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New York Times, Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Toronto landmark that's the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BJQXZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Trout.
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© 2020, The New York Times12/29/20 ( No. 25,984 )

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Across
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Salacious : LEWD
5
Opposite of loose : TAUT
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Galileo, by birth : PISAN
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___ vera : ALOE
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Frosty coating : RIME
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Loosen, as a knot : UNTIE
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Xena, notably : WARRIORPRINCESS
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Show known for its cold opens, for short : SNL
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Cantankerous : CUSSED
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Guard's command : HALT
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Half of a Monopoly pair : DIE
25
"Smart as a whip" and "sharp as a tack" : SIMILES
27
Largest lizard on earth (up to 10 feet long) : KOMODODRAGON
32
Mideast sultanate : OMAN
33
Sweet-talk and send chocolates, say : WOO
34
Looks lasciviously : OGLES
38
Sass : LIP
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Toronto landmark that's the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere : CNTOWER
42
Cereal bit : OAT
43
Totally lost : ATSEA
45
Funnyman Brooks : MEL
46
In years past : ONCE
47
Who sang the 1973 #1 hit "Midnight Train to Georgia" : GLADYSKNIGHT
51
Request for payment : INVOICE
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It might be brown or pale : ALE
55
Moscow turndown : NYET
56
Skulls : CRANIA
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By way of : VIA
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"Happily ever after" ... or what 17-, 27-, 39- or 47-Across has? : FAIRYTALEENDING
66
"Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt" actress Kemper : ELLIE
67
Tablet released in 2010 : IPAD
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Tribe that lent its name to a Nebraska county : OTOE
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Speaks with a gravelly voice : RASPS
70
Cuts with shears, maybe : LOPS
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"Auld Lang ___" : SYNE
Down
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Ten Commandments, e.g. : LAWS
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Pizazz : ELAN
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Some classroom wall hangings : WORLDMAPS
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___ Spiegel (German newsmagazine) : DER
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Garment that may be "dropped" : TROU
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Broadcasts : AIRS
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Ones usually found at home : UMPS
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Mother ___ : TERESA
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Many a groan inducer : PUN
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Moving at a snail's pace : INCHING
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Super bargain : STEAL
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Political division, metaphorically : AISLE
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Locales of wasps and spies : NESTS
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___ coffee : ICED
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Hipster's "gotcha" : IDIG
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Particle in a particle accelerator : ION
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Secure at shore : MOOR
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Kind of nut : KOLA
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Leave out : OMIT
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Cable channel named for a talk show host : OWN
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One of three in a Morse "S" : DOT
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Spacious : ROOMY
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What the biblical Methuselah is famous for : LONGEVITY
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A pop : EACH
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"Keep as is" : STET
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The Golden State, familiarly : CALI
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Director Anderson : WES
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Rocky Mountain National Park sighting : ELK
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It's all about me, me, me : EGOTRIP
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Big Alaska export : OIL
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Bank statement no. : ACCT
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Waylay, as a conversation : DERAIL
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Tandoori bread : NAAN
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Deduce : INFER
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Spiral-horned African antelope : NYALA
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Some bridal accessories : VEILS
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Big name in dog food : ALPO
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Kind of tide : NEAP
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Modern war hazards, for short : IEDS
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Sit ___ (audit) : INON
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Pulitzer-winning James : AGEE
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"You rang?" : YES
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Salon creations : DOS

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