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New York Times, Friday, December 18, 2020

Nick ___, football coach who led both L.S.U. and Alabama to national championships

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Damon J. Gulczynski

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQWZ} Spans: 6 This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Gulczynski.
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© 2020, The New York Times12/18/20 ( No. 25,973 )

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Across
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Vague sense : VIBE
5
Nick ___, football coach who led both L.S.U. and Alabama to national championships : SABAN
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Look out for, say : ABET
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Line outside the entrance? : OPENSESAME
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State flower of Utah : SEGO
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Using any means necessary : CATCHASCATCHCAN
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The U.S. Open is played on it: Abbr. : EDT
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Supermodel Wek : ALEK
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Caesar and others : SALADS
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+ or -, for a battery : END
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Recipe abbr. : TSP
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Torque symbol : TAU
27
Kitchen tool for fruit : CORER
29
What Neptune's chariot was drawn by : SEAHORSES
33
Longtime CBS News host Charles : OSGOOD
35
Cleared one's cookies? : ATE
36
PC program suffix : EXE
37
Setting for forensic investigations : SCENEOFTHECRIME
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Bit of needle work : TAT
42
Conned : HAD
43
Sacked : LOOTED
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Things typically found in dens : ARMCHAIRS
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Rank : NASTY
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"___ et labora" ("Pray and work": Lat.) : ORA
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Like a hoppin' party : LIT
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Target of a 1972 ban : DDT
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Demi of pop : LOVATO
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Mantel piece : VASE
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"Yo!" : HEY
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Stereotypical cry from a sailor : SHIVERMETIMBERS
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Erin Doherty's role on "The Crown" : ANNE
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One involved with an operation : SCRUBNURSE
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Get-up : TOGS
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Retreats from the heat : OASES
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Some real heady stuff? : BEER
Down
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Mezza ___ : VOCE
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Modern register at a cashless establishment : IPAD
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"Let's go!" : BETTERGETMOVING
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Pkg. insert : ENC
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Close up : SEAL
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Things in the plus column : ASSETS
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People who might tell you to stop, but probably shouldn't : BACKSEATDRIVERS
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Org. that endorsed Obamacare : AMA
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Court suspensions? : NETS
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Square-cut masonry : ASHLAR
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George Mallory's famous response to "Why did you want to climb Mount Everest?" : BECAUSEITSTHERE
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"Wow!," quaintly : EGAD
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Rafts : TONS
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Seasonal seafood delicacy : SHADROE
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Foe of Caesar : CATO
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Extra-bright : NEON
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Way : PATH
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___ Mesa, Calif. : COSTA
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Academy offering : OSCAR
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Obedience class command : HEEL
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Mike Piazza, beginning in 2006 : EXMET
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Poorly kept : SEEDY
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Mideast capital : DOHA
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Hold for another year, say : FAIL
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Censure : CONDEMN
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Way : ROAD
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Really fancies : CRAVES
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Not fancy at all : HATE
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Center of a circle or square, maybe : STATUE
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Future D.A.'s hurdle : LSAT
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[Gulp!] : OHNO
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Thereabouts : ORSO
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Some members of the fam : SIBS
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Source of the word "trousers" : ERSE
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W.W. I battle locale : YSER
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One of the Beastie Boys : MCA
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Fella : BUB

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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