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New York Times, Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Indirect comment ... or a hint to this puzzle's circled letters

Author:
Jeffrey Wechsler
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeffrey Wechsler

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 82, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. Wechsler. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeffrey Wechsler notes:
Occasionally a phrase presents itself that immediately triggers the thought that it might be conducive to a crossword theme. I've always been ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Four REFERENCEs placed OBLIQUEly, i.e., diagonally through the grid. Any time I see diagonal entries, I brace myself for the onslaught of ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times3/13/19 ( No. 25,327 )
Across
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Metallic waste : DROSS
6
Isn't a bystander : ACTS
10
Longtime Syrian leader : ASSAD
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Preferred seating request : AISLE
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Get ready for planting : PLOW
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In ___ (developing) : UTERO
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Understood : TACIT
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Ithaca, to Odysseus : HOME
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Odysseus, to Ithaca : RULER
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Les ___-Unis : ETATS
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Patent preceder : IDEA
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Girder type : IBEAM
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Lineage-based women's grp. : DAR
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"___ be my pleasure!" : ITD
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"Star Trek: ___" (syndicated series of the '80s-'90s) : TNG
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Draft org. : SSS
30
Pizza chain : UNO
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Stumblebum : OAF
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Rare craps throws : TWOS
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Like Mercury among all the planets : INMOST
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Legendary Manhattan music club : CBGB
45
"Here comes trouble!" : OHNO
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Distance for Captain Nemo : LEAGUE
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___ package : CARE
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Big name in mortgages? : MAE
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TV host Ryan : SEACREST
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Singer Carly ___ Jepsen : RAE
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Hide away : STASH
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Place to go to swim, informally : THEY
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Mythical figure known for ribaldry : SATYR
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Writer Edgar ___ Poe : ALLAN
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Places where streams flow : VALES
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Indirect comment ... or a hint to this puzzle's circled letters : OBLIQUEREFERENCE
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Org. for students in uniform : ROTC
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Danish money : KRONER
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Blackberrys, e.g., for short : PDAS
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Spread in a spread : BRIE
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27 Chopin works : ETUDES
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Bombard : PELT
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Acorn, essentially : SEED
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Deals with : SEESTO
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Indulged to excess, with "on" : ODED
Down
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Like the slang "da bomb" and "tubular, man!" : DATED
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Vaquero's item : RIATA
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Award for Washington and Lee : OSCAR
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Pupil of a lizard, e.g. : SLIT
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Becomes established : SETSIN
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Garden pest : APHID
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Dummkopf : CLOD
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"Personally ..." : TOME
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Worry about, informally : SWEAT
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The Charioteer constellation : AURIGA
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Bit of theater detritus : STUB
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Tennis Hall-of-Famer with a palindromic name : SELES
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Arts and hard sciences, e.g. : AREAS
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Sides of some quads : DORMS
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Pictorial fabric : TOILE
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Studying aid : NOTES
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Grp. that gets the show on the road : USO
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Recipient of media complaints, for short : FCC
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Some turkeys : TOMS
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[Yawn!] : WHATABORE
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1-1 : ONEALLTIE
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Well-organized : NEAT
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Eponymous physicist Ernst : MACH
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Horrid sort : OGRE
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Chop ___ : SUEY
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Made the rounds, say? : BARTENDED
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It varies from black to white : GRAYSCALE
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Ballpark purchase : BEER
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N.B.A. Hall-of-Famer with four rap albums, informally : SHAQ
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"The Tale of ___ Saltan" (Rimsky-Korsakov opera) : TSAR
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Like some golf shots and most bread : SLICED
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City under siege from 2012 to '16 : ALEPPO
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"No ___" (bumper sticker) : NUKES
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Page 2, 4 or 6, generally : VERSO
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Space balls : ORBS
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Art Deco notable : ERTE
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Dissolute man : ROUE
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Butts : ENDS
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"Dogs" : FEET
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Abbr. on a brewery sign : ESTD

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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