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New York Times, Saturday, August 19, 2017

Author:
Mark Diehl
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Mark Diehl

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 60, Blocks: 22 Missing: {JQXYZ} Spans: 1 Average word length: 6.77 This is puzzle # 67 for Mr. Diehl. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0819 ( 24,756 )

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Across
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Like a hermit : ISOLATED
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Response to a sophomoric comment : GROWUP
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Score after opening with an ace, informally : FIVELOVE
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Secret ___ : RECIPE
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Catch of all catches, of a sort : IDEALMAN
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Singer of the Wagner aria "Liebestod" : ISOLDE
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Least cool : NERDIEST
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Make a feast of : DINEON
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Looks forward to the next spring? : DOWSES
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Feature of Namibia and Libya : ARIDNESS
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Root used in perfumery : ORRIS
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James ___, 1990-94 New Jersey governor : FLORIO
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Noodle soup noodle : UDON
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Joint flare-up? : PRISONRIOT
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Got some action : BET
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Method of fishing : SEINING
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Station that people once looked up to : MIR
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Goes over the line? : TRESPASSES
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Company added to the Dow 30 in 2013 : VISA
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Dr. Brody of "Raiders of the Lost Ark" : MARCUS
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Draw toward dark : LATEN
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Scenery chewer : HAMACTOR
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Grinders, of a sort : MOLARS
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Tree favored by giraffes : ACACIA
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Dubonnet or Campari : APERITIF
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Box at the gym? : LOCKER
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Bad news on the stock market : NOSEDIVE
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Part of a record : ARREST
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Lowdown sneak : CONNIVER
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Quick shots : SNORTS
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Many people take them to bed nowadays : EREADERS
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"Should there be any question ..." : IFINDOUBT
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Corn on the cob, e.g. : SIDEORDER
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Replaced, as on a computer : OVERWROTE
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Shows the way : LEADSIN
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Force in the Battle of Dunkirk : ALLIES
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Shakespeare's First and Second Folios, e.g. : TOMES
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Spacewalks, in NASA lingo : EVAS
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It covers bridges, typically : DENTALINSURANCE
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Primitive cooking equipment : GRIDIRONS
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Situated (in) : RESIDING
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Alito's predecessor on the Supreme Court : OCONNOR
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Toon who uses his middle initial : WILEE
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High styles : UPDOS
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Ones always banging their heads against things? : PEENS
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Female factory workers in W.W. II, informally : ROSIES
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West Coast locale mentioned in "(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay" : FRISCO
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Some fruit pastries : PEARTARTS
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Like store brands vis-à-vis name brands, typically : IMITATIVE
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Waterway that lent its name to two French departments : OISERIVER
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Students arriving late? : TRANSFERS
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Most airheaded : SPACIEST
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Clam : SMACKER
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T.S.A. requirement : VALIDID
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___ Ochoa, 2017 Golf Hall of Fame inductee : LORENA
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Papa Bear of the N.F.L. : HALAS
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Kind of squash : ACORN
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Photog's lens : MACRO
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Intervening, at law : MESNE
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"How ___ are they that have not patience!": Iago : POOR

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 6 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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