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New York Times, Thursday, August 3, 2017

Waistband sight ... or what 20-, 39- and 55-Across each have?

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FQZ} Grid has up-down mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Polin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Jeff Chen notes:
Rare sighting of up-down symmetry! Will's told me before that this type of symmetry looks too odd for him, so I'm glad to see another ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times8/3/17 ( No. 24,740 )
Across
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Tough-to-remove stain : STIGMA
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Cracked : MAD
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Basketball brand : VOIT
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Big report : KABOOM
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Severe test : CRUCIBLE
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Gets frosty : ICESUP
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Concern for the E.P.A. : CLEANAIR
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Outdoor lighting fixtures? : MOTHS
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Drawings seen in France's Rouffignac Cave : WOOLLYMAMMOTHS
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Grey Goose competitor : SKYY
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Striplings : LADS
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"Love in the Time of ___" (Gabriel García Márquez novel) : CHOLERA
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Shake : JAR
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Actress Anderson : LONI
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What putting one's finger to one's lips may mean : ITSASECRET
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Indoor recess : APSE
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Headline after a market crash : STOCKSCOLLAPSE
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"Walkabout" director Nicolas : ROEG
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Pleasure-seeking : HEDONISTIC
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Cell tower feature : ANTENNA
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___ vivant : BON
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British title holder : EARL
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Parris Island grp. : USMC
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Video game units : LIVES
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Stuffed garnishes : PIMIENTOOLIVES
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Code broken by rats : OMERTA
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Waistband sight ... or what 20-, 39- and 55-Across each have? : BELTLOOP
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What red may mean : DANGER
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"You got it!" : YESSIREE
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Acquire via blackmail : EXTORT
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Otherwise called : AKA
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Spreads, as straw : TEDS
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Less than 1%, say : SKIM
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Order across the border : TACO
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Sarcastic response : IBET
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"Holy smokes!" : GOSH
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Salon stuff : MOUSSE
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Hype (up) : AMP
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Sci-fi character nicknamed "Bones" : MCCOY
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1968 self-titled folk album : ARLO
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Drawing contest? : DUEL
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Like records that are easily broken? : VINYL
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President whose initials were also his dog's name : OBAMA
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Long, old yarn : ILIAD
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Come to ___ : TERMS
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Nutritional label abbr. : CAL
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Nemesis of the Clanton gang : WYATTEARP
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Deity often depicted with blue skin : KRISHNA
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Santa ___ : CLARA
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Biker's invitation : HOPON
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Dawn : ONSET
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One working for the lord : LIEGE
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Patriarch with 12 sons : JACOB
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___ quarter (refuse mercy) : ASKNO
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Shellac, e.g. : RESIN
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What might make up for lost ground? : SOD
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Also keeps in the know, in a way : CCS
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Corruption : ROT
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Skull and Bones collegian : ELI
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"Cake Boss" channel : TLC
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One living in the sticks, e.g. : NESTER
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Modern home of ancient Tripolitania : LIBYA
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Dark : UNLIT
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Cache : STORE
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Made field calls? : MOOED
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Carries on through difficulty : COPES
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Lucky strike? : LODE
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Wide-screen format : IMAX
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Magma conduit : VENT
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"And so ..." : ERGO
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Not assertive : MEEK
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Visitor to Rick's Café Américain : ILSA
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Figures in the 2016 film "Arrival," for short : ETS
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Works in a salon : ART

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