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New York Times, Thursday, August 30, 2018

53-Across : Magic, on scoreboards

Author:
Grant Thackray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Grant Thackray

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Thackray.
Grant Thackray notes:
I don't remember where the idea for today's theme came from. Possibly from my frustration with a few other gimmicky themes I'd been working on ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Talk about fresh grid entries! I'd expect nothing more from the young Grant, who's well outside my own generation. It made me feel ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times8/30/18 ( No. 25,132 )
Across
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Classic video game hero a.k.a. the Blue Bomber : MEGAMAN
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Word after "be" or "end" : ALL
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Light lunch choice : SALAD
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Seeing someone, say : ONADATE
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Like the services of many financial planners : FEEBASED
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Class that doesn't require in-person attendance : WEBINAR
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Place in 1861 news, for short : FTSUMTER
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Abbr. on a college entrance sign : ESTD
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Neighbor of N.Z. : AUST
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'Fore : ERE
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Temporary, as a store : POPUP
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"Let's go to the next one" : SKIPIT
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Dorm V.I.P.s : RAS
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Genre for Panic! at the Disco : EMO
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Pinker, say : RARER
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Biases : SLANTS
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Place for pilots : RANGETOP
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Dorm V.I.P. : BMOC
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Like zombies : UNDEAD
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Program for reducing litter on highways : ADOPTAROAD
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Lines screenwriters didn't write : ADLIBS
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Ignore, with "out" : TUNE
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Ride taken for a spin? : CAROUSEL
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Bother : HASSLE
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Real stunner : TASER
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It borders B.C. : IDA
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Magic, on scoreboards : ORL
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Movie camera settings : TSTOPS
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Casey who voiced Shaggy : KASEM
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Pot leaves? : TEA
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Some brewery offerings, in brief : IPAS
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Regain hit points, in video games : HEAL
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Part of a pope's title : HOLINESS
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Popular browser extension ... or a literal description of four black squares in this puzzle : ADBLOCK
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Stretch : ELONGATE
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Common fish in aquaculture : TILAPIA
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Number 2 or 6 : ADAMS
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Playwright Thomas who predated Shakespeare : KYD
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Educational toy with a spinning arrow : SEENSAY
Down
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Trim, in a way : MOW
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Phoenix-to-Albuquerque dir. : ENE
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Yak : GAB
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Word akin to sayonara : ADIEU
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Annoyance from a subway seatmate : MANSPREAD
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Rat-___ : ATAT
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Crunchy candy with a gummy string center : NERDSROPE
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Dalliance : AFFAIR
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Go easier : LETUP
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Philosophy of simplicity : LESSISMORE
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Yosemite ___ : SAM
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Rudderward : ASTERN
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Watch wolfishly : LEERAT
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Whole lot, slangily : BUTTLOAD
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Speak to : ADDRESS
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Home of the oldest university in the Western Hemisphere (founded in 1551) : PERU
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Home of a sultan : OMAN
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Polliwog's place : POND
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Held on to : KEPT
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Performing flawlessly : ATONESPEAK
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Nonprofit org. since 1920 : ACLU
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Understands : GETS
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High-ranking officers : BRASSHATS
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Put ___ on (limit) : ACAP
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Ancient mother goddess : ISIS
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Sainted English historian : BEDE
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Roast : SLAM
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Doing grown-up things, in modern lingo : ADULTING
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Endearingly awkward, in slang : ADORKABLE
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Easily angered sort : HOTHEAD
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Colored body part : AREOLA
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Event that looks like its first letter? : SLALOM
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Put in the trash : TOSSED
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Lip-smacking : TASTY
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Bloom who wrote "The Closing of the American Mind" : ALLAN
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Actress Falco : EDIE
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People whom it's helpful to know : INS
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Black ___ : OPS
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Secretive org. : CIA
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King Arthur's foster brother : KAY

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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