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New York Times, Saturday, September 12, 2020

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ryan McCarty

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 60, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QX} Average word length: 6.30 This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. McCarty. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ryan McCarty notes:
Never did I think I'd have another themeless with SNOW CONE crossing HEW TO, but this is 2020, and anything can happen. I wanted to ... read more
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Ryan is making a name for himself with these incredibly wide-open middles. This puzzle clocks in at an astounding 60 words. That's not ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0912 ( 25,876 )

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Across
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Cut along the grain : RIPSAW
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Collection of offers? : THEMOB
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"Them" : ENEMIES
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Component of ants on a log : CELERY
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Flash setting : DCCOMICS
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Who shot Mr. Burns on the classic TV episode "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" : MAGGIE
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Lowly sorts, in pirate lingo : BILGERATS
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Goes so-o-o slowly : DRAGS
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___ orange : OSAGE
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Unenthused response : MEH
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A.P.R.-lowering option : REFI
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Really digging : NOSY
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Mesoamerican language family with about half a million speakers : ZAPOTECAN
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Sites of sudden admissions, for short : ERS
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A pop : PERPERSON
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Carolers' wear : SANTAHATS
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Middle-distance options on fairways : FIVEIRONS
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The ___ Five, nickname for the "Queer Eye" cast : FAB
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Flip : GOBERSERK
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Political commentator Perino : DANA
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Non-nons? : OUIS
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Onetime airer of "Music City Tonight" : TNN
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Multitudes : HOSTS
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Kind of mold : JELLO
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Producers of sharp increases in height? : STILETTOS
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Score marking to play higher or lower than written : OTTAVA
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Summer carnival treat : SNOWCONE
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One pile of laundry : WHITES
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"What are you waiting for?!" : GETONIT
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Ostracized group in the Bible : LEPERS
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___ March (annual event since 2017) : WOMENS
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Band with the 1974 hit "Come and Get Your Love" : REDBONE
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Bucktooth, e.g. : INCISOR
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Student body activity? : PECLASS
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Polluted, in a way : SMOGGY
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Novelist Bender : AIMEE
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Small dam : WEIR
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Channel that airs many B&W films : TCM
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Passenger car attachments : HEADRESTS
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Some Prado masterpieces : ELGRECOS
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Groupie : MEGAFAN
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Etymology, for example : ORIGIN
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Rewards for regular-season winners, maybe : BYES
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Racket pros : SCAMARTISTS
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Mike and Carol Brady, on "The Brady Bunch" : STEPPARENTS
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Putting in a tight spot : SHOEHORNING
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___ cards (ESP testing items) : ZENER
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Slangy sedative : TRANK
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Covers, as a pothole : PAVESOVER
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Hiss : SIBILATE
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Strike that's barely struck : FOULTIP
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Unfair trick : FASTONE
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___ Dolohov, one of the Death Eaters in Harry Potter books : ANTONIN
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Relatives of bloodhounds : BASSETS
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Author who popularized the demon Mephistopheles : GOETHE
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Counterpart of a brick-and-mortar business : DOTCOM
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Strictly uphold : HEWTO
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Prominent part of a bloodhound : JOWL
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Early movie mogul Marcus : LOEW
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Behind : ASS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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