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New York Times, Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JVXYZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
We're PUTTING THINGS ON ICE today … er, ON THE ROCKS. I've heard SCOTCH snobs say that ice destroys single-malts, but I'm an infidel. ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1220 ( 24,514 )

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MacBook ___ : PRO
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Sounded kittenish : MEWED
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Something controlled by rigging : SAIL
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Assistance : AID
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Allergy sufferer's lifesaver : EPIPEN
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Title heroine who says "I would much rather have been merry than wise" : EMMA
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Clear adhesive : SCOTCHTAPE
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Each : APOP
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Trebly : THRICE
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Software fix : PATCH
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Pack (down) : TAMP
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Backpackers' routes : TRAILS
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French royal line : HOUSEOFBOURBON
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Mad ___ : LIBS
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Omani money : RIAL
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Cardamom or turmeric : SPICE
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Ernie in the World Golf Hall of Fame : ELS
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Synagogue singers : CANTORS
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Something that fits in a lock : OAR
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Add details to, with "out" : FLESH
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Marie Antoinette lost hers in la Révolution française : TETE
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Get the ball rolling? : PUTT
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Cocktail usually served with an orange slice and a cherry : TEQUILASUNRISE
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Sloping water trough : SLUICE
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Drudge : PEON
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Start of Caesar's boast : ICAME
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French cake : GATEAU
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Surface-dwelling race in "The Time Machine" : ELOI
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How this puzzle's three drinks have been served? : ONTHEROCKS
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Booming : LOUD
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Like some fancy basketball passes : NOLOOK
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Purge (of) : RID
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Item in a box in the basement : FUSE
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Public squabble : SCENE
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A, in Andalusia : UNA
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Word repeated in "What's ___ is ___" : PAST
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Decadent, as cake : RICH
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"Eww!" inducer : ODOR
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Pilgrimage destinations : MECCAS
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Pamphlets, postcards and such : EPHEMERA
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Mark Twain, notably : WIT
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Org. concerned with climate change : EPA
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Johnny of "Sleepy Hollow" : DEPP
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Bottom-feeding fish known formally as the morwong : SEACARP
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Like the D-Day assault on Normandy : AMPHIBIOUS
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Texter's "As I see it ..." : IMO
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Trip around the track : LAP
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Cool, quaintly : NEATO
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"___ Andronicus" : TITUS
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Bridge support : TRUSS
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Starting place, on a map : POINTA
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Find : LOCATE
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Hägar the Horrible's dog : SNERT
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Jewish organization on campus : HILLEL
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Sycophantic : OBSEQUIOUS
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Fortunes : FATES
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Remove, as spilled ink : BLOTUP
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Certain jabs : LEFTS
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Muchacho's sweetie : CHICA
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Back out of : RENEGEON
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"___ Squad" (2016 hit movie) : SUICIDE
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Two-toned horse : PINTO
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Bad car to road-trip in : LEMON
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Mr. ___, host of "Fantasy Island" : ROARKE
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1961 space chimp : ENOS
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Color of unbleached silk : ECRU
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Similar (to) : AKIN
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Enforcer of the Fed. Meat Inspection Act : USDA
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North Pole worker : ELF
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Reed of the Velvet Underground : LOU
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Spa specialty, briefly : TLC
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Weed out? : HOE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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