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New York Times, Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Zhouqin Burnikel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 70 for Ms. Burnikel. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Zhouqin Burnikel notes:

I initially thought of YEAR OF THE RAT for [2020], but could not find a workable set. So I settled on the current one with a short first and last theme entry.

Jeff Chen notes:
Appropriate puzzle for the year 2020! It's a shame that it wasn't run on the first day of the year — there's something so pleasing ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0721 ( 25,823 )
Across
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"___ and ye shall receive" : ASK
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Badminton court fixtures : NETS
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Like bread used for stuffing, often : STALE
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Anderson Cooper's channel : CNN
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"Law & Order: SVU" co-star : ICET
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Used an old phone : DIALED
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20-20, e.g. : TIESCORE
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"That's great to hear!" : IMGLAD
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Command to a dog : SPEAK
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Spice in pumpkin pie : MACE
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Thur. follower : FRI
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"20/20," e.g. : NEWSMAGAZINE
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Dillydally : DAWDLE
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Cleanup hitter's attribute : POWER
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"Gross!" : UGH
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Frugal sort : SAVER
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Standing tall : ERECT
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Party pooper : DRAG
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20:20, e.g. : RATIO
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Litter box emanation : ODOR
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Enjoy thoroughly : EATUP
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Nickname for Alexandra : SASHA
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"Made in the ___" : USA
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Zones : AREAS
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___ Dumpty : HUMPTY
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20/20, e.g. : VISUALACUITY
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Suffix meaning "sort of" : ISH
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Parts of some seniors' financial plans, for short : IRAS
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Popular hair coloring technique : OMBRE
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Like an old-fashioned clock : ANALOG
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2020, e.g. : LEAPYEAR
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Chinese noodle dish : LOMEIN
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One of the four Gospels : LUKE
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Hit the slopes : SKI
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Classic Pittsburgh mill product : STEEL
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Reach across : SPAN
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Point value of a "Z" in Scrabble : TEN
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Circus routines : ACTS
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Quick scissors cut : SNIP
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Place to play spoons : KNEE
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Things with Thomas Jefferson's image : NICKELS
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Prefix with system : ECO
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Contract specifics : TERMS
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Prepare rice, perhaps : STEAM
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Kind of card in a smartphone : SIM
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Part of a garment with instructions on care : TAG
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Raring to go : ALLFIREDUP
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Get down pat : LEARN
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___ Redmayne, Oscar winner for "The Theory of Everything" : EDDIE
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Dora the Explorer's cousin : DIEGO
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Beach bucketful : SAND
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Calf-length pants : CAPRIS
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Have on : WEAR
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Leave wide-eyed : AWE
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Worst possible mark on a test : ZERO
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"C'mon, man!" : DUDE
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Taj Express destination city : AGRA
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Comment made while shaking the head : WHATASHAME
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Where Jacqueline Kennedy went to college : VASSAR
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Pilot's announcement, in brief : ETA
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"That'll ___ you!" : COST
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Airplane seat attachment : TRAY
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Spiritual guide : GURU
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"Didn't expect to see you here!" : OHHI
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Stir-fry tidbit : PEA
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Device for reproducing one's signature : AUTOPEN
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Set straight : ALIGN
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"Well, I declare!" : MYMY
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Lab containers : VIALS
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"This ___ a test" : ISNOT
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What a help center gets lots of : CALLS
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Deplete : USEUP
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Top-of-the-line : BEST
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Tool by a golf bunker : RAKE
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Andrews of "Dancing With the Stars" : ERIN
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Martial arts master Bruce : LEE
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Tankful or tankerful : OIL
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Lead-in to an alias : AKA

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

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