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New York Times, Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FJQW} This is puzzle # 111 for Mr. Gordon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I've heard anecdotes that the average crossword solver doesn't even notice themes, just mindlessly filling in squares until it's done, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Fun puzzle. I like this one.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 1204 ( 25,228 )
Across
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Commonly sprained joint : ANKLE
6
Smurf with a white beard : PAPA
10
Sounds when settling into a hot bath : AAHS
14
Good name for a dyslexic neurosurgeon? : BRIAN
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Each : APOP
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Four Corners state : UTAH
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Clothing store event to get rid of excess merchandise : SAMPLESALE
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Sitarist Shankar : RAVI
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French writer who refused the 1964 Nobel Prize in Literature : SARTRE
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Evita of "Evita" : PERON
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Government agency charged with protecting the first family : SECRETSERVICE
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Tolerate : ABIDE
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Prefix with -phyte : NEO
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Participate in a prizefight : BOX
28
Nursery rhyme character who met a pieman : SIMPLESIMON
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Old Russian autocrat : CZAR
38
Prank : CAPER
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Steakhouse specification : RARE
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In the near future : SOMEDAYSOON
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Word before sells or cells : SEX
44
Exclamation on "The Simpsons" : DOH
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Admission of defeat : ILOST
47
Brooke Shields sitcom set at a trendy magazine : SUDDENLYSUSAN
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"Hurray!" or "Olé!" : CHEER
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Really small, informally : TEENSY
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Destruction : RUIN
57
Nightclub singer who was given the nickname "Buddha" by Frank Sinatra : SYLVIASYMS
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Strong desire : URGE
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___ Stanley Gardner of detective fiction : ERLE
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Christmas carols : NOELS
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Hot Chocolate or Vanilla Fudge : BAND
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Professional org. : ASSN
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Plumber's device : SNAKE
Down
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"Washboard" muscles : ABS
2
Org. opposed by Everytown for Gun Safety : NRA
3
North Korean leader : KIM
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Expired, as a membership : LAPSED
5
Intertwines : ENLACES
6
Cut's partner in word processing : PASTE
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Separately : APART
8
Firehouse fixtures : POLES
9
Orangutan, for one : APE
10
Bye at the French Open? : AUREVOIR
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Company that created Pong : ATARI
12
Destruction : HAVOC
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Bootblack's job : SHINE
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Drop the ball : ERR
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Air Force One passenger: Abbr. : PRES
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Schoolteacher's wake-up time, perhaps : SIXAM
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First month of el año : ENERO
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Basic facts : ABCS
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Nincompoop : BOZO
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Billionaire Carl : ICAHN
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Last full month of spring : MAY
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Second addendum to a letter, for short : PPS
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Summer zodiac sign : LEO
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One who works with bricks : MASON
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Bonanza discoveries : ORES
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Barbershop call : NEXT
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Blushed or flushed : REDDENED
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Active person : DOER
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Popular Japanese cars : NISSANS
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Applies, as a thick coat of paint : LAYSON
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Second-stringer : SCRUB
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Communications officer on the Enterprise : UHURA
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Condescend (to) : DEIGN
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Distance units in astron. : LTYRS
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Shouts : YELLS
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Commonest craps roll : SEVEN
53
Prefix with cellular : UNI
57
Where the buoys are : SEA
58
Affirmative vote : YEA
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Jan. honoree : MLK
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NNW's opposite : SSE

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

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