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New York Times, Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Author:
Brian Cox
Editor:
Will Shortz
Yellowstone has more than two million of them
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Cox.
Brian Cox notes:
Some bio: I am a newspaper editor in Detroit. I have had some mystery short stories published in Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Debut! And such a fun idea, a take on knock knock jokes. I enjoyed the puns, a surprise given that I'm sick of knock knock jokes (my ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times7/26/17 ( No. 24,732 )
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"Common Sense" pamphleteer : PAINE
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Rambler maker of old, for short : AMC
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Hindu on a bed of nails : FAKIR
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Yellowstone has more than two million of them : ACRES
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Guy's square dance partner : GAL
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2006 Supreme Court appointee : ALITO
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Response to "Knock knock" : WHOSTHERE
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Fr. misses : MLLES
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On its way : SENT
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"Esther ..." : ANYONEHOME
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Cut, as with a letter opener : SLIT
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Ore-___ (frozen food brand) : IDA
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One referred to as "my hero!" : SAVIOR
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Witchy woman : HAG
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Not genuine: Abbr. : IMIT
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Squeeze moisture from : WRING
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"Yvonne ..." : TOBEALONE
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Go public with : AIR
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Natalie Portman or Gene Simmons, by birth : ISRAELI
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Some E.R. cases : ODS
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"Sadie ..." : MAGICWORD
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Reason to earn a badge : MERIT
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Whodunit's essence : PLOT
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Like all prime numbers but one : ODD
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Where Dorothy and Toto are from : KANSAS
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Camera type, in brief : SLR
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Shelter rescues, e.g. : PETS
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"Ken ..." : IGETANAMEN
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In ___ of (replacing) : LIEU
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S.S.N., e.g. : TAXID
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"Luke ..." : MANOHANDS
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General local weather pattern : CLIME
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Like some stock trades, for short : OTC
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Like a merino : OVINE
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Can't stomach : HATES
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Drop in on : SEE
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Often-buggy software versions : BETAS
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Handles clumsily : PAWS
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Need ibuprofen, say : ACHE
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Mineral plentiful in kale : IRON
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Occupies, as a bird does a tree : NESTSIN
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Ballpark fig. : EST
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Secret ___ : AGENT
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Musical partner of Peter and Paul : MARY
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Queen of the Nile, briefly : CLEO
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World-renowned : FAMED
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Words of acclamation : ALLHAIL
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Scale unit, in most of the world : KILO
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Subject for gossips : ITEM
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Jack's love in "Titanic" : ROSE
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___ metal (1980s music subgenre) : HAIR
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British pol Farage : NIGEL
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KenKen solver's need : LOGIC
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Washington establishment, so to speak : SWAMP
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Typeface similar to Helvetica : ARIAL
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Many a September birth : VIRGO
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Overcollect? : HOARD
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Tucked in : ABED
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Eighth-century conquerors of Iberia : MOORS
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Second-most-populous nation : INDIA
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Components of some batteries : TESTS
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Stepped heavily (on) : TROD
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Align the cross hairs on : AIMAT
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Like some testimony and enemies : SWORN
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"The deadline has arrived" : ITSTIME
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Keep under one's thumb : ENSLAVE
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Vegas numbers game : KENO
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Fills with cargo : LADES
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Biden's successor as V.P. : PENCE
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Hankering : ITCH
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Black-tie affair : GALA
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Fire drill objective : EXIT
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"Chicago" simpleton ___ Hart : AMOS
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One to whom you might say "G'day!" : MATE
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Rolling ___ (wealthy) : INIT
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Pulitzer winner Ferber : EDNA
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Plays for a sap : USES
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Play ___ with (do mischief to) : HOB

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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