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New York Times, Saturday, December 7, 2019

Author:
Kevin G. Der and Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
413/12/200712/7/20193
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1.65865
Kevin G. Der
TotalDebutLatestCollabs
6411/6/20127/31/202032
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ScrabbleRebusCirclePangram
1.60280
Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 29 Missing: {QVZ} This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Der. This is puzzle # 50 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 1207 ( 25,596 )
Across
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Shaken thumb, in American Sign Language : TEN
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The "dark" in a Dark and Stormy, perhaps : JAMAICANRUM
15
Schwarzbrot or Vollkornbrot loaf : RYE
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Post-match report : IMETSOMEONE
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Onomatopoeic cry : EEK
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How a security guard might say goodbye? : GOTTABOUNCE
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Puts away : STOWS
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Subjects of some relative clauses? : HEIRS
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___ Geo : NAT
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Reduplicative girl's name : CECE
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Mascot of the W.N.B.A.'s Mystics, e.g. : PANDA
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Most actors don't hold real ones, informally : CIGS
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Do loops? : HEADBANDS
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Language from which "Saskatchewan" comes : CREE
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Part of an announcer's home run call : ITSGONE
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Exhibit a male gaze, perhaps : OGLE
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Word with big or goat : CHEESE
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Light on packaging : LOWFAT
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Biblical verb with "thou" : DOST
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League leader, informally : COMMISH
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E.U. alliance : GSIX
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Setting for a plastered cast? : WRAPPARTY
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Start of some juice portmanteaus : CRAN
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Makeup experts? : LIARS
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Bender : TEAR
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Tom's partner : HEN
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Opposite of calm : PANIC
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Manila Pact grp. : SEATO
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"I can confirm" : ITCHECKSOUT
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Device sold with a remote : WII
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Patchwork? : BETARELEASE
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What's more : AND
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Barrier to entry : ALARMSYSTEM
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"May I help you?" : YES
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À la mode : TRESCHIC
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Sticking points for vampires : EYETEETH
3
2000s rock singer with the hit albums "Hell-On" and "Middle Cyclone" : NEKOCASE
4
The tunes "The Blarney Pilgrim" and "The Lark in the Morning," e.g. : JIGS
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"Te ___" : AMO
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Dairy farm product : METHANE
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Not miss : ATTEND
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Unhelpful follower of "because" : ISAIDSO
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Yoga pose similar to Upward-Facing Dog : COBRA
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Nigerian novelist Tutuola : AMOS
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Alt's opposite : NEU
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Name that's the title of a 1964 4 Seasons hit : RONNIE
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Disbar? : UNCAGE
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Some sporting events : MEETS
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Placed tightly : WEDGEDIN
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Philatelist's collection : PANES
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Other hand : CREWMATE
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Yanks' rivals : BOSOX
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Really hit one's stride? : CLOMP
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Messy food servings : GLOPS
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"Go ahead, ask" : FIREAWAY
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Rarest naturally occurring element in the earth's crust : ASTATINE
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Energy regulators in the body : THYROIDS
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Like stars in one's eyes : TWINKLY
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Old-fashioned attire for a motorist : CARCOAT
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Opera heroine who slays a witch : GRETEL
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Holy places : SANCTA
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Good news for the office staff : RAISES
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Japanese city on Tokyo Bay : CHIBA
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What loafers lack : LACES
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Salon job : PERM
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Topic in education policy : STEM
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Sarcastic syllable : HAR
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Mixed-___ : USE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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