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New York Times, Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Author:
Melinda Gates and Joel Fagliano
Editor:
Will Shortz
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19/26/20181
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Melinda Gates
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6710/22/20094/28/20206
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1.65351
Joel Fagliano

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {HQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Gates. This is puzzle # 61 for Mr. Fagliano. See all the celebrity crosswords. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: CELEBRITY CROSSWORD
This puzzle is a collaboration by the philanthropist Melinda Gates, of Medina, Wash., working together with Joel Fagliano, the digital puzzles editor of The New York Times. This is Joel's 61st crossword for the paper. More information about the making of today's puzzle appears in the Times's daily crossword column (nytimes.com/column/wordplay).
Constructor notes:
MELINDA: To understand how much of a thrill it is for me to co-author the New York Times crossword today, you should also know I'm a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Melinda Gates! I'm a big fan of what she and the Mr. have done with their wealth — hard to think of other individuals who've done more ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Melinda French was my boss's boss at Microsoft, until she married an exec, changed her name, and left the company to go save the world. I'm a fan.

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© 2018, The New York TimesNo. 0926 ( 25,159 )
Across
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Deg. for a museum worker : BFA
4
Loll : LOAF
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Elapse : PASSBY
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Dashboard part : OILGAUGE
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Musical run with four sharps : ESCALE
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Part played by women and girls? : XXFACTOR
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Have hot cocoa on a winter day, say : WARMUP
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U.S. president with a Nobel Peace Prize : CARTER
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Take a breath : RESPIRE
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Had for dinner : ATE
23
Blue ___ (Duke mascot) : DEVIL
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Use a lot? : PARK
27
Overhaul : REDO
29
Area below "To:" in an email? : CCSECTION
32
Land in a Beatles song : USSR
35
Tide alternative : ALL
36
"Ghost" psychic Oda ___ Brown : MAE
37
Ones on set with 2009's "Star Trek" director? : JJCREW
40
Any one of the 12 steps? : AALINE
42
Grant with the 1991 #1 hit "Baby Baby" : AMY
43
Battery size : AAA
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"This round's ___" : ONME
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Group of buildings housing a King? : BBCOMPLEX
49
Recedes : EBBS
53
What Lot's wife became : SALT
54
Common bacterium : ECOLI
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Go bad : ROT
58
Group in the original "Ocean's 11" movie : RATPACK
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"Sure, that works" : OKFINE
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Harrowing experience : ORDEAL
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Lover of Cummings's poetry? : EEREADER
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Sasha ___, Beyoncé's alter ego : FIERCE
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Speedster's undoing : RADARGUN
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Owns (up to) : FESSES
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Money to belong : DUES
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Green-minded org. : EPA
Down
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Freight train part : BOXCAR
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Dwell (on) : FIXATE
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Bruce Wayne's butler : ALFRED
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Intertwined : LACED
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Eccentric : OUTRE
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"Million Years ___" (Adele song) : AGO
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Irony? : FERRIC
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Places for parishioners : PEWS
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"Now!" : ASAP
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Libretto, for example : SCRIPT
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"Spider-Man" director, 2002 : SAMRAIMI
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Horse with evenly mixed black-and-white hairs : BLUEROAN
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"Indeedy" : YEP
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Gang pistol, in old slang : GAT
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Jewelry designer Peretti : ELSA
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Obsolescent TV attachment : VCR
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Place to bounce a baby : KNEE
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"___ House," 1970 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young hit : OUR
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Panache : ELAN
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Quahog or geoduck : CLAM
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Where clothes often rip : SEAM
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Trade : SWAP
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Nasty comments : JABS
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Pan creator : JMBARRIE
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Island group in the Aegean Sea : CYCLADES
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Spike who directed "BlacKkKlansman" : LEE
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Smart fellow? : ALEC
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Tic-tac-toe loser : OXO
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Bewhiskered mammals : OTTERS
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___ College, liberal arts school in St. Petersburg, Fla. : ECKERD
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Subject of a New York Times column until 2015 : BRIDGE
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Study, informally : BONEUP
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Chest bones : STERNA
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Feminist writer Audre : LORDE
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Giant furniture stores : IKEAS
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Tempo : PACE
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Hoppy mediums? : ALES
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With 63-Down, distant : FAR
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See 62-Down : OFF
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What's found in the French rivière? : EAU

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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