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New York Times, Monday, December 31, 2018

Author:
Brian Thomas
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brian Thomas

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Thomas. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Brian Thomas notes:
Funny story; when I was constructing this puzzle, I was somehow under the wrong impression regarding black square counts - I thought ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Brian hits us with some winning TIC-TAC-TOERAGs today! OZONE indicating an OOO pattern within themers. A friend of mine did this theme ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1231 ( 25,255 )

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Across
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Exchange after a lecture, informally : QANDA
6
Room just under the roof : ATTIC
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Sweetheart : HON
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Base just before home base : THIRD
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Postponed for later consideration : LAIDASIDE
17
"You young people go ahead!" : IMTOOOLDFORTHIS
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Country between Ecuador and Bolivia : PERU
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Part of a tree or a book : LEAF
21
Lowest workers : PEONS
22
G.I.'s ID : DOGTAG
24
"That's so funny," in a text : LOL
25
Lack in energy : HAVENOOOMPH
30
Dull, as a finish : MATTE
33
Begged earnestly : IMPLORED
35
Make a goof : ERR
36
Free-___ (like some chickens) : RANGE
38
Punk offshoot : EMO
39
"Don't leave this spot" : WAITHERE
42
Cairo's land : EGYPT
44
Force to exit, as a performer : BOOOFFSTAGE
47
Hosp. trauma centers : ERS
48
Broadway's ___ O'Neill Theater : EUGENE
51
Puppeteer Lewis : SHARI
54
___ Fein (Irish political party) : SINN
56
Either side of an airplane : WING
58
Traffic reporter's comment : ITSAZOOOUTTHERE
61
Plant-eating dino with spikes on its back : STEGOSAUR
62
Discover almost by chance, as a solution : HITON
63
Hoppy brew, for short : IPA
64
Helper in an operating room : NURSE
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Another name for O3 (as appropriate to 17-, 25-, 44- and 58-Across?) : OZONE
Down
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Brand of swabs : QTIP
2
Man's name related to the name of Islam's founder : AHMED
3
Lead-in to glycerin : NITRO
4
Prolonged dry spell : DROUGHT
5
"Much ___ About Nothing" : ADO
6
Assert without proof : ALLEGE
7
Cry of triumph : TADA
8
Spat : TIFF
9
Last words before being pronounced husband and wife : IDO
10
Not drive by oneself to work : CARPOOL
11
Cheery greeting : HIHO
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Ares : Greek :: ___ : Norse : ODIN
13
Loch ___ monster : NESS
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Patron of sailors : STELMO
18
Kingly name in Norway : OLAV
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___ Bo (exercise system) : TAE
24
Make great strides? : LOPE
26
Highest digits in sudoku : NINES
27
"Holy cow!," in a text : OMG
28
Quarry : PREY
29
Plant supplying burlap fiber : HEMP
30
Kitten's sound : MEW
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Spirited horse : ARAB
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Sextet halved : TRIO
34
"i" or "j" topper : DOT
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Dictionaries, almanacs, etc., in brief : REFS
37
Poodle's sound : ARF
40
Scoundrel, in British slang : TOERAG
41
What a setting sun dips below : HORIZON
42
Urge (on) : EGG
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"Who'da thunk it?!" : GEEWHIZ
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Professor's goal, one day : TENURE
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___ Jemima : AUNT
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Mexican president Enrique Peña ___ : NIETO
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Company in a 2001-02 business scandal : ENRON
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Enthusiastic assent in Mexico : SISI
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Web address starter : HTTP
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On the waves : ASEA
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Fly high : SOAR
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Notes from players who can't pay : IOUS
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Bit of inheritance? : GENE
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The Buckeyes of the Big Ten, for short : OSU
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However, briefly : THO

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