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New York Times, Friday, June 15, 2018

Second-most common family name in Vietnam, after Nguyen

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Sam Ezersky

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Ezersky.
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25 is indeed an accomplishment. Congratulations, Sam Ezersky!

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© 2018, The New York Times6/15/18 ( No. 25,056 )
Across
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Unfamiliar and unsettling : ALIEN
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Muslim V.I.P. : AGAKHAN
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Ones sticking around a desert? : CACTI
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Like the Trix rabbit : LOPEARED
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Word on many campaign stickers : ELECT
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Press orders : PRINTRUNS
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"Stop! Turn your papers over" : TIME
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Some bread loaves : WHEATS
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With 29-Down, what someone who's a natural has : RAW
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Award for mystery writers : AGATHA
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Classic clown name : BOBO
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Singer with the 2007 autobiography "Out of Sync" : LANCEBASS
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Wreck : TOTAL
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Pac-Man was its "Man of the Year" in 1982 : MADMAGAZINE
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It counts down to disaster : DOOMSDAYCLOCK
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Perform a disco dance : DOTHEHUSTLE
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Early conqueror of Valencia : ELCID
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Ancient land of Sidon and Tyre : PHOENICIA
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"Oh, by the way ..." : ALSO
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1960s TV unit : FTROOP
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Parking space : LOT
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Places for aces or cases : COURTS
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Let it all out : VENT
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Place to watch a game : SPORTSBAR
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Expression of grief : DIRGE
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Literary stigma : SCARLETA
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Bone that's better known as the anvil : INCUS
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"Star Wars" villain : KYLOREN
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Force for change : AGENT
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Perfumery compound : ACETAL
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Spanish pro soccer association : LALIGA
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Hired gun, in underworld lingo : ICEMAN
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"You get the point" : ETCETC
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Critic's pick? : NIT
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River running "down to a sunless sea," in "Kubla Khan" : ALPH
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Carnage : GORE
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Polynesian capital : APIA
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Surname at the Daily Planet : KENT
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"___ off to you!" : HATS
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Pirate's exclamation : ARR
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Overly anxious : NEUROTIC
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Modern sort of "Noah's Ark" : DNABANK
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Very muscular, in slang : SWOLE
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Border river in the Midwest : WABASH
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Spoke with hesitation : HEMMED
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Classic clown name : BOZO
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Make sense : ADDUP
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Flop's opposite : SMASH
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Tell : SAYTO
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See 21-Across : TALENT
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Symbols near key signatures : GCLEFS
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Large spoonfuls : DOLLOPS
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Investor's purchase outside an exchange, informally : OTCSTOCK
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Where I-70 meets I-75 : OHIO
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Negotiates : DEALS
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John who wrote "The Cider House Rules" : IRVING
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Pressure : COERCE
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Futuristic weapon : IONGUN
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Source of springtime stress for a H.S. student : APTEST
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Part of many common shortcuts : CTRL
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World capital with a nearly car-free city center : OSLO
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Commercial lead-in to X : UBER
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Figure on a utility bill : RATE
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Second-most common family name in Vietnam, after Nguyen : TRAN
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Certain stinger : RAY
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One of 30 in junio : DIA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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