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New York Times, Saturday, April 18, 2020

"A mixture of what appears to be ESP and early Christian faith," per a 1977 New York Times film review

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. McCarty. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times4/18/20 ( No. 25,729 )
Across
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Who said "Fashion changes, but style endures" : CHANEL
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Little pointer : PROTIP
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Distressing character in the Bible? : DELILAH
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Member of the Scooby-Doo gang : DAPHNE
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Warn of disaster : CRYHAVOC
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Source of college credit, informally : APTEST
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Contribute to the mix : ADDIN
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Criminal patterns, in brief : MOS
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Searches (through) : SIFTS
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Word after Christmas or fur : SEAL
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Flat fees : RENTS
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Joint venture : COOP
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Stumble : ERR
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Tank tops? : GASCAPS
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Old parent company of NBC : RCA
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Reward for a bad N.B.A. team : LOTTERYPICK
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Monet's "Train in the Snow" or "The Magpie" : WINTERSCENE
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Hack job? : CYBERATTACK
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Bashful friend : DOC
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Isotopes of element #88 : RADIUMS
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___ lane : HOV
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"The Sound of Music" character who's "17 going on 18" : ROLF
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Hangs in the balance : PENDS
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Swimmer Torres who medaled in five Olympic Games : DARA
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Strange : ALIEN
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Chang-___ Lee, 2011 Pulitzer finalist for "The Surrendered" : RAE
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Sets right : TRUES
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"Sure, we can chat now" : IMFREE
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Coconut-covered snack cakes : SNOBALLS
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Pouty cry : NOFAIR
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Women's soccer powerhouse : TEAMUSA
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Seems crooked : SMELLS
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Cloth dealer, in Britain : DRAPER
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Obsolescent music holder : CDCASE
2
Border collie, by nature : HERDER
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Runner-up to Affirmed in every 1978 Triple Crown race : ALYDAR
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Nero's zero : NIHIL
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Fizz : ELAN
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Shrunken head? : LAV
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Certain hand-held ... or hand-holding : PDA
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Knocks : RAPS
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Part of FiOS : OPTIC
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"A mixture of what appears to be ESP and early Christian faith," per a 1977 New York Times film review : THEFORCE
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Shelved, for now? : INSTOCK
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Upscale provider of grooming services : PETSPA
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1800s migrant : HOMESTEADER
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Relatives of accordions : CONCERTINAS
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Best in class : STARSTUDENT
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Dump : RATTRAP
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Espionage gadgets : SPYCAMS
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One who's finished : GONER
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Technical data : SPECS
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Ad ___ : LIB
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Press coverage : INK
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John ___, English philosopher and theologian who made an early translation of the Bible : WYCLIFFE
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Stereotypically lenient parent : COOLMOM
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Spots for snakes : DRAINS
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Call to account : HAULUP
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Ominous phrase : ORELSE
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One of the Seven Sisters : VASSAR
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Unbroken : FERAL
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Reality show staple : DRAMA
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Masculine name that sometimes follows Mac- : NEIL
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Tower on a mountain : TBAR
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Workplaces for L.P.N.s : ERS
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Its "concise" version has almost 1,700 pages: Abbr. : OED

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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