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New York Times, Monday, December 23, 2019

Play a game during Hanukkah ... with a hint to 15-, 21-, 42- and 47-Across

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 71, Blocks: 38 Missing: {BJQZ} Spans: 3 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Polin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Chen notes:
RIDDLE me this: who stumps Jeff at "Name That Theme" on Mondays? NO ONE! Holy mixed up R I D D L Es, Batman! D'oh! The joke's ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times12/23/19 ( No. 25,612 )

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Across
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New World natives noted for their pyramids and calendar : MAYANS
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Amazon or eBay : DOTCOM
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Intriguingly foreign : EXOTIC
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Companion of Io, Ganymede and Callisto among Jupiter's moons : EUROPA
15
Pitcher between a starter and a closer : MIDDLERELIEVER
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Biblical birthright seller : ESAU
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Biblical boat captain : NOAH
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TV warrior princess : XENA
21
Snow day activity : SLEDRIDE
24
No longer slumbering : AWAKE
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State religion of Iran : ISLAM
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Fix, as an election : RIG
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John of "Full House" : STAMOS
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Female sheep : EWE
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Bu$ine$$ execs : CFOS
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Iridescent birthstone : OPAL
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Declare : AVOW
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Metalworker's tool : HIGHSPEEDDRILL
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Chow down : EAT
46
Note between fa and la : SOL
47
Popular apple variety : REDDELICIOUS
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Prom rental : TUX
54
El ___ (Pacific Ocean phenomenon) : NINO
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School grp. that might hold a walkathon : PTA
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Play a game during Hanukkah ... with a hint to 15-, 21-, 42- and 47-Across : SPINTHEDREIDEL
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Russian czar known as "the Great" : PETERI
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Tolkien's Lord of Rivendell : ELROND
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Six-line stanza : SESTET
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Afternoon nap : SIESTA
Down
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Joke that goes viral on the internet : MEME
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x or y, on a graph : AXIS
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"Star Wars" character who could this clue have written? : YODA
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When twilight begins : ATDUSK
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Zilch : NIL
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Nativity ___ : SCENE
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Indian megacity of 28+ million : DELHI
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"Yes, mon ami" : OUI
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Ferocious dinos : TREXES
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Sheltered shoreline spot : COVE
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Business sign that's flipped in the morning : OPEN
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NPR's ___ Liasson : MARA
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Cone's retinal counterpart : ROD
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Big part of an elephant : EAR
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Guitar pioneer ___ Paul : LES
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Insult, slangily : DIS
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St. Louis landmark : ARCH
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What'll help you see the sites? : WIFI
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Bug-eyed : AGOG
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Blue jeans pioneer Strauss : LEVI
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Missing G.I. : AWOL
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Whine like a baby : MEWL
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One of 38 for Madonna, a Billboard record : TOPTENHIT
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Do an impression of : APE
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Fannie ___ : MAE
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What the vengeful seek to settle : OLDSCORES
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Lose, as fur : SHED
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Comic strip "___ and Janis" : ARLO
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"You hate to see it" : SAD
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"Why ___ even bother?" : DOI
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Cash in India : RUPEE
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Turnpike turnoffs : EXITS
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Falsehood : LIE
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Politically unaffiliated: Abbr. : IND
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Some prom hairstyles : UPDOS
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Insert for a blocked blood vessel : STENT
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Cough syrup qtys. : TSPS
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Hawkeye's player on "M*A*S*H" : ALDA
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Bit of equipment in fishing and basketball : NET
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Uno + due : TRE
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QB Manning : ELI
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Wrath : IRE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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