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New York Times, Friday, December 6, 2019

Author:
Andrew J. Ries
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Ries

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Ries. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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Across
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Samsung-versus-Apple and others : ADWARS
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Regular at a fitness center : GYMRAT
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Returns : PROFIT
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Gather dust : LIEIDLE
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Containing neither meat nor dairy : PAREVE
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Dietary claim on some potato chip bags : LESSSALT
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"Here's one for you, smarty-pants" : ANSWERMETHIS
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Something cast in cleromancy : LOT
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Not just sit there : REACT
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Breaks, in a way : TAMES
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Rugged class : SPORTUTILITY
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Source of illegal ivory, informally : HIPPO
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Puts to bed, with "in" : TUCKS
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One with a habit : NUN
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Cash ___ (restaurant caveat) : ONLY
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New World songbird : VIREO
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Overhaul : REDO
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Feminine suffix in Spanish names : ITA
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Power cord? : SINEW
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Cut (down) : PARED
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Take the more difficult path, metaphorically : SWIMUPSTREAM
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Something made for one's idols? : TOTEM
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Ancient : HOARY
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Abbr. for an open slot : TBA
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Dressing room attendant : MAKEUPARTIST
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"Don't mention it" : NOBOTHER
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Some kaffiyeh wearers : SAUDIS
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Went past : OVERRAN
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Company with a purple-and-green asterisk in its logo : ETRADE
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National tree of India : BANYAN
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Clean, as a lab coat? : DEFLEA
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Horrify, in Hampshire : APPAL
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Pipe cleaner brand : DRANO
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Drub : WORST
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Some : AFEW
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It flows from the Cottian Alps to the Adriatic : RIVERPO
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Lead-in to -scope : STEREO
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Lillian of silent films : GISH
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Firm affirmation : YESITIS
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Prayer book : MISSAL
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Nutritional fig. : RDA
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___ set : ALL
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Celebration in Ho Chi Minh City : TET
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Low-carb sandwich : LETTUCEWRAP
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Series of visits to colleges, maybe : LECTURETOUR
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Actor whose roles have included both a fictional and a real-life U.S. president : MARTINSHEEN
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Person in a rush : MINER
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Exercise done on a bench : ETUDE
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Bishops' gathering : SYNOD
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One who bugs another person? : SPY
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Ring result, for short : TKO
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Raise : HOIST
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Halved, perhaps : INTWO
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Interweave, as hair : PLAIT
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Kind of pass : VIP
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Super Bowl LIII loser : RAM
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Island near Krakatoa : SUMATRA
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Wage : PAYRATE
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Answer to the riddle "I form in an instant and last a lifetime. What am I?" : MEMORY
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Rubbed out : ERASED
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Ebbing and flowing, say : TIDAL
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Queen's "We Will Rock You" vis-à-vis "We Are the Champions" : BSIDE
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Totally lost : ATSEA
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Sadiq ___, London mayor beginning in 2016 : KHAN
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Neighborhood : TURF
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___ Hill (San Francisco neighborhood) : NOB
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Eggs Florentine, once? : OVA
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Son of, in Hebrew names : BEN

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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