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New York Times, Friday, December 22, 2017

Author:
Sam Trabucco
Editor:
Will Shortz
Major U.S. city with three pairs of double letters in its name
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Trabucco. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Sam Trabucco notes:
I wanted to make a low-word count grid, so I decided on a big stagger-stack design in the middle and tested out seed entries for a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Sam had me at THE LEGION OF DOOM. Even if you don't know this one, what an incredibly catchy name! So catchy that the Seahawks ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times12/22/17 ( No. 24,881 )
Across
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Piece of equipment at a rock concert : GUITARAMP
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Abba who was born "Aubrey" : EBAN
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Commitment you sometimes can't get out of? : ESCAPEROOM
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Bats : LOCO
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DC Comics supervillain group : THELEGIONOFDOOM
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Celebrity : FAME
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Composer Rachmaninoff : SERGEI
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Coloration : HUE
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"No bid" : IPASS
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Bazaar makeup : SHOPS
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Beauty mark? : TEN
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Engineer training centers : TECHSCHOOLS
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Major U.S. city with three pairs of double letters in its name : TALLAHASSEE
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Went from place to place : GALLIVANTED
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Plane fare : AIRLINEFOOD
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One who copes by excessive snacking : STRESSEATER
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Many cos. seek its approval : FDA
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Children's character who wears red-and-white stripes : WALDO
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W.W. I battle site : YPRES
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"Black-ish" network : ABC
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"Sure, I guess" : UHOKAY
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Lee side? : REBS
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What opening offers often leave : ROOMTONEGOTIATE
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Founder of Carthage, in myth : DIDO
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Spongy toy going up in popularity? : NERFROCKET
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Big bunch : SLEW
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Low throw : SNAKEEYES
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Work out : GETFIT
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Common magnet feature : USHAPE
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Unemotional sort, in slang : ICEMAN
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H. P. Lovecraft output : TALES
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"Great" one in Africa : APE
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Rules, for short : REGS
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Grammy-winning artist India.___ : ARIE
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Make fast, in a way : MOOR
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Game with a 40-millimeter ball, informally : PONG
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Days of yore, in days of yore : ELD
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Cried dramatically : BOOHOOED
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Not many : ACOUPLE
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Easily cleaned, in adspeak : NOMESS
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Homer's beer supplier : MOE
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You can hardly believe it : FISHSTORY
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Stops, as an engine : STALLSOUT
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Totally cheated : HOSED
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Merchant Samuel who lent his name to a historic island : ELLIS
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"I Fall to Pieces" singer : CLINE
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Words with cow or ball : HAVEA
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Screw over : SHAFT
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Something ported at a portage : CANOE
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Like many a purchase weighed at a deli : TARED
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Guidelines observed in sisterhood : GIRLCODE
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Bubbling, say : ATABOIL
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Grasslands : SWARDS
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Way out : FREAKY
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Creditor, in financial jargon : DEBTEE
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They may be liquid : ASSETS
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What's always found in quotes? : PRICE
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Term of endearment : HON
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Easy things to dial on a rotary phone : ONES
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"Ol' Man River" composer Jerome : KERN
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Letters on old film boxes : AGFA
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Duchess of ___ : YORK
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Do some diamond cutting? : MOW
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Corn site : TOE

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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