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New York Times, Friday, December 8, 2017

32-Across : Subterranean hideout in comics

Author:
Paolo Pasco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Pasco. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Paolo Pasco notes:
It started with NINJA STARS, which someone mentioned in a TV show I was watching (either "Parks and Rec" or "The Office," I don't ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Loved that little QUAALUDE / PUZZLE BOX section! Something so awesome about all those rare letters worked in so smoothly. And PUZZLE ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times12/8/17 ( No. 24,867 )
Across
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"Get outta here!" : SCAT
5
Casual cutoffs : JEANSHORTS
15
Law force, slangily : POPO
16
Breakout entertainment? : ESCAPEROOM
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Truth we hold to be self-evident? : FACT
18
Latest thing : DERNIERCRI
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Some low clouds : STRATI
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Tupper of Tupperware fame : EARL
22
Orange-soda-loving character of 1990s Nickelodeon : KEL
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Big '70s-'80s band inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 : ELO
24
Start to go out : WANE
25
Point in a kitchen : TINE
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Queen hit with the lyric "So don't become some background noise" : RADIOGAGA
29
Baker in a studio : CHET
30
Comment from the smitten : IMINLOVE
31
Kim ___-jung, recipient of the 2000 Nobel Peace Prize : DAE
32
Subterranean hideout in comics : BATCAVE
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Tries to nip : BITESAT
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Sportsman whose #4 was retired : OTT
38
Powerful sedative : QUAALUDE
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"We Need a Little Christmas" musical : MAME
41
Frustrating thing to open : PUZZLEBOX
42
___ slaw : COLE
43
Female singer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017 : BAEZ
44
Withdrawal fig. : AMT
45
Director Lee : ANG
46
News ___ (media giant) : CORP
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"I was right!" : KNEWIT
50
Rodeo event : BARRELRACE
53
Indie singer ___ Case : NEKO
54
"That is ..." : IMEANTOSAY
55
Many a Generation Z member, now : TEEN
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Throwable weapons used by assassins : NINJASTARS
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Time at a hotel : STAY
Down
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15, 30 and 50 are common ones, in brief : SPFS
2
Layer : COAT
3
Reward for an accelerated course, in brief : APCREDIT
4
Line on a 1040 : TOTALINCOME
5
___ knight : JEDI
6
San Jose-to-San Antonio dir. : ESE
7
Figure that can describe a lot : ACREAGE
8
Refrain syllables : NANANA
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What may be on the horizon? : SPIRE
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Cad : HEEL
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Alexander ___, pioneer and early head of New York's subway system : ORR
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Mile-high player : ROCKIE
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Sign of availability : TORENT
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"You're about to be photographed!" : SMILE
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"That ship has sailed" : TOOLATE
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Aspect of hydrodynamics : WAVE
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Weather : THEELEMENTS
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Tease : RIB
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Drs.' order? : AMA
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C-Span focus: Abbr. : GOVT
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Language banned under Franco's dictatorship : CATALAN
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Cameron of Hollywood : DIAZ
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Telephone, informally : BUZZ
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Social media post that refers to another user without directly mentioning that person : SUBTWEET
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Trouble : ADO
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Ranch moniker : TEX
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"What say, José?" : QUEPASA
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Friendly French term of address : MONAMI
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Nelson ___, author of "The Man With the Golden Arm" : ALGREN
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Mimic : PARROT
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Kind of fever : CABIN
43
Parts of a Frankenstein costume : BOLTS
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W.W.E. star John : CENA
47
See 52-Down : KEYS
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Store with a three-syllable name in four letters : IKEA
49
High-class : TONY
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Literally, "rule" : RAJ
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With 47-Down, some frequently misplaced items : CAR

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later.

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