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New York Times, Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Something that's "true whether or not you believe in it," per Neil deGrasse Tyson

Author:
Margit Christenson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Margit Christenson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Christenson.
Margit Christenson notes:
Thrilled to have my NYT debut today! I'm a primary care nurse practitioner living in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and I started ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The (PAPER) CHASE is on! Ten themers form such a pretty path through the puzzle, each of them requiring PAPER for the clues to make ... read more
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© 2020, The New York Times9/23/20 ( No. 25,887 )
Across
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Kitchen item on a roll : TOWEL
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Serum vessel : VIAL
10
End of a "happy" simile : CLAM
14
The Pequod and others : WHALEBOATS
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University of New Mexico mascot : LOBO
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Like an illustrator's fingertips, maybe : INKSTAINED
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Milk sources for feta cheese : EWES
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One of 10 when one "hangs ten" : TOE
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Philosopher who posited that the simplest explanation is the most likely one : OCCAM
21
Tongue ties? : LACES
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Microwave : NUKE
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Classroom missile that might be grounds for detention : PLANE
25
Minor injury for an office clerk : CUT
26
Major attack : BROADSIDE
30
Musical riffing from Ella Fitzgerald : SCAT
32
"Kitchy-kitchy-___!" : KOO
33
Number on a yarn skein : DYELOT
34
Mtn. measure : ALT
35
Some Japanese luxury cars : LEXUSES
37
They: Fr. : ILS
38
Need for a sobfest : TISSUE
40
Whole load : TON
41
Start for the Top 40 song titles "Sixteen," "Time" and "You" : ONLY
42
Focal point of an earthquake : EPICENTER
44
Lunch carrier, often : BAG
45
One making empty threats : TIGER
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Furry Endor resident : EWOK
48
Primer libro del Nuevo Testamento : MATEO
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"___ a doctor, but ..." : IMNOT
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Audio brand Beats by ___ : DRE
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Environmental activist Brockovich : ERIN
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Series of documents that trace a path, as suggested by this puzzle : PAPERTRAIL
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Immunity-boosting element : ZINC
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Bouncy strips that test one's balance : SLACKLINES
60
Fringe : EDGE
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"Out of Africa" writer Dinesen : ISAK
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Bird on the Mexican flag : EAGLE
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Ninny : TWIT
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"Ai-yi-yi!" : OHNO
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What's aft a ship's aft : WAKE
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Chicago trains : ELS
5
Make less tight, as a waistband : LETOUT
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Larynx : VOICEBOX
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Ending with Louis : IANA
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At the previous speed, in scores : ATEMPO
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It's dropped before a trip : LSD
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Detox : CLEANSE
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Feature of a crawl space : LOWCEILING
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Have ___ in one's bonnet : ABEE
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Something soft to sit on : MOSS
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Lower-priced edition of a book : BACK
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___-slipper : LADYS
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Granola bit : NUT
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Full of cargo : LADEN
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Activity that might involve setting out saucers of milk : CATSITTING
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Old-fashioned newsboy's assignment : ROUTE
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Toy with tabs and interchangeable outfits : DOLL
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Handicraft e-tail site : ETSY
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Fulfill : SATE
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Alternative to a staple : CLIP
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Writer Carolyn, the pen name of more than 10 authors of the Nancy Drew series : KEENE
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"Hasta ___!" : LUEGO
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Result of whiplash, maybe : SORENECK
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Something that's "true whether or not you believe in it," per Neil deGrasse Tyson : SCIENCE
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Flavor imparter to chardonnay : OAK
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Tests : TRIALS
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Hide, with "up" : BOTTLE
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Forms to process : WORK
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Mediterranean appetizer : MEZE
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Desertlike : ARID
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Longtime film rating org. : MPAA
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"Oh, fudge!" : DANG
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Cambodian currency : RIEL
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Otherwise : ELSE
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Letters on a tire : PSI
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Coastal inlet : RIA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle.

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