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New York Times, Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Surprised reaction ... or a hint to what can precede both halves of the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Herre Schouwerwou
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Schouwerwou.
Herre Schouwerwou notes:
The story began with a warm "Welcome" from Will. My first accepted crossword now yours to fill! After 30 months in the queue this grid ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
"Both words can follow X" type theme, Herre using DOUBLE TAKE to indicate that X = TAKE. HEART SHAPE = TAKE HEART and TAKE SHAPE, ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times12/27/16 ( No. 24,521 )

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Across
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Tease good-naturedly : JOSH
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Knock down a notch : ABASE
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Old-fashioned outburst : EGAD
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___ Bunt, "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" henchwoman : IRMA
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Gently protest : DEMUR
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Some music in Mumbai : RAGA
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*Valentine outline : HEARTSHAPE
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Cry at the start of a poker game : IMIN
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Blood line : AORTA
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"___ you nuts?" : ARE
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Trail for a dog : SCENT
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Summer clock setting: Abbr. : DST
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*Cost to enter a bar, maybe : COVERCHARGE
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Dress style : ALINE
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"Excusez-___" : MOI
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Controversial novel of 1955 : LOLITA
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*Folksy : DOWNHOME
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With: Fr. : AVEC
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Nonkosher entree : HAM
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Excited and then some : AGOG
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*What to do when coming face to face with a bear : BACKAWAY
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Partial rainbow near the horizon : SUNDOG
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What framed Roger Rabbit? : CEL
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Watch a season's worth of episodes in one sitting, say : BINGE
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*Delayed consequence : AFTEREFFECT
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"Illmatic" rapper : NAS
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Lose it completely : GOAPE
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Thor or Loki : GOD
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"All ___ lost" : ISNOT
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Follower of anything and everything : ELSE
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Surprised reaction ... or a hint to what can precede both halves of the answers to the starred clues : DOUBLETAKE
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"Just do it" sloganeer : NIKE
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Doldrums feeling : ENNUI
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Forthwith, on a memo : ASAP
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Throw in the trash : TOSS
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Club in a sand trap : WEDGE
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Actor Ifans of "The Amazing Spider-Man" : RHYS
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Crusade against "infidels" : JIHAD
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Stackable cookies : OREOS
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Know-it-all : SMARTALEC
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N.H.L.'s ___ Memorial Trophy : HART
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Billboards, e.g. : ADS
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Babysitter's request : BEHAVE
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Verb that's conjugated "amo, amas, amat ..." : AMARE
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Parent who "does it all" : SUPERMOM
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Before, poetically : ERE
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___ Kane, resident of soap TV's Pine Valley : ERICA
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Devotee of eSports : GAMER
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Ripening, as cheese : AGING
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"Purgatorio" and "Paradiso" poet : DANTE
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Silent, as an agreement : TACIT
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Clamber up, as a pole : SHIN
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Go ___ diet : ONA
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Dairy animal : COW
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Spank : LICK
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Research site : LAB
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Ingredients in a Caesar salad, to Caesar? : OVA
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New Year's ___ : DAY
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Chill (with) : HANG
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Humorist who wrote "Candy / Is dandy / But liquor / Is quicker" : OGDENNASH
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Sound from a 26-Down : MOO
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Ingredient in a Caesar salad : EGG
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Suffering from senility, say : HALFGONE
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Pastoral piece? : ACRE
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Tiny : WEE
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"___ 'em!" (canine command) : SIC
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Loosen, as a bow : UNTIE
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One getting a bite at night? : BEDBUG
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007, e.g. : AGENT
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Leaf of a book : FOLIO
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Jobs to do : TASKS
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Swords in modern pentathlons : EPEES
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Lost's opposite : FOUND
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"Good to go" : AOKAY
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Staircase parts : STEPS
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Symbol to the left of a zero on a phone : STAR
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Mountain ___ (soda) : DEW
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More than a fib : LIE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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