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New York Times, Friday, February 7, 2020

Comics title character who says "Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery"

Author:
Mary Lou Guizzo and Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mary Lou Guizzo
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281.6018
Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 34 Missing: {GZ} This is puzzle # 26 for Ms. Guizzo. This is puzzle # 54 for Mr. Agard.
Constructor notes:
MARY LOU: After our last collaboration that started as a themeless, then ended up as a themed, I asked Erik if he'd like to give that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I was so fooled by [Pittsburgh is its most populous city]. Given that this is supposed to be a hard puzzle, it couldn't be ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

The print version of this puzzle was published with a typo at 17-Across. The correct spelling of the author's name is Burroughs.

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© 2020, The New York Times2/7/20 ( No. 25,658 )
Across
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___ 500 : SANDP
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Building manager, informally : SUPE
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Mimics Nicki Minaj : RAPS
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Role for Nichelle Nichols and Zoë Saldana : UHURA
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Sue at Chicago's Field Museum, e.g. : TREX
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Glow : AURA
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Seminal William S. Burroughs novel, 1959 : NAKEDLUNCH
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Proof of purchase : STUB
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Tar : SEAMAN
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Galaxy competitor : IPHONE
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Adolph Coors or Frederick Pabst : MASTERBREWER
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Crown ___ : JEWELS
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"Te ___" (Spanish words of affection) : QUIERO
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Big name in cosmetics : AVEDA
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Corporate bigs : SUITS
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Actress ___ Dawn Chong : RAE
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Start of a citation : PER
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Samurai swords : KATANAS
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Car company that sponsors the World Cup : KIA
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Before, in odes : ERE
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Sty occupants : SLOBS
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Some marsh flora : REEDS
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Spinning : AWHIRL
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Help to cover : DEFRAY
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"The fault lies here" : IBLAMEMYSELF
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Comics title character who says "Getting an inch of snow is like winning 10 cents in the lottery" : CALVIN
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Folds : PLEATS
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Instead : ELSE
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Pittsburgh is its most populous city : APPALACHIA
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Manipulative sort : USER
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Ring bearers : TOES
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Special ops force : SEALS
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Super Bowl LIII winners, informally : PATS
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Course obstacle : EXAM
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Defaults? : EDITS
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Tanning agent : SUN
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"Eureka!" moments : AHAS
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Quickly heat up : NUKE
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Fantasized : DREAMED
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Emmy-nominated host of "Top Chef" : PADMALAKSHMI
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___ double : STUNT
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Spigot site : URN
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Something a bodybuilder might flex, informally : PEC
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Case opener : EXHIBITA
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Breakfast quantity : RASHER
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Bodybuilder? : AUTOWORKER
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Trim : PRUNE
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Fencing piece : SABER
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Miss : LASS
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Certain P.R., in two different senses : PRESSRELEASE
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In an even manner : EQUABLY
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Remains : RUINS
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Say mockingly : JAPE
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"Do I ___!" : EVER
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"Good to go!" : WEREALLSET
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Rant and rave : STORM
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Fictional Ethiopian princess : AIDA
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"Careful now" : EASY
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Put off : ALIENATE
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Erased : EFFACED
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Equivocates : WAVERS
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Farmer's place, in song : DELL
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Freeze : ICEUP
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Lightweight wood : BALSA
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Sudden movement : SPASM
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Muay ___ (martial art) : THAI
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It may be fine in a stream : SILT
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Plague : POX
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___-brained : PEA
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Intensifying suffix, in modern slang : ASS

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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