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New York Times, Saturday, December 3, 2016

Author:
Jason Flinn
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jason Flinn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 22 Missing: {GJKQWXZ} Spans: 8, (2 quad stacks) Average word length: 6.34 This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Flinn. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jason Flinn notes:
This puzzle has a good deal of TV nostalgia for me. As a kid, I spent many a rainy Saturday afternoon watching programming called ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I generally shudder when seeing quad-stacks. Because there are so many inflexible crossings to work with, it's inevitable that there ... read more
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© 2016, The New York TimesNo. 1203 ( 24,497 )

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Across
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True artisan : MASTERCRAFTSMAN
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"Them!" or "The Fly" : CREATUREFEATURE
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Personal stakes : VESTEDINTERESTS
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Something a server can give you : INTERNETADDRESS
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Where many saw action in the '40s : ETO
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Nickelodeon's "___ Declassified School Survival Guide" : NEDS
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Swiss chocolate brand : LINDT
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Currency replaced by the euro : LIRA
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Message that might be spelled with rocks : SOS
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Foreign agreement : OUI
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Start : ONSET
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Start up, in a way : BOOT
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Some library offerings : DVDS
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Old-fashioned : MOLDY
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Suffix with transit : ORY
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Get the picture : SEEIT
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Perfectly, after "to" : ATEE
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Distinctive part of a bison : HUMP
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"Naturals" : AFROS
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___ Sremmurd, hip-hop duo with the 2016 #1 hit "Black Beatles" : RAE
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Squeal : RAT
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Bit of blogorrhea : RANT
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Spooks : SPIES
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Giverny backdrop for Monet : POND
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You may give it when you are running late for a meeting, informally : ETA
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Juneteenth : EMANCIPATIONDAY
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Shouted : RAISEDONESVOICE
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Crashed and burned : ENDEDINDISASTER
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Some STEM jobs : SYSTEMSANALYSTS
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John or Christine of Fleetwood Mac : MCVIE
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"___ you coming?" : ARENT
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Sixth: It. : SESTO
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London tourist destination, with "the" : TATE
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What you've been waiting for, you might think : ETERNITY
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Comic Rita : RUDNER
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Bemoaned : CRIEDABOUT
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Gets things on time? : RENTS
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Skin Bracer alternative : AFTA
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Place to take stock? : FEEDLOT
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Time machine on "Doctor Who" : TARDIS
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Back : STERN
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Pondered : MUSEDOVER
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Oil production site : ARTSTUDIO
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Noted Volstead Act enforcer : NESS
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Start of a news story, in journalism lingo : LEDE
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Refined nutritional ingredient in many cereals and meat products : SOYPROTEIN
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Followers: Suffix : ISTS
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___ Little, stickup man on "The Wire" : OMAR
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Fewer : NOTASMANY
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They can be helpful after retiring : SLEEPAIDS
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Agatha Christie's "N ___?" : ORM
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Skillful : DEFT
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Pablo ___, 2012 World Series M.V.P. nicknamed "The 44-Down" : SANDOVAL
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Orthodox group : HASIDIM
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Fall back : RECEDE
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Child actress Jones of "Family Affair" : ANISSA
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Many a map of Hawaii : INSET
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See 34-Down : PANDA
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Drops a line, maybe : EDITS
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"It is silent," musically : TACET
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Bill of the 1960s-'70s Weather Underground : AYERS
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Part of the conjugation of the Spanish "to be" : ERES
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Lily of the opera : PONS
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Asking too many questions : NOSY

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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