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SEASON'S GREETINGS

New York Times, Sunday, December 21, 2014

Sauce with a name derived from the Italian for "pounded"

Author:
Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Fagliano.
Jeff Chen notes:
Timely theme, HOs added to create wacky phrases. (So illicit sounding!) Some nice entries, including a favorite movie of mine, DESPICABLE ME, turned into DESPICABLE HOMIE, and the amusing ... read more
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© 2014, The New York Times12/21/14 ( No. 23,784 )
Across
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Something put on the spot? : ADRATE
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Without a mixer : NEAT
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Likely feature of a college town : BARSCENE
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One may be removed : COUSIN
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___-American : AFRO
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Red or white sticker? : WINELABEL
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Homer that leaves people yawning? : HOHUMDINGER
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"Shucks!" or "Pshaw!"? : HOKEYWORD
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Go astray : ERR
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Father-son activity : CATCH
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They can be fertilized : OVA
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Pale ___ : ALE
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Majors in acting : LEE
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Domineering : BOSSY
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Give rise to : INSPIRE
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"The less you wear, the more you need ___" (slogan) : NAIR
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"Pick me, pick me!" : OOHOOH
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Sauce with a name derived from the Italian for "pounded" : PESTO
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Risky chess move, informally : SAC
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Some briefs : BVDS
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Southwest tribe after a fistfight? : BLACKEYEDHOPIS
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Pad ___ (noodle dish) : THAI
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Part of E.T.S.: Abbr. : EDUC
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Piano sonatas, e.g. : SOLI
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___ generis : SUI
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World of Warcraft creatures : OGRES
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Navratilova rival : SELES
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Starts recycling, say : GOESGREEN
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First lady from Texas : LAURA
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Nav. rank : ENS
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War stat : MIAS
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Bleacher feature : TIER
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Where a director directs : FILMSET
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Backstabbing pal? : DESPICABLEHOMIE
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Soon gonna : ABOUTTO
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"Dedicated to the ___ Love" : ONEI
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Siouan speaker : OTOE
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Filch : COP
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Around : CIRCA
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Zion National Park material : SANDSTONE
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Coast along, with "by" : SKATE
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Reader of the Deseret News : UTAHN
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Break off : END
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They're above abs : PECS
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"It Came ___ a Midnight Clear" : UPON
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___ tide : NEAP
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Barn dance that's free to attend? : NOMONEYHOEDOWN
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Seeks change? : BEGS
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Hematite, e.g. : ORE
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Together : INALL
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Actress Strahovski of 2000s TV : YVONNE
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What vinegar has a lot of : USES
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Proctor's charge : TESTEES
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Gawks at : OGLES
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Computer addresses: Abbr. : IPS
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Believe it! : ISM
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R.S.V.P., e.g.: Abbr. : ANS
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Where the big buoys are? : OCEAN
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Makeshift wig, maybe : MOP
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Vagrant after getting kicked off a train, say? : CROSSHOBO
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Stuff your dad finds ridiculous? : HOKUMTOPAPA
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Gentle treatment, metaphorically : KIDGLOVES
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Temple University's team : OWLS
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Saharan nomad : TUAREG
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"The Shawshank Redemption" setting : STATEPEN
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Nursing need : TEAT
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Charles Schwab competitor : ETRADE
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Feel deep compassion : ACHE
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Way out : DOOR
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Germany's ___ Basin : RUHR
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Pac-12 team, for short : ASU
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Steve Jobs's successor at Apple : TIMCOOK
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Minuses, basically : ENDASHES
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House speaker after Dennis Hastert : NANCYPELOSI
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I will follow it : EFGH
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"___ we done?" : ARE
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Hockey Hall of Fame locale : TORONTO
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Playbill info : BIO
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World capital once conquered by Augustus : ANKARA
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Return to one's seat? : REELECT
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Roy Rogers's real last name : SLYE
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Raven's cry : CAW
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Cause for a quarantine : EBOLAVIRUS
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Moon of Neptune : NEREID
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Church leaders : ELDERS
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Sound of a fly swatter : WHAP
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"___ no biggie" : ITS
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Cognac bottle letters : VSOP
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Lawn game : BOCCE
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"Or so" : ISH
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Bone to pick : ISSUE
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Celtic battle, say : NBAGAME
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Like President Taft : OBESE
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Bygone : OLDEN
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Trucks, maybe : HAULS
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Sedgwick in Warhol films : EDIE
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Warrior or downward dog : YOGAPOSE
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Rhone tributary : ISERE
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Some Christmas decorations : HOLLIES
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Computerdom, informally : INFOTECH
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'Fore : ERE
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Got the chair? : SAT
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Composer whose name is an anagram of SANTA + ME : SMETANA
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Bear : STAND
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Put-downs : GIBES
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Like used cigars, maybe : RELIT
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Suffix with social : IST
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"Personally, I think ...," in texts : IMO
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Kate Middleton, e.g. : DUCHESS
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Complex thing? : CONDO
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Tree whose pods have sweet pulp : HONEYLOCUST
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Lead-in to pressure : ACU
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Was gullible : BIT
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Crush, e.g. : ORANGESODA
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Fattened fowl : CAPON
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Nickname for Orlando : OTOWN
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Pasta with a name derived from the Italian for "quills" : PENNE
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Auntie ___ (pretzel chain) : ANNES
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German auto : OPEL
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"Good job by you!" : KUDOS
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Trendy coffee order : SOYLATTE
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Joint business venture? : POTSHOP
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Look : MIEN
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Special newsstand offering : ONESHOT
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"Illmatic" rapper : NAS
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Balance : EVENOUT
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Regal and Encore : BUICKS
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Lively intelligence : ESPRIT
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Take off : REMOVE
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Ski resort near Santa Fe : TAOS
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Beauty : GEM
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___ of Man : ISLE
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Stillwater's home: Abbr. : OKLA
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___ Liasson, NPR political correspondent : MARA
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With 113-Down, it's full of opinions : OPED
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See 112-Down : PAGE
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Mil. rank : SGT
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Son of, in Hebrew names : BEN
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Get behind : OWE
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It's hard to shoot : PAR

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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