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New York Times, Monday, February 17, 2020

61-Across : Geico mascot

Author:
Sally Hoelscher
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sally Hoelscher

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {QWZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Hoelscher.
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© 2020, The New York Times2/17/20 ( No. 25,668 )
Across
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Young dog or seal : PUP
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Ire : ANGER
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Bakery fixtures : OVENS
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Communication system for the deaf, for short : ASL
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Second-largest city in Oklahoma : TULSA
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High-quality black tea : PEKOE
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Author of the memoir "Spoken From the Heart" (2010) : LAURABUSH
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Supreme Court justice Kagan : ELENA
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In ___ (as found) : SITU
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Busy buzzer : BEE
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Shape of a rainbow : ARC
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Author of the memoir "First Lady From Plains" (1984) : ROSALYNNCARTER
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Attempt : TRY
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"I apologize!" : OHSORRY
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"Shogun" or "The Lord of the Rings" : EPIC
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Attend, as an event : GOTO
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Inits. in some church names : AME
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Author of the memoir "Becoming" (2018) : MICHELLEOBAMA
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Sly animal : FOX
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Internet forum overseers, informally : MODS
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Swiss peaks : ALPS
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Kind of seat in a fighter jet : EJECTOR
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Sign of a B'way success : SRO
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Author of the memoir "Living History" (2003) : HILLARYCLINTON
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Even a single one : ANY
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Bagel topper : LOX
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Egg cell : OVUM
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Gerontologist's study : AGING
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Author of the memoir "The Times of My Life" (1978) : BETTYFORD
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Geico mascot : GECKO
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Wash : BATHE
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Mag. number : ISS
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"What ___!" ("It's so sloppy!") : AMESS
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Symbol of Christianity : CROSS
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Actor Billy ___ Williams : DEE
Down
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Buddies : PALS
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Former competitor of Southwest : USAIR
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Demoted planet : PLUTO
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One day ___ time : ATA
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Rough and textured, as fabric : NUBBLY
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Sticky : GLUEY
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German steel city : ESSEN
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"Go team!" : RAH
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"La Traviata" and "Carmen" : OPERAS
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Alternative to shoelaces : VELCRO
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Barely make, with "out" : EKE
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Opposite of oui : NON
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Mediterranean or Adriatic : SEA
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Suitable for the country : RUSTIC
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Sound before someone says "Gesundheit!" : ACHOO
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Prefix with angel or enemy : ARCH
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Jots down : NOTES
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Disney's "Lady and the ___" : TRAMP
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Humorist Bombeck and others : ERMAS
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Bread for a Reuben sandwich : RYE
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Texter's pictograph : EMOJI
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Dot in a 31-Down : PIXEL
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See 34-Down : GLORY
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With 33-Down, the U.S. flag, affectionately : OLD
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Prestigious Atlanta university : EMORY
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Farm building : BARN
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Many : ALOTOF
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Sound of disgust : FEH
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Chain-rattling sounds : CLANKS
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Argentine partner dances : TANGOS
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Generous portions of pie : SIXTHS
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Cloudless : CLEAR
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Game of chance whose results are often televised : LOTTO
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Egg-shaped : OVOID
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One taking vitals, perhaps : NURSE
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Commercial goods: Abbr. : MDSE
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Turkish title : AGA
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"Columbia, the ___ of the Ocean" : GEM
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What's dispensed from the middle of many a soda dispenser : ICE
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Network on the telly : BBC
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"Affirmative" : YES

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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