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New York Times, Friday, December 29, 2017

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 72 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Steinberg notes:
This puzzle gets the label #TBT, where TBT stands for Throwback Themeless rather than Throwback Thursday! In fact, the original ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
JOY BUZZER! The kid in me loves that one. They're always so underwhelming in real life, but I sure was enthralled by the pics in the ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 1229 ( 24,888 )

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Across
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Checks for bugs : BETATESTS
10
Dealt (with) : COPED
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Percocet relative : OXYCONTIN
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Barbershop job : SHAVE
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She's always down for a good time : PARTYGIRL
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Lydia neighbor : IONIA
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___-conscious : ECO
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Vehicle with a cab : SEMI
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In telephone hell? : ONHOLD
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Zeus trapped Typhon under it : ETNA
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Utter madness : LUNACY
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QB protectors : RGS
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Ones concerned with stress : POETS
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Letters before Q : LGBT
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Pure and simple : BARE
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Island known for its meditation retreats : BALI
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Baker's shortcut : CAKEMIX
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Roman who said "Any man can make mistakes, but only an idiot persists in his error" : CICERO
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Zero : NOTANY
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Coming up : ARISING
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Bad impression? : DENT
42
Email folder : SENT
43
Stick it to? : GORE
45
Piths : GISTS
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___ characters (Chinese script) : HAN
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Do over : REPEAT
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Reaction to an insult : SLAP
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It may come with age : FLAVOR
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Horror movie figure, in brief : DRAC
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"Rockaria!" band, for short : ELO
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Publisher's concern : LIBEL
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Joke shop purchase : JOYBUZZER
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___ hole : OZONE
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Passover meal in Exodus : LAMBROAST
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Proceeds : WENDS
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"Sounds good" : OKEYDOKEY
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Children's character associated with a crook : BOPEEP
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"Precisely!," informally : EXACTO
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Power of old films : TYRONE
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You might clean yours up or put one on : ACT
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Tops and such : TOYS
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TV actress Georgia : ENGEL
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Reaction producers : STIMULI
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Like a good workout : TIRING
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Hot show with a cold open, for short : SNL
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TV spinoff beginning in 2004 : CSINY
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"I know the answer!" : OHOH
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Big picture : PANORAMA
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It might accompany "Heh, heh, heh" : EVILGRIN
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Smokin' hot : DEADSEXY
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Station measure : OCTANE
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In an ideal world : ATBEST
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1970 Jackson 5 #1 hit : ABC
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Garment whose name is often spelled with "ee" at the end : SARI
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Ex-Steeler Jerome dubbed "The Bus" : BETTIS
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More stretched out : LONGER
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Diddy ___ (peanut-shooting Nintendo character) : KONG
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Indicator of liquidity : CASHFLOW
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"Thanks, Captain Obvious" : IREALIZE
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Swirly sweet seller : CINNABON
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Whigs' successor, briefly : GOP
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"Heavens to Betsy!" : DEARYME
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New Jersey's state tree : REDOAK
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Erika with six Daytime Emmys : SLEZAK
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"Honor Thy Father" writer : TALESE
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Containing a spoiler, say : SPORTY
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Stay-at-home mom and dad, e.g. : ROLES
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Pet feline : TABBY
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Sell : VEND
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Bean ___ : CURD
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4x platinum 2001 album with the #1 hit "I'm Real" : JLO
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Leopard spot : ZOO

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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