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New York Times, Monday, December 30, 2019

Author:
Gary Larson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Gary Larson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQVX} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Larson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Gary Larson notes:
One of my favorite activities as a boy was to eavesdrop on my dad and his cronies, drinking beer and playing penny-ante poker. The ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
This is one of my favorite tried-and-true theme types, reminding me of the game "Tribond," where you're given three seemingly ... read more
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1230 ( 25,619 )
Across
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___ Wednesday : ASH
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Doing battle : ATWAR
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Item in a humidor : CIGAR
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Hotel amenity down the hall : ICE
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1940s-'60s singer Frankie : LAINE
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Win by ___ : ANOSE
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Butter substitute : MARGARINE
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Hereditary background : ROOTS
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What locomotives and irons may give off : STEAM
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Critical, as a situation : DOORDIE
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One getting mostly A's in school : HONORSTUDENT
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Killer whale : ORCA
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King Kong, for one : APE
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China's Mao ___-tung : TSE
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Campus bigwig : DEAN
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Rainbow shapes : ARCS
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Obliterate : ERASE
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Beavers' construction : DAM
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Winning time after time ... or where you might find 17-, 23-, 51- or 62-Across : ONAROLL
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Small inlet : RIA
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Asparagus unit : SPEAR
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Sharpen, as skills : HONE
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Performs like Lil Wayne or Lil' Kim : RAPS
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Baseball stat : RBI
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Suffix with ball : OON
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"Or ___!" (end of an ultimatum) : ELSE
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Shiny kitchen wrap : ALUMINUMFOIL
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Signifies : DENOTES
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Obsolescent phone features : DIALS
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Rumble in the Jungle setting : ZAIRE
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Wallet alternative : MONEYCLIP
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Fragrant chemical compound : ESTER
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Standard Windows typeface : ARIAL
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Feather stole : BOA
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Outbuildings with garden tools : SHEDS
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Gem in an oyster : PEARL
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Aardvark's morsel : ANT
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Goals : AIMS
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"Shoo, kitty!" : SCAT
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On earth : HERE
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Fort where Davy Crockett died : ALAMO
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Driveway surface : TAR
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Nintendo console : WII
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Newswoman Curry : ANN
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Swamp plants : REEDS
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Merry-go-round : CAROUSEL
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Properly arranged : INORDER
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Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. ___" : GOODE
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Actor Sean of "The Lord of the Rings" : ASTIN
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Change, as a clock : RESET
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Illustrator Wilson famous for his macabre cartoons : GAHAN
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Six-time N.L. home run champ Mel : OTT
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Indian bread : NAAN
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What the "O" of O magazine stands for : OPRAH
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Place for a Ping-Pong table : RECROOM
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6:1 or 7:1, e.g., at a racetrack : ODDS
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Harvest : REAP
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Arrived : CAME
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What "ibn" and "ben" mean, in names : SONOF
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Asia's shrunken ___ Sea : ARAL
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Doesn't guzzle : SIPS
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Simplicity : EASE
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Spacecrafts circling the earth : ORBITERS
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Jay formerly of late-night TV : LENO
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Like Brink's trucks : ARMORED
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Excavation find : RELIC
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Suffix with serpent : INE
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Woodworking tools : ADZES
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What a dog-walker holds : LEASH
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Bring together : UNITE
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Chart often with insets of Alaska and Hawaii : USMAP
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Peaceful, picturesque scene : IDYLL
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Jessica of "Fantastic Four" : ALBA
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King of the jungle : LION
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Small quarrel : SPAT
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Metal from a mine : ORE
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Vardalos of "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" : NIA
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Serving of corn : EAR

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