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New York Times, Thursday, April 16, 2020

"Don't be a stranger!" ... or what you have to do three times in this puzzle

Author:
Alan Arbesfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alan Arbesfeld

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 84, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVZ} This is puzzle # 128 for Mr. Arbesfeld. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
DROP ME A LINE is a great phrase to riff on, and it perfectly explains what's going on today. We've written ME in white to help you see the ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times4/16/20 ( No. 25,727 )
Across
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Ties to the Japanese? : OBIS
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Order : EDICT
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Some shells : PASTA
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Malodorous : RANK
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Go ___ (be green, in a way) : SOLAR
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Opposition bloc : ANTIS
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"Well, well, well!" : ISAY
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"Don't be a stranger!" : KEEPINTOUCH
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Starting points : GENESES
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Fading light : EMBER
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"Bel ___" (Guy de Maupassant novel) : AMI
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Put down in words : WROTE
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Shade of red : CLARET
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Divine nourishment : MANNA
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With 35-Across, Cole Porter musical : KISS
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See 33-Across : KATE
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Undisturbed : INSITU
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___ Na Na : SHA
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Increase in size : WAX
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With 44-Across, "You can wait to show your gratitude" : THANK
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See 42-Across : LATER
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Like : ALA
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Repeated word in the Ten Commandments : THY
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Least polluted : PUREST
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With 56-Across, clothing item for the youngest in the family : HAND
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See 54-Across : DOWN
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It may fool you : DECOY
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Denial of responsibility : NOTI
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Low-lying wetland : SWALE
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Best ___ Album (Grammy category) : RAP
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"I'll think about it" : MAYBE
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Thumbs-up, e.g. : GESTURE
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"Don't be a stranger!" ... or what you have to do three times in this puzzle : DROPMEALINE
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Gets a move on : HIES
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Country/rock singer Steve : EARLE
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Connected to a hipbone : ILIAC
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To be where people sing of amour? : ETRE
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It's snowy in Florida : EGRET
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O'Hara's portrayer : LEIGH
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P.D.A. component: Abbr. : ASST
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Paperwork? : ORIGAMI
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Word with second or third, but not fourth or fifth : BASEMAN
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Faster than you can say Jack Robinson : INANINSTANT
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Kind of terrier : SKYE
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Ridge formed by glacial streams : ESKER
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Manages : DOESOK
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Suffix with percent : ILE
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"Get it?" : CAPEESH
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Barbershop request : TRIM
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Oscar nominee for "Lion," 2016 : PATEL
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Bit of Inuit gear : ANORAK
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Good name for a mess hall cook : STU
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Little bit of personality : TIC
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Shade of gray : ASH
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MS followers? : NBC
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Go after, as a fly : SWATAT
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Poetic contraction usually at the start of a line : TIS
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Newbies in the work force : RAWRECRUITS
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Seventh of 24 : ETA
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Western moniker : TEX
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Org. behind the Human Genome Project : NIH
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Pizzeria owner in "Do the Right Thing" : SAL
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Durham sch. : UNH
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Park ranger's handout : MAP
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Practice pieces : ETUDES
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Elizabethan dramatist Thomas : KYD
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Prior to, in verse : ERE
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"Kung Fu" actor Philip : AHN
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Thai neighbor : LAO
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French white wine : MOSELLE
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"Gross!" : EWW
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Eagles and hawks, typically : SOARERS
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Prepare for printing : TYPESET
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Feature of a baby face : DIMPLE
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"Stop! I don't need to be constantly reminded!" : NAGNAG
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"Oleanna" playwright : MAMET
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Check out : EYE
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Hanger-on : LEECH
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Try to stay afloat, perhaps : BAIL
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Mother of Helios : THEA
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Fourth of 26 : DEE
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It may collect dust : RAG
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Hockey great Bobby : ORR
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Sequel to a sequel : III

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