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New York Times, Monday, December 24, 2018

Getting picked up by the side of the road ... or what 20-, 30- and 39-Across are literally doing?

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 179 for Mr. Quigley.
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© 2018, The New York Times12/24/18 ( No. 25,248 )
Across
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Kiss, in Spanish : BESO
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Cooper of hard rock : ALICE
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"That was a bear!" : WHEW
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Reclined : LAIN
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Snake poison : VENOM
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Shovel's creation : HOLE
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Dog in "The Thin Man" : ASTA
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First ex-wife of Donald Trump : IVANA
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One of the Great Lakes : ERIE
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Features of some eco-friendly vehicles : HYBRIDENGINES
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Give the go-ahead : SAYOK
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Comes to understand : REALIZES
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___ the chips fall where they may : LET
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City near Scottsdale : TEMPE
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Dry region covering most of Botswana : KALAHARIDESERT
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Swamp : FEN
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Similar : ALIKE
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Battery for a remote : AAA
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It may or may not correspond with one's birth sex : GENDERIDENTITY
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More crafty : SLIER
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"Delicious!" : YUM
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Former attorney general Jeff : SESSIONS
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Involving warships : NAVAL
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Getting picked up by the side of the road ... or what 20-, 30- and 39-Across are literally doing? : HITCHINGARIDE
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Partly open, as a door : AJAR
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One way to commute : BYCAR
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Jane Austen title woman : EMMA
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Broad valley : DALE
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Clement C. ___, writer of "A Visit From St. Nicholas" : MOORE
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One twixt 12 and 20 : TEEN
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Birds that hoot : OWLS
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In a pouty mood : SULKY
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George H. W. Bush had four : SONS
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Bored feeling, with "the" : BLAHS
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Course you're almost guaranteed to get a good grade in : EASYA
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Not get involved while something's happening : SITBY
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Really cookin' : ONAROLL
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Rah-rah : AVID
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Pry bar, e.g. : LEVER
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Silly : INANE
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Dance done in a line : CONGA
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One might end "Sent from my iPhone" : EMAIL
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Asthmatic noises : WHEEZES
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Taboo alternative to beef : HORSEMEAT
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Manning with a good throwing arm : ELI
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Tiny : WEE
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Furniture giant founded in Sweden : IKEA
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Time after dark, in commercials : NITE
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Apply, as pesticides : SPRAY
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Them ___ hills : THAR
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Info on an airline website : ETA
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Falls (over) : KEELS
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Woody Allen comedy that won Best Picture : ANNIEHALL
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Mahershala ___, co-star of 2018's "Green Book" : ALI
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Cleanse (of) : RID
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Eisenhower, informally : IKE
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Say it isn't so : DENY
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Some fourth down scores: Abbr. : FGS
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Wishes : DESIRES
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Once, back in the day : ERST
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Sandwich fish : TUNA
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Ottoman inns : IMARETS
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Parts of a Cold War arsenal, for short : ICBMS
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Words to a josher : OHYOU
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Actor Williamson : NICOL
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Sarcastic comments : SNARK
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Alternative to YouTube : VIMEO
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Some jingle writers : ADMEN
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Favors one side : LEANS
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___ Poupon mustard : GREY
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Hullabaloo : ADO
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Scary part of a T. rex : JAW

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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