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NEW YEAR'S RESOLUTIONS

New York Times, Sunday, December 29, 2019

Actress Metcalf who was nominated for an Oscar for "Lady Bird"

Author:
Andrew Chaikin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Chaikin.
Will Shortz notes:
Andrew Chaikin, of San Francisco, is an electronic-blues musician who goes by the name Kid Beyond. He has played with such luminaries as James Brown, Ray Charles, Will.I.Am and Sara ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times12/29/19 ( No. 25,618 )
Across
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Reveal, as a plot twist : SPOIL
6
Hit 1980s-'90s show with TV's first lesbian kiss : LALAW
11
Closed : SHUT
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Blemish : WART
19
Groan-inducing, perhaps : PUNNY
20
Pop up : ARISE
21
The eyes have it : LASH
22
Fictional lab assistant : IGOR
23
Casino gambler's resolution? : CLEANOUTTHEHOUSE
26
Reputation : NAME
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Locale of 10 Winter Olympics : ALPS
28
Match.com, e.g. : URL
29
Helen Mirren or Judi Dench : DAME
30
New Age author Chopra : DEEPAK
32
Sitcom lover's resolution? : SEEFRIENDSMOREOFTEN
37
Emmy-winning TV producer Klein : MARCI
38
Morales of "NYPD Blue" : ESAI
39
Encouraging start? : ATTA
40
"Wow, awesome!" : OHCOOL
42
French, say, to a Brit : SNOG
44
Georgia, once: Abbr. : SSR
46
Sold-out sign : SRO
49
Popular Fisher-Price toy for pre-kindergartners : SEENSAY
51
Hen's resolution? : GROWMYNESTEGG
56
Round of applause : HAND
57
"___-Tiki" : KON
59
Small dam : WEIR
60
Children's author Beverly : CLEARY
61
Wall St. works on it all summer : EDT
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Simple : MERE
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First of two U.S./U.S.S.R. pacts : SALTI
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Locale of New York's Frederick Douglass Blvd. : HARLEM
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Nun's resolution? : GIVEUPOLDHABITS
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___ Shepherd, former co-host of "The View" : SHERRI
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Trees used in furniture-making : TEAKS
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Hub : NODE
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C.E.O.'s deg. : MBA
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Whip, as cream : AERATE
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Best Actor winner Malek : RAMI
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Junior : SON
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Many a TikTok user : TEEN
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Stalking tiger's resolution? : WATCHWHATIEAT
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"Arabian Nights" locale : BAGHDAD
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Floral wreath by a coral reef : LEI
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Olympic gymnast Raisman : ALY
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Line from the past? : SCAR
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Standout star : SIRIUS
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Prominent part of a Mickey Mouse costume : EARS
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Historic plaintiff Scott : DRED
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Ball game : LOTTO
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Bank robber's resolution? : PLANAPERFECTGETAWAY
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Mideast peace talk? : SHALOM
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Out of juice : DEAD
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Tats : INK
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Quarreling : ATIT
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Cry of woe : WAIL
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Union activist's resolution? : ORGANIZEMYOFFICE
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It usually has a single palm tree, in cartoons : ISLE
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Bargaining point that's nonnegotiable : NEED
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Actor/L.G.B.T. rights activist George : TAKEI
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Saves for later, in a way : TIVOS
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Word before streak or business : MEAN
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Artist Warhol : ANDY
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All tuckered out : SPENT
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It gets your blood flowing : STENT
Down
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Pet cause, for short : SPCA
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Takes the lead : PULLSAHEAD
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Megarich group : ONEPERCENT
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Lickety-split : INASECOND
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Girl's name ending : LYN
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Actress Metcalf who was nominated for an Oscar for "Lady Bird" : LAURIE
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Uncultured : ARTLESS
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Blotto : LIT
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Louisville Slugger material : ASH
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Creeping Charlie and Good-King-Henry : WEEDS
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Many plays are seen in it : SLOMO
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Actor Rutger of "Blade Runner" : HAUER
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Letters naval gazers see : USS
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What punctual people arrive on : THEDOT
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They appreciate a nice bouquet : WINETASTERS
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Visibly stunned : AGAPE
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Not italicized : ROMAN
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Quite a hike : TREK
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Lead-in to "Town" or "Gang" : OUR
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Scenery chewer : HAM
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Direct deposit, for short : EFT
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Verizon offering : FIOS
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Da ___, Vietnam : NANG
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Fashionable Christian : DIOR
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Pull down : EARN
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Israel's Dayan : MOSHE
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Feature of many a summer camp cabin : LAKEVIEW
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Get lost or stolen, in British lingo : GOWALKIES
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Metalworker : SMITH
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Some of them call Homs home : SYRIANS
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Honest-to-goodness : REAL
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Shrek, e.g. : OGRE
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"Auld Lang Syne" time : YORE
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Fuses : WELDS
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Spiny anteaters : ECHIDNAS
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Online magazine since 1996 : SLATE
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Locale involved in many a New Year's resolution : GYM
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Like Switzerland during World War II : NEUTRAL
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Jollity : MIRTH
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"Same here!" : SOAMI
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Comic foil of early TV : GRACIEALLEN
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Having the taste of smoke, as some Scotches : PEATY
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Nincompoop : BOOB
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Toothy tool : SAW
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Get better : HEAL
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Famed Deco designer : ERTE
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Having deep thoughts : MEDITATIVE
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Marilyn Monroe or Beyoncé : BEAUTYICON
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"Consequently ..." : ANDSO
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Fly off the handle : THROWAFIT
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Treasure chest feature : HASP
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Rock band that Slash really ought to play for? : ACDC
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Lip-puckering : TART
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Kind of monster : GILA
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50 situps a day, say : REGIMEN
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"Feliz ___ Nuevo!" (cry on el 1 de enero) : ANO
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Title heroine of classic 60-Across books : RAMONA
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P.R. advice for the accused, maybe : DENYIT
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New moon, e.g. : PHASE
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Boxer Ali : LAILA
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Beat by a hair : EDGED
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"Shall we?" : READY
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Season ticket holder, e.g. : FAN
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Wields a red pen, perhaps : EDITS
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It stops a round and a bout : TKO
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Start a triathlon : SWIM
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Trial : TEST
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"Star Wars" villain Kylo : REN
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Hit with a ray gun : ZAP
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Squeeze (out) : EKE
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N.B.A. one-pointers: Abbr. : FTS

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle.

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