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New York Times, Monday, August 24, 2020

One of a pair of Old Testament books with female names

Author:
David Alfred Bywaters
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQVZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Bywaters.
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© 2020, The New York Times8/24/20 ( No. 25,857 )
Across
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State of irritability : SNIT
5
Oaf : BOOR
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Undercoat of an oil painting : GESSO
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Cabernet, e.g. : WINE
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Opening stake : ANTE
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"Oh, no, not ___!" : AGAIN
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Stress between you and your former lover? : EXTENSION
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Carried : BORNE
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"In excelsis ___" : DEO
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One of a pair of Old Testament books with female names : ESTHER
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Place for a baseball team's insignia : CAP
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Canada's Prince ___ Island : EDWARD
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Thing your former lover said about you? : EXCLAIM
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Straight up on a compass : NORTH
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The Beatles' "___ Leaving Home" : SHES
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Historian's concern : PAST
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"QB VII" author Leon : URIS
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Halved : INTWO
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Former lover's text, e.g.? : EXCOMMUNICATION
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What alumni do on important anniversaries : REUNE
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Write with a chisel on stone : ETCH
46
Cold summer treats : ICES
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Something Santa makes (and checks twice) : LIST
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Aptitude : SKILL
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Former lovers' stances in photos? : EXPOSES
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Absolutely everything : COSMOS
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See 27-Down : PET
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Juneau's home : ALASKA
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Singer Grande, informally : ARI
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Busy, as a restroom : INUSE
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Current lover who seems suspiciously preoccupied? : EXPENDING
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Chef's item for preparing apples : CORER
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Panache : ELAN
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Author unknown, for short : ANON
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Arrogant look : SNEER
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Things janitors keep on rings : KEYS
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Wagers : BETS
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Neighbor of a Norwegian : SWEDE
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Vetoed : NIXED
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Dragging behind : INTOW
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Prop for a golf ball : TEE
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Percussion instrument in a marching band : BASSDRUM
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Hop ___ (get to work) : ONIT
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Texter's transition : OTOH
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Actress Zellweger : RENEE
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Gift of ___ : GAB
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Latin "I" : EGO
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Like "Yeah, that'll ever happen" : SARCASTIC
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Mideast's ___ Peninsula : SINAI
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End of a lunch hour, maybe : ONEPM
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Emperor just before the Year of the Four Emperors : NERO
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Prescriptions, for short : RXS
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Villain in Shakespeare's "The Tempest" : ANTONIO
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With 58-Across, 1980s fad that "sprouted" : CHIA
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Soup legumes : LENTILS
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Factual : TRUE
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Clues : HINTS
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The "p" of b.p.s. : PER
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It can chop a tree down ... and then chop a tree up : AXE
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Three-dimensional art : SCULPTURE
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Ailing : SICK
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Tale of ___ : WOE
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Come-___ (enticements) : ONS
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Target of a cleanup : MESS
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Fraidy-cats : CHICKENS
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Throat soother : TEA
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Money to tide you over : LOAN
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Long stories : EPICS
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Arc lamp gas : XENON
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Aerodynamic : SLEEK
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Augusta's home : MAINE
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"Believe It ___!" : ORNOT
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Yield and Right Turn Only, e.g. : SIGNS
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Connector of a pair of wheels : AXLE
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Fix, as a dog : SPAY
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"Get it?" : SEE
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Go wrong : ERR
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Smidgen : DAB

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

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