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New York Times, Friday, February 15, 2019

53-Across : Little buddy

Author:
Wyna Liu
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {Q} Spans: 1 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Liu.
Wyna Liu notes:
This is the first puzzle I've constructed and I'm thrilled to be making my NYT debut. The seed entry for this puzzle was 33-Across ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
CRAZY RICH ASIANS! The book was hilarious. I was so glad that they didn't cast Tilda Swinton to play one of the lead roles. Not all ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times2/15/19 ( No. 25,301 )

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Across
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Misrepresents oneself to on the internet, in a way : CATFISHES
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Place to unload : WHARF
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Savory treat that is often caramelized : ONIONTART
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Titan, once : OILER
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"My bad" : OOPSSORRY
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Keynote, maybe : ORATE
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"___ alive!" : SAKES
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World Series of Poker venue in Las Vegas : THERIO
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Thin strips used in building construction : SPLINES
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Lumberjacks, e.g. : WOODMEN
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Left in a hurry, with "out" : PEELED
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Mother of Mars, in myth : JUNO
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Relief pitcher? : ADVIL
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Obscure : MASK
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Power unit : WATT
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Highest-grossing rom-com of the 2010s : CRAZYRICHASIANS
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Days gone by : YORE
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Baseball family name : ALOU
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Void : ANNUL
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Party spec : BYOB
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Cheerful response after helping : GLADTO
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Selected N.F.L. stars : ALLPROS
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Facetious superlative : MOSTEST
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Become tiresome to : WEARON
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Music genre that's the focus of Decibel magazine : METAL
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Not shy away from a potential embarrassment : OWNIT
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Composes beautifully : MELODIZES
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Little buddy : KIDDO
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Late Peabody-winning journalist and newscaster : GWENIFILL
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County name in five East Coast states : ESSEX
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Have no worries : SLEEPEASY
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Something babies do (and people do at babies) : COO
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1/100 de un siglo : ANO
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Line on a bill : TIP
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Petrify, say : FOSSILIZE
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Without a bit of sense : INSANELY
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Pumped : STOKED
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Animals whose fur may change color in the winter : HARES
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Slips : ERRS
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Dump : STY
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"Yay!" : WOOHOO
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Contracted : HIRED
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Unit measure for chili : ALARM
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Fix, as laces : RETIE
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Gas once used in aerosols : FREON
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Toy company whose name comes from the Dakota Sioux word for "big" : TONKA
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Not all there : SPACY
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Don ___, "Don Giovanni" role : PEDRO
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Actor Burton : LEVAR
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Chinese martial arts : WUSHU
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Most popular U.S. baby name for boys, 1999-2012 : JACOB
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Greek island where a famous armless statue was found : MILOS
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Be successful, informally : WINATLIFE
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"Biography" cable channel : AANDE
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Bits of hardware that can fit inside 32-Downs : TNUTS
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Opening for 31-Down : TSLOT
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Fabric name since 1924 : RAYON
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Zesty bowlful : SALSADIP
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Shots for dudes? : BROTOX
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Cry after a lucky snag : GOTONE
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Stirred : AWOKE
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Sports Illustrated's "Olympian of the Century" : LEWIS
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Touches down : LANDS
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"In general, ___ is at the bottom of all great mistakes": John Ruskin : PRIDE
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Imbroglio : MELEE
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Cry querulously : MEWL
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Old British sports cars : MGS
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Khaleda ___, first female P.M. of Bangladesh (1991-96, 2001-06) : ZIA
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High lines : ELS
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Machiavellian : SLY

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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