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New York Times, Wednesday, December 25, 2019

What Santa said when going down a chimney that had a lit fireplace?

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FGJQWXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 52 for Mr. Haight. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Bruce Haight notes:
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HO HO HO … HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO HO! Is anyone else hungry for Ho-hos? Or worried that Santa's maniacal laughter makes him ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1225 ( 25,614 )
Across
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"Yo - check this out!" : PSST
5
Laze in the rays : BASK
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___ colada : PINA
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Kind of palm : ACAI
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Subject taught in a madrasa : ISLAM
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Endmost compartment in a till : ONES
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What Santa said when his sleigh touched down? : LANDHOHOHO
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Singer Redding : OTIS
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"Jingle Bells" or "White Christmas" : OLDIE
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Special treatment, for short : TLC
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"Damn Yankees" vamp : LOLA
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What Santa might say on his North Pole hotline? : PLEASEHOHOHOLD
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It's an affront : SLAP
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Slightly : ATAD
29
Latin gods : DEI
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Lasting mark : SCAR
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Kind of fatty acid : OLEIC
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What Santa said when the reindeer went on strike on Christmas Eve? : ITSHOHOHOPELESS
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Get a hurry on : SCOOT
43
Norse god with a hammer : THOR
44
___ Beta Kappa : PHI
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Sporty car roof : TTOP
47
___ soup : MISO
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What Santa said when going down a chimney that had a lit fireplace? : HOHOHOLYSMOKES
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State firmly : AVER
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Tidbit in vegetable soup : PEA
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Reason for hoarseness : STREP
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Zig or zag : TURN
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What Santa says around dawn on Christmas Day? : IMHOHOHOME
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Red Muppet : ELMO
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Loop with a slipknot : NOOSE
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Menu bar heading : EDIT
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"God ___ Ye Merry, Gentlemen" : REST
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What you may call it : NOUN
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Lawman Eliot : NESS
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___ verde (desert tree) : PALO
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Where shampoo is applied : SCALP
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Place to get a C.D. or an I.R.A. : SANDL
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Spruces (up) : TIDIES
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Part of a dating profile, for short : BIO
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All the dirt on Santa? : ASH
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A deadly sin : SLOTH
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Mexican artist Frida : KAHLO
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Place where one might hear "That's my cue!" : POOLHALL
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Past the point of no return : INTOODEEP
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Sam of "Jurassic Park" : NEILL
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Syria's Bashar al-___ : ASSAD
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Coffee shop order : MOCHA
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Mend : HEAL
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Part of a window thrown up in "A Visit From St. Nicholas" : SASH
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Florida theme park : EPCOT
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Nebraska county named for an indigenous people : OTOE
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Talk trash about : DIS
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"Blah, blah, blah ...": Abbr. : ETC
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Weather map lines relating to temperature : ISOTHERMS
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Something to say to a doctor : AHH
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Parts of guesses in Clue : ROOMS
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Kinda sorta : ISH
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Onetime CBS forensic drama : CSI
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Rhyming question of attractiveness : HOTORNOT
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"However ...," in texts : OTOH
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Partner of proper : PRIM
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Drop by unexpectedly : POPIN
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C-worthy : SOSO
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"Sure, if that's how you feel ..." : OKTHEN
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Sharp critic : HATER
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Undeveloped egg cell : OVULE
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Air freshener scent : LEMON
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Country bumpkin : YAHOO
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Get washed away : ERODE
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Round of four : SEMIS
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Favorites : PETS
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Buckeyes' sch. : OSU
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French ___ (bird in "The 12 Days of Christmas") : HEN

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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