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New York Times, Thursday, July 16, 2020

Witchcraft ... or what each block of three black squares in this puzzle represents?

Author:
Evan Kalish
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Evan Kalish

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QVXZ} This is puzzle # 13 for Mr. Kalish. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Evan Kalish notes:
I've long been fascinated by puzzles that utilize black squares thematically. My primary goal was to execute this concept consistently ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
DARK ART = A R T inside black squares. It reminded me of a ground-breaking Gorski, one that amazed me in my early days of discovering ... read more
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Across
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Classic MTV show that launched a film franchise : JACKASS
8
Common recyclable : SODACAN
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Firm, in a way : ALDENTE
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"Fifty Shades of Grey," e.g. : EROTICA
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Certain fair fare : CORNDOG
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Involving crystals and incense, say : NEWAGEY
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"I just knew it!" : OHO
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Cause of death in the Sherlock Holmes novel "The Sign of the Four" : POISONDART
22
"___ Meets Godzilla" (classic film short) : BAMBI
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Ending with slug or gab : FEST
26
Break : GAP
29
Part of the Constitution establishing the executive branch : ARTICLEII
32
Where I-80 crosses the Missouri River : OMAHA
34
Narrative through multiple TV episodes : STORYARC
37
Caught : SNARED
38
Sighting from a crow's-nest : LAND
39
Con : TRICK
41
Lift at a resort : TBAR
42
Do a favor for : OBLIGE
44
Numerical trio : AREACODE
46
Rude one in an audience : BOOER
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Diagram at a business meeting : FLOWCHART
48
Disseminate : SOW
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"Then again ...," in texts : OTOH
51
Ankle bones : TARSI
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Protagonist in "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" : ARTHURDENT
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Mary ___ Evans, real name of George Eliot : ANN
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Big name in online dating : OKCUPID
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"Sure, makes sense" : YESISEE
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Video game controller that uses gesture recognition : WIIMOTE
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Johannes Gutenberg, for one : PRINTER
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Voice actor for Carl in "Up" : EDASNER
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Witchcraft ... or what each block of three black squares in this puzzle represents? : DARKART
Down
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___ deGrom, two-time Cy Young Award winner (2018 and 2019) : JACOB
2
Hello or goodbye : ALOHA
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Obsolescent storage device : CDROM
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"Jeopardy!" genius Jennings : KEN
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"Then what happened ...?" : AND
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What red might mean : STOP
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___ lily : SEGO
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Dojo master : SENSEI
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Black-and-white stack : OREOS
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"___ Abbey" : DOWNTON
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Slightly : ATAD
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Smoke : CIG
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Number one starter : ACE
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House call? : NAY
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Lifesaving prosthetic : ARTIFICIALHEART
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Subpar performance? : BIRDIE
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Like the planet Hoth in "The Empire Strikes Back" : ICY
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Classic leading lady honored on both U.S. and Swedish postage : GARBO
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Leading : AHEAD
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Father : PADRE
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Delinquent : LATE
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Be off base : ERR
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Powdered green tea leaves : MATCHA
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Sorts who might wipe their mouths with their sleeves : SLOBS
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Off-limits : TABOO
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Turned up just a little : ONLOW
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Distort : SKEW
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___-Magnon (early human) : CRO
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Company with a great deal of advertising? : GROUPON
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Not just think : ACT
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Hay, say : FODDER
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Opposite of original : TRITE
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One with dreads, maybe : RASTA
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Nasty look : SNEER
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Like neon : INERT
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Doesn't remember the words, say : HUMS
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"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" org. : NYPD
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Prefix with watt : TERA
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Be short : OWE
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Josh : KID
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Its HQ contains a sculpture with a still-unsolved coded message : CIA
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Title reportedly turned down by Stephen Hawking : SIR
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Sign : INK

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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