/22/20139/8/20206
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0632010
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1.64011
Kevin Christian

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Barkin. This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Christian. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
KEVIN: The original version of this had RICE KRISPIES BOX 15, NORTH POLE 9, KEEBLER AD 9, and JRR TOLKIEN BOOKS 15. Joel emailed ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love it when a Monday puzzle temporarily mystifies me. What connects LORD OF THE RINGS, RICE KRISPIES BOX, SANTAS WORKSHOP? Ah! They ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1216 ( 25,605 )
Across
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___ hostel (inexpensive accommodations) : YOUTH
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Err : GOOF
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McEntire of country music : REBA
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Links legend Palmer, familiarly : ARNIE
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Actor Epps of "House" : OMAR
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Wicked : EVIL
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Recurring Tyler Perry movie role : MADEA
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Miller ___ (low-calorie beer) : LITE
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Hair on a horse or a lion : MANE
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*Trilogy set in Middle-earth, with "The" : LORDOFTHERINGS
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A.M.A. members : DRS
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Candlemaker's supply : WAX
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Nag, nag, nag : BADGER
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Unite : JOIN
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Banned insecticide : DDT
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Early April zodiac sign : ARIES
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[Just like that, it's gone!] : POOF
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Otherworldly glow : AURA
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*Container for a Kellogg's cereal : RICEKRISPIESBOX
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Folk singer and protester Joan : BAEZ
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Singer/songwriter Redding : OTIS
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Author Zora ___ Hurston : NEALE
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Cunning : SLY
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Muscle pain : ACHE
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Is of use to : AVAILS
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Wine barrel wood : OAK
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One more than bi- : TRI
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*Reputed place at the North Pole : SANTASWORKSHOP
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"The ___ thickens" : PLOT
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Words before and after "or not" in a Shakespeare quote : TOBE
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Choreographer Alvin : AILEY
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Wander about : ROVE
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Bell-ringing makeup company : AVON
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Harsh light : GLARE
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Once around the sun : YEAR
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Marsh plant : REED
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What the answer to each of the starred clues has : ELVES
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Orange root vegetable : YAM
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Kind of test whose answers can't be erased : ORAL
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Computer command to go back : UNDO
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Arena section : TIER
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Physical expression of frustration, in modern lingo : HEADDESK
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Plays a round : GOLFS
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Leave off, as the last letter in this clu : OMIT
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Words at a swearing-in ceremony : OATH
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Amenity at most hotels and airports : FREEWIFI
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Altered version of a song : REMIX
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"Dear ___ Hansen" (Broadway hit) : EVAN
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Google alternative : BING
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Pub offerings : ALES
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Hockey Hall-of-Famer Bobby : ORR
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Published : RAN
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Nasty comments : BARBS
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Typeface alternative to Helvetica : ARIAL
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Unpredictable, in an unwanted way : DICEY
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"Unbelievable!" : GEEZ
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Animated lead singer of the Pussycats : JOSIE
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"My bad!" : OOPS
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Largest city in the United Arab Emirates : DUBAI
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Wryly humorous : DROLL
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What the I.R.S. collects : TAXES
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The white stuff in an orange : PITH
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Riding the waves : ASEA
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Jon Bon Jovi or Simon Le Bon : ROCKSTAR
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Make a mental image of : ENVISAGE
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Grp. to call for a tow : AAA
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Biblical boat : ARK
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Furry swimmer : OTTER
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Poll finding, perhaps : TREND
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Lively for one's age : SPRY
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Spiky plant with soothing juice : ALOE
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Celestial explosion : NOVA
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Created a tapestry : WOVE
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Slender woodwind : OBOE
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Ending with Capitol or Faith : HILL
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Name of many Norwegian kings : OLAV
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___ Noël (boss of 65-Across, in France) : PERE
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Positive response : YES

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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