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New York Times, Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Author:
Talitha Randall
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Talitha Randall

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 51 Missing: {BJQXY} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Randall. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Talitha Randall notes:
A close family friend had just passed. At the wake, in my grief, I believe I may have overindulged because that night I fell in my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! The three plus signs are so aesthetically pleasing ... and functional! Talitha gives us three ways of forming NINE — ONE (plus) ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1220 ( 24,879 )
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Russian ruler : TSAR
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Themes : MOTIFS
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Gathering of people with a shared interest : MEETUP
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Pennsylvania, for example : AVENUE
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Nixes, as a proposal : TORPEDOS
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Bibliophile : READER
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Possess, in the Bible : HAST
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Sunrise's direction, in Sonora : ESTE
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"We shall never know all the good that a simple ___ can do": Mother Teresa : SMILE
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With 22-Across, certain way to make 60-Across : ONE
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See 21-Across : EIGHT
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Game-ending cry at a card table : GIN
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Designer Jacobs : MARC
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V.I.P. at boot camp : SARGE
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Dunham of "Girls" : LENA
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Some businesses: Abbr. : LLCS
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Assessing, with "up" : SIZING
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With 34-Across, another way to make 60-Across : FOUR
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See 33-Across : FIVE
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Colorful bird with a big bill : TOUCAN
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Dole (out) : METE
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Carrier of electricity : CORD
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Electricity, e.g. : POWER
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Be flippant with : SASS
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Office data: Abbr. : HRS
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With 47-Across, a third way to make 60-Across : SEVEN
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See 46-Across : TWO
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Absurd : INANE
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Opera set partly on the banks of the Nile : AIDA
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Food or air : NEED
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19th-century Midwest territory : DAKOTA
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Annie and the Little Mermaid, notably : REDHEADS
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Like paradise : EDENIC
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Network (with) : LIAISE
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Voiced : SONANT
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This puzzle's theme : NINE
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More concise : TERSER
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Month number 60-Across: Abbr. : SEPT
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Had a date, say : ATE
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Like cutting in line : RUDE
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Deface : MAR
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Sunset's direction, in Sorrento : OVEST
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60-Across, in baseball : TEAM
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Person native to an area : INDIGENE
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Kind of station : FUELING
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First name in women's tennis : SERENA
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2016 Disney film set in Polynesia : MOANA
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Pretend to be : POSEAS
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Singer Yorke of Radiohead : THOM
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Ado : STIR
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Nestful : EGGS
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Mate for a bull : HEIFER
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___ 60-Across (state of euphoria) : CLOUD
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Difficult situation : SCRAPE
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A cat is said to have 60-Across of them : LIVES
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___ Jacquet, director of "March of the Penguins" : LUC
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Problem before a big date, informally : ZIT
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Left bereft : FORSAKEN
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What transported Dorothy to Oz : TORNADO
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Burst in space : NOVA
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Gregor who pioneered in genetics : MENDEL
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Upbraids : CHIDES
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Small dam : WEIR
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"Relax, soldier!" : ATEASE
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Greta Garbo or Ingrid Bergman : SWEDE
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Gains yardage? : SODS
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Arrive, as a storm : SETIN
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Prefix meaning 60-Across : NONA
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Possible score after 40-all : ADIN
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German homophone of 60-Across : NEIN
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"___ now!" (infomercial phrase) : ACT
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Japanese "yes" : HAI

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

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