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New York Times, Monday, July 16, 2018

Author:
Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Erik Agard

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {HJKQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Agard. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Erik Agard notes:

This theme has been done a few times over the years, so I did my best to use answer phrases that weren't in those previous puzzles.

Jeff Chen notes:
Sometimes I wonder if I'm too critical about the quality of crossword fill, especially in early-week puzzles. Feels like I've carped ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0716 ( 25,087 )
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Australia's national gemstone : OPAL
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"___ Surfin'" (2008 rap song) : SWAG
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Lead-in to frost : PERMA
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Walk back and forth nervously : PACE
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What a fisherman might bring home even if he doesn't catch any fish : TALE
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"Later!" : IMOUT
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Singer Fitzgerald : ELLA
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Yoked animals : OXEN
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Weavers' devices : LOOMS
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Start of an overseas telephone number : COUNTRYCODE
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Former org. for James Comey : FBI
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Three on a sundial : III
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Test in a hospital tube, for short : MRI
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Classic game now sometimes played with "lasers" : TAG
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Faux money : COUNTERFEITCOIN
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Wolf Blitzer's channel : CNN
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Madam's counterpart : SIR
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Latest dope : POOP
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Couches : SOFAS
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Dental problem fixed by braces : GAP
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Annual award from Stockholm : NOBEL
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"You said it, brother!" : AMEN
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Open ___ night (comedy club offering) : MIC
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"Many years ___ ..." : AGO
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What a micromanager would like to have : COMPLETECONTROL
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"Yes, ma chérie" : OUI
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"This might be of interest," on a memo : FYI
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Fish eggs : ROE
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Georgia's capital: Abbr. : ATL
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Approach respectfully, in modern parlance : COMECORRECT
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Indian yogurt dish : RAITA
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Boys' school near Windsor : ETON
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Of all time : EVER
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Ringo of the Beatles : STARR
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Political competition : RACE
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Farm structure : SILO
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Weirdly spooky : EERIE
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Space on a schedule : SLOT
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Friend in war : ALLY
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Oil grp. : OPEC
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___ Alto, Calif. : PALO
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Org. defending the Bill of Rights : ACLU
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Move so as to hear better, say : LEANIN
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The Empire State Building has 102 of them : STORIES
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Like candles : WAXY
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Smart ___ (wiseacre) : ALEC
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Human ___ Project : GENOME
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Add even more criticism : PILEITON
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Music genre related to punk : EMO
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Place to see the town while painting the town red? : ROOFTOPBAR
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Most populous city in India : MUMBAI
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Symbol starting a Twitter handle : ATSIGN
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Palindromic bird : TIT
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What icicles do : DRIP
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Amts. of blood : CCS
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Musical Yoko : ONO
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Alien : UNFAMILIAR
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Fix, as an election : RIG
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Picture holder : FRAME
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Dove's sound : COO
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Item on a concert stage : AMP
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Tending to one's own well-being : SELFCARE
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Instagram upload, for short : PIC
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Bigheadedness : EGO
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[That was a funny one] : LOL
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R&B singer with the hits "So Sick" and "Miss Independent" : NEYO
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Princess' headwear : CORONET
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Sandpaperlike : COARSE
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Bested in a hot dog contest, say : OUTATE
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Stopwatches, sand clocks, etc. : TIMERS
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Neither's partner : NOR
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Mother with a 41-Across Peace Prize : TERESA
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Abbr. at the end of an abridged roster : ETAL
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Hit 2017 computer-animated film ... or a hint to 20-, 27-, 49- and 58-Across : COCO
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Bad, bad, bad : EVIL
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An amoeba has just one : CELL
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Helen of ___ : TROY
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Prefix with -fecta : TRI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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