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New York Times, Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Author:
Michael Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Michael Hawkins

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Hawkins. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Michael Hawkins notes:
At a mini-conference last year, the first speaker of the day used the term BUZZKILL, which I connected to my battle earlier that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I almost dismissed this as an inelegant, loosey-goosey theme. Man, am I glad I took a second look! I skimmed over the SNOOZE BUTTON ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0711 ( 25,082 )
Across
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Suddenly stopped communicating with, in modern lingo : GHOSTED
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Daft : MAD
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Utility bill meas. : BTU
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Fresh spin on a familiar idea : NEWTAKE
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Ride on a merry-go-round, maybe : UNICORN
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Conceives : CREATES
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City nicknamed "The Gateway to the West" : STLOUIS
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Incommunicado period : RADIOSILENCE
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Wade in the Baseball Hall of Fame : BOGGS
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Bench press muscle, for short : PEC
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Spook grp. : CIA
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Running shoe brand : AVIA
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Put on a truck, say : LOAD
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"Don't ___ it!" : SWEAT
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Debbie Downer : BUZZKILL
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Frenzied place : ZOO
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Contacted without a trip to the post office, say : EMAILED
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"Gone With the Wind" locale : GEORGIA
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___ Stark, patriarch on "Game of Thrones" : NED
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Express one's opinion in no uncertain terms : SOUNDOFF
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Pianist/comic Victor of old TV : BORGE
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O'Hare and LAX : HUBS
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Emmy-winning Kudrow : LISA
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What a weather balloon might be mistaken for : UFO
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Roman sun god : SOL
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General tone : TENOR
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What a late sleeper may use ... resulting in 19-, 31- and 40-Across? : SNOOZEBUTTON
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Meditative exercises in a steamy room : HOTYOGA
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Could no longer fit into, as one's childhood clothing : OUTGREW
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Pittsburgh pro : STEELER
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Former : ONETIME
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Like the Canadian flag's maple leaf : RED
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Verb with "thou" : ART
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Verbally attack, with "at" : LASHOUT
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Big purveyor of vitamin supplements : GNC
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___ Majesty : HER
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Be behind : OWE
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Observatory activity : STARGAZING
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Byes : TATAS
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Barely made, with out : EKED
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Lucy's guy : DESI
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Tousled : MUSSED
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Bit of a lark : ANTIC
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___ pickle : DILL
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Leave, slangily : BOUNCE
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One of the Nixons : TRICIA
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Vote out : UNSEAT
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Iowa college : COE
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Memorable 1995 hurricane : OPAL
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___ in arms : BABE
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Tube traveler : OVUM
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Egyptian tourist spot : GIZA
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Set off a polygraph : LIED
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Up there in years : OLD
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Procrastinator's promise : SOON
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Six for dinner? : WORDLENGTH
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Paul who painted "Fish Magic" : KLEE
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For whom "it is not possible either to trick or escape the mind," per Hesiod : ZEUS
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Great deal : GOB
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"How's it ___?" : GOIN
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Supposing that : IFSO
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Many miles away : AFAR
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"Star Trek" role for George Takei : SULU
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W.'s father : BUSHSR
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Significant : OFNOTE
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Entrenched : ROOTED
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Capital of Tasmania : HOBART
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Bob with the Silver Bullet Band : SEGER
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Pledge drive giveaways : TOTES
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"Hey!" from Jesús : OYE
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Author Émile : ZOLA
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Hammer or sickle : TOOL
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"Chicken of the sea" : TUNA
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2016 Olympics host, informally : RIO
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Bird whose name is also the initials of a school in Ypsilanti : EMU
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Dampen : WET

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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