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New York Times, Saturday, August 29, 2020

Political satirist who said "If you were the only person left on the planet, I would have to attack you. That's my job"

Author:
Michael Hawkins
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Hawkins.
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Jim Horne notes:

Bloggers, prepare for diatribes on why LEM at 59-Down is inaccurate.

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© 2020, The New York Times8/29/20 ( No. 25,862 )
Across
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No credit, say : CASHONLY
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Cause of a public embarrassment, maybe : HOTMIC
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"Please, go ahead" : AFTERYOU
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Blitz : INVADE
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Flop : LAYANEGG
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What fools do, they say : RUSHIN
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Bank job of a sort : REPO
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Things kept on racks : BIKES
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Spreadsheet entries: Abbr. : NOS
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Walks slowly and steadily : TROOPS
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Stuff : SATE
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Wall Street woe : LOSS
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Alternative to a Yodel or a Swiss Roll : HOHO
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Fool : SIMP
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Pacific Northwest native : CHINOOK
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Picketer's holding : PLACARD
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Joan who wrote "The Year of Magical Thinking" : DIDION
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Outburst from Sneezy : AHCHOO
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Like ziggurats : STEPPED
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This will help ease the pain : TYLENOL
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"___ All That" (1999 rom-com) : SHES
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Haydée, to the Count of Monte Cristo, par exemple : AMIE
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Cockamamie : DAFT
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Very bright, but not in a good way : LOUD
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New Age author Deepak ___ : CHOPRA
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Two for dinner? : ENS
50
First in a series : PILOT
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Close one : CHUM
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2015 film from Marvel Studios : ANTMAN
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Affecting people at large : SOCIETAL
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Where Marie Curie was born : POLAND
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Bit of misdirection from an athlete : HEADFAKE
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Clearly working out : SWEATY
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Generic rivalry : USVSTHEM
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___ State (school with 23 campuses) : CAL
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Way out there : AFAR
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Diagnosis from an ophthalmologist : STYE
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Great deal : HEAP
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Expression of doubt : ORNOT
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Day when the ball drops: Abbr. : NYE
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Ship's record : LOGBOOK
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Trading card franchise that's an alternative to Pokémon : YUGIOH
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Like good computer screens, for short : HIRES
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Weight : ONUS
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Array in a security office : TVS
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Muppets song with nonsense lyrics : MAHNAMAHNA
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Impossible to screw up : IDIOTPROOF
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Fill with fragrance, in a way : CENSE
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Music genre for Psy and BTS : KPOP
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Côtes du ___ (wine appellation) : RHONE
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Released for attack : SICCED
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Features of some 11-Down : LCDS
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"Here comes a fight!" : OHITSONNOW
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Extra work : SIDEHUSTLE
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Bid at the last second : SNIPED
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Political satirist who said "If you were the only person left on the planet, I would have to attack you. That's my job" : SAHL
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Accident report? : OOPS
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Mantle, e.g. : LAYER
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Fool : DOLT
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Author whose name is one letter off from 31-Down : DAHL
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Acts cautiously (around) : TIPTOES
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Kind of pork : MOOSHU
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Bounds : LEAPS
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___ Williams, player of Shirley on "Laverne & Shirley" : CINDY
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They're not basic : ACIDS
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Huff and puff : PANT
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Weight : HEFT
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Home to part of the Wasatch Mountains : UTAH
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"___ me!" : MAKE
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Barnyard sound : MAA
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Eastern Central Div. player : CAV
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Apollo craft, for short : LEM

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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