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New York Times, Thursday, August 20, 2020

Classic young adult novel ... or hint to the path taken by four letters in the answers to the starred clues

Author:
Grant Thackray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 71, Blocks: 30 Missing: {BFJQYZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Thackray.
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© 2020, The New York Times8/20/20 ( No. 25,853 )
Across
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Finishing touches, of a sort : ICINGS
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Bases make up a part of it : PHSCALE
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Dr. Evil's little clone in the "Austin Powers" films : MINIME
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Dainty dining decorations : DOILIES
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*An old wedding dress might have this : SENTIMENTALVALUE
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With 19-Across, heretofore : ERE
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See 18-Across : NOW
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See 3-Down : EAR
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Root in Polynesian cuisine : TARO
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Custom auto accessories : RIMS
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First name in jazz : ELLA
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*"Er ... um ..." : WHATIMEANTWAS
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Relatives of violas : CELLI
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"So cool!" : AWESOME
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Kitchen brand : OXO
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Carrier of sleeping sickness : TSETSE
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Mens ___ (legal term) : REA
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Pinches pennies : SCRIMPS
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"Why ___ thou promise such a beauteous day": Shak. : DIDST
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*Mickey's rival for Minnie's affection : MORTIMERMOUSE
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Super's apartment, often : ONEA
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Multivolume ref. works : OEDS
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Disgruntled : SORE
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___ cit. (footnote abbr.) : LOC
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"So ___ heard" : IVE
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It can be broken, but not fixed : LAW
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Classic young adult novel ... or hint to the path taken by four letters in the answers to the starred clues : AWRINKLEINTIME
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Cure-all : PANACEA
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Longhorn rival : SOONER
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Hypothetical solar system body beyond Neptune : PLANETX
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White-barked trees : ASPENS
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"All good here" : IMSET
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Popular Oldsmobile model of the 1980s-'90s : CIERA
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With 20-Across, balance regulator : INNER
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Tiny beef : NIT
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Feds : GMEN
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Title with a tilde : SENORA
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"Get a room!" elicitor, for short : PDA
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Ring-shaped cutters attached to drills : HOLESAWS
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Hindu god of destruction : SIVA
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Some reds : CLARETS
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Languish : AIL
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Romania's currency : LEU
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-speak : ESE
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Dipstick : TWIT
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Serenader on a pea-green boat, in rhyme : OWL
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Beef, e.g. : MEAT
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"The ___: Generation Q," sequel series starting in 2019 : LWORD
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Shiny fabrics : LAMES
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"Please, have ___" : ASEAT
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Request that's risky if you're over 18? : HITME
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Must-haves : NEEDS
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Pink alcoholic drink, familiarly : COSMO
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Former inmate : EXCON
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Peter of "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" : LORRE
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It's got teeth : SPROCKET
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Salinger title girl : ESME
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Popular salad dressing : ITALIAN
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-y, pluralized : IES
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Jon Arbuckle's dog : ODIE
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Issuance from an American embassy : USVISA
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QB protectors, informally : OLINE
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Dish served with a spoon and chopsticks : RAMEN
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Big pitchers : EWERS
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A while ago : ONCE
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Grandson of Adam and Eve : ENOS
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College ___ (something that might include an SAT score) : APP
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Commercial lead-in to mart : WAL
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Basic bio subject : RNA
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Loosey-goosey : LAX
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One-up : TOP

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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