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New York Times, Thursday, December 19, 2019

Author:
Andy Kravis and Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Geographic demarcation that separates the two possible answers in this puzzle's circled squares
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51374331
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151.6218059%
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118791014181
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281.6054562%

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Kravis. This is puzzle # 51 for Mr. Agard. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Constructor notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
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Jim Horne notes:

Note that in each case, the diagonal STATE LINE divides two states that are contiguous. As you'd expect.

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© 2019, The New York Times12/19/19 ( No. 25,608 )
Across
1
Club fee / "Hell no!" : COVER/NEVER
5
Nurse back to health : REHAB
10
Longtime music label inits. : EMI
13
Strip : SWATH
14
Hoth, in the "Star Wars" universe : ICEPLANET
16
Share a take : AGREE
17
Executive's perk, maybe / It might fit in a tight spot : COMPANYCAR/COMPACTCAR
18
"Sh" or "wr" : DIGRAPH
20
Full of difficulties : THORNY
21
Modern-day locale of ancient Persepolis : IRAN
22
George Sand, for one : ALIAS
25
George Sand, par exemple : NOM
26
Queen of Arendelle, in a Disney movie : ELSA
27
Bring into harmony : SYNC
28
Humdinger : BEAUT
30
Ping-Pong do-over : LET
32
Floor type : TILE
34
Some Hollywood technology, for short : CGI
35
Place with hot stones : SPA
38
Alison ___, author of "Fun Home" : BECHDEL
40
QVC alternative : HSN
41
Filmer Kilmer : VAL
42
___ water (trendy drink) : ALOE
43
Prepared for bad news, perhaps : SAT
45
Longtime M.L.B. second baseman Chase : UTLEY
47
Smacks hard / Types : SWATS/SORTS
49
Film director Harold / Pours : RAMIS/RAINS
53
Mac platform : OSX
54
Flattens : KAYOS
55
Best Picture of 2012 : ARGO
56
"I'm in a hurry!" : NOTIME
58
Theater fare : POPCORN
60
Geographic demarcation that separates the two possible answers in this puzzle's circled squares : STATELINE
63
"Jeez!" : OHMAN
64
Unveiling : FIRSTLOOK
65
Like English bogs : PEATY
66
Director Craven : WES
67
Owner of Words With Friends : ZYNGA
68
Facility : EASE
Down
1
Dale Evans, for one / Zooey Deschanel TV series : COWGIRL/NEWGIRL
2
Author Mario ___ Llosa : VARGAS
3
Ceaseless : ETERNAL
4
Relative of an ostrich : RHEA
5
To a great degree : RICHLY
6
Prefix with tourist : ECO
7
Put a border on : HEM
8
Datebook listings: Abbr. : APPTS
9
Uninspired : BLAH
10
Horn in (on) : ENCROACH
11
Glares sourly at, in modern lingo : MEANMUGS
12
Humble response to a compliment : ITRY
13
Hawkins of "Li'l Abner" : SADIE
15
"Volunteers?" / Play's start : ANYONE/ACTONE
19
Baby blue, e.g. : PASTEL
23
Obstructing / On paper : INTHEWAY/INTHEORY
24
Battery fill : ACID
28
Composer Bartók : BELA
29
Word before Pan, Man or can : TIN
31
Owner of StubHub : EBAY
33
Not as much : LESSSO
35
Popular crime show spinoff, informally : SVU
36
Baby's bottom? : PATOOTIE
37
They're at the top of their game : ALLSTARS
39
___ Nostra : COSA
44
Inspirational passage? : TRACHEA
46
Takes off : EXITS
48
Brown v. Board of Education city : TOPEKA
50
Things that bakeries make but don't sell : AROMAS
51
Move / Unappreciative person : MIGRATE/INGRATE
52
Boyo : SONNY
54
___ green : KELLY
56
"Avoid watching this at the office," briefly : NSFW
57
"This Is Us" co-star Chrissy : METZ
59
Person whose Twitter handle is @Pontifex : POPE
61
Chemistry particle : ION
62
Holiday drink : NOG