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New York Times, Tuesday, December 22, 2020

Author:
Amy Yanni and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
Affectionate nickname for the "Father of the Symphony"
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 41 Missing: {KQVZ} Grid is asymmetric. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Yanni. This is puzzle # 120 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
AMY: Looking back at 2020, the crossword is one of the few highlights. Seeing Hamilton in a theatre in February and volunteering at ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I often tell new constructors that it takes maybe 20 ideas before you arrive at one that's a worthy crossword seed. Even then, it ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times12/22/20 ( No. 25,977 )
Across
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Equine animal, in rural dialect : HOSS
5
Caper : ANTIC
10
Take steps (into) : WADE
14
One of two in the McDonald's logo : ARCH
15
Italian name of six popes : PAOLO
16
Ice skating maneuver : AXEL
17
Dr. Zhivago's love : LARA
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Rapture : SHEERBLISS
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Projecting rim of a metal beam : FLANGE
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Fake eyelash, in slang : FALSIE
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Org. whose members may be fore-warned? : PGA
24
With this puzzle's central black squares, ecstasy : CLOUD
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Heating unit : THERM
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Heating fuel : OIL
30
Hogs : SWINE
35
Perez whose film debut was in "Do the Right Thing" : ROSIE
36
Join at the altar : WED
37
___ Island (part of Brooklyn that isn't an island) : CONEY
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"Let's be ___ about this" : ADULTS
40
Mindless : INANE
41
Affectionate nickname for the "Father of the Symphony" : PAPAHAYDN
45
Beats by a whisker : EDGES
46
Face With Tears of Joy, for one : EMOJI
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Keanu Reeves's role in "The Matrix" : NEO
48
Houston ballplayer : ASTRO
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Kind of computer port, in brief : USB
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Protection for vampire hunters : CROSS
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Bar "where everybody knows your name" : CHEERS
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Steadfastly maintained, as one's beliefs : HELDTO
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Comforting mental state : HAPPYPLACE
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Like a soldier who might be court-martialed : AWOL
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Dunkable cookie : OREO
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Sign up for more : RENEW
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Nickname for Grandma : NANA
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Volume from Horace : ODES
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Dingbats : YOYOS
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Colorist : DYER
Down
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Either part of a yin-yang symbol, e.g. : HALF
2
Unwritten exam : ORAL
3
Manages to gather, as cash : SCRAPESUP
4
Heaven : SHANGRILA
5
Church recess : APSE
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"I'll pass" : NAH
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Something a wedge often leaves exposed : TOE
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Paris's ___ de la Cité : ILE
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Greek tourist destination : CORFU
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Part of a squash court : WALL
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Center of rotation : AXIS
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Arnaz of "I Love Lucy" : DESI
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Part of a coding conditional : ELSE
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Research findings that can't be reproduced, say : BADSCIENCE
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Field of mathematics pioneered by John von Neumann : GAMETHEORY
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Word with cash or holy : COW
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Take a risk when taking a polygraph test : LIE
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Aged : OLD
27
Golfer's challenge : TRAP
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Kotb of "Today" : HODA
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Realm of marvels : WONDERLAND
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Pleasantly : INAGOODWAY
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Hawaii's state bird : NENE
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Peepers : EYES
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Uncle ___ : SAM
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Whom 39-Down wants, in a classic poster : YOU
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Some SiriusXM workers, for short : DJS
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Pen tip : NIB
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Cause for a blessing : ACHOO
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Pottery fragment : SHARD
50
Plains dwelling : TEPEE
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Auto takebacks, for short : REPOS
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A flat one is best to skip : STONE
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Kind of energy : SOLAR
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Lively for one's age : SPRY
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Chops down : HEWS
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Sign before Virgo : LEO
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Unspecified quantity : ANY
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Corporate V.I.P. : CEO

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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