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New York Times, Thursday, December 21, 2017

12-Down : Get ready for a Mr. Olympia competition, say

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 73, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BJQXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Eaton-Salners.
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© 2017, The New York Times12/21/17 ( No. 24,880 )
Across
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Birthplace of St. Clare : ASSISI
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Mustang alternative : CAMARO
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"Oh, I don't care" : WHATEVS
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Last name in astronomy : GALILEI
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Winner of 13 Outstanding Drama Series Emmys : GENERALHOSPITAL
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Snack : EAT
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Spark : ANIMATE
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Email address ending : EDU
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Form of "sum" : ERAT
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Hillock : KNOLL
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Elite-type school : PREP
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What does follow? : STAG
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St. ___ (site of a spring vacay) : PETE
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Micronesian nation composed of hundreds of islands : PALAU
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Busy W. Coast airport : SFO
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___ bar : HEATH
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Prepare for entombment, say : INURN
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"___ Eye Is on the Sparrow" (hymn) : HIS
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Kemper who plays Kimmy on "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" : ELLIE
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Ones involved in wishful thinking? : GENII
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___-quoted : OFT
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Features of some apartments : LOFTS
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Elizabeth ___, "Pirates of the Caribbean" protagonist : SWANN
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"Deck the Halls" contraction : TIS
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Foreign currency option : EUROS
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Rips (on) : RAGS
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___ Candy, Wonder Woman's best friend : ETTA
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Spanish chess piece : REY
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Pot-au-___ (French stew) : FEU
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1980s TV star known for wearing chains : MRT
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First-tier supervisor in the U.S.M.C. : NCO
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Colorful, cold treats : ICEPOPS
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"S'pose so" : IRECKON
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Badlands National Park feature : PRAIRIE
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Available : FORRENT
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Words of understanding? : EUREKAS
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Reach by air : FLYINTO
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"Shucks!" : AWGEE
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Clip : SHEAR
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Pole star? : SANTA
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Suffix with Jersey : ITE
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Contents of IV bags : SERA
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The Trump who wrote "The Trump Card: Playing to Win in Work and Life" : IVANKA
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Knight 'hood? : CASTLE
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Mont Blanc, par exemple : ALPE
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One's Nintendo avatar : MII
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Revamp : ALTER
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Lincoln Center's Walter ___ Theater : READE
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Get ready for a Mr. Olympia competition, say : OILUP
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What some of the black squares in the grid might represent : SLINGSHOT
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Another thing they might represent : GOALPOSTS
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Blue Cross offering, briefly : HMO
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Winter Palace resident : TSARINA
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Burn rubber : PEELOUT
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Another thing they might represent : TUNINGFORK
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One more thing they might represent : THELETTERY
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"Little" trio in kiddie lit : PIGS
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Again : ANEW
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Approximately 354 days, 8 hours, 48 minutes : LUNARYEAR
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Diminutive of Josephine : FIFI
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Senator in 2017 news : ALFRANKEN
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Puente of "The Mambo Kings" : TITO
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Oil and gas giant : HESS
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Photo tone : SEPIA
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Swashbuckling Flynn : ERROL
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Having sat in the locker room way too long : RIPE
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Relative of cream : ECRU
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Puts into service : USES
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Tick off : MIFF
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Abbr. at the bottom of a page of text : CONT
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Words with hold or pass : ONTO
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Filling food? : PIE
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Dernier ___ (latest thing) : CRI

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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