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FINAL OFFER

New York Times, Sunday, September 13, 2020

Author:
MaryEllen Uthlaut
Editor:
Will Shortz
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MaryEllen Uthlaut

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 75 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Uthlaut. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
MaryEllen Uthlaut is a writer and homemaker in Charleston, S.C. Some years ago she was at her local library doing research for an article when she stumbled across a book about crosswords ... read more
MaryEllen Uthlaut notes:
The idea for this puzzle came from a study of the word "beachcomber." (In coastal South Carolina, where I live, we have quite a few of those.) As it turned out, I did not use BEACHCOMB as ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Standard letter removal theme — I bet some cryptic crossword solvers figured out the notion from the title, FINAL OFFER parsed as FINAL OFF ER, i.e., remove the ER from ends of phrases. ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0913 ( 25,877 )
Across
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Curse : OATH
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Unit of current : AMP
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Developer of 1982's E.T., a video game so bad that hundreds of thousands of unsold cartridges were secretly buried in a New Mexico landfill : ATARI
13
Stealing attempts on the diamond? : HEISTS
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Look extremely stylish, slangily : SLAY
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___ People's Democratic Republic : LAO
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Classic actress Sophia : LOREN
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Lacking freshness : OLDHAT
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Always glad to be seated in the back of the boat? : HAPPILYEVERAFT
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Printed cotton fabric : CALICO
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Think of together : ASSOCIATE
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Perfectly placed "Batman" punch? : ABSOLUTEPOW
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Behind the line of scrimmage : ONSIDE
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Pried, with "in" : NOSED
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Look ahead : PLAN
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Unfilled spaces : CAVITIES
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Part of New York City's Museum Mile, with "the" : MET
43
Charlatans : PHONIES
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"Catch you later!" : ADIOS
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Buddhist temple structure : PAGODA
50
Penny going through the wash once again? : RECYCLINGCENT
53
Subject of Walter Lord's "A Night to Remember" : TITANIC
54
Epson product : INK
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Facebook profile feature : STATUS
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Soup served at the church social? : AMENBROTH
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Persuade by force : COERCE
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Sheep's kin : GOATS
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Commencement : ONSET
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Church officer : ELDER
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Grape-Nuts maker : POST
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Ark groupings : TWOS
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Feudal workers : SERFS
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In a lively manner : GAILY
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What a pointless meeting probably should have been handled by : EMAIL
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California in San Francisco, e.g. : STREET
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Afternoon gatherings of Mensa? : BRAINTEAS
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Force at sea : ARMADA
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Monk's title : FRA
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Withdrew : REVOKED
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Having no feeling in one's texting hand? : CELLPHONENUMB
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Assumed name : ANONYM
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One of the so-called "Three Crowns of Florence," along with Petrarch and Boccaccio : DANTE
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Source of the idioms "fat of the land" and "fire and brimstone" : GENESIS
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As we speak : NOW
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Small anatomical opening, as in a bone : FENESTRA
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These can go for a lot of bucks : DOES
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Check for mistakes : PROOF
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Party tray meat : SALAMI
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Ad for heartburn medication? : RELIEFPITCH
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Puts forward : NOMINATES
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State you'll never get to : UTOPIA
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"Quit your snickering, Damon!"? : NOLAUGHINGMATT
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Hitting the floppy disk icon, say : SAVING
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Islamic rulers : EMIRS
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Hill resident : ANT
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Soup pod : OKRA
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Dangerous fly : TSETSE
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Dividing membranes : SEPTA
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___ flour : SOY
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"No man hath ___ God ..." : SEEN
Down
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Labor-regulating org. : OSHA
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"Such a pity!" : ALAS
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Bugs : TAPS
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Doc's needle : HYPO
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Without reserve : ALLIN
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Yucatán natives : MAYAS
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Fancifully worded : POETIC
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Drink rarely drunk with a straw : ALE
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___ Bora, area of Afghanistan : TORA
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___ American Heritage Month (April) : ARAB
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Foul rulers : REFS
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Says without feeling : INTONES
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Start of a magician's phrase : HOCUS
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Send over the moon : ELATE
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Waited at a red light, say : IDLED
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FedEx, maybe : SHIP
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Order by the border : TACO
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"Please ___ your tray tables" (plane request) : STOW
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World-renowned : ICONIC
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Sanskrit scripture : VEDA
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Part of many California place names : LOS
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Get out of Dodge, so to speak : EVACUATE
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Caustic compound : PHENOL
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Needing a passcode, maybe : LOCKED
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Even one : ANY
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Latin clarifier : IDEST
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Easy-to-bend metal : TIN
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Greek vowel : IOTA
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Lead-in to rail : MONO
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Computer menu with Undo and Redo : EDIT
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Dash gauge : TACH
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Word with freeze or fixing : PRICE
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Choice word : ELSE
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"Don't just ___ there!" : SIT
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Digital passcodes : PINS
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Viewed optimistically : ATBEST
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___ snake : GARTER
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Japanese city where Lexus is headquartered : NAGOYA
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Classic muscle cars : GTOS
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Cards with the most pips : TENS
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Bread : MOOLAH
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Map section : REGION
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Irascible : CRANKY
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Some Hollywood up-and-comers : STARLETS
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Responded in court : PLED
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Cowardly sort : WIMP
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Turn down : REFUSE
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Units of distance in physics : FERMIS
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Sticks a fork in : STABS
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Piece of news : ITEM
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Drinks usually drunk with straws : MALTS
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Compos mentis : SANE
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Stark who was crowned king in the "Game of Thrones" finale : BRAN
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Eight-year member of Clinton's cabinet : RENO
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State : AVOW
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Glance at, as headlines : SCAN
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Animal for which the Canary Islands are named : DOG
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Opposite of WSW : ENE
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-s or -ed : ENDING
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Modern prefix : NEO
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Practices lexicography : DEFINES
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One vain about his looks : FOP
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"You ___?" : RANG
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Greetings to some mainlanders : ALOHAS
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Ground-dwelling songbird : PIPIT
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Bit attachments : REINS
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Old enough : OFAGE
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Kind of acid : AMINO
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Like most mouthwashes : MINTY
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Brownish shade : RUST
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Greek vowels : ETAS
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Classic pop art sculpture with a slanted "O" : LOVE
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"Personally ..." : TOME
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Cut out : CLIP
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Male deer : HART
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Singer/songwriter Lee : AMOS
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Appropriate : TAKE
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"Suis" is part of its conjugation : ETRE
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Comic book publisher Lee : STAN
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Where to find MA and PA : USA

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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