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New York Times, Saturday, February 8, 2020

Author:
Hemant Mehta
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Hemant Mehta

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVXZ} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Mehta. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Hemant Mehta notes:
Hello! After years of obsessive solving, and a handful of polite rejections, it's exciting to actually have a puzzle published! And on ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The good cop from "Lethal Weapon" goes by "Danny," and is now known as the CHILDISH GAMBINO? Huh! I suppose I could have pieced that ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0208 ( 25,659 )
Across
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Modest qualifier, online : IMHO
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Sling : TOSS
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Where it's at : SITE
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Easy kill in Fortnite, say : NOOB
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___ days : SALAD
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Nabe : HOOD
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Problems with pay or paper : CUTS
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Information in a shopping guide : PRICERANGE
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End of some business names : ANDCO
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Media pro : PRPERSON
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Rides into battle : STEEDS
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Grease : OILUP
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Bratty kid : SNOT
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Bomb : FLOP
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U.N. agcy. headquartered in Geneva : WHO
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Many a staffer for a late-night show : JOKEWRITER
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"Keen!" : NEAT
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Musical alter ego of Donald Glover : CHILDISHGAMBINO
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Minute : TINY
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Relatives of water skis : KNEEBOARDS
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Go soft, in a way : SOG
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Rocker Joan : JETT
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Lights or darks, e.g. : LOAD
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One way to take stock? : LASSO
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Gardeners' tools : EDGERS
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Beer with an astronomical name : BLUEMOON
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What Brits call a "saloon" : SEDAN
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Cookout option for a vegetarian : BOCABURGER
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Last option on a survey : NONE
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Corvine : crows :: strigine : ___ : OWLS
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Word said with a handshake : TRUCE
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Lip, in slang : TUDE
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When doubled, "I heard you the first time" : YEAH
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Cartoonish wail : YEOW
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Hullabaloo : STIR
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Worshipers of the rain god Illapa : INCAS
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Knight's need : MOUNT
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Office-sharing system, in modern lingo : HOTDESKING
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To an excessive degree : OBSCENELY
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One-sixth of a fl. oz. : TSP
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One might make a splash : OAR
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Possible insight for a psychologist : SLIPOFTHETONGUE
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Irreverence : SACRILEGE
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Exactly : SHARP
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Sci-fi beam makeup : IONS
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Packed with plasticware, perhaps : TOGO
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The plot of Genesis? : EDEN
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Deserving of condemnation : DEPLORABLE
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Extend, as an employment contract : REUP
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"Bridesmaids" co-star Chris : ODOWD
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Tries and fails : STRIKESOUT
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Getting a strange vibe : WEIRDEDOUT
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Helper : HAND
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Plains people : OTOS
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Hwy. crossings : JCTS
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North/South divide, with "the" : OHIO
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Feels no remorse : ISNTSORRY
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They get big bucks from big Bucks : NBAAGENTS
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Climates : MOODS
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Part of a frame job? : JAMB
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Pet peeve? : LEASH
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Businesswoman Zuckerberg, sister of Mark : RANDI
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Not look so good? : SNEER
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Break-dancer, in slang : BBOY
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Home-improvement chain eponym : LOWE
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Where Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played college ball : UCLA
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Prefix with system : ECO
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Counterpart of FF : REW

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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