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New York Times, Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Nightstick ... or what might form if the beginnings of 14-, 20-, 37- and 58-Across started paying dues?

Author:
Kate Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Hawkins. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Kate Hawkins notes:
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© 2020, The New York Times12/30/20 ( No. 25,985 )
Across
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Discovery : FIND
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First courses, for short : APPS
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SAG-___ (media labor union) : AFTRA
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It might cost extra at a beach resort : OCEANVIEW
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Apple tool : CORER
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Ocher-like hue : RAWSIENNA
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Put up : ERECT
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"Who do you think you ___?" : ARE
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Clairvoyant's accessory : CRYSTALBALL
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Chubby mouse in Disney's "Cinderella" : GUS
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That: Sp. : ESO
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___ Dobbs, title detective in Jacqueline Winspear books : MAISIE
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Direction in which el sol rises : ESTE
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Taboo : NONO
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Demands for payment : DUNS
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When doubled, enthusiastic : RAH
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Ticked off : SORE
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Lo-___ image : RES
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Key lime pie crust ingredient : GRAHAMCRACKER
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Do with a pick, maybe : FRO
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Zone : AREA
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Habitat for some moss and mushrooms : LOG
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Biblical sister of Rachel : LEAH
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Good name for someone with a sharp tongue? : BARB
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Twitter logo : BIRD
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Deep blue : INDIGO
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Borrower's fig. : APR
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Adjective in a U.S. Marines ad : FEW
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Cut above the rest? : PORTERHOUSE
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Suffix with lact- : OSE
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"A Promised Land" memoirist : OBAMA
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Tip : UNBALANCE
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Stomach woe : ULCER
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Nightstick ... or what might form if the beginnings of 14-, 20-, 37- and 58-Across started paying dues? : BILLYCLUB
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A lot of TikTok's audience : TEENS
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Root/blossom connector : STEM
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Watches : EYES
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Search for food : FORAGE
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Mythological figure who's a symbol of hubris : ICARUS
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Like the topmost emails in an inbox : NEWEST
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Govt. prosecutors : DAS
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Declares : AVERS
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Southwestern evergreen : PINYON
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Corrals : PENS
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Give a "Whap!" : SWAT
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___ corridor, Northeast transportation route : ACELA
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Ban : FORBID
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"X" marks its spot : TREASURE
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La-Z-Boy product : RECLINER
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Clumsy : ARTLESS
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"Well played!" : NICE
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Lacking scruples, say : AMORAL
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Modern ___ : ERA
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Envelope information in "May I have the envelope, please?" : OSCAR
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Country that's partially in the Arctic: Abbr. : NOR
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"Eureka!" : AHA
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Keep, as doubts : HARBOR
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Green prefix : ECO
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1968 Winter Olympics site : GRENOBLE
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Formula One event : ROADRACE
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___ culpa : MEA
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Illya Kuryakin's org. in the film "The Man From U.N.C.L.E." : KGB
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Lose it : FLIPOUT
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Contract killers : HITMEN
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Shiny trinket : BAUBLE
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"I wish ..." : IFONLY
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Search's partner : RESCUE
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Uncool sorts : DWEEBS
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Reverse and others : GEARS
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"The Lord is my shepherd ...," for one : PSALM
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Count (on) : RELY
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Nexuses : HUBS
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"Will do" : ONIT
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Alternative to Lowe's : ACE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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