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New York Times, Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Steamed-for-hours, aged-for-months concoction of treacle, brandy, fruit and spices, set afire and served at Christmas

Author:
Tracy Bennett
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Bennett. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2016, The New York Times9/20/16 ( No. 24,423 )
Across
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___ of the Apostles : ACTS
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Ending with neo- or proto- : PLASM
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Pushing conventional limits : EDGY
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Blade in the pen : SHIV
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Strip of fabric used for trimming : RUCHE
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Low ground, poetically : VALE
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Rock's ___ Inch Nails : NINE
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Habitual customer's order, with "the" : USUAL
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Clothes presser : IRON
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Layers of sherry-soaked torte, homemade custard and fruit served chilled in a giant stem glass : ENGLISHTRIFLE
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Dreadlocked ones, informally : RASTAS
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Comical "Dame" : EDNA
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"Kilroy ___ here" : WAS
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Give off, as vibes : EMIT
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Summary : DIGEST
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___-December romance : MAY
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Ice cream and sponge topped with meringue and placed in a very hot oven for a few minutes : BAKEDALASKA
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Oodles : ALOT
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Singer with the site imaginepeace.com : ONO
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Boxer Max : BAER
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Steamed-for-hours, aged-for-months concoction of treacle, brandy, fruit and spices, set afire and served at Christmas : PLUMPUDDING
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Fabric purchase: Abbr. : YDS
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Teacher's plan : LESSON
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Uncles, in Acapulco : TIOS
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___ contact : EYE
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Units of resistance : OHMS
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Ham-handed : CLUMSY
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What a chef might call each dessert featured in this puzzle, literally or figuratively : NOPIECEOFCAKE
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Command-Z command : UNDO
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Actress Watts : NAOMI
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Kardashian matriarch : KRIS
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Fool : SIMP
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Latches (onto) : GLOMS
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Land of Blarney : EIRE
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Ones who are splitsville : EXES
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Lauder of cosmetics : ESTEE
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"Phooey!" : RATS
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Ed of "Up" : ASNER
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Set traditionally handed down to an eldest daughter : CHINA
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Tiny bell sounds : TINGS
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Willowy : SVELTE
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German kingdom of old : PRUSSIA
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Growing luxuriantly : LUSH
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Severe and short, as an illness : ACUTE
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Glass fragment : SHARD
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Gates of philanthropy : MELINDA
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Voldemort-like : EVIL
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"Hesitating to mention it, but ..." : DAREWESAY
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Mop & ___ : GLO
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Itch : YEN
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da-DAH : IAMB
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Pass's opposite : FAIL
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"___ and answered" (courtroom objection) : ASKED
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Constellation units : STARS
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Walloped to win the bout, in brief : TKOD
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Chew the fat : GAB
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Sugar ___ : MAPLE
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Locale for urban trash cans : ALLEY
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Sam Cooke's first #1 hit : YOUSENDME
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Come to a close : END
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"I dare you!" : DOIT
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Designs with ® symbols: Abbr. : TMS
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Lowdown, in slang : POOP
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Drive mad : UNHINGE
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Salade ___ : NICOISE
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Club game : GOLF
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Lollipop : SUCKER
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"Square" things, ideally : MEALS
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"Git!" : SCOOT
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"West Side Story" seamstress : MARIA
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Mini, e.g. : SKIRT
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Positive R.S.V.P.s : YESES
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Error report? : OOPS
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J.Lo's daughter with a palindromic name : EMME
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Manipulate : USE
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Kill, as an idea : NIX

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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