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New York Times, Saturday, February 16, 2019

44-Down : Insurance mascot with an accent

Author:
Andrew Kingsley and John Lieb
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Andrew Kingsley
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John Lieb

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Kingsley. This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Lieb.
Constructor notes:
Andrew: This puzzle started with the SE stack, as I had been trying forever to get PIXIECUT into a puzzle (my sister proudly donned ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Appropriate that there are three Xs in this grid! MANSCAPING is innocent enough in some senses. Trimming unwanted chest and back hair ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times2/16/19 ( No. 25,302 )
Across
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Old-fashioned group of people : THEAMISH
9
You may train to get in it : SHAPE
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Another moniker for the Empire City of the South : HOTLANTA
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Having an uninterrupted series of steps : SCALAR
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Chosen : ANOINTED
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Kite grippers : TALONS
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Peso : Cuba :: ___ : Korea : WON
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Être, across the Pyrenees : SER
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Predecessors of Transformers : GOBOTS
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Yearbook sect. : SRS
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Scratch : CANCEL
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Lose sleep (over) : STEW
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Like the characters on "Lost" : MAROONED
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Kitchen gadget brand : OXO
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Couple seen on Raisin Bran boxes : SCOOPS
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Bullish figure? : MINOTAUR
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New Age keyboardist : YANNI
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Third character to appear in "Macbeth" : CEE
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Painted Desert sights : MESAS
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New Age composer : BRIANENO
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It may be made into spears : PICKLE
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Job for an investment bank, for short : IPO
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Some modern discounts : GROUPONS
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"State Fair" director Walter : LANG
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Fifth-century scourge : ATTILA
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Tailward : AFT
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Ridge : CREASE
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81-card game : SET
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Vamp's wear : BOA
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It points sharply down : ICICLE
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The American Film Institute named its soundtrack the greatest film score of all time : STARWARS
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United : LINKED
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Bob's relative : PIXIECUT
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Wikipedia's globe and such : LOGOS
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Alternative to a 9-to-5 work schedule : FLEXTIME
Down
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Warms : THAWS
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"Your" follower : HONOR
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Some prep school wear : ETONS
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Subject of the 2004 autobiography "The Soul of a Butterfly" : ALI
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One use for hair clippers, in modern lingo : MANSCAPING
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How many Oscar acceptance speeches are delivered : INTEARS
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Buffet burner : STERNO
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Fooled : HAD
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Part of a natural repair process : SCAB
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Some lunar effects : HALOS
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No small favor : ALOTTOASK
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Potentially attracted to anyone : PANSEXUAL
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Workup sites, briefly : ERS
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Like some kisses : STOLEN
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One who might say "You wish!" : GENIE
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Appear in print : COMEOUT
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Poorer : WORSE
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U.S. poet laureate ___ Van Duyn : MONA
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Whipper snapper? : DOMINATRIX
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Rebellious "Downton Abbey" daughter : SYBIL
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Italian hors d'oeuvre : CARPACCIO
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What Homer used to propose to Marge : ONIONRING
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People on the case, for short : TECS
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Benjamin : CNOTE
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Like an amnesiac's memories : ERASED
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Medieval weapon : POLEAXE
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Ovary's place, botanically : PISTIL
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Insurance mascot with an accent : GECKO
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Early counters : ABACI
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Comments section, often : FORUM
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"The enemy of creativeness," per Picasso : TASTE
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Sierra Nevadas and others : ALES
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Poorly : ILL
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Cover letters for certain applications? : SPF
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Like some kisses : WET

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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