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New York Times, Monday, August 29, 2016

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
Preparer of fast food that's "finger-lickin' good"
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 53 for Mr. Steinberg. Monday freshness: 56%
David Steinberg notes:
I constructed this puzzle over spring break. I've recently been trying to come up with themes involving grid art, since I always find ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I'm so bad with geography, I once mixed up Wisconsin and WYOMING. Maybe this West Coaster will finally keep them straight after today, ... read more
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© 2016, The New York Times8/29/16 ( No. 24,401 )
Across
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Apple computers : IMACS
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Game with a stack of blocks : JENGA
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Nevada/Arizona's Hoover ___ : DAM
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Gold ___ flour : MEDAL
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Sometimes-bad bacteria : ECOLI
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Political period : ERA
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Famous geyser in 39-Across : OLDFAITHFUL
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Good job for an animal-loving ex-G.I.? : VET
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Gentle discipline for a misbehaving child : TIMEOUT
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Hue : TINT
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Style of music north of the Rio Grande : TEJANO
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Cosmic clouds : NEBULAE
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___ the Terrible : IVAN
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Preparer of fast food that's "finger-lickin' good" : KFC
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Catches red-handed : NABS
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Clic Stic pen maker : BIC
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Dish of greens : SALAD
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Inhibit : DETER
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"Gross!" : ICK
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Squarest of the 50 states : WYOMING
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Lab eggs : OVA
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Where the buoys are? : ATSEA
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British coins : PENCE
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Rainy : WET
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Crew implements : OARS
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Luau necklace : LEI
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Money due in Monopoly : RENT
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Exemplar of masculinity : MANSMAN
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Like Mustangs and Camaros : SPORTY
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Sore, as 56-Across : ACHY
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Parts of the body that may be ripped : MUSCLES
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Greek "r" : RHO
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Historic trading post in 39-Across : FORTLARAMIE
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Note after fa : SOL
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Topic to debate : ISSUE
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Boy Scouts squad : TROOP
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Soil-turning tool : HOE
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1990s fitness fad with infomercials : TAEBO
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Evil animal in "The Lion King" : HYENA
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Texter's "I think ..." : IMO
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Brooks of "Spaceballs" : MEL
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___ Friend (Facebook option) : ADD
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Mideast robe : CAFTAN
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Killed : SLAIN
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Ballet leap : JETE
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Canyon phenomenon : ECHO
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Completely joyless : NOFUN
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Protein in bread : GLUTEN
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Not feel well : AIL
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Noted rock formation in 39-Across : DEVILSTOWER
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Gladiators' locale : ARENA
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Nonglossy finish : MATTE
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"Don't worry, nothing's broken" : IMOKAY
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Inner ___ (flotation device) : TUBE
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Lower leg bone : TIBIA
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Kick out : EVICT
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Skiing mecca in 39-Across : JACKSONHOLE
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Boy Scouts award : BADGE
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Edsel or New Coke, notably : FLOP
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Animal with a hump : CAMEL
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Group of gnats : SWARM
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Have a fancy meal : DINE
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Wedding or concert : EVENT
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In very bad condition : RATTY
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CBS spinoff set in SoCal : NCISLA
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Eggs over ___ : EASY
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Stuffed Indian pastry : SAMOSA
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Set of religious beads : ROSARY
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Crocodile's home : MARSH
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Allergy season sound : ACHOO
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One administering shots, maybe : NURSE
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Australia's City of Light : PERTH
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What's left of a ticket after it's used : STUB
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Queen killed by an asp, familiarly : CLEO
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Go on snugly : FIT
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One of the Three Stooges : MOE
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Lithium-___ battery : ION
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Energy Star org. : EPA

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