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New York Times, Thursday, December 24, 2020

"I knew I was going ___ when it was taking longer and longer to wash my face": Harry Hill

Author:
Billy Ouska
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXYZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ouska.
Billy Ouska notes:
I'm thrilled to make my constructing debut in the New York Times! I'm a corporate attorney in Frisco, Texas (about twenty minutes ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Billy did so many things well in his debut. Drilling down: Great revealer. CAN'T FIND THE TIME is a snappy phrase, and it describes ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times12/24/20 ( No. 25,979 )

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Wild party : BASH
5
With 5-Down, some emergency bulletins : AMBER
10
Certain break-dancing move : SPIN
14
Piece by Puccini : ARIA
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Lover of Giorgetta in Puccini's "Il Tabarro" : LUIGI
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Native language of 50 million citizens of India : URDU
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Spill a shipment of bowling balls? : LETTHEGOODSROLL
20
Gets down cold : MASTERS
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Kind of engine : DIESEL
22
Person not to be trusted : RAT
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"I knew I was going ___ when it was taking longer and longer to wash my face": Harry Hill : BALD
24
Works during a slow day at the restaurant? : WAITSFORNOONE
30
Hidden drawback : CATCH
31
"Paradise Lost" and others : EPICS
32
Certain deposit : ORE
34
"The Game of Strategic Conquest" : RISK
35
Word with rule or tackle : SLIDE
36
Advantage : PLUS
37
Do drugs : USE
38
Piece of curling equipment : STONE
39
Poker slang for three of a kind : TRIPS
40
Go on a date with a honeybun? : TAKEONESSWEET
43
Body part that's also a woman's name : IRIS
44
SOS response : AID
45
A bit of resistance : STATIC
48
Gets away : ESCAPES
52
Is unable to get away, say ... or a hint to 17-, 24- and 40-Across? : CANTFINDTHETIME
55
One target of doxycycline : ACNE
56
French setting for Puccini's "Il Tabarro" : SEINE
57
"This round's ___" : ONME
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Sad sound : MOAN
59
Half of a 1960s folk/pop group : MAMAS
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Run over : READ
Down
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Lip ___ : BALM
2
Concentration : AREA
3
Plops down : SITS
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Series of goals : HATTRICK
5
See 5-Across : ALERTS
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Makes a duck face, say : MUGS
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Part of an Instagram profile : BIO
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Part of one's mental life : EGO
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"Good ___!" : RIDDANCE
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"You got that right about me!" : SUREDO
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Advantages : PROS
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Not going anywhere : IDLE
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Zero : NULL
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Tract of low-growing vegetation : HEATH
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Separates, in a sense : SILOS
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There are more of these in the U.S. in October than any other month, surprisingly : BRIDES
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Pants measure : WAIST
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Adrift : ATSEA
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Cons : FELONS
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Speak out : OPINE
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"Honest!" : NOLIE
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Not hold back fury : ERUPT
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High-quality French vineyard : CRU
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Start of this clue : ESS
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Endurance of hardship without complaint : STOICISM
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Polar bear, to seals : PREDATOR
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Font flourish : SERIF
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How often Bette Davis won Best Actress : TWICE
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Baby rabbit : KITTEN
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Pageant identifiers : SASHES
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Kind of artist : SCAM
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Dish that might be seasoned with adobo sauce : TACO
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Actress Kendrick of "Pitch Perfect" : ANNA
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It destroyed the town of Mascali in 1928 : ETNA
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What benchwarmers ride, with "the" : PINE
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1815 novel made into films in 1996 and 2020 : EMMA
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Provide initial funding for : SEED
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Org. whose vision is "a great public school for every student" : NEA
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Barely perceptible, say : DIM

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