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New York Times, Friday, December 4, 2015

Where tequila originated: Abbr.

Author:
Martin Ashwood-Smith
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 69, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQVWZ} Spans: 6, (1 quad stack) This is puzzle # 80 for Mr. Ashwood-Smith. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2015, The New York Times12/4/15 ( No. 24,132 )
Across
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Big drop of water : FALLS
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Putting out a lot : PROLIFIC
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Superman, for one : ALIEN
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Axe in a bathroom : DEODORANT
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One showing resolution? : COMPUTERMONITOR
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"Any ideas?" : THOUGHTS
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Some British autos : MGS
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It's delivered freshly : SASS
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School in development? : ROE
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Lead-in to "la la" : SHA
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Where tequila originated: Abbr. : MEX
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Start of a protest : BUT
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B.C. setting : PST
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Focus of industrial science : APPLIEDRESEARCH
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Old nickname for China : CELESTIALEMPIRE
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The Who's only U.S. top 10 hit : ICANSEEFORMILES
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Scopes Trial city : DAYTONTENNESSEE
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Lead-in to Balls or Caps : SNO
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Enterprise letters : USS
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Wander : GAD
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"On Point" broadcaster : NPR
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Sharp as a bowling ball : DIM
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Enormous, informally : MEGA
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Contents of some pockets : AIR
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Opposite of a shaggy-dog story : ONELINER
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Hardware manager : OPERATINGSYSTEM
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Hoarders' disorders : RATSNESTS
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Candy counter eponym : REESE
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Immoderate behavior : EXCESSES
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Made a bad call : ERRED
Down
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The right stuff? : FACTS
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Coming or going acknowledgment : ALOHA
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Line at the Oscars : LIMOS
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Hare constellation : LEPUS
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Figure-hugging : SNUG
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Taken alone : PERSE
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DVD trailer? : ROM
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2004-11 Lakers forward : ODOM
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Like some roses and wineglasses : LONGSTEMMED
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Partiers on March 17 : IRISH
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Broad and then some : FAT
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Rescuer of Odysseus : INO
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Snapper on a field: Abbr. : CTR
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Trendy cleanses : DETOXDIETS
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Pretty good poker hand : THREETENS
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Taxing times : APRILS
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Their state song is a waltz : MISSOURIANS
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Property : BELONGINGS
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Handles online : USERNAMES
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Cliffside detritus : SCREE
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___ days (now) : THESE
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Vinegar and others : ACIDS
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Praline ingredient : PECAN
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Take selfish advantage of : PLAYON
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Quitting time? : LENT
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Actor Spall of "Life of Pi" : RAFE
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Egyptian bull god : APIS
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Diagram grammatically : PARSE
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Inadvisable behavior : DONTS
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Skinflint : MISER
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Rap response : ENTER
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Featherbrains : GEESE
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Piece-keeping? : ARMED
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Map lines: Abbr. : RTES
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Strings of yore : LYRE
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Rock band? : ORE
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Time of wide-ranging stability : PAX
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It can reduce a sentence : ETC
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Final finale in Britain? : ISE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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