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New York Times, Wednesday, December 26, 2018

Ref. that added "cruciverbalist" (a person who does crosswords) in 2006

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QWXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Barkin. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2018, The New York Times12/26/18 ( No. 25,250 )

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Across
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Shoo-in : CINCH
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"That is really unpleasant," tersely : UGH
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Rho follower : SIGMA
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Island greeting : ALOHA
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Word with small or fish : FRY
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Animated singer of "Part of Your World" : ARIEL
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Movie that really should have featured Anne Archer? : ROBINHOOD
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Greek-born New Age musician : YANNI
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Cheese from cow's milk : ASIAGO
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Miner matters : ORES
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Ride associated with low m.p.g.'s : SUV
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___ Talks : TED
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Movie that really should have featured Nicolas Cage? : ANIMALHOUSE
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They play for pay : PROS
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Little untruth : FIB
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Coffee grown on the Big Island : KONA
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Red, perhaps : RIPE
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It's kept by a metronome : TEMPO
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Movie that really should have featured Tom Cruise? : FANTASTICVOYAGE
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Balboa's film foe : CREED
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Opening of a classic Langston Hughes poem : ITOO
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"Yipes!" : EGAD
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Pencil after lots of crosswords, maybe? : NUB
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Told a 29-Across : LIED
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Movie that really should have featured Vin Diesel? : BEETLEJUICE
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Business card abbr. : TEL
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Balance shower, for short : ATM
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Overflow (with) : TEEM
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Una corrida figure : ELTORO
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___ Osaka, 2018 U.S. Open tennis champion : NAOMI
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Movie that really should have featured Sigourney Weaver? : SPIDERMAN
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Town where Grey Poupon originated : DIJON
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1/3,600 of an hr. : SEC
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Pokey or Pee Wee of Major League Baseball : REESE
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Cast replacement : SLING
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Eponymous ice cream maker : EDY
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One going downhill in a hurry? : SKIER
Down
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Diamond unit : CARAT
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"You got me this game" : ILOSE
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Like a contract awarded without competition : NOBID
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___ Pet : CHIA
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Plane storage site : HANGAR
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1950s Project Blue Book subject, for short : UFO
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Figure on top of some cakes : GROOM
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Multiheaded monster of myth : HYDRA
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Greets informally : SAYSHITO
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Lyricist Gershwin : IRA
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Kind of knife in old infomercials : GINSU
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Maître d's handful : MENUS
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Not yet out of the game : ALIVE
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"May I do the ___?" : HONORS
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Part of Santa's workshop : ELF
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Famous query in Matthew 26 : ISITI
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Followed instructions : OBEYED
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Entrepreneur's protection : PATENT
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One of the Yum! brands : KFC
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Tool sometimes used with two hands : OAR
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Boise-to-Missoula dir. : NNE
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Orchestra's place : PIT
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Unpleasant strain? : ECOLI
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GQ or O : MAG
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Org. whose members are teed off? : PGA
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Ref. that added "cruciverbalist" (a person who does crosswords) in 2006 : OED
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Doing grown-up tasks, in modern lingo : ADULTING
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Performed, as in an animated film : VOICED
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Pollinator : BEE
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Conger catchers : EELERS
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America, Asia and Europe (but not Africa) : BANDS
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Amazon's biz : ETAIL
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Bit of graphic language? : EMOJI
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Williams of "Grey's Anatomy" : JESSE
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Worked behind the plate : UMPED
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Actress Marisa : TOMEI
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Clear the boards : ERASE
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Introverted sort : LONER
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Long trip : TREK
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Fellow in Jamaica : MON
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Supercool? : ICY

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