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New York Times, Wednesday, August 7, 2019

"Language" that explains the answers to the six starred clues

Author:
Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVX} This is puzzle # 101 for Mr. Chen. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2019, The New York Times8/7/19 ( No. 25,474 )
Across
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"Today" network : NBC
4
Ali Baba, for one : ARAB
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Main component of a crab shell : CHITIN
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Something to roll over, for short : IRA
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Daughter of Cronus : HERA
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___ mama (rum drink) : BAHAMA
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*Scarcity : EARTHDAY
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Ready to turn in : SLEEPY
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"I'm off!" : CIAO
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Oslo Accords grp. : PLO
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"Talking" tree of a Tennyson poem : OAK
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*Futuristic film of 1982 : ENTREE
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*Amazement : UNDERWAY
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Places to stay : INNS
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Softball : EASYONE
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High on the Scoville scale : SPICY
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Cover completely : COAT
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Fashion designer Sui : ANNA
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Go for the gold? : PAN
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*Lay waste to : ASHTRAY
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"Law & Order" figs. : DAS
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Take too much of, briefly : ODON
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Nuisance : PEST
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Many a bike lock, essentially : UBOLT
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Regular at Waikiki, e.g. : SURFBUM
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Rice-shaped pasta : ORZO
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*Magnificent : EAGLERAY
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*Oaf : OUTLAY
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Sit in the cellar, say : AGE
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Livener of an empty wall : ART
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Alert for a distracted driver : HONK
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Summer hat : PANAMA
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"Language" that explains the answers to the six starred clues : PIGLATIN
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Added a comment, with "in" : CHIMED
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Eau, across the Pyrenees : AGUA
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Troupe grp. : USO
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Indiana hoopsters : PACERS
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Ink : TATS
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Finish (up) : SEW
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Many a flower girl : NIECE
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Hard drive, essentially : BRAIN
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Gemology unit : CARAT
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"That's the spot!" : AHH
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Grader's tool : REDPEN
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Kazakhstan's ___ Sea : ARAL
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Habitat for alligators and crawdads : BAYOU
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___ Sports (March Madness broadcaster) : CBS
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Celestial circles : HALOES
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"Message received" : IHEARYA
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National sport of South Korea : TAEKWONDO
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Jackanapes : IMP
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Bill-blocking vote : NAY
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Like an inner tube : TORIC
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One-named singer with four Grammys : ENYA
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In the vicinity of : NEARTO
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It may be roaming overseas : DATA
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Record of a single year : ANNAL
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Brewer's supply : YEAST
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Conceptual framework : SCHEMA
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Slangy "What if ..." : SPOSE
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"The Taming of the Shrew" setting : PADUA
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Lifeless? : INORGANIC
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Nail-biters during March Madness : OTS
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Urge on : SPUR
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Yellow citrus fruit used in Japanese cuisine : YUZU
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Battle between Giants and Titans, maybe : NFLGAME
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Louis ___, South Africa's first P.M. : BOTHA
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Certain German wheels, informally : BEEMER
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Low-grade liquor : ROTGUT
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Talk to loudly : YAPAT
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___-eater : LOTUS
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Absinthe flavor : ANISE
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"See what I'm talkin' 'bout?" : YKNOW
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Latvia's capital : RIGA
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Hallucinogenic inits. : PCP
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"I've got it!" : AHA
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Sides of some buses : ADS
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Vegas opener? : LAS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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