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New York Times, Thursday, August 6, 2020

Outer space phenomenon photographed for the first time in 2019

Author:
Derek Allen and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeff Chen

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 40 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Allen. This is puzzle # 115 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
DEREK: This puzzle idea was a hybrid of Jeff and myself. He reached out to me about co-constructing, and I bounced this idea off of combining ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I met Derek a few years ago at an ACPT and enjoyed talking with him. He's got an easy demeanor and is so relaxing to be around. His reviews ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times8/6/20 ( No. 25,839 )
Across
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K follower : MART
5
Run for it! : SEAT
9
Ingredient separated and whipped in meringue : EGGWHITE
13
One with a title : OWNER
14
Purloin : FILCH
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TV host with the memoir "Born a Crime" : NOAH
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"Hoarders" network : AANDE
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Novelist Walker : ALICE
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Major-___ : DOMO
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Political party founded in 1966 : THEBLACKPANTHERS
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Oh, it's nothing : NIL
23
Perimeter of a billiards table : RAILS
24
Devil dog : USMARINE
26
Speakeasy, by another name : BLINDPIG
29
"Bye-bye" : SOLONG
30
Mailroom stamp: Abbr. : RECD
31
___ vez (again, in Spanish) : OTRA
33
T-shirt choices, for short : SML
34
Shortly before the events of the New Testament : ONEBC
36
Wyatt, Virgil or Morgan of the Old West : EARP
38
"Praise be to ___" : ALLAH
42
Language in which the majority of words are monosyllabic : LAO
44
Up votes : YEAS
46
Woman's name that means "violet" : IONE
47
Pushes to the side : SHUNTS
50
Like the Kardashians' heritage : ARMENIAN
52
Sole proprietorship? : SHOESHOP
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They might help you get a grip : TONGS
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Little downtime : NAP
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Saying "You've never looked better," maybe : TELLINGAWHITELIE
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Chorus at an arena de fútbol : OLES
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Time off : LEAVE
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Inland's opposite : COAST
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Sage : WISE
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Hard hit, in baseball lingo : LINER
66
Wear in ancient Rome : TUNIC
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Many a country road : BLACKTOP
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Brand of "anti-aging" products : OLAY
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Fr. religious figures : STES
Down
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[blown kiss] : MWAH
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Author of "Interview With the Vampire" : ANNERICE
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Old Glory : REDWHITEANDBLUE
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Hesitant to act : TREPID
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What a foul mouth is full of? : SILT
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Counselor to Job : ELIHU
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Get into : ACCESS
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Container brand that lost its trademark status in 1963 : THERMOS
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Terminus : END
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"I'll be right behind you" : GOONIN
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Main Las Vegas industry : GAMING
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Outer space phenomenon photographed for the first time in 2019 : BLACKHOLE
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Clif Bar bit : OAT
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MuggleNet, for Harry Potter devotees : FANSITE
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Prime Cuts and T-Bonz brand : ALPO
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Actress Hayek : SALMA
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It might prevent an overload of the power grid : ROLLINGBLACKOUT
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Compadre : BRO
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___ Wiseman, director of "Total Recall" : LEN
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With 32-Down, ambiguity ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : GRAY
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See 28-Down : AREA
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Is allowed to, quaintly : CANST
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Significant other : PARTNER
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DC reporter : LOISLANE
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Carrier to Tokyo : ANA
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Chick magnet? : HEN
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Game whose dual-colored pieces are apt for this puzzle's theme : OTHELLO
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Air apparent? : SMOG
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Gene with a large 'stache of films? : SHALIT
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"Fingers crossed!" : HOPESO
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Cirque du ___ : SOLEIL
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Passes : ENACTS
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"Grimms' Fairy Tales" heroine : SNOWWHITE
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Starter course? : PLANA
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Two-time Tony-winning actress Judith : IVEY
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Goddess often depicted holding an ankh : ISIS
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And so on: Abbr. : ETC
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Mo. when Oktoberfest starts : SEP

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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