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New York Times, Thursday, December 31, 2020

Author:
David J. Kahn
Editor:
Will Shortz
Local economy makeup ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
1883/15/19945/4/20235
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4451426601326
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16241.55154%
David J. Kahn

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 40 Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 187 for Mr. Kahn. Thursday freshness: 91%
David J. Kahn notes:
The idea for this puzzle came from reading about Small Business Saturday, a promotional day to support small businesses. Although I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
If you imagine a person's face looking to the right, doesn't this grid look like a mullet, with that pyramid of hair flowing down the ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times12/31/20 ( No. 25,986 )
Across
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N.B.A. stat : PPG
4
Number of stripes on la bandera mexicana : TRES
8
Relay, e.g. : EVENT
13
Oscar-winning actor for "Moonlight" and "Green Book" : ALI
14
Chew (out) : REAM
15
Actress Clarke of "Game of Thrones" : EMILIA
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Rapper MC ___ : REN
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Plant that lacks true roots and leaves : ALGA
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Be surpassed by : LOSETO
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Broker's request for funds : MARGINCALL
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Averts, with "off" : STAVES
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Product with the slogan "Trust the power within" : DURACELL
24
James Merritt ___, pioneer in American lithography : IVES
25
Modest : DEMURE
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Digital currency : BITCOIN
28
Foot with a short part and a long part : IAMB
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Places to crash : FUTONS
30
Layer : PLY
31
Goes downhill : WORSENS
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Game that's 100% luck : WAR
36
___-vivre (ability to live elegantly) : SAVOIR
37
Modern know-it-all : SIRI
38
Epic collapse : MELTDOWN
39
Literally, "way of the gods" : SHINTO
41
Capital of Italy's Apulia region : BARI
42
Sums set aside, say : NESTEGGS
44
One of 64 divisions of Louisiana : PARISH
46
Highlighter of tihs clue? : SPELLCHECK
48
Certain tailored suit : ARMANI
49
Capital of Fiji : SUVA
50
Not-so-great grade : DEE
51
Put together, as assets : POOLED
52
Send off : EMIT
53
Like Haydn's Symphony No. 12 : INE
54
Squirming, maybe : ANTSY
55
Goes out with : SEES
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Something to take or hang : TEN
Down
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Chicken ___ (certain entree, informally) : PARM
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District attorney's offering, maybe : PLEADEAL
3
Game with sets and runs : GINRUMMY
4
Diner or sleeper : TRAINCAR
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Adjust, as skates : RELACE
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Two under : EAGLE
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Local economy makeup ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : SMALLBUSINESSES
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Faces of the digital age? : EMOTICONS
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In relation to : VISAVIS
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Big roll : ELEVEN
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Informal times, in ads : NITES
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New Mexico's ___ Ski Valley : TAOS
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Legal limits? : ELS
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Chow : GRUB
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Quantity equal to about seven glasses of wine : LITER
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Minor market move : DIP
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Shipload : TON
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:-( : FROWN
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Winner of a record 26 Oscars : WALTDISNEY
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Ab ___ (from the start) : OVO
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Went forward without a plan : WINGEDIT
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Manhattan's SoHo has a noted one : ARTSCENE
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Where swimmer Katie Ledecky won four Olympic golds : RIO
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"Flash Gordon" and others : SERIALS
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Pine (for) : SIGH
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Woodchuck of the western U.S. : MARMOT
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A one-hit Wonder he's not : STEVIE
40
Violently temperamental sorts : HELLCATS
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Titan of industry : BARON
43
Froth : SPUME
44
Old man : PAPA
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Shrouded : HID
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Razor-sharp : KEEN

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