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New York Times, Saturday, December 5, 2020

15-Down : Itsy-bitsy

Author:
Brendan Emmett Quigley
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brendan Emmett Quigley

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {FXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 187 for Mr. Quigley. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Often, BEQ is too indie and hip for me, so I brace myself for an unfamiliar TAKE THE L or UGLY CRY or SAD KEANU. How apt is that trio, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Brendan Emmett Quigley mentioned on Facebook that his identity was hidden in the grid. We've highlighted his Easter Egg.

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© 2020, The New York Times12/5/20 ( No. 25,960 )

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Across
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Snack product once owned by General Mills : SLIMJIM
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Like many a yoga master : LIMBER
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Words from one preparing to knock back a few : LINEEMUP
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Just think of something : IDEATE
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FedEx Office alternative : UPSSTORE
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Four of a kind, say : TETRAD
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The "Black Paintings" and others : GOYAS
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Temple offering: Abbr. : DEG
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Checkout choice : DEBIT
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Big biceps, slangily : GUNS
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Very fine example : JEWEL
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Spot for a slicer : DELI
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Without a script, briefly : OTC
28
Get pooped : TIREOUT
30
Letters for a proof reader : QED
31
Woman of the world? : MOTHERNATURE
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Cherished by : DEARTO
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Things kept in bottles : GENIES
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Squiggly musical symbols : QUARTERRESTS
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Dr. Jekyll creator's inits. : RLS
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Tenor part in Donizetti's "Don Pasquale" : ERNESTO
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"There is no ___ higher than truth": Gandhi : GOD
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Nickname for a man whose name means "merciful" : CLEM
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Ava DuVernay film subject : SELMA
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Beverage brand with a lizard logo : SOBE
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Stuff in a den, once : OPIUM
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Skater Babilonia : TAI
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Dive : SWOOP
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One getting in on the hustle? : DANCER
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"That was nice!" : ILIKEDIT
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Choice word : EITHER
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Diabolical : DEVILISH
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Beaks : SNOOTS
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"How can I say no?!" : YESLETS
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Comics character with a pug nose : SLUGGO
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Golfer's near miss : LIPOUT
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Together : INSYNC
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Features of Hopi lands in Arizona : MESAS
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Dashes (off) : JETS
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Start of some thoughts shared on social media : IMO
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Informal name for Vespa mandarinia : MURDERHORNET
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Blasted : LIT
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Tagged, for short : IDED
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Handed (out) : METED
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Occasion for smoking : BARBEQUE
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Amazon and others : ETAILERS
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Reason not to go swimming in the ocean : REDTIDE
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Itsy-bitsy : PEEWEE
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Long-running fictional hero who made his debut in "Call for the Dead" : GEORGESMILEY
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Heebie-jeebies : JITTERS
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Anti-insomnia drug : LUNESTA
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Dessert you might be "liable" to eat? : TORTE
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Relative of molto, in music : TANTO
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Calendar abbr. : MAR
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Quaint agreement : TIS
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Slight headache, maybe : DULLPAIN
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Gradually become familiar with : EASEINTO
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Things scanned nowadays : QRCODES
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Put down again, as tiles : RELAID
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It's a treat : GOODIE
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One found among the reeds : OBOIST
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Bathymetry measurements : DEPTHS
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A lot : MUCHO
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Peachy : SWELL
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Cross : MEET
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Makes tracks, in a way : SKIS
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$200 Monopoly properties, for short : RRS
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"___ known rivers" (start of a Langston Hughes poem) : IVE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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