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New York Times, Saturday, March 23, 2019

Ones supposedly eligible for, but never yet seen in, the Miss Universe pageant

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Steinberg

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 43 Missing: {QXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 93 for Mr. Steinberg. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
David Steinberg notes:
When I started constructing, very few grids used left-right symmetry. The only explanation I can think of is tradition — to me, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Awesome-looking grid! I don't remember seeing anything like it — so rare for me to say that. Reminded me of a "Space Invaders" alien. ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Outstanding crossword.

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© 2019, The New York TimesNo. 0323 ( 25,337 )
Across
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One, in a one-two punch : LEFTJAB
8
Game show with a moving set : CASHCAB
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Doing great : ONAROLL
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Juice brand owned by Minute Maid : ODWALLA
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Pacific land west of Fiji : VANUATU
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Tiki bar orders : MAITAIS
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Stick into a post, say : EMBED
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Office room: Abbr. : STE
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Ideas that spread : MEMES
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Some old delivery trucks : REOS
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Commitment-___ : PHOBE
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Buggy locale : DUNE
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Artful : SLY
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Some deal with trust issues : LAWYERS
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Ore. setting for part of the year : PST
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What a recovering hospital patient may move to : SOLIDFOOD
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Japanese bowlful : SOBANOODLES
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Loser in the 1872 presidential election : HORACEGREELEY
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Trendy jeans material : DISTRESSEDDENIM
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Speaking part : JAW
40
Nereids' home : SEA
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Take time to consider : SLEEPON
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Female flower parts : PISTILS
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Ten-year-old business, say : LEMONADESTAND
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Futuristic travel method : TELEPORTING
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Dish that may be glazed or served with cooked apples : ROASTPORK
Down
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Intimates : LOVERS
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Smooth finish : ENAMEL
3
Fellow who might go "Squee!" : FANBOY
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T T T : TRUES
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Steinbeck's Ma or Pa : JOAD
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Music genre prefix : ALT
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Rosé relatives : BLUSHWINES
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Be more important than : COMEBEFORE
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Lovelace of computing fame : ADA
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1960s fad dance, with "the" : SWIM
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Criticized severely, with "on" : HATED
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Hush one's mouth : CLAMUP
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Ones supposedly eligible for, but never yet seen in, the Miss Universe pageant : ALIENS
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Kind of hound : BASSET
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Pugs, e.g. : TOYDOGS
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It's fit for a king : PALACE
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Wore down : ERODED
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Relating to part of the lung : LOBAR
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Leather-___ shoes : SOLED
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Instruction in a Word menu : SORT
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Strikeout mark : DELE
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"What a nice thing to say!" : SOSWEET
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Picking up on : SENSING
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Group email opener : HIALL
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Info for an investor : YIELD
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Prom V.I.P.s : DJS
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"No ___!" : MAS
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Like a retired prof. : EMER
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Game that becomes another game when its last two letters are switched : POLO
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Most fit to fight : ONEA
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Breathers for kindergarten teachers : NAPS
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Mug shot subject : PERP
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Which ___ say : ISTO
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Come out of a deep sleep : STIR
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Lose suddenly : TANK
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Highway overseer, for short : DOT

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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