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New York Times, Monday, December 2, 2019

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 90 for Ms. Lempel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Lynn puts herself in limbo today. Get it, limbo? Because she lowered the bar? Speaking of lowering the bar, I'll be here all week, ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1202 ( 25,591 )
Across
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Process of childbirth : LABOR
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Mountains seen in "The Sound of Music" : ALPS
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Adjusts lengthwise, as a skirt : HEMS
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Manage to dodge : EVADE
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"I'll ___" ("Try me") : BITE
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Impulse : URGE
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Hurt in the bullring : GORED
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Scrabble or Monopoly : BOARDGAME
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Be obligated to : OWE
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Set on fire : BURN
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Curly and Shemp's fellow Stooge : MOE
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Syncopated Latin dances : SAMBAS
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Rational selves, to Freud : EGOS
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Place to set a baby or a napkin : LAP
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Nigerian princes offering you money, probably : LIARS
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Craving companionship : LONESOME
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Assn. like Oxfam or Doctors Without Borders : NGO
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Degs. for entrepreneurs : MBAS
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___ milk (source of Roquefort cheese) : EWES
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Pretend : FEIGN
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High cry at doggie day care : YAP
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High point : CREST
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High point : ACME
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Fearsome figure of folklore : OGRE
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Flat tire's need : AIR
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Prepare to take, as a test : STUDYFOR
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Helps with a heist : ABETS
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Piper's son who stole a pig in a nursery rhyme : TOM
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Tennis great Roddick : ANDY
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Morse code O's have three of them : DASHES
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Grp. of medical providers : HMO
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Othello, e.g. : MOOR
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Cotton gin inventor Whitney : ELI
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Learns about through books : READSUPON
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Flowed out, as the tide : EBBED
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All tidied up : NEAT
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Painful to the touch : SORE
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Vestige : TRACE
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Many an Eastern European : SLAV
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Sean Penn and Guy Ritchie, to Madonna : EXES
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Puts into categories : SORTS
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Kids' construction bricks : LEGOS
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Statement of affirmation : AVOWAL
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Smallest possible amount : BAREMINIMUM
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Beethoven's "___ to Joy" : ODE
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W.W. I fighter pilot who is Snoopy's fantasy opponent : REDBARON
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Shortened word, for short : ABBR
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Classic actor who played Mr. Potter in "It's a Wonderful Life" : LIONELBARRYMORE
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School grp. for moms and dads : PTA
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Church talks : SERMONS
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Colossal : HUGE
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Distinctive stretch of time : ERA
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Film studio with a roaring lion : MGM
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"Get it?" : SEE
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Spoonful of medicine, e.g. : DOSE
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Letters on some American naval vessels : USS
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Ready to take home, as groceries : BAGGED
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Flip out : GOAPE
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Reduce one's standards, as illustrated, respectively, in 3-, 5-, 7-, 40- and 28-Down : LOWERTHEBAR
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City that's home to Iowa State : AMES
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Boll weevil, to a cotton farmer : PEST
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World ___ of Poker : SERIES
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"Sheesh!" : MYGOD
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Observe Ramadan : FAST
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Prefix with plasm : ECTO
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Businesses like the Kit Kat Klub in a hit musical : CABARETS
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Pointless : OFNOUSE
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Candied Thanksgiving servings : YAMS
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Hullabaloo : ADO
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Opt for : SELECT
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French fries and coleslaw, often : SIDES
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Modern viewing for couch potatoes : HDTV
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Change for a five, say : ONES
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Many I.C.U. workers : RNS
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Long-bodied fish : EEL
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High bond rating : AAA
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Disease that causes a skin rash : POX
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Male buddy : BRO

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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