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New York Times, Saturday, December 22, 2018

Country that eliminated the U.S.A. in both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups

Author:
Joon Pahk
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQWX} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. pahk. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2018, The New York Times12/22/18 ( No. 25,246 )

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Across
1
Recorded, somewhat quaintly : ONTAPE
7
Got wise to? : SASSED
13
Bond order : MARTINI
15
Court great Goolagong : EVONNE
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Taking care of responsibilities like an actual grown-up : ADULTING
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Check in the mail, perhaps : REBATE
19
Long in films : NIA
20
New York's ___ State Parkway : TACONIC
22
Baby food : PAP
23
Traveler's boarding areas? : INNS
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Leading : CHIEF
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Growth medium : SOIL
27
Frame : SETUP
29
Director Lee : ANG
30
Put on : APPLY
31
Drinking glasses? : BEERGOGGLES
34
Ahura Mazda worshiper : ZOROASTRIAN
35
Slip covers? : CORRECTIONS
36
Swift quality : IRONY
37
Big export of Sri Lanka : TEA
38
Country that eliminated the U.S.A. in both the 2006 and 2010 FIFA World Cups : GHANA
42
"Dang!" : NUTS
43
Substantive : MEATY
45
Flemish river : YSER
46
A.F.L.'s merger partner : CIO
47
Gets one under : BIRDIES
49
José de ___ Martín, national hero of Argentina : SAN
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Act of noticing : ESPIAL
52
Half Dome's home : YOSEMITE
54
Pragmatist philosopher Charles Sanders ___ : PEIRCE
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You can't beat them : NEMESES
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Lowbrow : TRASHY
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Protests, but not uprisings? : SITINS
Down
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Some sultan subjects : OMANIS
2
Literature Nobelist Gordimer : NADINE
3
Not the classy sort? : TRUANT
4
Hartsfield-Jackson code : ATL
5
Surname of father-and-son British P.M.s : PITT
6
"Giant Brain" of 1940s headlines : ENIAC
7
Small flourish : SERIF
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"___ les compliments de l'auteur" (inscription in a French book) : AVEC
9
So-and-so : SOB
10
What some coin purses do : SNAPOPEN
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Involves : ENTAILS
12
On a fundamental level : DEEPLY
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How Pee-wee Herman often appears to fans : INCHARACTER
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Not seeing anyone else, say : GOINGSTEADY
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Talks about one's job, perhaps : NEGOTIATION
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Induces to commit a crime : SUBORNS
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Ostentatious : SPLASHY
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First female artist with five Billboard #1's from the same album : PERRY
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It's what everyone's doing : AGING
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Want ad abbr. : EOE
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Miracle-___ : GRO
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Title city of film whose mayor is Leodore Lionheart : ZOOTOPIA
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Squad car : CRUISER
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Receive as a member : INCEPT
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Birthplace of St. Clare, the founder of the Poor Sisters : ASSISI
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Unclutter : NEATEN
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James of TV's "How the West Was Won" : ARNESS
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2000s female teen idol, to fans : MILEY
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They're positive : YESES
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"Coffee Cantata" composer : BACH
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What Brits call an "articulated lorry" : SEMI
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Return destination, for short : IRS
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Crossed : MET

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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