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New York Times, Monday, December 25, 2017

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
List of popular songs ... or a hint to the ends of the answers to the starred clues
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 80 for Ms. Lempel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Monday freshness: 70%
Lynn Lempel notes:
I doubt that "hit" puzzles are all that original, so I was mildly surprised when this was accepted, back in April. And I was totally ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
What a nice Christmas present, opening up another Lempelian delight. Like Lynn mentioned, I'd seen this theme a few times before — ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times12/25/17 ( No. 24,884 )
Across
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Adhering to old-fashioned modesty : PRIM
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Congeal, as blood : CLOT
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Gate closer : LATCH
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Green precious stone : JADE
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Years and years and years : EONS
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Honolulu hello : ALOHA
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*Game-quickening timer in basketball : SHOTCLOCK
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Arabian Peninsula nation : YEMEN
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Charlotte ___ (rich dessert) : RUSSE
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Lyndon Johnson and George W. Bush : TEXANS
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Food unit counted by a dieter : CALORIE
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Budgetary excess : FAT
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Golf ball propper-upper : TEE
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Columbus campus, briefly : OSU
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*Snowbirds' destination : SUNBELT
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Cartoondom's Olive ___ : OYL
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Wealth : RICHES
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Tie, as figure skates : LACEUP
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Clobber in the ring : KAYO
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Weirdo : NUT
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Miss America accessory : SASH
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President saying "No!" : VETOER
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Utter failure : FIASCO
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Govt. of the Rebs : CSA
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*Long vegetable with a yellow pod : WAXBEAN
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Game of pursuit : TAG
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Take part in 49-Across : RUN
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Mel honored in Cooperstown : OTT
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Ships' direction controllers : RUDDERS
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Mischievous : IMPISH
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Spunk : MOXIE
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Small food fish : SMELT
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List of popular songs ... or a hint to the ends of the answers to the starred clues : HITPARADE
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Hairlike projections on cells : CILIA
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Wagner's "Liebestod," e.g. : ARIA
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Something an arrested person tries to "make" : BAIL
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Playful river animal : OTTER
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Some "big" burgers : MACS
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Reb's foe : YANK
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Nighttime wear, familiarly : PJS
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Cheerleader's cry : RAH
3
Words solemnly sworn : IDO
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Subway system : METRO
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Swede who developed a temperature scale : CELSIUS
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Ease up on : LOOSEN
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Without repetition : ONCE
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Sound of disapproval : TSK
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Purchase for a newborn : LAYETTE
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"Jeopardy!" host Trebek : ALEX
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*Marinara sauce thickener : TOMATOPASTE
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Vice president between Gore and Biden : CHENEY
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Fairy tale boy who outsmarts a witch : HANSEL
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Mean witch's pronouncement : CURSE
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Soft mineral : TALC
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Bottle stopper : CORK
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Landmass bounded by a mountain chain and three oceans : ASIA
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*Dispenser of psychiatric advice to Charlie Brown : LUCYVANPELT
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Notable achievement : FEAT
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Book jacket write-up : BLURB
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What might turn up dirt on someone? : HOE
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Stars-and-stripes land, for short : USA
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Call at a deli or barbershop : NEXT
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What psychological trauma may leave : SCAR
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Swine : HOGS
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Like a midlevel general or a so-so movie : TWOSTAR
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Hippocratic ___ : OATH
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Social gaffe : FAUXPAS
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"Slumdog Millionaire" setting : INDIA
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Cooking oil brand : CRISCO
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Peak : SUMMIT
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Steamy : EROTIC
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Churchill Downs event : DERBY
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1970s tennis champ Nastase : ILIE
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Sorvino of "Mighty Aphrodite" : MIRA
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Overly theatrical type : HAM
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Motorists' org. : AAA
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Racket : DIN
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Animal with a rack : ELK

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