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New York Times, Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Retail giant that opened its first U.S. store near Philadelphia in 1985

Author:
Chase Dittrich
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Dittrich.
Notepad: In the print version of this puzzle, three clues are rendered in ways this software cannot reproduce, as follows:
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The clue for 42-Across has a thin line through it.
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Chase Dittrich notes:
Very excited for my NYT debut! Big thanks to my mentor Myles Callum, and to the editing team who helped me greatly improve on my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've had the pleasure of working with Chase on a few crosswords, so it's great to see his NYT debut. I enjoyed the play on various ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times7/8/20 ( No. 25,810 )
Across
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Shoe company with a fish name : BASS
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Bumbling : INEPT
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Hot rod race : DRAG
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Sets of points, in math : LOCI
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Some cartridge filler : TONER
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Hershey caramel-filled candy : ROLO
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Land between the Caspian Sea and the Persian Gulf : IRAN
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With sleight of hand, say : SLYLY
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Devil-may-care attitude, in modern parlance : YOLO
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Having a meal! : STRESSEATING
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Word from Swahili for "journey" : SAFARI
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Go as far down as : STOOPTO
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Curses : DAMNS
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Oscar-winning Sophia : LOREN
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Landmark 1973 Supreme Court case, informally : ROE
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M i l i t a r y   t r a i n e e s : SPACECADETS
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___ Tometi, activist who co-founded Black Lives Matter : OPAL
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Author Mario Vargas ___ : LLOSA
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Aching : SORE
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Downward dog : STRIKEAPOSE
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Bit of butter : PAT
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Historic 1965 march location : SELMA
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Business sign abbr. : ESTAB
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"Seems about right" : IDSAYSO
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Providers of some comic relief in "Star Wars" : DROIDS
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"Will you marry me?" : BOLDPROPOSAL
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Grand party : FETE
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Language quintet : AEIOU
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Word on a deli scale : TARE
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Retail giant that opened its first U.S. store near Philadelphia in 1985 : IKEA
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Words, informally : VOCAB
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In great shape : HALE
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Ending with four or six, but not three or five : TEEN
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Sound of disgust : SNORT
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"Shoo!" : SCAT
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Pure joy : BLISS
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Main artery : AORTA
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Neck warmer : SCARF
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Singer O'Connor : SINEAD
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"Piece of cake!" : ITSSIMPLE
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Florida State athlete, for short : NOLE
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Four-time Grammy winner for Best New Age Album : ENYA
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Bombards : PELTS
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"Have a taste!" : TRYIT
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Textiles and sundries : DRYGOODS
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Aussie hopper : ROO
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"Is that ___?" : ALL
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Glue ... or a rhyme for "glue" : GOO
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Sp. ladies : SRAS
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Mardi Gras locale, for short : NOLA
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About to go under the knife, in brief : PREOP
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Four: Prefix : TETRA
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Beginning : ONSET
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Simba's mate in "The Lion King" : NALA
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Range : SCOPE
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Martini & ___ : ROSSI
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Chose, with "for" : OPTED
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Some English nobles : EARLS
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Those, to José : ESOS
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Make something seem less likely to be true : CASTDOUBT
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Vegetable in succotash : LIMABEAN
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Pugilist's goal : KAYO
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Historical figure played by Kurt Russell in "Tombstone" : EARP
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Some diner seating choices : BOOTHS
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Russians and Belarusians : SLAVS
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Classic theater : ODEON
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Singer/songwriter Hayes : ISAAC
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Girl in the "Our Gang" movies : DARLA
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Wintry mix : SLEET
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___ de gallo (condiment) : PICO
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Thunder : ROAR
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Concern when buying shoes : FIT
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Squeeze (out) : EKE
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Where a long drive often starts : TEE

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

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