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New York Times, Monday, December 4, 2017

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
Poe poem that starts "Once upon a midnight dreary," with "The"
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 119 for Mr. Arbesfeld. Monday freshness: 40%
Jeff Chen notes:
Tidy start to the week, a consistent "*AY IT *" pattern featuring some snazzy theme phrases. SAY IT AINT SO is fantastic, as are PLAY ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times12/4/17 ( No. 24,863 )
Across
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Falafel holders : PITAS
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Piano technician : TUNER
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Start of a countdown : TEN
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Food-spoiling bacterium : ECOLI
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"Remember the ___!" : ALAMO
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Party card game : UNO
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"Tell me the rumors are false!" : SAYITAINTSO
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Kook : NUT
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Revolutionary Guevara : CHE
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Some HDTVs : RCAS
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Glowing part of a fire : FLAME
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Comprehensive, as a report : INDEPTH
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Put an end to : CEASE
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2000 Kevin Spacey/Helen Hunt film : PAYITFORWARD
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Sounding congested : NASAL
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Smash into : RAM
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Leave rolling in the aisles : SLAY
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Approximation: Abbr. : EST
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Oscar-nominated Enya song from 2001's "The Lord of the Rings" : MAYITBE
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Was out to lunch? : ATE
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Apple tablet : IPAD
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Dog doc : VET
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Helped out : AIDED
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Offer effusive praise : LAYITONTHICK
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Poe poem that starts "Once upon a midnight dreary," with "The" : RAVEN
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Long to have : ACHEFOR
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Capital of Oregon : SALEM
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Sweetie pie : BABE
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"That ___ lie!" : ISA
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Get older : AGE
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Improvise : PLAYITBYEAR
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California's Big ___ : SUR
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Sign on a boardinghouse window : TOLET
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Cowboys' home : RANGE
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D.D.E.'s predecessor : HST
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Cheese with holes : SWISS
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Actress Winona of "Stranger Things" : RYDER
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Actor Joe of "My Cousin Vinny" : PESCI
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Corporate raider Carl : ICAHN
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Trifled (with) : TOYED
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Three-time Frazier foe : ALI
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Take a load off : SIT
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Chinese martial art : TAICHI
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Neighbor of the radius : ULNA
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Yanks : New York :: ___ : Washington : NATS
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Letters on an ambulance : EMS
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One whose work is on the house? : ROOFER
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Popular sandwich order : TUNASALAD
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Make a list of : ENUMERATE
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Do, re or mi : NOTE
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Pretentiously showy : ARTY
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Clean Air Act and others : LAWS
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Clean Air Act org. : EPA
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It may be read by a psychic : PALM
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Grooming implement : COMB
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Travis of country music : TRITT
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Liposuction target : FAT
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Not naturally red-haired, e.g. : DYED
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Singer Diamond or Young : NEIL
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Spears at the dinner table : ASPARAGUS
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"Keep your eyes open!" : STAYALERT
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Stratford-upon-___ : AVON
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Hankering : YEN
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Per person : EACH
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Drop precipitously : DIVE
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D.D.E., familiarly : IKE
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Lures : TEMPTS
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Bad ones are hard to break : HABITS
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Rapper-turned-TV actor : ICET
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Wicked one : FIEND
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___ orange : OSAGE
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Harder to find : RARER
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Pageant wrap : SASH
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Indonesian tourist destination : BALI
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Naval agreements? : AYES
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Like a pitch between the ankles and knees : LOW
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"It's f-f-freezing!" : BRR
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"Yippee!" : YAY

Answer summary:
3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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