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New York Times, Tuesday, December 24, 2019

With 63-Across, singing group ... or a hint to the ends of the answers to the four starred clues

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 29 for Mr. Eaton-Salners.
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© 2019, The New York Times12/24/19 ( No. 25,613 )
Across
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Offset, as costs : DEFRAY
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Old cornball variety show with Buck Owens : HEEHAW
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"The Misanthrope" playwright : MOLIERE
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Beer buy : SIXPACK
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*Bologna, e.g. : COLDCUT
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Of a ring-shaped part of the iris : AREOLAR
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Commencement celebrant, in brief : GRAD
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*Device for holding papers together : BINDERCLIP
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Renter's contract : LEASE
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Alternative to café : THE
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Larsson who wrote the "Millennium" trilogy : STIEG
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Capp and Capone : ALS
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First things you learn : ABCS
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*Carpenter's decorative molding : WINDOWTRIM
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Low in fat : LEAN
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Co. in the Dow Jones index since 1979 : IBM
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Museum-funding org. : NEA
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N.Y.C. museum, with "the" : MET
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Genetic "messenger" : RNA
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Personal manner : MIEN
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*Abundant harvest : BUMPERCROP
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Common bar order, with "the" : SAME
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"One more thing ...," in a text : BTW
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Hesitant assent : UHYES
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Yelps of pain : OWS
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On the briny : ATSEA
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With 63-Across, singing group ... or a hint to the ends of the answers to the four starred clues : BARBERSHOP
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Española, por ejemplo : ISLA
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Ballplayers with birds on their caps : ORIOLES
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See 54-Across : QUARTET
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David Bowie song whose title subject is "waiting in the sky" : STARMAN
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Take apart, as a tapestry : UNWEAVE
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Book that might include "Silent Night" : HYMNAL
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Managed, somehow : EKEDBY
Down
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Way in or out : DOOR
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Lady ___ (nickname in jazz) : ELLA
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Played at a hoedown, perhaps : FIDDLED
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___ hall (place to play) : REC
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Dutch-speaking Caribbean vacation spot : ARUBA
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Hairy Himalayans : YETIS
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Bring on board : HIRE
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Bring to bear, as pressure : EXERT
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Of a historic period : EPOCHAL
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"Monster's Ball" Oscar winner : HALLEBERRY
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Black-purple fruit from a palm tree : ACAI
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Cincinnati radio station of bygone TV : WKRP
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Director of 2000's "Charlie's Angels," to film fans : MCG
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In need of cheering up : SAD
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At hand : NEAR
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"Ghostbusters" character ___ Spengler : EGON
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Does the crawl, say : SWIMS
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Bone paralleling the fibula : TIBIA
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Epitaph words : INMEMORIAM
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Compensate for a sprained ankle, say : LIMP
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Hook's sidekick : SMEE
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Lakeside rental : CANOE
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Loses one's cool : SNAPS
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Spud ___, 5'7" N.B.A. star who famously won a Slam Dunk Contest : WEBB
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Lacking slack : TAUT
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Factual : TRUE
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"Glory to the ___ king" (carol line) : NEWBORN
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Air kiss sound : MWAH
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Oversaw, as a committee : CHAIRED
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2014 movie about Dr. King : SELMA
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Brimless chef's hat : TOQUE
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Liveliness : SPUNK
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Brit's "Baloney!" : BOSH
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Pseudocultured : ARTY
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Not staged : REAL
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Target of an ID thief : SSN
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Wild guess : STAB
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Impose, as a tax : LEVY
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Cleaned the dishes? : ATE
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Feeling of wonder : AWE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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