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New York Times, Friday, June 5, 2020

First name of the most-selected author in Oprah's Book Club

Author:
John Wrenholt
Editor:
Will Shortz
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John Wrenholt

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Wrenholt.
John Wrenholt notes:
I submitted this crossword puzzle last May and it was accepted in August. The seed entry for this puzzle is BALLOON ARTIST. The ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've dabbled at BALLOON ARTISTry, and I can vouch for the fact that things blow up. Not just literally in my face, but it turns out ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times6/5/20 ( No. 25,777 )
Across
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They go low when others go high : BASSI
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Come to : COST
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One who goes into a seasonal rut : STAG
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Exhortation from a personal trainer : AGAIN
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Part of many an insurance bundle : AUTO
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More than a pair : TRIO
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Skateboard piece that connects the wheels to the deck : TRUCK
18
Spot for a campaign sign : FRONTYARD
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Mother ___ : HEN
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Dating abbr. : BCE
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2000s music star who writes his name with four dots : WILLIAM
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Fish with a prehensile tail : SEAHORSE
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Member of a chamber group : CELLO
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___ minimum : ATA
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Focus for a core workout : ABS
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It has four legs and a head : BED
33
Outlet for international travelers : DUTYFREESTORE
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One whose work is always blowing up? : BALLOONARTIST
38
Many hotel shuttles : PASSENGERVANS
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Escort down the aisle, informally : USH
40
Lead-in to op : SYS
41
Ingredient in tempera and tempura : EGG
42
What recycling code "40" is used for : STEEL
45
Like a very cold night, idiomatically : THREEDOG
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Mr. High-and-Mighty : HISNIBS
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Shakespearean killer : ASP
54
Laugh syllable : HAR
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Hairdo famously sported by Lucille Ball : POODLECUT
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Sacred city in Buddhism : LHASA
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Details : INFO
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Drawing of grass? : TOKE
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Oscar winner for "Little Miss Sunshine" : ARKIN
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Trailer advisory : NSFW
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Due : OWED
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Proofing need, in baking : YEAST
Down
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Things often drawn at night : BATHS
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Avoid a clash : AGREE
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Ski lodge feature : SAUNA
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Editorial insertion : SIC
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Quaint stationery shop item : INKBOTTLE
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Parisian hangouts : CAFES
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Just between you and me? : OUR
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Put in storage : STOW
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First name of the most-selected author in Oprah's Book Club : TONI
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M.O. : STYLE
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Cattle drive leader : TRAILBOSS
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Warning during the Battle of Britain : AIRALERT
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State of invincibility enabled by a cheat code : GODMODE
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Au pair's specialty, for short : TLC
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They may come with a children's menu : CRAYONS
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Transports : HAULS
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Sincere : EARNEST
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Direction word : BEAR
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They'll wait for you : SERVERS
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Writes quickly : DASHESOFF
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Traditionalist : FOGY
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Drama at the Tonys, say : STAGEPLAY
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Slight bit : TINGE
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Defensive fortifications : BASTIONS
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Colorful spot on a map : PUSHPIN
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Provide resources for : ENDOW
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Short short : LIL
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Abominable : HATED
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Asian capital on the Buriganga River : DHAKA
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Rest stop, metaphorically : OASIS
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50s president? : GRANT
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Politician O'Rourke : BETO
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Garbage disposal unit : SCOW
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What hits the HI notes? : UKE
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Old Eur. domain : HRE

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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