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New York Times, Tuesday, December 8, 2020

48-Across : Pooh's morose friend

Author:
Enrique Henestroza Anguiano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {GJQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Anguiano. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Enrique Henestroza Anguiano notes:
I'm excited to be making my debut at the New York Times with this puzzle, which I hope you find FRESH, not STALE! The theme was ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Enrique! I worked with him on a puzzle earlier this year; enjoyable back and forth. Nice to see him nab his NYT debut. POLAR OPPOSITES ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times12/8/20 ( No. 25,963 )
Across
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9-to-5 activity : WORK
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In heaven, say : ABOVE
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Like a Saturday crossword : HARD
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Person in a boardroom, informally : EXEC
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It's in the details, they say : DEVIL
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Arthur who wrote "Days of Grace" : ASHE
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Meat substitute : TOFU
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Cards in Monopoly : DEEDS
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Put the kibosh on : STOP
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French conductor Boulez : PIERRE
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Upscale hotel facility : SAUNA
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Electrical unit : OHM
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"___ relax" ("Breathe") : TRYTO
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Web-footed diver : OTTER
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Things that may be broken when moving? : LEASES
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Pic picked in a parlor : TAT
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Gare de l'___, Paris railway station : EST
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Senegal's capital : DAKAR
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Where the sheep is in "Little Boy Blue" : MEADOW
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One totally unlike another ... or what each answer on the edge of this puzzle has? : POLAROPPOSITE
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Inscribed stone markers : STELAE
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Having no toppings, as a pizza : PLAIN
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Singer/songwriter DiFranco : ANI
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Rocks, in drinks : ICE
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Pooh's morose friend : EEYORE
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Complete stranger, slangily : RANDO
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Gregor ___, Kafka character who transforms in "The Metamorphosis" : SAMSA
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Put in stitches : SEW
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Unpleasant encounter : RUNIN
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Madison Square Garden team : KNICKS
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"Really?" : ISIT
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Bird whose beak inspired Darwin's theory of evolution : FINCH
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Fend (off) : WARD
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Flying formations : VEES
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Accustom to difficulty : INURE
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Taiwanese electronics giant : ACER
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Like a Monday crossword : EASY
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In hell, say : BELOW
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Off-hours activity : PLAY
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Rainy : WET
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Big name in kitchen utensils : OXO
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Arena arbiter, informally : REF
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Single-serving coffee pod : KCUP
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Venomous snakes with zigzag patterns on their backs : ADDERS
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Drunken, in a way : BEERY
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Not hidden : OVERT
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Obsolescent home movie format : VIDEOTAPE
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They loop the Loop : ELS
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Rips into : HASAT
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Shrewd : ASTUTE
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Some French wines : RHONES
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Take off, as a plane : DEPART
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Method of successive improvement : ITERATION
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In some sense : SOTOSPEAK
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Like the year you ring out on December 31 : OLD
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In a ___ of trouble : HEAP
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Speedy shark : MAKO
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Pizza joint in "Do the Right Thing" : SALS
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Hubbub : ADO
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Fancy notebook brand : MOLESKINE
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Fuel economy org. : EPA
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Foxlike : WILY
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Critic's pick, for short : REC
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Tourist city in New Mexico's high desert : TAOS
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Dublin's land : EIRE
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Like the year you ring in on January 1 : NEW
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Land, as a plane : ARRIVE
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Seasickness, e.g. : NAUSEA
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Some belly buttons : INNIES
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Forgo : ESCHEW
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Bubbleheaded : DITSY
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Cancel : ANNUL
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Prefix with aggression : MICRO
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Exchange : SWAP
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Little lie : FIB
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Kind of tear for an athlete : ACL
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Stephen of "V for Vendetta" : REA
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Not rainy : DRY

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