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New York Times, Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Author:
Jeff Stillman
Editor:
Will Shortz
Original "American Idol" judge with Randy and Paula
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Stillman. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Stillman notes:
The genesis for this puzzle was when my wife and I went out to Longhorn Steakhouse. They had a coaster that said, "We believe in a job ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I was so amused by this puzzle. Something so fun and chuckle-worthy about telling an airline to KEEP IT UP! Same goes for telling a ... read more
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© 2015, The New York Times12/29/15 ( No. 24,157 )
Across
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Airport with many connecting flights : HUB
4
Marquee names : STARS
9
Small jazz band : COMBO
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Dr. J's first pro league : ABA
15
Screeching baby? : OWLET
16
Some frozen drinks : ICEES
17
Neither's partner : NOR
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Compliment for a fruit-of-the-month club? : NOTBADATALL
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Duds : GARB
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Gettysburg opponent of Lee : MEADE
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Bus driver on "The Simpsons" : OTTO
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Compliment for a planetarium? : STELLAR
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Recipe amt. : TSP
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Money to tide one over : LOAN
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Compliment for an airline? : KEEPITUP
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Rebound, as a billiard shot : CAROM
36
Go round and round : SWIRL
37
Genetic messenger : RNA
38
Big bang maker, informally : HBOMB
39
72, at Augusta National Golf Club : PAR
40
Stradivari's teacher : AMATI
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Building add-on : ELL
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"Dragon Ball Z" genre : ANIME
45
Original "American Idol" judge with Randy and Paula : SIMON
46
Compliment for a steakhouse? : WELLDONE
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British buddy : CHAP
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Breakfast grain : OAT
50
Compliment for a GPS manufacturer? : WAYTOGO
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Where something unpleasant sticks : CRAW
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Throng : SWARM
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Rickman of the Harry Potter films : ALAN
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Compliment for a charcoal seller? : YOUREONFIRE
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Addams Family member : ITT
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Toss about, as petals : STREW
65
Maestro's stick : BATON
66
Grant source, for short : NEA
67
Poke fun at : TEASE
68
"Why ___ you in bed?" : ARENT
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Mind-reading skill, for short : ESP
Down
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Chillaxes : HANGS
2
Destroyer destroyer : UBOAT
3
Air show maneuver : BARRELROLL
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Trinity member : SON
5
Like some beach volleyball teams : TWOMAN
6
___ ego : ALTER
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Country's McEntire : REBA
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Dutch burg : STAD
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Org. in "Homeland" : CIA
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Cousins of squids : OCTOPI
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Pepperoni or sausage : MEAT
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Slug : BELT
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Scandinavian capital : OSLO
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Dissuade : DETER
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Leopold ___, "Ulysses" protagonist : BLOOM
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Brazilian dance popular in the 1980s : LAMBADA
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Eye-catching : SPLASHY
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___ Kilpatrick, ex-mayor of Detroit : KWAME
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Dublin's land : EIRE
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Bouncer's place : TRAMPOLINE
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"For ___ us a child is born" : UNTO
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Suffering : PAIN
34
Ruminate (on) : CHEW
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Up to the job : ABLE
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___ room (site of postdebate political commentary) : SPIN
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Roadster from Japan : MIATA
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"False!" : NOTSO
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Less than 300 dots per inch, commonly : LOWRES
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Grammy-nominated rapper with the 2002 hit "Oh Boy" : CAMRON
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"Don't forget to ___" : WRITE
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Slalom obstacles : GATES
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Ready to be drawn : ONTAP
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Skin abnormality : CYST
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Mechanical learning : ROTE
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Distinctive quality : AURA
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Org. for the New York Liberty : WNBA
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Light years away : AFAR
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Ram's mate : EWE
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Suffix with differ : ENT

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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