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New York Times, Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Author:
David Kwong
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Kwong

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {KQXZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Kwong. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Kwong notes:
I've been looking for another magic themed puzzle ever since Kevan Choset and I had MAGIC WORDS in the Times ten years ago! There ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
(Sawing) LADIES / IN HALF today, (lady) GAGA, (lady) GODIVA, (lady) JANE GREY, (lady) CHATTERLEY. So appropriate for a professional ... read more
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Across
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Slugger's stat : RBI
4
Shout from a coach driver : WHOA
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With 63-Across, what some performers saw in Las Vegas? ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : LADIES
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Extension : ARM
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BMW competitor : AUDI
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Get back for : AVENGE
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Media muzzler : GAGORDER
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Neighborhood grocery : BODEGA
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Fed. bond : TNOTE
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Frank : WIENER
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Just ___ on the map : ADOT
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In the slightest : ATALL
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Letterhead abbr. : TEL
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Cupid, e.g. : GODOFLOVE
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Fearsome Hindu deity : SHIVA
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Punishment short of jail time : FINE
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Judge's pronouncement at a hearing : NOBAIL
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Error at cards : MISPLAY
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Popular Toyota : COROLLA
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"Carmen" and "Elektra" : OPERAS
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Choice : AONE
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Leigh of "Psycho" : JANET
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Anne Brontë's first novel : AGNESGREY
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Anomalous : ODD
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Like dessert wines, typically : SWEET
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Many a staffer : AIDE
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Reserves : CACHES
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Crows : BRAGS
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Garrulous : CHATTY
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Saxophonist Cannonball : ADDERLEY
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Prefix with -pod : GASTRO
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Marvin of Motown : GAYE
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Three, in Tuscany : TRE
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See 8-Across : INHALF
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Augur : OMEN
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C.I.A.'s forerunner : OSS
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Shabby : RAGTAG
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1972 Oscar refuser : BRANDO
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"That's enough, thanks" : IMGOOD
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Ending with hard or soft : WARE
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1963 Paul Newman movie : HUD
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Tribute of a sort : ODE
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Broadcasting unit? : AIRWAVE
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Name : LABEL
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River through Bath : AVON
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"___ Dinah" (1958 hit for Frankie Avalon) : DEDE
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Kind of mass, in physics : INERTIAL
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Shape of a Silly Putty container : EGG
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Multitude : SEA
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Palindromic man's name : OTTO
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Land in la mer : ILE
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Wanted poster word : ALIAS
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"West Side Story" role : TONY
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Malevolence : EVIL
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"___ Land," 2016 film : LALA
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E's equivalent : FFLAT
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Results of chafing : SORES
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"Westworld" network : HBO
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Large jazz combo : NONET
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Voodoo : MOJO
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Apple Store purchase : IPAD
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Message from a short person? : SENDCASH
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School commencement? : PRE
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Shape of a sushi hand roll : CONE
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Way, way back : AGESAGO
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Really move : AWE
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Teri of "Young Frankenstein" : GARR
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Classic theater name : RIALTO
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Border cutters : EDGERS
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"Absolutely!" : YESYES
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Below, as a goal : SHYOF
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Lead-in to girl or boy : ATTA
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Keyboard key abbr. : CTRL
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"How have you ___?" : BEEN
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Modern film effects, for short : CGI
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Ben Solo's father : HAN
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Challenge for salmon : DAM
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Salon job : DYE

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