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New York Times, Monday, December 9, 2019

Only N.F.L. team that doesn't have a logo on its helmets

Author:
Ellis Hay
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Hay. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ellis Hay notes:
Working with four 15-letter theme entries was interesting because it presented both a degree of rigidity and interchangeability in ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The Shortz Era began with a color crossword. The fact that there have been dozens more over the decades may have (ahem) colored my ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times12/9/19 ( No. 25,598 )
Across
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The Mayflower had three of them : MASTS
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Rocker Lofgren : NILS
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Story of heroes : EPIC
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Hawaiian greeting : ALOHA
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Grp. with many Mideast members : OPEC
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Outpouring from a volcano : LAVA
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Sweet citrus fruits from Southern California : VALENCIAORANGES
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Winter Olympics need : SNOW
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Tack on : ADD
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Most frigid : ICIEST
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___-bodied : ABLE
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Abba of Israel : EBAN
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Only N.F.L. team that doesn't have a logo on its helmets : CLEVELANDBROWNS
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Tied, as shoes : LACED
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Be under the weather : AIL
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"___ till you drop" : SHOP
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W.W. II zone that D.D.E. commanded : ETO
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Completely enchanted : SMITTEN
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The Cyclones of the Big 12 Conf. : ISU
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Pimply outbreak : ACNE
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Like some batteries and baseball leagues : AAA
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Did something : ACTED
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Some chickens : RHODEISLANDREDS
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Angry driver's signal : HONK
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Lover boy : BEAU
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"Quaking" trees : ASPENS
56
Nightly "NewsHour" presenter : PBS
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Queen in Disney's "Frozen" : ELSA
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Hit 1980s cop show : HILLSTREETBLUES
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Dutch town with a cheese named after it : EDAM
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Light and open : AIRY
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Deity of Islam : ALLAH
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Store department with jackets and ties : MENS
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Shaggy beasts : YAKS
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Come from behind, in scoring : RALLY
Down
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Dallas N.B.A. team, informally : MAVS
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Actor Alda : ALAN
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Like Lindbergh's 1927 flight to Paris : SOLO
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Crowd activity at a stadium : THEWAVE
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___ Rafael, Calif. : SAN
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"Who knows?!" : NOIDEA
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Apple tablet : IPAD
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Sign before Virgo : LEO
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Write quickly and none too carefully : SCRIBBLE
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Weather phenomena from the Pacific : ELNINOS
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"Doctor Jones, you're needed at the front desk," e.g. : PAGE
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Currier and ___ : IVES
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Group of actors : CAST
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Dial on a telephone : CALL
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Rent-___ (Hertz or Avis) : ACAR
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Hotel units : BEDS
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Polish, as text : EDIT
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Unambiguous : CLEAR
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Gate fastener : LATCH
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Cheap, in commercial names : ECONO
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Birth-related : NATAL
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"___ Christmas" (holiday song) : WHITE
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Edged (out) : NOSED
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Taters : SPUDS
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Chief support : MAINSTAY
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"Can ___ you a question?" : IASK
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Zilch : NADA
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Actor who played Andy Bernard on "The Office" : EDHELMS
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___ De Vil, "101 Dalmatians" role : CRUELLA
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Earth's longest time divisions, geologically : EONS
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Homes for nuns : ABBEYS
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Hatchlings' home : NEST
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*cough, cough* : AHEM
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Point of view, as in an argument : SIDE
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Blueprint : PLAN
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Employee's reserved parking space, for one : PERK
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Brief down period : LULL
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Circus animal with flippers : SEAL
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Wan : ASHY
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Small inlet : RIA
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What a priest, a minister and a rabbi might walk into : BAR

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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