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New York Times, Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 77, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQX} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 41 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
I've seen a lot of crosswords playing off of state abbreviations, but this particular take delighted me. What cool finds, AL(abama) ... read more
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© 2017, The New York TimesNo. 0822 ( 24,759 )
Across
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Containers at chocolate factories : VATS
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Southern city just south of a national forest with the same name : OZARK
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Shout after a stressful week : TGIF
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Mrs. Peacock's game : CLUE
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Cello bow application : ROSIN
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Plead with, say : URGE
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Fire hydrant attachment : HOSE
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Managed to irk : GOTTO
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It's a big blow : GALE
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Pixar's "Monsters, ___" : INC
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Orally : BYMOUTH
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Nonverbal "yes" : NOD
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R&B singer Bryson : PEABO
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___ Levin, author of "Rosemary's Baby" : IRA
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Windows precursor : MSDOS
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Undergraduate law deg. : LLB
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Nothing : NIL
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Clumsy fellow : OAF
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Egg ___ yung (Chinese dish) : FOO
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Newborn horses : FOALS
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"This instant!" : NOW
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Make an approach like a bird of prey : SWOOPIN
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Common churchyard conifer : YEWTREE
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Destiny : KISMET
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Spiritual center, in yoga : CHAKRA
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Look for : AWAIT
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___-Man : PAC
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"Nothing for me, thanks" : IMSET
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Adm. Horatio Nelson, for one : NAVALHERO
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Superexcited : AGOG
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Glowing bit in a fire : EMBER
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Aborted plan : NOGO
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Rorschach test shape : BLOT
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Show leniency toward : SPARE
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"The very ___!" : IDEA
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No-brainer? : BOZO
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Freak out : PANIC
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Champagne bottle stopper : CORK
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"Truer words have never been spoken!" : AMEN
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Thus far : ASYET
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It "marches on its stomach," per Napoleon : ARMY
Down
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TV blocking device : VCHIP
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Companionless : ALONE
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Where the Crimson Tide play : TUSCALOOSA
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Lay eyes on : SEE
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Out-of-control revelry : ORGY
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Get a close-up of by camera : ZOOMINON
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City almost at the end of the Columbia River : ASTORIA
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In a ceremonial manner : RITUALLY
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Hard-to-undo tie : KNOT
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Yank : TUG
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Red River Valley city in the upper Midwest : GRANDFORKS
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House that's cool to live in? : IGLOO
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Puts money in, as a meter : FEEDS
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Go up and down, as a buoy : BOB
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Plan for hosp. patients : HMO
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State university city in the Midwest : BLOOMINGTON
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Sunny city with a famous pier : SANTAMONICA
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"Here are my thoughts," online : FWIW
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Something thrown in frustration : FIT
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1/60 of a min. : SEC
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Used to be : WERE
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Calypso-influenced genre : SKA
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"I'd rather go naked than wear fur" org. : PETA
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Fan sound : WHIR
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Consume : EAT
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Argentine grassland : PAMPAS
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Original eastern terminus of the Erie Canal : ALBANY
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French sweetie : CHERIE
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Italian motor scooter : VESPA
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Not hunched over : ERECT
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Group with the hit "Waterloo" : ABBA
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Grab (onto) : GLOM
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Exude, as charm : OOZE
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Musk, e.g. : ODOR
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Infection cause : GERM
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Tasting of wood, as some chardonnays : OAKY

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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