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New York Times, Saturday, February 29, 2020

Approximate proportion of the world's population that lives on an island

Author:
Andrew J. Ries
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Ries. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Another solid "stair stack" offering from Andrew. I like the variations, 1) orienting the stair stack vertically, and 2) making the ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times2/29/20 ( No. 25,680 )
Across
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Base for many a chef's rose garnish : RADISH
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Big name in Irish whiskey : JAMESON
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Self-titled 1961 debut album : ARETHA
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Barbecue variety featuring vinegar-based sauces : CAROLINA
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Attend by oneself : GOSTAG
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Approximate proportion of the world's population that lives on an island : ONENINTH
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Spots : ADS
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Main issues? : GASLEAKS
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Easter activities : EGGROLLS
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Some "Grey's Anatomy" settings, for short : ICUS
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Game : PREY
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Bugs used to be seen on it : CEL
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Trounce : WORST
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Reduce in intensity : BATE
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Market built around short-term engagements : GIGECONOMY
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Cranial : skull :: brachial : ___ : ARM
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Early arrival : PREEMIE
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"___ Death" (2006-10 Fox sitcom) : TIL
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Frank type : BEEFHOTDOG
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It may rise in anger : TONE
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Feeling akin to the German "Weltschmerz" : ENNUI
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Long : YEN
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"Critique of Pure Reason" philosopher : KANT
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Leave agape : STUN
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Skort circuit? : LPGATOUR
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Former home of the Seattle SuperSonics : KEYARENA
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Follower of Marx? : ISM
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Information on a game box : AGERANGE
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Title pig of children's literature : OLIVIA
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Chef in a grocery store : BOYARDEE
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They have chairs at the circus : TAMERS
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Siberian stretches : STEPPES
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Lively wit : ESPRIT
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Accompaniment at an Indian restaurant : RAGA
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Major-league All-Star turned TV analyst, informally : AROD
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List of frozen assets? : DESSERTMENU
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Member of the Addams Family : ITT
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Long, thick and unkempt : SHAGGY
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Titular comic strip character from the A.D. 800s : HAGAR
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Grammy-nominated singer who made her on-screen film debut in "Moonlight" : JANELLEMONAE
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Spheres : AREAS
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Title whose name comes from the Greek for "alone" : MONK
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Something Cap'n Crunch has : ELISION
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___ tax : SIN
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It's on the St. Lawrence: Abbr. : ONT
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Casual turndown : NAH
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Job requirement, often : COLLEGEDEGREE
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Bygone parts of newspapers with local gossip : SOCIETYPAGES
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"Wowzers!" : GEE
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Tributary of the Hudson : CROTONRIVER
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Site in Philadelphia, Denver and San Francisco, for short : USMINT
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Barber : STYLE
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One raising an issue : PARENT
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Down state? : WOE
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Nursery contents : BABES
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Miracle-___ : GRO
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Part of a pack, in slang : CIG
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Symbol for the golden ratio : PHI
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Bass-heavy hybrid music genre : FUNKRAP
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Two before 34-Down : TAU
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Tree huggers Down Under : KOALAS
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Paul of the old "Hollywood Squares" : LYNDE
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Bond backed by the govt. : TNOTE
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Big name in Old West justice : EARP
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Tech assistant : SIRI
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A boom might come out of it : MAST
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Core part, informally : ABS
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Pulled a fast one on : GOT
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Rebus symbol for a pronoun : EYE
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Small annoyance : IMP

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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