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New York Times, Thursday, December 28, 2017

Author:
Gary Larson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gary Larson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Larson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Gary Larson notes:
They say you can't teach an old dog new tricks. That's not true. You can teach an old dog, it just takes a heck of a lot longer. You ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Debut, from a fellow Washingtonian! Gary wants us to UP THE ANTE, the letters A N T E popping up out of phrases. We've highlighted ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1228 ( 24,887 )
Across
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1970s New York City mayor : BEAME
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Meat that comes in a can : SPAM
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Leave hanging, maybe : DRY
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Maj.'s superior : LTCOL
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Touch base : TAGUP
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Future fish : ROE
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1300 hours : ONEPM
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Professors and such : ACADEMICS
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Where you might see a criminal : WANTEDPOSTER
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Truckload : TON
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Biblical twin : ESAU
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Indiana Jones phobia : SNAKES
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"M*A*S*H" actress : SWIT
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Coming-out party : DEBUTANTEBALL
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High-strung : TENSE
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Prayer leader : IMAM
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Bygone carrier : TWA
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J.F.K. posting, for short : ETD
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Kind of point : VANTAGE
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Ad follower : HOC
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Something a Mississippi cheerleader repeatedly calls for : ANI
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Peace Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
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All ___ up : SHOOK
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Account of a hellish trip? : DANTESINFERNO
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Some Boolean operators : ANDS
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Ancient land known in antiquity as Lacedaemon : SPARTA
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Volcanoes develop over them : EONS
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Writer Santha Rama ___ : RAU
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Increase what is at stake ... or a hint to answering 20-, 30- and 46-Across : UPTHEANTE
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Fair play, to some : TURNABOUT
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Item in a winter cache : ACORN
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Gasteyer formerly of "Saturday Night Live" : ANA
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"I wanna!" : LEMME
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Traveled like Johnny Appleseed : ROVED
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"Whew!" : BOY
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Egg on : GOAD
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Influences : SWAYS
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Squander : BLOW
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Mount SW of Messina : ETNA
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Sailed through : ACED
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Rug rats : MOPPETS
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Ticklish dolls : ELMOS
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David, for one : STATUE
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Go back and forth : PACE
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Food thickener : AGAR
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Coffee, in slang : MUD
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Affair for bingers : DRINKATHON
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"Arabian Nights" creature : ROC
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"Amen!" : YES
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Honey and Sugar : PETNAMES
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Ancient kingdom east of the Dead Sea : MOAB
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End of many a Trump tweet : SAD
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Alone, in a way : STAG
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Jake's "Blues Brothers" brother : ELWOOD
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Pants : SLACKS
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Places : STEADS
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Moist towelette : WETNAP
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Unorganized : INDISARRAY
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Dangerous dog : BITER
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Thurman of the "Kill Bill" films : UMA
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Ultimate : EVENTUAL
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Soviet nuclear-powered submarine : ALFA
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Never, abroad : NIE
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Flips one's lid : HASACOW
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It's on the Gulf of Oman : IRAN
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Took home : NETTED
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"That's amazing!" : OOH
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Moves toward : NEARS
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Man, in Milan : UOMO
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Fast feline : PUMA
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Blast from the past, astronomically speaking? : NOVA
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Rare trick taker : TREY
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Bounds : ENDS
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Can opener : TAB
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Popular card game : UNO
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Beseech : BEG

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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