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New York Times, Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Home to Xenia and Zanesville, the most populous U.S. cities starting with "X" and "Z"

Author:
Daniel Raymon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Raymon. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2019, The New York Times8/27/19 ( No. 25,494 )
Across
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Head covering similar to a wave cap : DORAG
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Hit 2003-07 teen drama on Fox : THEOC
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One of the Peróns : EVA
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Fragrance : AROMA
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Gardening brand : ORTHO
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French word on both sides of "à" : VIS
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Actress McCarthy is wandering : MELISSASAIMLESS
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Writer after whom the Edgar Award is named : POE
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Pal : BUD
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Comfortable with considering : OPENTO
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History-making events : FIRSTS
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Before a sitting judge : ATBAR
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Item that may say "his" or "hers" : TOWEL
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Classic barbecue fare : RIBS
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Approx. : EST
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Designer McCartney is prepared : STELLASALLSET
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Campaign undertaking : POLL
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Helpful : UTILE
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___ Reader (quarterly magazine) : UTNE
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Supermodel Hutton is incredible : LAURENSUNREAL
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Profs' support, for short : TAS
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"What's in a ___?" (line from Juliet) : NAME
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Tennis point just before a win, maybe : FORTY
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Hirer's communication : OFFER
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Flower parts : SEPALS
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Contents of hangars : PLANES
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Web address ending : ORG
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Yellowfin tuna : AHI
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Singer Love is erudite : DARLENESLEARNED
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"I'm shocked!" : OMG
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Pin point? : LAPEL
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___ Park, N.J. : MENLO
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Prefix with metric or magnetic : GEO
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Likely to zone out : SPACY
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The O.W.L. and N.E.W.T. at Hogwarts : EXAMS
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Clammy : DAMP
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Most common commercial name in New York Times crosswords : OREO
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Focus of a casting director : ROLE
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Self-reflective question : AMI
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Monthly utility payment : GASBILL
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"Horned" creatures : TOADS
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"48 ___" (1982 film) : HRS
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Subj. of a traveler's text, maybe : ETA
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Home to Xenia and Zanesville, the most populous U.S. cities starting with "X" and "Z" : OHIO
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Hiker's aid : COMPASS
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Still preferable : EVENBETTER
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Mountaintop views : VISTAS
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Put into different classes : ASSORT
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Direction opposite norte : SUR
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Authorize to : LET
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Guy : FELLA
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One at a new job : TRAINEE
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Places to put potted plants : SILLS
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Medicinal amt. : TSP
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Speaker of a Siouan language : OTO
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Competitor of Chase and Citibank : WELLSFARGO
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Chicken cordon ___ : BLEU
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Magnetic quality : AURA
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Things florists cut : STEMS
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What pounds might be converted to : EUROS
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Insurrectionist Turner : NAT
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Ron of "Tarzan" : ELY
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Opposite of "winds up" : UNREELS
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Sports bar showing on many a Sunday afternoon : NFLGAME
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Head honcho : TOPDOG
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Burning : AFLAME
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Supersize: Abbr. : ENL
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"___ want a cracker?" : POLLY
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"___ you mad?" : ARE
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[Just like *that*] : SNAP
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Tolstoy's "___ Karenina" : ANNA
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Steering position : HELM
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Pair of promises : IDOS
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Pollution watchdog, for short : EPA
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Financial watchdog, for short : SEC
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"Toy Story" dinosaur : REX

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

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