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New York Times, Saturday, September 1, 2018

Author:
Randolph Ross
Editor:
Will Shortz
Ethnic group that makes up about 18% of the world's population
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Randolph Ross

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 28 Missing: {JKQX} This is puzzle # 108 for Mr. Ross. Saturday freshness: 71%
Randolph Ross notes:
This one started with IT'S A ZOO crossing NOTHING BURGER, two entries I heard on the same day I started this puzzle. The former was a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I often tell constructors how important multi-word phrases are in themelesses — it was one of Rich Norris' major points to me, way ... read more
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© 2018, The New York Times9/1/18 ( No. 25,134 )
Across
1
Lively dances in 2/4 time : SAMBAS
7
Smallest country in mainland Africa : GAMBIA
13
Had a fit? : TRIEDON
15
Indian or Mexican : CUISINE
16
Frazzled commuter's comment : ITSAZOO
17
One getting on : OLDSTER
18
How someone may be interrupted : MIDSENTENCE
20
Country club figure : PRO
21
Language with a trilled "r" : SCOTS
22
Verb in the first telegraph message : HATH
23
They're encouraged on a ketogenic diet : FATS
24
Encouraging words : OLES
25
Japanese stock holder : MISO
26
Lead-in to comic : SERIO
27
"Super" thing in games, once : NES
28
Force of nature? : CENTRIPETAL
30
Bit of belt-tightening : BUDGETCUT
31
Longtime talk show host with a degree from Harvard : CONANOBRIEN
34
Ethnic group that makes up about 18% of the world's population : HAN
37
Silly tricks : APERY
38
Ones on Telemundo : UNOS
39
Athlete known as "The Black Pearl" : PELE
40
"What, will these hands ___ be clean?": Lady Macbeth : NEER
41
Wee warbler : WREN
42
Luxurious Italian house : PRADA
43
Abbr. for those who don't like parties : IND
44
Bisector of the Fertile Crescent : TIGRISRIVER
46
Road Runners' race classification : TENMILE
48
Neighbor of an Austrian : SLOVENE
49
Part of an oven : BROILER
50
Money in the Bible : TALENTS
51
What's left : ESTATE
52
Prepare to go : GETSET
Down
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Secretary of war to Taft, Roosevelt and Truman : STIMSON
2
First word of the Constitution after the preamble : ARTICLE
3
Messes up : MISDOES
4
Wild things : BEASTS
5
Shop shapers : ADZES
6
Any minute : SOON
7
Mean Miss of "The Wizard of Oz" : GULCH
8
Second : AIDE
9
Ed.'s inbox filler : MSS
10
Cameo : BITPART
11
Resistance to change : INERTIA
12
Kind of can : AEROSOL
14
Overhyped event, in slang : NOTHINGBURGER
15
One who gets bent out of shape : CONTORTIONIST
19
Connecticut Yankee, e.g. : EASTERNER
23
Pedal pushers : FEET
25
"Love ___" : MEDO
26
Emulated Rumpelstiltskin : SPUN
28
Hunter College is part of it, in brief : CUNY
29
Summer coolers : ICES
30
Attorney general before Reno : BARR
31
Disbeliever's question : CANITBE
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Prelims : OPENERS
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Is unobliged to : NEEDNOT
34
"My word!" : HEAVENS
35
Chewy, in a way : ALDENTE
36
Proximate : NEAREST
39
Dividing shrub : PRIVET
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Toon with a middle initial : WILEE
42
Drudge : PROLE
44
List : TILT
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Smeltery refuse : SLAG
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Nowhere to be found, for short : MIA

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