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New York Times, Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Author:
Margaret Saine
Editor:
Will Shortz
End of the musing, which could simply have been the shaded squares
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Saine.
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© 2019, The New York Times12/18/19 ( No. 25,607 )
Across
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One walking sideways : CRAB
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High in the Andes : ALTO
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Crew team member : ROWER
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Muscle car engine : HEMI
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Like most dorms nowadays : COED
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Old enough : OFAGE
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Start of a long-winded musing from an author : EDITINGADRAFTOF
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Oregon Ducks' home : EUGENE
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- - - - - .-. ... . : MORSE
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Beginner's knitting project : SCARF
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Polite term of address : MAAM
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Ones calling the shots, for short? : RNS
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"By all means" : YES
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Rimes of country music : LEANN
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Public walkway : PASEO
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Craze : MANIA
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Down-home and unpretentious : FOLKSY
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Musing, part 2 : WRITINGWELLIS
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Precipitated : CAUSED
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___-dink : RINKY
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Had the rights to : OWNED
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___ bear : PANDA
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Animated picture file : GIF
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Outlaw : BAN
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Julie Andrews or Helen Mirren : DAME
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Harry's foil in Harry Potter : DRACO
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Modern marketing tool : EMAIL
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It may be gas- or oil-fired : BOILER
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End of the musing, which could simply have been the shaded squares : SURELYANARTFORM
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Appropriate : USURP
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Word before sauce or truck : TACO
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"___ story" : TRUE
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Wastes time feeling sad : MOPES
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Unrealistic part of many statues : EYES
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Wire or cable : SEND
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Cheap and inauthentic : CHEESY
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Catchword in waste management : REDUCE
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Some Spanish friends : AMIGAS
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Dangerous dog : BITER
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Undesirable marks? : ACNE
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Fuel for a fire : LOG
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Hot cupful : TEA
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One who's "out" : ODDMAN
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Crowd noise : ROAR
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Does a hit on : OFFS
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Article of equipment akin to a wakeboard : WATERSKI
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"S.N.L." cast member Nwodim : EGO
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Call, as a game : REF
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Blown up : INFLATED
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___-com : ROM
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Common street name : MAIN
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Illustration for an ill tourist? : ANAGRAM
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Storied Prohibition agent : NESS
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Word before sauce or milk : SOY
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Heroine of Tennyson's "Idylls of the King" : ENID
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Like the pattern on Minnie Mouse's dress : POLKADOT
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Confederate : ALLY
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___ en place (putting in place: Fr.) : MISE
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___ for oneself : FEND
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East Coast 7-Eleven competitor : WAWA
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Jack Nicklaus, in 19 major golf championships : RUNNERUP
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Chalice filler : WINE
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Corn on the ___ : COB
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Appreciation of taste : PALATE
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Aplenty : GALORE
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Rapid breakup of a frozen stream in the spring : ICERUN
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Gave shape to : FORMED
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Like most craft projects, in brief : DIY
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Breaks in relations : RIFTS
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___ mortals : MERE
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Natural barrier that Hannibal surmounted : ALPS
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Frat members : BROS
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It all adds up to this : SUM
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G.I. entertainers : USO
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Dissenting vote : NAY
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High/low card : ACE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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