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New York Times, Saturday, February 25, 2017

Satirist who said "If you were the only person left on the planet, I would have to attack you. That's my job"

Author:
Mark Diehl
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark Diehl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 25 Missing: {JKVZ} This is puzzle # 65 for Mr. Diehl. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Mark Diehl notes:
SWIPE LEFT was the launching point for this puzzle. I heard it in an anti-smoking TV ad featuring the ditty "Left Swipe Dat" at the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Loved this one. A 66-word grid without extraneous black squares ("cheaters") is extremely tough to fill with snazziness and ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times2/25/17 ( No. 24,581 )

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Across
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Reject someone, in a way : SWIPELEFT
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Reject : SCRAP
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Mammal that jumps vertically when startled : ARMADILLO
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Kind of seating : ARENA
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Sociopathic role for Alain Delon (1960), Matt Damon (1999) and John Malkovich (2002) : TOMRIPLEY
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Went without : HADNT
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Face-planted : ATEIT
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Vegas hotel with a name from English legend : EXCALIBUR
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"Cheese and rice!" : NERTS
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1,000 baisa : RIAL
24
Without having a second to lose? : SOLO
25
Wee, informally : ITSY
26
Present from the start : ABORIGINAL
28
Iowa college : COE
29
First Indochina War's Battle of Dien ___ Phu : BIEN
30
Ones taking a lode off? : MINERS
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Worry : CARE
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Streak breaker, maybe : LOSS
33
Puts down : SCORNS
36
Corrupt, in British slang : BENT
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Car ad letters : APR
40
Giovanni da Verrazano discovery of 1524 : CAPECODBAY
42
"Get a ___!" : CLUE
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Made like : APED
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Users' resources : FAQS
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Stays out all night? : CAMPS
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Like dollhouse furnishings : MINIATURE
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Keynote, e.g. : ORATE
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Former employer of Keith Olbermann : MSNBC
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Number of bacteria living on a surface that has not been sterilized : BIOBURDEN
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___ des Beaux-Arts : ECOLE
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Bubbling over : EBULLIENT
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Aglisten, in a way : DEWED
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60s sorts : DSTUDENTS
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Hellish : SATANIC
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Emailed, say : WROTETO
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Dunk : IMMERSE
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All things being equal? : PARITY
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Cross-outs and others : EDITS
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Impudence : LIP
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Linda ___, "Girl Reporter" series author : ELLERBEE
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Bodybuilder's pose, e.g. : FLEXION
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Matchbox item : TOYCAR
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Satirist who said "If you were the only person left on the planet, I would have to attack you. That's my job" : SAHL
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Trail mix ingredients : CRAISINS
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Hunting dog breed : REDBONE
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Shaped like Cheerios : ANNULAR
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Keeps the beat? : PATROLS
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High cost of leaving? : ALIMONY
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Sport similar to paintball : AIRSOFT
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Essence : GIST
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Seat in court : BANC
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Having a ring of truth : CREDIBLE
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Offer on Airbnb, say : LEASEOUT
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Taken to the cleaners : SCAMMED
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"Ya got me?" : CAPISCE
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Note in a Yelp business listing : OPENNOW
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Entree often served with a moist towelette : BBQRIBS
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Popular California winemaker : ALMADEN
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Boy Scout shelter : PUPTENT
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Is rankled by : RESENTS
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Applied, as face paint : DAUBED
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Stephen King's first novel : CARRIE
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Had the know-how : COULD
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Slipped one by, in a way : ACED
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Primary color in italiano : BLU

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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