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New York Times, Saturday, August 11, 2018

Scientists who measure the exact shape and size of Earth

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 32 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. McCarty. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2018, The New York Times8/11/18 ( No. 25,113 )
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Alternatives to strollers : BABYSLINGS
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Stumpers? : POLS
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Repetitive farewell from "The Sound of Music" : ADIEUADIEU
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Place : LIEU
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Show around the area? : LOCALCOLOR
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Word from the Latin for "seaweed" : ALGA
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Swam with the fishes, say : SNORKELED
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Prominent instrument in raga music : SITAR
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Put on ___ : AIRS
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Creek relative : SEMINOLE
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It was launched on the same day as Windows 95 : MSN
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Proud, passionate type, supposedly : LEO
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Downturn : SAG
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Rapper ___ Khalifa : WIZ
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Blarney stone? : FAUXDIAMOND
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Problems resulting from a poor paternal relationship : DADDYISSUES
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Simple business, frankly speaking? : HOTDOGSTAND
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Trick : GET
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It comes before long : ERE
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Main antagonist in "Toy Story" : SID
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Bit : TAD
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Causing change : ALTERANT
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Former Spice Girl Halliwell : GERI
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___ Falls, N.Y. : GLENS
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Auction figures : BIDPRICES
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Emmy-winning newsman Roger : MUDD
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Seller of shooting equipment : CAMERASHOP
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Saucony competitor : AVIA
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Spitball, e.g. : PROJECTILE
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Tammany Hall cartoonist : NAST
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Elite operative, for short : USNAVYSEAL
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Aromatic resin : BALSAM
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Studmuffin : ADONIS
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Two-pointed hat worn by Napoleon : BICORN
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All these ___ ... : YEARS
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Show signs of a sore loser : SULK
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Spike : LACE
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Subject of devotion : IDOL
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Frasier's brother on "Frasier" : NILES
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Scientists who measure the exact shape and size of Earth : GEODESISTS
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Big ___ : SUR
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Everyday : PLAIN
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Houston and Dallas, historically : OILTOWNS
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Passport or driver's license : LEGALID
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International soccer star Luis ___ : SUAREZ
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First name in psychoanalysis : SIGMUND
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People of southern Kenya : MAASAI
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Equipment found in warehouse stores : LADDERS
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Author Welty : EUDORA
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Places to go out and have a gas? : OXYGENBARS
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Excess : FAT
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Trash-talk : DIS
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Massive resource: Abbr. : OED
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What Hawaii has that Alaska lacks? : DOTTEDIS
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Extremely, informally : HELLUVA
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Comedian : GAGMAN
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Expert on bugs : TECHIE
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Shaded ring : AREOLA
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Drive away : DISPEL
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Stop by : ENDAT
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Titular misanthrope in a Shakespeare play : TIMON
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Hearts : GISTS
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Already: Fr. : DEJA
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"Go back" button abbr. on some remotes : PREV
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Off-color : RACY
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Computer hardware inits. : CPU

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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