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New York Times, Monday, December 21, 2015

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
Da Vinci masterpiece with an intriguing smile
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FKQVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Haight. Monday freshness: 58%
Bruce Haight notes:
I was not very optimistic about this puzzle when I was constructing it, because I could not find a way to work DOOHICKEY or GIZMO into ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
List of terms people use to mean "thingie" = fun for me, as we mechanical engineers love our specific terms for doohickeys — ratchets, ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times12/21/15 ( No. 24,149 )
Across
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Raised hairstyles : UPDOS
6
TV group featuring Mr. T, with "the" : ATEAM
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However, informally : THO
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Caught some Z's : SLEPT
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___ Park (Thomas Edison's home) : MENLO
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Arachnid's snare : WEB
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Unnamed object #1 : CONTRAPTION
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Yiddish laments : OYS
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Slithery fishes : EELS
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Sharpshooter : DEADEYE
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... #2 : DOODAD
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Shell's shell and Chevron's chevron : LOGOS
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Declare one's candidacy : RUN
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The "m" of E = mc2 : MASS
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... #3 : DINGUS
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Cards that top kings : ACES
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Mother ___ (nun who won a Nobel Peace Prize) : TERESA
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Language of Egypt : ARABIC
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Amount of medicine : DOSE
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... #5 : WIDGET
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Stitched line on a baseball : SEAM
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Nintendo's Super ___ : NES
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How Santa dresses, mostly : INRED
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... #6 : GADGET
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Paramount and Universal : STUDIOS
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BMW rival : AUDI
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"THAT guy!" : HIM
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... #7 : THINGAMAJIG
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Big bird of Australia : EMU
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How pastrami might be served : ONRYE
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One end of a battery : ANODE
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Aug. follower : SEP
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Romantic dozen : ROSES
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Henpeck : NAGAT
Down
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The Trojans of the N.C.A.A. : USC
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Gaza grp. : PLO
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Locale for bears or thieves : DEN
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Chose (to) : OPTED
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Transmit continuously, as video : STREAM
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Rock band boosters : AMPS
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Asian New Year : TET
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Woman's name that means "eat" backward : ENID
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Succulent healer : ALOE
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Da Vinci masterpiece with an intriguing smile : MONALISA
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Like a medium-size omelet : TWOEGG
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"Psst!" : HEYYOU
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Worry compulsively : OBSESS
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He played Hawkeye on "M*A*S*H" : ALDA
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Ivana's ex, with "the" : DONALD
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Make a cartoon, e.g. : DRAW
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"That hurt!" : OUCH
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Prime draft status : ONEA
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Wild guess : STAB
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Matches before the finals : SEMIS
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Christmas mo. : DEC
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Presented, as a play : STAGED
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Marathon, e.g. : RACE
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Debtor's opposite : CREDITOR
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Panama or bowler : HAT
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New York's ___ Island : LONG
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"Aha!" : ISEE
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Big quiz : TEST
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Trio from a genie : WISHES
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By the deadline : INTIME
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Work to increase, as business : DRUMUP
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Water, to Juanita : AGUA
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Lunatic : MADMAN
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Prince William's mother : DIANA
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"Horrors!" : OHNO
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"Dear ___" (letter starter) : SIRS
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___ 8 and up (game specification) : AGES
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"Science Guy" Bill : NYE
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Nudge, as one's memory : JOG
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Boise's state: Abbr. : IDA
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Understand, as a joke : GET

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