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New York Times, Saturday, December 29, 2018

Man's nickname that sounds like two letters of the alphabet

Author:
Robyn Weintraub
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Ms. Weintraub. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2018, The New York Times12/29/18 ( No. 25,253 )
Across
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First digit : THUMB
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Beam at? : LASE
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4.93 milliliters: Abbr. : TSP
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Purchase that usually ends up in the trash : GARBAGEBAG
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Two stars, maybe : ITEM
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"The job's not great, but I can pay my bills" : ITSALIVING
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Ordering aid : MENU
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Mortgage agcy. : FHA
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Proclaimed : CRIED
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Flinch, e.g. : REACT
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Rejection of a monotheist : GODS
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Take a dive : PLUMMET
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With all one's might : AMAIN
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African tree with hanging fruit : BAOBAB
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Full of twists : CURVY
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"Balderdash!" : POPPYCOCK
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Credits : CITES
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Palindromic file extension : EXE
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Oil source : SHALE
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College division : TRIMESTER
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Showed elation : LITUP
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Like ogres : FEARED
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Not flush, say : INSET
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One with his or her head in the clouds : AVIATOR
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Ranch alternative : CAPE
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Highland bodies : LOCHS
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Fine dining no-no : SLURP
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Cry over spilled milk, perhaps : MOM
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"Essays of ___" : ELIA
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Mobile home designation : DOUBLEWIDE
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John, abroad : EVAN
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Function not intended for seniors : JUNIORPROM
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Up there, so to speak : OLD
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Saves, e.g. : STAT
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Snack usually eaten outdoors : SMORE
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Exclamation from a weary employee : TGIF
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"Poison, I see, ___ been his timeless end": Shak. : HATH
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Celestial animal : URSA
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Deg. from Kellogg : MBA
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They're tops in the theater : BALCONYSEATS
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Some kick-around wear : LEVIS
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Man's nickname that sounds like two letters of the alphabet : ABIE
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Smoother : SANDPAPER
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Starting point : EGG
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Fantastic means of travel : TIMEMACHINE
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Natchez and Delta Queen, for two : STEAMBOATS
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Subject of the 2018 biography "The Shadow President" : PENCE
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Brace : GIRD
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Mix : MUTT
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Pair that clicked in film : RUBYSLIPPERS
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"I could use some help" : GIVEMEAHAND
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___-eared : LOP
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Statement no. : ACCT
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California's ___ Woods National Monument : MUIR
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Fake : ARTIFICIAL
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Constrained, with "in" : BOXED
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Dwindles : PETERSOUT
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This, for one : CLUE
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Held : KEPT
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Spec for some bargain tix : SRO
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Direction of a ship : ALEE
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Ford acquisition of 1999 and sale of 2010 : VOLVO
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Ark unit : CUBIT
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Main dinosaur in Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" : ARLO
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Counterpart of the Roman god Sol : LUNA
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"Triptych Bleu I, II, III," e.g. : MIRO
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Bad thing to find in your refrigerator : ODOR
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One gets shared a lot : MEME
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Plays at work? : DJS
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Meas. for a steno : WPM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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