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New York Times, Thursday, August 29, 2019

Person who might be chosen to be maid of honor, for short

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} This is puzzle # 102 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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R
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A
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J
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A
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C
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A
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S
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T
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S
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P
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I
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H
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A
R
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B
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A
L
L
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H
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O
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O
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G
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V
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O
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T
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K
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D
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J
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M
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V
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P
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F
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O
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B
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F
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I
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R
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P
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R
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M
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R
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O
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S
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Y
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U
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B
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D
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S
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O
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F
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R
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P
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S
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A
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D
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R
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D
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G
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A
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S
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N
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S
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T
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R
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G
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W
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P
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B
O
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M
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R
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© 2019, The New York Times8/29/19 ( No. 25,496 )

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Across
1
Indian royal : RAJA
5
Molds : CASTS
10
"Nonsense!" : PISH
14
Horse often used in endurance races : ARAB
15
Name that appears 2,698 times in the Quran : ALLAH
16
Letter in the W.W. II phonetic alphabet : OBOE
17
Word that can complete CARE___R : GIVEORTAKE
19
Already: Fr. : DEJA
20
Teacher in une école : MAITRE
21
Number two : VEEP
23
With 24-Across, namely : FOR
24
See 23-Across : ONE
25
Person who might be chosen to be maid of honor, for short : BFF
27
Word that can complete SH___ED : INOROUT
29
Chicken or veal dish, in brief : PARM
31
Grande preceder : RIO
33
Shoe company that makes Top-Siders : SPERRY
34
Fittings under the sink : UBENDS
37
Willing to listen : OPEN
38
Word that can complete DE___ : FRIENDORFOE
40
Ostentatious display : POMP
41
They often end letters : SERIFS
42
Traded points : ARGUED
44
Kylo of "Star Wars" villainy : REN
45
Chow : EATS
49
Word that can complete ___TING : DOORDIE
51
Mil. title in a Beatles song : SGT
53
Raiders' org. : DEA
54
Thin bark : ARF
55
I.R.S. IDs : SSNS
57
One who might say "Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle!"? : TARZAN
59
Stare slack-jawed : GAWP
61
Word that can complete ___ER : BOOMORBUST
63
LAX listings : ETAS
64
Protein found in muscles : ACTIN
65
Store with a notably mazelike layout : IKEA
66
Indian wrap : SARI
67
River painted by van Gogh : RHONE
68
Goes unused : SITS
Down
1
Cleaning tool usually used with a bucket : RAGMOP
2
Grande preceder : ARIANA
3
___ Pérez de Cuéllar, former U.N. chief : JAVIER
4
Lend a helping hand, in a bad way : ABET
5
Insouciant : CAREFREE
6
Keyboard abbr. : ALT
7
Ukrainian, e.g. : SLAV
8
"Star Trek" cast name : TAKEI
9
Noted father-and-son Hollywood stars : SHEENS
10
Pea jacket? : POD
11
First part of an English "rule" : IBEFOREE
12
Stopover : SOJOURN
13
Like some laughs and stews : HEARTY
18
Feature of the king of clubs : ORB
22
Run one's mouth : POPOFF
26
Some Nordic skiers : FINNS
28
State of inactivity : REPOSE
30
Bad stethoscope sound : MURMUR
32
More of a head-scratcher : ODDER
35
They can stand on their own two feet : BIPEDS
36
Places for balm : SORES
38
Cause for combatants' confusion : FOGOFWAR
39
A few notes that require answering? : RINGTONE
40
Like shareholder distributions, typically : PRORATA
42
"Poor Richard's Almanack" filler : ADAGES
43
Keep from practicing, say : DISBAR
46
Bean popular in East Asia : ADZUKI
47
Service easy to break? : TEASET
48
Ones always wearing suits at work : SANTAS
50
Biblical figure who "walked with God" : ENOCH
52
Besmirch : TAR
56
___ speak : SOTO
58
Cleanup hitter's stat : RBIS
60
Fraternity letter : PSI
62
Calculus calculation, for short : MIN

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