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New York Times, Monday, April 8, 2019

4-Down : Geico spokeslizard

Author:
Tracy Gray and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 45 Missing: {Q} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 25 for Ms. Gray. This is puzzle # 97 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
JEFF: Tracy declined to write up any notes, since telling the story of how this idea came to her mind might give away a Sunday idea ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
When Tracy mentioned this idea to me, I thought there was no way that there'd be enough DEER synonyms. And if there were, there surely ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times4/8/19 ( No. 25,353 )
Across
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Hit with a deft comeback : ZING
5
Greek T : TAU
8
Stuns, as with a phaser : ZAPS
12
Land unit : ACRE
13
Subculture wearing a lot of black : GOTHS
15
Lighted sign by a stairwell : EXIT
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Chip dip, for short : GUAC
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Words on a pair of desk trays : INOUT
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Erotic : SEXY
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Comedian who co-starred in "Ride Along" and "The Upside" : KEVINHART
22
Gloomy : MOROSE
25
Establishment that might have a rainbow flag in the window : GAYBAR
29
"You may disagree," to texters : IMO
30
Wind instrument named after a Greek god : PANPIPE
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Regret : RUE
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Eye of ___ (part of a witch's brew) : NEWT
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Big to-do : HOOHA
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"W" column in the standings : WINS
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Gelatin substitute made from seaweed : AGAR
40
Playful furry creature : OTTER
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Loathe : HATE
42
Anonymous woman : JANEDOE
44
Initially : ATFIRST
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Trackside transactions : BETS
47
"Deadpool" actor Reynolds : RYAN
48
Tom turkey or billy goat : MALE
50
Jack who played Sgt. Friday on "Dragnet" : WEBB
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Heterogeneous : DIVERSE
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Something a horse kicks with : HINDLEG
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Bitter beer : ALE
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Marked, as a box : XED
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Big commotion : ADO
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Rowboat propeller : OAR
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Changing from time to time : VARYING
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"Mona Lisa" painter : DAVINCI
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Causing white knuckles, say : INTENSE
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Leading : AHEADOF
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Medicinal amounts : DOSAGES
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Harass endlessly : TORMENT
Down
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Zig's opposite : ZAG
2
Critical hosp. ward : ICU
3
Second Amendment-supporting grp. : NRA
4
Geico spokeslizard : GECKO
5
Author Morrison : TONI
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Lots and lots : ATON
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"Not gonna happen!" : UHUH
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Having a kick, as food : ZESTY
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Lumberjack's tool : AXE
10
Photos, informally : PIX
11
Hog's home : STY
13
Words from Woodsy Owl before "don't pollute!" : GIVEAHOOT
14
Gathering just for guys : STAGPARTY
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Mind-reading ability, for short : ESP
21
"Insecure" actress Issa ___ : RAE
22
Rap star Nicki : MINAJ
23
Greek letter shaped like a horseshoe : OMEGA
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___ Atkinson, portrayer of Mr. Bean : ROWAN
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Prickly bush : BRIAR
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Mothers of cousins : AUNTS
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Stopwatch button : RESET
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Do, re, mi, etc. : NOTES
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Middle of a poker table : POT
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Start of a rumor : IHEAR
36
Kind of musical clef : TREBLE
38
Complained : WHINED
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Road sign that hints at what can be found three times in this puzzle's grid : DEERXING
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Lavish praise upon : FAWNOVER
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Pepperidge Farm cookie with a geographical name : MILANO
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Wards off, as danger : AVERTS
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Hair color that can be "dirty" or "platinum" : BLONDE
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Lighthouse light : BEACON
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Bowie or Beckham : DAVID
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Smell, taste or touch : SENSE
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Eight things on an octagon : EDGES
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Assailed : HADAT
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Pocatello's state : IDAHO
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Obtain money illegally : GRIFT
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Supporting vote : YEA
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"___ the Walrus" (Beatles song) : IAM

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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