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New York Times, Thursday, June 13, 2019

Advantage ... or what the answer to each starred clue has?

Author:
Michael Blake and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 39 Missing: {FJQZ} This is puzzle # 14 for Mr. Blake. This is puzzle # 99 for Mr. Chen.
Constructor notes:
MICHAEL: Funny to be submitting a comment to Jeff Chen about this, but I had an idea for a puzzle and needed help with the grid, and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Such a tough grid to construct. It's usually not THAT hard to work with stacked themers, if some of them are shorties. But we had such ... read more
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© 2019, The New York Times6/13/19 ( No. 25,419 )
Across
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Gives the boot : CANS
5
Tickled : GLAD
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Welfare : ALMS
13
___ Sedgwick, 1960s "It Girl" : EDIE
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Wine: Prefix : OENO
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Regional life : BIOTA
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React to pyrotechnics, say : OOHANDAAH
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Showing humility, say : BOWED
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*Needlepoint, e.g. : HANDIWORK
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Closed violently : BANGED
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Layer of an Italian muffuletta sandwich : SALAMI
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Through : VIA
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___ Style Awards (annual honors since 1997) : ELLE
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Info on a highway billboard : EXIT
28
Lights up? : CHANDELIER
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Partner of older : WISER
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*Sets the odds for : HANDICAPS
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Accent : STRESS
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Team with home games at SunTrust Park : BRAVES
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East African native : MASAI
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Greet someone, informally : SAYHI
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Preceder of the Three Kingdoms, in Chinese history : HANDYNASTY
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Superbright : NEON
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*Plumber/carpenter types : HANDYMEN
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Rehab woes, for short : DTS
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Westinghouse rival : EDISON
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Concern for shipping and software companies : PIRACY
56
Big hit : SMASH
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Round windows : OCULI
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Advantage ... or what the answer to each starred clue has? : UPPERHAND
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Country that lost a quarter of its territory in 2011 : SUDAN
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Parker who was the first president of Facebook : SEAN
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*Submitted : HANDEDIN
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"Quién ___?" ("Who knows?": Sp.) : SABE
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Con : ANTI
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Close to 10, say : SEXY
Down
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Title also held by many a co. president : CEO
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Commotion : ADO
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One whose guiding philosophy is "What does it matter?" : NIHILIST
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Input in a desalination plant : SEAWATER
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Gryffindor who founded Gryffindor House at Hogwarts : GODRIC
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Concern for a plumber or government official : LEAK
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Big carrier to Tokyo : ANA
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"Dumb, dumb, dumb!" : DOH
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"Mamma Mia!" group : ABBA
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Soccer star Messi : LIONEL
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"The Jungle Book" protagonist : MOWGLI
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Michael ___, onetime Republican Party chairman : STEELE
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Snake that's good with numbers? : ADDER
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Jules or Juliette : NOM
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Cause for damage control : BADPR
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Singers do it : SEW
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Line of symmetry : AXIS
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Hoover, e.g., for short : VAC
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Shortly : INABIT
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Give a catlike warning : HISSAT
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Those niñas : ESAS
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Name on a Cognac bottle : REMY
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Good name for a beachcomber? : SANDY
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Goes poof! : VANISHES
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Stereotypical wear for an accountant : EYESHADE
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"Git!" : SHOO
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Ending with kick or smart : ASS
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Stopover : INN
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Big shots at a hospital, informally? : HYPOS
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Kind of brief in court : AMICUS
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Pablo ___, Nobel-winning poet : NERUDA
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Where crime evidence is analyzed : DNALAB
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Dweller on the Arabian Peninsula : YEMENI
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___ es Salaam : DAR
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Art house theater : CINE
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Set-to : SPAT
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Women's World Cup powerhouse : USA
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Slammer : PEN
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Shoot down : NIX
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Letters after Chuck Schumer or Kirsten Gillibrand : DNY

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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