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New York Times, Thursday, July 19, 2018

Author:
Mike Knobler
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mike Knobler

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {GJKQ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Knobler. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Mike Knobler notes:
Shhh! Please don't tell my dad I constructed today's puzzle. I don't think he reads the bylines, and I'd like to get his unbiased ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Rot! What? No, not what. Wot? Rot. ROT! ROT-X is a common encoding scheme = rotate by X places in the alphabet. Today we get words ... read more
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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0719 ( 25,090 )
Across
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Christmastime purchases : FIRS
5
Vessel that's 1% full? : YACHT
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American ally in W.W. II : USSR
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Twist someone's words, say? : EDIT
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God, to many : ALLAH
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___ Minderbinder, lieutenant in "Catch-22" : MILO
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What the answers to the six starred clues follow, as hinted at by 66-Across : SECRETCODE
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Old PalmPilot products, in brief : PDAS
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Sauce for falafels : TAHINI
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Lucy's bandleader husband : DESI
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*Firework that doesn't work : EVE
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*Crafts site : FUTZ
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Something said to smell sweet : SUCCESS
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Neighbor of a Montanan : ALBERTAN
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Soft ball material : NERF
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Short, for short : LIL
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Poet who wrote "Anxiety is the handmaiden of creativity" : ELIOT
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*Contemptuous smile : TOFFS
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1847 novel partly set on a whaler : OMOO
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Western New York Iroquois : ERIES
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Slightest protest : PEEP
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*Military vehicles : UBOLT
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Upright : ERECT
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Windy City rail org. : CTA
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Places to hibernate : DENS
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Chunnel train : EUROSTAR
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Page designs : LAYOUTS
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*Resistance units : PINT
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*Shakespearean prince : IBM
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Adds (up) : TOTS
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Short, for one : MARTIN
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Opposite of plummet : SOAR
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Cry from behind a counter : NEXTPLEASE
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Unadulterated : PURE
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Woman's name that sounds like two letters of the alphabet : ELSIE
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She: Sp. : ELLA
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Band with the top 10 hits "Lady" and "Babe" : STYX
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Participated in a bee : SEWED
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Look (into) : PEER
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Ending with song or slug : FEST
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"You have no ___" : IDEA
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Worth a great deal : RICH
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Conflict : STRIFE
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First N.F.L. player on the cover of Sports Illustrated : YATITTLE
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Wine label abbr. : ALC
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Lump : CLOD
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He was accompanied by the guard dog Cerberus : HADES
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Biggest-selling newspaper in England : THESUN
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First, second or third person : UMP
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Unintended consequence : SIDEEFFECT
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Major European ethnic group : SLAVS
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What Moses supposes his toeses are, in an old verse : ROSES
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Harden : ENURE
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Rapper with the 1999 album "The Seventh Deadly Sin" : ICET
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Where Ali won his 1974 world heavyweight title : ZAIRE
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Trim : CROP
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Surname of three baseball brothers : ALOU
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Arm : LIMB
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Vodka and tomato juice cocktail : BLOODYMARY
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Like la nuit : NOIRE
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Prepare to drive : TEEUP
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Greek salad ingredient : FETA
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Not fight seriously : SPAR
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Margarine : OLEO
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Economized : SCRIMPED
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Flush fastener : TNUT
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Like the Vietnamese language : TONAL
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Old Beatles rival, with "the" : STONES
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17-time Best Actress nominee : STREEP
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Targets for speech therapists : LISPS
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Approximately : ABOUT
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Many an ancient tombstone : STELE
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Annual Austin media event, informally : SXSW
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Whodunit, e.g. : TALE
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It may be surrounded by beaches : ISLE
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Approximately : NEAR
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Alternative to Bowser : REX
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Word with tongue or twist : TIE

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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