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New York Times, Saturday, September 26, 2020

Something you might earn by having a long crossword-solving streak, informally

Author:
Kristian House
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Kristian House

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 28 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 19 for Mr. House.
Kristian House notes:
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© 2020, The New York Times9/26/20 ( No. 25,890 )
Across
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Classic makeshift solution : DUCTTAPE
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Side dish at a Korean restaurant : KIMCHI
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Sent : INHEAVEN
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Some spuds : IDAHOS
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Luxuriating in the great outdoors : GLAMPING
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George who directed "Night of the Living Dead" : ROMERO
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___ Evans, many-time collaborator with Miles Davis : GIL
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Alveolus, e.g. : SAC
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What's got you down? : AILMENT
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Just got (by) : EKED
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San Diego's ___ Institute : SALK
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"... ish" : ORSO
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Make more secure, in a way : RETIE
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Cleansing of the soul : PURGATION
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Pro Bowl team that wears blue jerseys : NFC
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Game played with beanbags : CORNHOLE
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Gas pump abbr. : REG
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Megan who was Sports Illustrated's 2019 Sportsperson of the Year : RAPINOE
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Impetus for a rescue mission : SOS
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Unbiased opinion, e.g. : OXYMORON
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Asheville-to-Knoxville dir. : WNW
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Convenience store sign : ATMINSIDE
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Caesar dressing ingredient, familiarly : DIJON
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Spots for wet bars : DENS
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Man's name that rhymes with a number : NATE
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Rachel ___, seven-season TV role for Meghan Markle : ZANE
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Collection of seeds? : BRACKET
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"You thought!" : HAH
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Prime meridian std. : GST
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Finance reporter Ron : INSANA
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Click the "X" when vexed, maybe : RAGEQUIT
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Kind of roll : KAISER
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Drain : ENERVATE
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Sends : ELATES
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Something you might earn by having a long crossword-solving streak, informally : NERDCRED
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Construction site sight : DIGGER
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Change of heart on Facebook : UNLIKE
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Home in the mountains : CHALET
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Pro ___ : TEM
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Music of the night? : TAPS
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Alternatives to Nikes : AVIAS
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Ink saver : PENCAP
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Subtitles option: Abbr. : ENG
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Soprano ___ Te Kanawa : KIRI
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Fetishized one : IDOL
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Ginormous : MAMMOTH
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The surface tension of milk makes them stick together : CHEERIOS
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Bit of jazz improv : HORNSOLO
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Atoms that have the same number of neutrons : ISOTONES
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Home of Minor League Baseball's RubberDucks : AKRON
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Hubbub : DIN
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Grammy-winning folk singer Williams : LUCINDA
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Zac of "17 Again" : EFRON
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Bloom or balloon : GROW
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Bring to ___ : ANEND
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Dealers have lots of them : CARS
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Transport not meant for trails : ROADBIKE
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Like contractors vis-à-vis employees : EXTERNAL
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Settings for pep rallies : GYMNASIA
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Gist : POINT
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Wrong for the role : MISCAST
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Virtuoso, informally : WIZ
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Flammable compound with two carbons : ETHANE
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Auto whose engine is apt to purr? : JAGUAR
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Opposite of remote : ONSITE
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Cleared : NETTED
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Hot to trot : EAGER
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It's a real bender : KNEE
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Wearable Disneyland memento : EARS
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Collective : HERD
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Knights of ___ ("Star Wars" order) : REN
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HSN alternative : QVC

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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