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New York Times, Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Common New Year's resolution -- as hinted at by the answers to the four starred clues

Author:
Evan Kalish
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Kalish. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2019, The New York Times12/31/19 ( No. 25,620 )
Across
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Diving gear : SCUBA
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Home to seven "-stan" countries : ASIA
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Drive-up bank conveniences : ATMS
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Wagner on a very valuable baseball card : HONUS
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James of Her Majesty's Secret Service : BOND
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Actress Patricia of "Hud" : NEAL
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*Currency replaced by the euro : IRISHPOUND
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___ a soul (no one) : NARY
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G.O.P. fund-raising org. : RNC
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Makes a boo-boo : ERRS
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Apply suddenly, as brakes : SLAMON
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Not go bad : KEEP
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Just one small bite : ATASTE
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Pigeon's sound : COO
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Trip through the bush : SAFARI
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*Decorative garden feature with fish : KOIPOND
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Many an adopted pet : RESCUE
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Star pitchers : ACES
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*Almost-identical pair, figuratively : TWOPEASINAPOD
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___ Sea (mostly dried-up lake) : ARAL
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Country on an isthmus : PANAMA
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*It flows through Turin : RIVERPO
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Big name in sunglasses : RAYBAN
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Clinch victory in : ICE
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Result of a coup : OUSTER
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Top-notch : AONE
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Preachers preach it : GOSPEL
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Oodles : ALOT
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Periods after the fourth qtr. : OTS
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Duchess of ___ (Goya subject) : ALBA
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Common New Year's resolution -- as hinted at by the answers to the four starred clues : LOSEWEIGHT
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"Dear Santa" requests : TOYS
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Like 2, 4, 6, 8 ... : EVEN
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The mermaid in "The Little Mermaid" : ARIEL
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Magnetite and cassiterite : ORES
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Common first word : DADA
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"___ after class" : SEEME
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Neglects, as responsibilities : SHIRKS
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It's reshaped by Lasik surgery : CORNEA
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Humanitarian org. since 1946 : UNICEF
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Clear tables in a restaurant : BUS
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Tennis's Arthur ___ Stadium : ASHE
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Call off, as a mission : ABORT
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Composer whose work might be appropriate during March Madness? : SOUSA
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Alternative to an Airbnb : INN
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Supplements : ADDSTO
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Elsa's sister in "Frozen" : ANNA
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Fans of Conan O'Brien, colloquially : TEAMCOCO
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Cast away, like Crusoe : MAROONED
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Subtle acknowledgments : SLYNODS
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Give kudos : PRAISE
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Floral necklace : LEI
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Sentence shortener : PAROLE
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Yarn purchase : SKEIN
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Gym lifter's unit : REP
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Tropical fruit with orange flesh : PAPAYA
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Mafia bosses : CAPOS
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Olympics chant : USA
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Like the French and Italian flags : TRICOLOR
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Silently bids adieu : WAVESBYE
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Limited, as a search : NARROW
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Doctors' org. : AMA
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Thank you, in Tokyo : ARIGATO
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Eggs on sushi : ROE
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Like some teeth, pork and punches : PULLED
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Get down on the dance floor : BOOGIE
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"God Save the Queen," for one : ANTHEM
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Big name in chocolate and bottled water : NESTLE
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Zapped at a riot, perhaps : TASED
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Kagan on the bench : ELENA
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Comment at a bridge table : PASS
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Herbal brews : TEAS
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Egg cells : OVA
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Emotion that's "raised" : IRE

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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