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New York Times, Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Author:
Paul Coulter
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paul Coulter

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {FJQX} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Coulter. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Paul Coulter notes:
The working title for this one was "Fast Food Critic." I'd noticed that several fairly recent slang expressions for disappointing ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love the way this theme plays out, three great "negative food" themers, followed by a HAPPY MEAL revealer that flips everything on ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0916 ( 25,880 )

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Across
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With 5-Across, warm-up circuits for race car drivers : PACE
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See 1-Across : LAPS
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Shoppers' stops : MARTS
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Youngest M.L.B. player to hit 500 homers : AROD
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Sports sword : EPEE
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Established : USUAL
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Negative fast-food review? : WEAKSAUCE
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Scooter ___, former White House adviser convicted in the Plame affair : LIBBY
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Where shots might be served (or fired) in a western : SALOON
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One of 14 in "supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" : SYLLABLE
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Madison Avenue award : CLIO
25
Arles affirmative : OUI
26
Droopy feature of a cocker spaniel : EAR
27
Negative fast-food review? : NOTHINGBURGER
32
Home of Mount Carmel: Abbr. : ISR
33
"Despicable Me" supervillain : GRU
34
Julie ___, voicer of Marge Simpson : KAVNER
37
Ending with cyto- or proto- : PLASM
40
Make a boo-boo : ERR
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Emotionally demanding : NEEDY
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Do after dark : SOIREE
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Nickname for Maurice : MOE
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Inc., in France : CIE
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Negative fast-food review? : NOGREATSHAKES
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Charge (through) : MOW
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Early hrs. : AMS
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"Get outta here!" : SCAT
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Cirque du Soleil stars, e.g. : ACROBATS
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Archipelago that's a part of Portugal : AZORES
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Guarded : LEERY
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Certain fast-food offering ... or what 17-, 27- and 48-Across certainly don't add up to? : HAPPYMEAL
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Musical direction for silence : TACET
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"Anyone ___?" : ELSE
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Keen on : INTO
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Spot for a sprain : ANKLE
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Inbox label counterpart of "New" : READ
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Number written in parentheses on an income statement : COST
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Print sources, maybe : PAWS
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Surveyor's calculation : AREA
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Rock around the Christmas tree? : COAL
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N.Y.C. mayor of the 1970s-'80s : EDKOCH
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Like Pisa's tower : LEANING
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"The Simpsons" storekeeper : APU
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Chest muscles, informally : PECS
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"Later!" : SEEYOU
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Do-over : MULLIGAN
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Polo grounds? : ASIA
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Gawk : RUBBERNECK
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Drum used in Indian music : TABLA
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More Machiavellian : SLYER
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Divas' deliveries : SOLI
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Browse online without commenting, informally : LURK
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Folklore fiend : OGRE
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Cheese ___ (snack) : NIPS
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City called a "kommune" by its inhabitants : OSLO
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Complete disaster : TRAINWRECK
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Myanmar, formerly : BURMA
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The "E" of N.Y.E. : EVE
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Falco with four Emmys : EDIE
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Choices at bakeries and liquor stores : RYES
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Theater sign letters : SRO
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Storage unit : MEGABYTE
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Doesn't keep : ROTS
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Singer Franklin, Aretha's older sister : ERMA
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Got out : ESCAPED
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Purim heroine : ESTHER
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Indistinct : HAZY
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Kind of number in chemistry : ATOMIC
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Country from which the name "Buttigieg" comes : MALTA
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Vast expanse : OCEAN
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1988 Cy Young winner Hershiser : OREL
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Attention-getting store sign : SALE
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Western home of the National Automobile Museum : RENO
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Grub : EATS
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Opening for a time ... or a dime : SLOT
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Free ad, for short : PSA

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