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New York Times, Thursday, June 18, 2020

The world's largest one is in Chengdu, China (covering 18 million square feet)

Author:
Ricky Cruz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Cruz.
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© 2020, The New York Times6/18/20 ( No. 25,790 )
Across
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Cosmic force : KARMA
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Start to come apart : FRAY
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Line in an expense report: Abbr. : MISC
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Company whose business rarely goes off without a hitch : UHAUL
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Prefix with -nautics : AERO
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Biblical preposition : UNTO
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Possible cause of a 61-Across : BOTTLENECK
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Vega, for one : STAR
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Offering at a pier restaurant : OYSTER
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Bit of unfinished business : LOOSEEND
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Dog tag owners, in brief : GIS
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Brita competitor : PUR
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Hogwash : MALARKEY
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Celebrity chef Gordon ___ : RAMSAY
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Remember this! : ALAMO
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Bunch of romantics? : ROSES
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___ the line : TOE
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Ones on cases: Abbr. : DETS
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[Ugh, we've been stuck here for an hour ...] : CARVANSEMITRUCKBUS
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Veal ___ (informal dish) : PARM
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Terminate : AXE
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Game of chance : LOTTO
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Rocky Mountain city once home to the Anaconda Copper Mining Company : BUTTE
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Producer of Hot Wheels : MATTEL
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Polish, e.g. : EUROPEAN
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Bonehead : OAF
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Padre's hermano : TIO
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Group working with an anchor : NEWSTEAM
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Goes off the wall : FREAKS
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Loads : ALOT
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Situation depicted at 39-Across : TRAFFICJAM
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Bog : MIRE
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Grain location : SILO
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One of the McMahons of WWE : SHANE
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Cries of faux terror : EEKS
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Bulldogs' home : YALE
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Basketball game : HORSE
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"___ and the Two Strings" (2016 animated film) : KUBO
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Call for all hands on deck? : AHOY
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Cry sometimes made with a snap of the fingers : RATS
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A little of this, a little of that : MUTT
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Brisk, musically : ALLEGRO
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Cooler : FAN
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Show evidence of shock : REEL
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West Coast gas brand : ARCO
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"Oh ___!" (song from Lennon's "Imagine" album) : YOKO
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The Getty, for one : MUSEUM
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Bad place for a 61-Across : INTERSTATE
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Lee known for his cameos : STAN
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Parachute part : CORD
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___ the Red : ERIK
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Places for baths : SPAS
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Minor role in many a Shakespeare play : SERVANT
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___ President : MADAM
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One setting an alarm, maybe : ALEXA
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What a 61-Across might make you : LATETOWORK
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Alarm clock settings, for short : AMS
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California's ___ Valley : YOSEMITE
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Visual puzzle : REBUS
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Blood line : AORTA
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Arab Spring nation : YEMEN
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Had a bad at-bat : STRUCKOUT
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Winter air : CAROL
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Small part of a pound : PUP
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Remaining : LEFT
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Uncivilized : BOORISH
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Preferences : TASTES
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Expound (on) : RIFF
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"You ___ it" : NAME
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Writer Wiesel : ELIE
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Place to order handmade goods : ETSY
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"Brava!" elicitor : ARIA
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The world's largest one is in Chengdu, China (covering 18 million square feet) : MALL
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Delta follower : ECHO
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Cracked open : AJAR
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Neighbor of Nebr. : KANS
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Mr. ___ ("Peter Pan" character) : SMEE
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One of "them" : FOE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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