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New York Times, Monday, September 28, 2020

Capital near the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that's still largely intact

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FQZ} This is puzzle # 95 for Ms. Lempel.
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© 2020, The New York Times9/28/20 ( No. 25,892 )
Across
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"Aida" composer : VERDI
6
"Do it now!" : ASAP
10
"Play It as It Lays" author Didion : JOAN
14
Embellish : ADORN
15
Note to a staffer : MEMO
16
"___ us a son is given" : UNTO
17
Celebrations with hula dancing : LUAUS
18
Support the pasture entrance? : PROPAGATE
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Calorie-counting regimen : DIET
22
Patron : USER
23
Movies, informally : PIX
24
Check someone's parent to make sure she's of drinking age? : CARDAMOM
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Pong game company : ATARI
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___ loss for words : ATA
30
Russian space station until 2001 : MIR
31
Liza Minnelli musical set in Berlin : CABARET
33
Peaty places : BOGS
35
Church official : CLERIC
37
Was introduced to the doctor? : METAPHYSICIAN
42
Swirling currents : EDDIES
43
Lift on a ski slope : TBAR
45
Small, lobsterlike crustacean : CRAWDAD
48
"Life Is Good" rapper : NAS
51
Thurman on the big screen : UMA
52
Derby entrant : HORSE
53
Do some trawling at sea? : CASTANET
55
Gobbled up or down : ATE
56
Capital of Latvia : RIGA
59
Sort : KIND
60
Criticize Sega's hedgehog design? : PANASONIC
63
Annoying summer swarms : GNATS
66
And all the rest, in brief : ETAL
67
Actress Reid of the "American Pie" films : TARA
68
Not important : MINOR
69
"___ we forget" : LEST
70
Truant G.I.'s infraction : AWOL
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Big health insurer : AETNA
Down
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Kilmer who played Batman : VAL
2
End of a college web address : EDU
3
Driver's furious fit : ROADRAGE
4
Priestly Gaul or Celt : DRUID
5
Pants line that's partly hidden : INSEAM
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Loudening device, informally : AMP
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Blood fluid : SERUM
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"Famous" cookie guy : AMOS
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Head of the Holy See : POPE
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Container for cider or ale : JUG
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Equal in rank : ONAPAR
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Apparel : ATTIRE
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Dead end sign : NOEXIT
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Language of the Quran : ARABIC
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"That's personal stuff I didn't need to hear" : TMI
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Taxi : CAB
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Itsy-bitsy bit : ATOM
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Corsage flower : ORCHID
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Not stated directly : TACIT
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Brand of small planes : CESSNA
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Radio journalist Shapiro : ARI
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Frets (over) : STEWS
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Corrosive cleaner : LYE
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Venomous vipers : ADDERS
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Smartphone precursor, for short : PDA
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Plentiful : ABUNDANT
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Partner of rank and serial number : NAME
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Dirty rotten scoundrel : RAT
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Small place of worship : CHAPEL
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Turn on an axis : ROTATE
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Large sports venues : ARENAS
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"Don't ___!" : ASK
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Scarlet letter, e.g. : STIGMA
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Capital near the only one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World that's still largely intact : CAIRO
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Redheaded orphan of Broadway : ANNIE
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Smidgen : IOTA
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Bite like a beaver : GNAW
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Computer key not pressed alone : ALT
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Ripken who played a record 2,632 consecutive major-league games : CAL
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2,000 pounds : TON
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Mexican Mrs.: Abbr. : SRA

Answer summary: 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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