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New York Times, Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Ill-defined situations ... as seen four times in this puzzle?

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Alex Eaton-Salners

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Eaton-Salners. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
This puzzle has a few more open squares (72) than a typical 78-word grid, primarily due to the spacing of the four GRAY AREAS. Each of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Day 2 of the CUJO (Cracking Up Jim Horne with Overthinking) show! Jeff: So … Jim: Oh, this is going to be good. (rubs hands together) ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times6/16/20 ( No. 25,788 )

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Across
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Car seen at a charging station : TESLA
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Waze technology, for short : GPS
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Company behind the Veg-O-Matic : RONCO
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Big name in pest control : ORKIN
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Load from a lode : ORE
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Burger topper : ONION
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"You want to fight?!" : BRINGITON
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River to Le Havre : SEINE
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Monogram on handbags : YSL
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Threw one's hat in the ring : RAN
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Notes reachable by sopranos : HIGHCS
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Bulky herbivorous dinosaur : IGUANODON
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Hawaiian tuna : AHI
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Really enjoy : GOFOR
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Roll up, as a sail : FURL
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Creative person's inspiration : MUSE
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"Curiously strong" mint : ALTOID
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Ralph who wrote "Unsafe at Any Speed" : NADER
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Part of a meal that the British call "afters" : DESSERT
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State of one's hair after a night's sleep : BEDHEAD
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Verse of lament : ELEGY
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"The Karate Kid" master : MIYAGI
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Instagram and Pinterest, for two : APPS
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Card for Boardwalk or Park Place : DEED
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Medium for the old Encarta encyclopedia : CDROM
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Cry from Scrooge : BAH
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Bad move : FALSESTEP
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:-) : SMILEY
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Frequently, in verse : OFT
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Pint-size prankster : IMP
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Fished for congers, e.g. : EELED
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Ill-defined situations ... as seen four times in this puzzle? : GRAYAREAS
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"Send me!" : ILLGO
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Rustic stopover : INN
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Wears stylishly, in slang : ROCKS
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Apply, as a coat of paint : LAYON
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Eggy drink : NOG
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Message with a hashtag : TWEET
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Country singer ___ Keith : TOBY
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Goes wrong : ERRS
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Vail conveyances : SKILIFTS
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"Hamilton" creator ___-Manuel Miranda : LIN
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"Hulk" director Lee : ANG
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Flunked : GOTANF
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Me, myself or I : PRONOUN
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One with a six-year term: Abbr. : SEN
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Violinist's application : ROSIN
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Universal donor's blood type, informally : ONEG
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Hawaii's "Forbidden Isle" : NIIHAU
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Seashells used as trumpets : CONCHS
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Baby's bodysuit : ONESIE
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Golden-years fund, for short : IRA
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World Poker Tour game : HOLDEM
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Gives a boost : GOOSES
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Archangel in "Paradise Lost" : URIEL
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Lacking pizazz : DRAB
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Gallivant (about) : GAD
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___ Kirk Christiansen, inventor of 55-Down : OLE
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Evil alter ego in a Robert Louis Stevenson story : MRHYDE
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1992 rap song that popularized the term "bootylicious" : DREDAY
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Decree : EDICT
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Neutrogena dandruff shampoo : TGEL
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Part of a hearing aid : EARPIECE
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Before now : AGO
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___-witted : DIM
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"Which is it going to be?" : YESORNO
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Descend by rope, as in mountaineering : ABSEIL
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Anderson of "Baywatch" : PAMELA
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City where "Rocky" is set, informally : PHILLY
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Render harmless : DEFANG
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Made a meal of : FEDON
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Where slop is served : STY
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Plastic brick brand : LEGO
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Car brand : MAKE
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"Hey, buddy!" : PSST
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Tonic's partner : GIN
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What curators curate : ART
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Theater ticket datum : ROW

Answer summary: 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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