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New York Times, Saturday, June 23, 2018

Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 22 Missing: {JWZ} Spans: 4, (2 double stacks) This is puzzle # 89 for Mr. Walden. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Byron Walden notes:
I usually don't start a themeless having a grid in mind, but every once in a while, I'll try to push myself with a hard one. This grid ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Byron is one of the most clever folks around when it comes to wickedly brilliant clues. I appreciate how carefully he picks his seed ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0623 ( 25,064 )
Across
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Recruits : ROPESIN
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They're covered by boards : AGENDAS
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Commercial break? : ECONOMICBOYCOTT
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Problem in the Tower of Babel story : LANGUAGEBARRIER
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Gets into the game : ANTES
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Depart unceremoniously? : ELOPE
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Female koala : DOE
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Depart unceremoniously, in slang : BAIL
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Mountain ridge : ARETE
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Be down with : HAVE
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School extension? : EDU
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Copies illegally : CRIBS
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Circumflex lookalike : CARET
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Passé, so to speak : LASTYEAR
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Tunneling machines : BORERS
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Fully in agreement : UNANIMOUS
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1991 self-titled debut album : ALANIS
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Microsoft Surface surface : TOUCHPAD
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___ acid : FOLIC
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Manufactured drug, for short : SYNTH
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Speed : HIE
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They're answered once and for all : FAQS
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Manages to avoid : DUCKS
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Basic spreadsheet command : SORT
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Japanese carrier : ANA
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Dulce de ___ (Latin American confection) : LECHE
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"A Room With a View" clergyman : BEEBE
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Montreal's Bell Centre and others : ICEHOCKEYARENAS
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Fierce opponent of patriarchy : RADICALFEMINIST
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Crack filler : SPACKLE
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Gets clean, in a way : DETOXES
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Prepare for return shipping, say : RELABEL
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Song that debuted on Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day in 1880 : OCANADA
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First name in the Gospels : PONTIUS
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Foreign news correspondent Richard : ENGEL
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Under: Fr. : SOUS
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"___ Ramblin' Man" (#1 Waylon Jennings country hit) : IMA
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Naira spender : NIGERIAN
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Ones hoping for prior approval? : ABBOTS
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Flip out : GOAPE
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Lake ___, Australia's lowest point : EYRE
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Big A.T.M. maker : NCR
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Timorous question : DOIDARE
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Dined at someone else's place : ATEOVER
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Composition of some grids : STREETS
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Childlike personality? : CELEBRITYCHEF
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Specializations : AREAS
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Abrasive : HARSH
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One "whose faulty vision sees things as they are, not as they ought to be," per Ambrose Bierce : CYNIC
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Express carefully : COUCH
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Capital where the Arab Spring began : TUNIS
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Card makeup : BOUTS
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Fiddled (with) : MONKEYED
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Business, either personal or otherwise : AFFAIRS
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Limitation for borrowers : LOANCAP
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Literally, "the foundation" : ALQAEDA
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Renaissance symbol : PHOENIX
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Starting site for sorties : AIRBASE
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Can't take : DETESTS
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Nurse : SUCKLE
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Football helmet item : DECAL
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"___ Evil" (1971 Mia Farrow thriller) : SEENO
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Overwhelming favorite, informally : LOCK
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"Blimey!" sayer : BRIT
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Fruit juice brand : HIC
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D.C.'s historic Metropolitan ___ Church: Abbr. : AME

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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