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New York Times, Thursday, December 27, 2018

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.638272
Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 40 Missing: {QUXZ} Grid has diagonal symmetry. This is puzzle # 23 for Ms. Guizzo. This is puzzle # 92 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
MARY LOU: This CONtrail puzzle with the visual element in the black boxes of the grid, five rebus squares and 66 squares devoted to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Day 4 of WTF? Week at XWI! I love having the chance to tell people What I'm Thankful For. Today I'm thankful for ML's perseverance. ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1227 ( 25,251 )
Across
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___ billiards, game on a pocketless table : CAROM
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Mount whose name means, literally, "I burn" : ETNA
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Something with teeth : JAW
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In the course of : ALONG
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Detached : ALOOF
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Fed. science org. : EPA
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Family symbol : TOTEM
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Flier with a message : SKYWRITER
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Monomaniac of fiction : AHAB
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Divisions in the Congressional Record : SESSIONS
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View remotely? : WATCHTV
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Sunroof alternative : TTOP
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"You sti-i-i-ink!" : BOO
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Follower of clear or cross : EYED
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"Forever, ___" (1996 humor book) : ERMA
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Drone's job : AERIALRECON
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Rod's partner : REEL
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Realm with an Imperial Diet: Abbr. : HRE
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Rods' partners : CONES
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Rival of Cassio : IAGO
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One might have a wink or a smile : EMOTICON
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Foreign-born musician with a Presidential Medal of Freedom : YOYOMA
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Trough filler : SLOP
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Tin or glass : CONTAINER
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Business meeting that participants dial into, informally : TELECON
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Bunch of lovers? : ROSES
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"Just like that!" : BAM
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Gray : AGE
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Words before "a good night" : TOALL
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Author Calvino : ITALO
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Former Yankees manager Joe : GIRARDI
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Crafty person? : ARTISAN
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It helps keep the machinery running : GEAROIL
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Does something to a T : NAILSIT
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Clichéd : STALE
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"A tyrant's authority for crime and a fool's excuse for failure," per Ambrose Bierce : DESTINY
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Carolina tribe that allied with the colonists in the American Revolution : CATAWBA
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Song sung by Elvis in "Blue Hawaii" : ALOHAOE
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Muscle with a palindromic name : ROTATOR
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End of an era? : ONEBC
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Company that released "2001: A Space Odyssey" : MGM
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___ Club : ELKS
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Department store department : TOYS
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"___ get it" : NOWI
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It was once big for Aretha Franklin : AFRO
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It's indicated by arrows on a map : JETSTREAM
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Parody, in a way : APE
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Newspaper headline of 12/8/1941 : WAR
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Alternative to "Sincerely" : ASEVER
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Department with a buffalo on its seal : INTERIOR
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One frequently pictured in GQ or Vogue : STYLEICON
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Symbol on many a bumper sticker : HEART
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Rolex rival : OMEGA
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Texas' ___ Duro Canyon : PALO
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Radiation cleanup, briefly : DECON
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"Fingers crossed!" : IHOPE
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Brooklyn attraction : CONEYISLAND
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Acoustic measure : SONE
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Sad songs : ELEGIES
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Burrowing rodent : MOLERAT
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Follower of a plane ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : CONTRAIL
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"Most definitely!" : YESITIS
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Amos Alonzo ___, coach in the College Football Hall of Fame : STAGG
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I.S.P. option : AOL
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Dominate : CONTROL
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Lowest parts : BASSI
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Author Locke of the Harlem Renaissance, the first African-American Rhodes scholar (1907) : ALAIN
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Hall of fame : MONTY
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Comic strip canine : ODIE
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Bias : TILT
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Celestial altar : ARA
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Norma ___ (Oscar-winning role of 1979) : RAE

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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