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New York Times, Monday, July 2, 2018

Author:
Evan Kalish
Editor:
Will Shortz
"Keep this between us" ... or hint to this puzzle's circled letters
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Evan Kalish

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FJQX} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Kalish.
Evan Kalish notes:
As with many constructors, this marks the fulfillment of a long-time dream. I've always loved playing with words, and back in middle ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Shh! IT'S A SECRET, i.e., words that can follow SECRET. The "words that can follow" theme type is largely bygone these days, but I ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times7/2/18 ( No. 25,073 )
Across
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Foggy mental states : HAZES
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Play a role onstage : ACT
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Wild hog : BOAR
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Atlantic or Pacific : OCEAN
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Soothing substance : ALOE
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Bullets and BBs : AMMO
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Italian food item that can be stuffed and baked : PASTASHELL
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Doesn't stop talking : YAPS
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Common canine command : SIT
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Militia of farmers, e.g. : PEASANTARMY
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___ Solo of 2018's "Solo" : HAN
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Corn unit : EAR
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"He's so polite" : WHATAGENTLEMAN
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Sir's counterpart : MAAM
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What poi is made from : TARO
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What a plane's hold holds : CARGO
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___-Man (shrinking Marvel superhero) : ANT
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Hit musical set in Argentina : EVITA
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Something the eco-conscious bring to a grocery : BAG
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"I.e.," spelled out : IDEST
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Vaper's device : ECIG
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A-list group at an event : VIPS
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It may allow a text document to be displayed on a web page : MARKUPLANGUAGE
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Once ___ while : INA
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No room at the ___ (problem once in Bethlehem) : INN
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3, 5 or 7, but not 9 : PRIMENUMBER
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Guerrilla ___ Guevara : CHE
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"Today" co-host Kotb : HODA
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"Keep this between us" ... or hint to this puzzle's circled letters : ITSASECRET
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December 24 and 31, e.g. : EVES
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One probably not with the jocks at the lunch table : NERD
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Practices boxing : SPARS
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Watered down, as coffee : WEAK
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Verizon Fios or Comcast's Xfinity, for short : ISP
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Striped cat : TABBY
Down
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Kangaroo movements : HOPS
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Berry marketed as a superfood : ACAI
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Lemon rind part : ZEST
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Consume : EAT
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Get testy with : SNAPAT
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Lager alternatives : ALES
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___ wars (longtime advertising battle) : COLA
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Early computer connection protocol : TELNET
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Where San Francisco and Oakland are : BAYAREA
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Actor Epps : OMAR
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12-hour toggle on clocks : AMPM
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Flushed, as cheeks : ROSY
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"Eureka!" : AHA
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Its members serve six-year terms : SENATE
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Barber's powder : TALC
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Nonkosher sandwich meat : HAM
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"A Fish Called ___" (1988 comedy) : WANDA
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Jealous critic, informally : HATER
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Judge's mallet : GAVEL
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Writer Jong : ERICA
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Away from the office : NOTIN
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Head honcho : MRBIG
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Open-mouthed : AGAPE
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Spiced holiday drinks : NOGS
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Seriously injure : MAIM
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Texas A&M team : AGGIES
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Robber's identity-protecting headwear : SKIMASK
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Something carried by a singer : TUNE
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Tradesperson's vehicle : VAN
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Sandwich with grill marks : PANINI
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Turmoil : UNREST
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[What a relief!] : PHEW
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Wander about : ROVE
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What a light bulb indicates in cartoons : IDEA
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Beehive State tribe : UTES
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Car sticker fig. : MSRP
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Word to a dog that has just chewed the sofa : BAD
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One who complains, complains, complains : CRAB
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Parsley, sage, rosemary or thyme : HERB
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Website for craft vendors : ETSY
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Busy worker in April, for short : CPA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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