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New York Times, Saturday, February 15, 2020

Third-largest city of the later Ottoman Empire, surpassed only by Constantinople and Cairo

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Randolph Ross

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 24 Missing: {BJQZ} Average word length: 6.48 This is puzzle # 114 for Mr. Ross.
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© 2020, The New York Times2/15/20 ( No. 25,666 )
Across
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Drink every last drop from : SUCKDRY
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Give a sop to, maybe : APPEASE
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Was naturally a part of something : INHERED
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Street protester or Tibetan monk : CHANTER
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Duds : THREADS
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Largest of the British Virgin Islands : TORTOLA
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Bad vibrations : SEISMS
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Things picked up on beaches : TANLINES
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Pipe filler : HASHEESH
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Epoch when modern mammals arose : EOCENE
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"See you then" : ITSADATE
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Soft leathers : SUEDES
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Like bodybuilders' arms : VEINY
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Fruity and fragrant compounds : ESTERS
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Ending with many fruit names : ADE
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Competitor of Century 21 : REMAX
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Marijuana, in older slang : TEA
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Be in charge of : HEADUP
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Subjects of baseless charges? : AWOLS
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Food that's cured : SALAMI
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Dangers for swimmers : RIPTIDES
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Benchmark test for British students : ALEVEL
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1960s catchphrase : FREELOVE
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Young hares : LEVERETS
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Takes stock? : LADLES
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21st-century health menace : OPIOIDS
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Millinery items : HATPINS
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Source of running water : OPENTAP
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Chanel fragrance with a French name : EGOISTE
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S.R.O. : NOSEATS
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Units in a horse race : LENGTHS
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Mourn, in a way : SITSHIVA
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Cold : UNHEATED
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Hynde of the Pretenders : CHRISSIE
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Bob of old children's TV : KEESHAN
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Theater portmanteau : DRAMEDY
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It had a major part in the Bible : REDSEA
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N.F.L. stat: Abbr. : YDS
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Official proceedings : ACTA
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Call on a hot line? : PHONESEX
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British sitting room : PARLOUR
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Draws in : ENTICES
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Made up (for) : ATONED
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Sister of Helios : SELENE
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Gets the lead out : ERASES
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What are depicted in some blue prints? : THESMURFS
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Knight mare? : STEED
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Jungle herbivore : TAPIR
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Chewed out : RAILEDAT
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Personal agenda : TODOLIST
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Desperate hour : ELEVENTH
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Judges : ASSESSES
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"Here, try this" : HAVEONE
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Title for a retired professor : EMERITA
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Had plateful after plateful : ATEATON
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Animal hunted in "Lord of the Flies" : WILDPIG
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Site of a western gunfight : SALOON
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Third-largest city of the later Ottoman Empire, surpassed only by Constantinople and Cairo : ALEPPO
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Duties : LEVIES
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Fur : PELAGE
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Cough syrup amts. : TSPS
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Daughter of Loki, in Norse myth : HEL

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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