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New York Times, Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Netherlands was the first country to legalize it

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 26 Missing: {FJQ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. McCarty. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ryan McCarty notes:
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© 2019, The New York Times8/3/19 ( No. 25,470 )
Across
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Calgary nickname, along with "Stampede City" : COWTOWN
8
Competitor of Twinings : SALADA
14
Collapsible chapeau : OPERAHAT
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Where Sevastopol is : CRIMEA
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Like Denver : MILEHIGH
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Book page size : OCTAVO
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Eat lots of protein and carbs, say : BULKUP
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Some legal speeders, briefly : EMTS
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Cab alternative : ZIN
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Pioneering football coach ___ Alonzo Stagg : AMOS
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Occupy, as a desk : SITAT
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"Let's ___!" : ROLL
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"I expected better" : TSK
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They may go on long walks : CANES
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Member of Dubya's cabinet : CONDI
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It's filled with energy : POWERSTATION
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The Netherlands was the first country to legalize it : SAMESEXMARRIAGE
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Celebrated the birth of a child, perhaps : SMOKEDCIGARS
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Winegrowing region of SW France : MEDOC
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Them, to us : ENEMY
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Prefix with tourism or politics : ECO
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"Hmm ..." : ISEE
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Bygone potentates : TSARS
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Word with bank or blind : SNOW
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Love, by another name : NIL
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Like the ocean : VAST
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Mess up : TOUSLE
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Permanent-press : NOIRON
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Pogo and others : OPOSSUMS
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Totally dominating : OWNING
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Bad record? : RAPSHEET
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Alternatives to S.U.V.s, informally : WAGONS
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Common "explanation" from a parent : ISAIDSO
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Private practice? : COMBAT
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Poppy products : OPIUMS
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"Sure, I guess ..." : WELLOK
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Long hauls : TREKS
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Island with a state capital : OAHU
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Jerked in two directions at once : WHIPSAWED
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Poke with a lot of needles? : NAG
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Michael ___, "The Office" manager : SCOTT
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Their lengths are computed by (Θ ÷ 360) x 2πr : ARCS
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Sloshed : LIT
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Endangered watershed : AMAZONIA
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Marine : DEVILDOG
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Web-based recovery program, informally : AAONLINE
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Film featuring an assassin from 2029 : THETERMINATOR
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Rubber : MASSAGER
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To a fault : INEXCESS
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Indian flatbreads : ROTIS
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Trig function : COSEC
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Deal in : CARRY
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Souchong alternative : PEKOE
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Boarding points at amusement parks : TRAMSTOPS
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Vessel in a famous 1960s shipwreck : SSMINNOW
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Midwest university city : AMESIOWA
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Part-time job for many an actor or actress : MODELING
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Came after : ENSUED
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Hannity's former Fox News foil : COLMES
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Must pay : OWESTO
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Sharp tastes : TANGS
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Bento box fare : SUSHI
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Skier Lindsey with three Olympic medals : VONN
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Peak in Thessaly : OSSA
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Bravo, e.g. : RIO
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___ gow (gambling game played with dominoes) : PAI

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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