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New York Times, Saturday, May 23, 2015

Author:
Peter Wentz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Wentz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 18 for Mr. Wentz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Peter Wentz notes:
With the bar for freestyles currently so high, I feel the need to go beyond building a grid around a single seed entry. HATCHETJOB is ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
As I've come to expect from Peter, a beautiful grid chock full of zesty entries, with just a couple of glue dots to hold it together. ... read more
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© 2015, The New York TimesNo. 0523 ( 23,937 )
Across
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Reputation ruiner : HATCHETJOB
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Some docents' degs. : MFAS
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"A likely story ..." : YEAHIMSURE
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2012 political thriller : ARGO
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Touching of noses : ESKIMOKISS
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Like some Crayola crayons : NEON
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"O Sanctissima," e.g. : NOEL
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Deep-fried pub dish : SCOTCHEGG
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Not together : APIECE
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All together : ENBLOC
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Certain breakthroughs : AHAS
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"False, false, false!" : YOULIE
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Place to build theater sets : SCENESHOP
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Something to keep a watch on : WRIST
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___ screen (drug test) : TOX
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Used as a base : STOODON
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Map abbr. : MTS
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Maude's cousin on 1970s TV : EDITH
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Certain gofer : OFFICEBOY
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"It's Not for Me to Say" crooner : MATHIS
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Stumbling block : SNAG
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"My Fair Lady" lyricist : LERNER
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Swedish coins : KRONOR
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Wager : PLACEABET
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Sushi bar supply : TUNA
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Solution for poor eyesight? : RENU
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Form of xeriscaping : ROCKGARDEN
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Certain wager : OVER
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Night game requirement : FLOODLIGHT
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Learned : WISE
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Takes the edge off? : SANDPAPERS
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Member of a den : HYENA
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"Slow and steady wins the race" source : AESOP
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"To the Stars" autobiographer : TAKEI
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Peso spender : CHILEAN
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"Get ___!" : HIM
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Overly sensitive, informally : EMO
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Clucks : TSKS
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Power, so to speak : JUICE
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Mork's supervisor on "Mork & Mindy" : ORSON
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Words before a date : BESTBY
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Ergonomics unit : MANHOUR
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Ascent without assistance : FREECLIMB
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Keen : AGOG
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Part of a countdown : SONG
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Hollowed-out comedic prop : CLOWNCAR
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County of Lewis Carroll's birth : CHESHIRE
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One side in the annual Shrine Game : EAST
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Wave off : SHOO
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Colon, on a test : ISTO
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Modern collection of vendors : ETSY
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___ fields : STEM
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Led Zeppelin's final studio album, appropriately : CODA
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You might move over for them on the highway : EXITLANES
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"That's gotta hurt" : OOF
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Some email attachments : PDFS
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Word repeated before "here," in song : OINK
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"Friday I'm in Love" band, 1992 : THECURE
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Retweeting of rave reviews, possibly : EGOTRIP
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Gobbles : SNARFS
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What fruit bats can carry : EBOLA
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Drone's work, maybe : RECON
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Gentle reminder : NUDGE
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Common show time: Abbr. : ONEHR
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Philippics : RANTS
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Figurehead locale : PROW
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Founder of one of the 12 tribes of Israel : LEVI
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Having thrown in the towel, maybe : TKOD
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Natl. figure : GDP
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Lead-in to a chef's name : ALA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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