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New York Times, Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Fictional maker of earthquake pills and tornado seeds

Author:
Brandon Koppy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has repeated answers This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Koppy. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Brandon Koppy notes:
As a solver, I don't enjoy cross-referenced clues. If I stumble on a "See X-Across" I'm more likely just to skip it than to jump ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Ever notice that the CYCLE of LIFE and LIFE CYCLE mean the same thing? Meta! I enjoyed this one much more than I thought I was going ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times8/19/20 ( No. 25,852 )
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With 5-Across, means of survival : LIFE
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With 9-Across, place to yacht-shop : BOAT
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With 16-Down, decisive confrontation : SHOW
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Mosque V.I.P. : IMAM
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In olden days : ONCE
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Santa Claus "flight tracker" : NORAD
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Puma competitor : FILA
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Blue material : SMUT
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Sun Valley locale : IDAHO
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One signing up : ENLISTER
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Judd who directed "Knocked Up" : APATOW
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Passionate sort, it's said : LEO
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Fictional maker of earthquake pills and tornado seeds : ACME
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It's a stretch : EON
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Headwear for Sikhs : TURBANS
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Introduction to magic? : ABRA
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Golden god : IDOL
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Centipede producer : ATARI
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Hit's opposite : FLOP
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Place to see Warhol's "Campbell's Soup Cans" : MOMA
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See 1-Down : CYCLE
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Grind : TOIL
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Book of Mormon book : ENOS
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Passing a drug test, say : CLEAN
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Destroyer of the town of Nicolosi in 1669 : ETNA
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One putting down roots? : TREE
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Title detective of 1970s TV : STARSKY
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Actress Claire of Netflix's "The Crown" : FOY
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Quashes : ENDS
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Apprehend : NAB
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Hannah who wrote "The Human Condition" : ARENDT
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Like most debates : TWOSIDED
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Conveyance that may be carved : CANOE
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Crush alternative : NEHI
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The Catholic Church, informally : ROME
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Blog post : ENTRY
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Calendar spans with tildes : ANOS
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Rating for "South Park" : TVMA
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With 50-Down, athlete's intense expression : GAME
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With 69-Across, advantage in sports : HOME
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With 70-Across, call it a night, say : HEAD
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With 41-Across, generational sequence : LIFE
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"Sign me up" : IMIN
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Cooling off period? : FALL
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Message with many bcc's : EMAILBLAST
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What may be tested by parking a car in Harvard Yard? : BOSTONACCENT
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"Lay it ___!" : ONME
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MDX maker : ACURA
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Lunar New Year : TET
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Long shot? : SNIPER
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Kotb of "Today" : HODA
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Make a big speech : ORATE
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"Yay!" : WAHOO
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With 39-Down, minimize : DOWN
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Triton's domain : SEA
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It's created by wind, rain and traffic : AMBIENTNOISE
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"Cheers" waitress and "Scrubs" nurse : CARLAS
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With 1-Down, company named for two magazines : TIME
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Thick noodle : UDON
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Football analyst Tony : ROMO
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Did up : STYLED
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So-called "third stage of labor" : AFTERBIRTH
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Nail (it) : ACE
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Plenty : LOTS
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Sound from a pen : OINK
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With 62-Down, lie motionless : PLAY
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Overnight flight : REDEYE
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Small power sources : AAS
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With 27-Down, Apple app : FACE
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Rainforest dweller, in brief : ORANG
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Gossipy sort : YENTA
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Old memo writer : STENO
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Standard : NORM
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Often-misused pronoun : WHOM
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Peace sign : DOVE
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1815 novel of romantic mis-understandings : EMMA
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With 71-Across, traveling music fan of old : DEAD
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"I'll pass" : NAH

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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