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MAKING A FAST BUCK

New York Times, Sunday, December 24, 2017

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 85 Missing: none. Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 20 for Ms. Guizzo. This is puzzle # 78 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
MARY LOU: I originally contacted Jeff in November of last year about a reindeer themed Christmas puzzle with a dot to dot picture. We kicked many ideas back and forth. I mentioned the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
For years and years, Liz Gorski had been doing wonderful Xmas dot-to-dot Sunday puzzles for the NYT. It had been a while, so Mary Lou and I decided to try to carry on the tradition. But ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
The Elizabeth Gorski year-end connect-the-dots puzzles is the greatest tradition in NYT crosswords. Liz is caught up in her own delightful weekly puzzles now, so Mary Lou and Jeff have ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1224 ( 24,883 )
Across
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Speedway brand : STP
4
West Indies native : CARIB
9
Bounds along : LOPES
14
"Just a ___!" : SEC
17
Drain opening : HOLE
19
Chip away at : ERODE
20
Symbol of the National Audubon Society : EGRET
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Colorado tributary : GILA
22
Plot device in "The Shining" that has significance when spelled backward : REDRUM
23
Restaurant chain founded by the Raffel brothers (hence the name) : ARBYS
24
Elevator choice : FLOOR
25
Turns briefly? : REVS
26
Some Carnaval performances : SAMBAS
28
Called from the cote : BLEATED
30
Telephotos, e.g. : IMAGES
32
Ancient Greek : HELLENE
34
Male that might be in a rut? : ELK
35
Stymies : IMPEDES
37
Relative of a birch : ALDER
38
College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa : COE
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Country singer Crystal : GAYLE
40
Screwy : CRAZY
43
Pitch : EIGHTYSIX
46
One of the Wayans brothers : DAMON
50
Wine: Prefix : OENO
51
Christmas ___ : TREE
52
Prince, e.g. : HEIR
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A, in Austria : EINE
55
Base supporting a statue : PLINTH
57
Branded baby carriers : SNUGLIS
61
Symbols on 10 state flags : EAGLES
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They might be thrown around in a rodeo : LASSOES
65
Digitally endorse : ESIGN
66
Sleigh bell sounds : JINGLES
67
Terminate : AXE
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"___ God" (psalm words) : OMY
69
Chemistry exam? : ASSAY
70
Skin art, informally : INK
71
Descartes's conclusion : IAM
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Clear : NET
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Yule sound? : LONGU
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___ guerre : NOMDE
77
Range grp. : NRA
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With 80-Across, one of TV's Property Brothers : DREW
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See 78-Across : SCOTT
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"Really!" : NOLIE
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Spotted : SEEN
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Nicholas, e.g. : SAINT
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Give a ring? : PROPOSE
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Hallmark.com suggestion : ECARD
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Divan : SOFA
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"___ welcome!" : YOURE
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Cow poke? : PROD
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Avoid a bogey, barely : SAVEPAR
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Neighbor of a bishop: Abbr. : KNT
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Souped-up cars : HOTRODS
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Mahershala ___, Oscar winner for "Moonlight" : ALI
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One of the record industry's former Big Four : EMI
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Carpenter's aid : LATHE
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Hypotheticals : IFS
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"Just kidding!" : NOT
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Airer of "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" : NBC
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Sanctuary : OASIS
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"Hey ___" (1963 #1 hit) : PAULA
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Mobile home: Abbr. : ALA
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Actress Audrey of "Amélie" : TAUTOU
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Animal on Scotland's coat of arms : UNICORN
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Kind of cabinet : LIQUOR
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Written history : ANNALS
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Who's depicted in this puzzle when the circled letters are connected from A to Z and back to A : RUDOLPH
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Games of chance : LOTTOS
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Prison part : YARD
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Sorts, as chicks : SEXES
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Downsize? : CROP
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Tears to smithereens : SHREDS
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It's read from a scroll : TORAH
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Large column of smoke : PLUME
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Terminated : CEASED
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Opposite of dep. : ARR
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Heists : ROBBERIES
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Description of rustic life : IDYL
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Importune : BESEECH
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It moves a cursor back : LEFTKEY
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Body check? : OGLE
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Whiz kids : PRODIGIES
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Want ad abbr. : EEO
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Having streaks : STRIPY
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W.W. II ordeal at Leningrad : SIEGE
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Notably nonunionized workers : ELVES
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Mama of song : CASS
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Decorates brilliantly : EMBLAZONS
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One of a dozen good things? : GRADEAEGG
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Friend : ALLY
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Oodles : ALOT
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Vulcan mind ___ : MELD
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Beginning to do well? : NEER
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Kind of skirt : MAXI
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"Fanfare for the Common Man" composer : COPLAND
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Hair straighteners : RELAXERS
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Licorice-flavored brew : ANISETEA
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Singer with a #1 hit about 123-Across : GENEAUTRY
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Feature depicted in the upper left of this puzzle : SHINYNOSE
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Hatmaker : MILLINER
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Like van Gogh, in later life : ONEEARED
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Les ___, "WKRP in Cincinnati" news director : NESSMAN
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With 53-Down, 123-Across, in song : THEMOSTFAMOUS
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See 51-Down : REINDEEROFALL
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One of many in a Swiss Army knife : TOOL
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Letters on some Navy carriers : USS
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Infantry members, briefly : GIS
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Alternative to J.F.K. : LGA
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1990s tennis great Huber : ANKE
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Align : SYNC
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First name at Woodstock : JIMI
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Political org. since 1854 : GOP
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Shout of approval : OLE
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Three ___ Men : WISE
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Didn't hedge one's bets : TOOKASIDE
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Starting point for an annual flight : NORTHPOLE
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___ City (Baghdad suburb) : SADR
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"In your dreams!" : NOPE
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Result of a sack on third and long, maybe : PUNT
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Bunks in barracks : COTS
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"Brava!" elicitor : ARIA
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Punxsutawney prognosticator : PHIL
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Deliverer of Christmas packages : SANTA
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Capital whose name ends in its state's postal code : ALBANY
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Cousin of an alpaca : VICUNA
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Functioning robotically : ONAUTO
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Repetitive bit of computer code : DOLOOP
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A-listers : STARS
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Boy in "A Charlie Brown Christmas" : LINUS
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Tombstone marshals : EARPS
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California's Big ___ : SUR
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Durham sch. : UNH
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Roofing material : TAR
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___ Father Christmas : OLD
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Crew member : COX
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Games org. : IOC
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Fiscal year part: Abbr. : QTR

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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