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New York Times, Friday, September 30, 2016

Place to go when you're not going to the races, for short?

Author:
James Mulhern
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Mulhern. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
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© 2016, The New York Times9/30/16 ( No. 24,433 )
Across
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Golf handicap of zero : SCRATCH
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Like some garages : TWOCAR
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Where Forrest Gump played college football : ALABAMA
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Everything included : BARNONE
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"Funky Cold Medina" rapper : TONELOC
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Gives a walk-through, say : ORIENTS
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Fig. on a quarterly report : YTD
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Test pattern? : INKBLOT
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Certain flight pattern : VEE
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1970s TV spinoff : RHODA
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Some mouse cells : AAAS
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Broadway score? : SEAT
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Weigh station sight : SEMI
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Place to go when you're not going to the races, for short? : OTB
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Joneses (for) : HURTS
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Creamy chilled soup : VICHYSSOISE
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Source of break-dancing beats : GHETTOBLASTER
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N.B.A. M.V.P. who has hosted "Saturday Night Live" : LEBRONJAMES
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Inroad : FORAY
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New Agey sounds : OMS
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Facial option at a spa : MASK
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"Everyone's private driver" sloganeer : UBER
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Kind of walk : PERP
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River of forgetfulness : LETHE
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Jerk : TUG
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"The Chalk Garden" playwright, 1955 : BAGNOLD
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Shipload : TON
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1983 hit song that mentions Santa Monica Boulevard : ILOVELA
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Arcane matters : ESOTERY
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Lazy bum : LIEABED
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Access : TAPINTO
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Playwright Eve : ENSLER
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Pinch-hitter : STANDIN
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Figures in ribald Greek plays : SATYRS
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Make a decent person out of? : CLOTHE
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Stochastic : RANDOM
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Vigoda of "The Godfather" : ABE
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Shire of "The Godfather" : TALIA
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"Get outta here!" : CMON
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Collaborative computer coding event : HACKATHON
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Plants sometimes used to make flour : TAROS
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Letter of the law? : WRIT
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Not you specifically : ONE
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Exchange words : CONVERSE
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Creature that Dalí walked on a leash in public : ANTEATER
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Puts back in the original state : RESETS
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Weapon that's thrown : BOLA
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Swedish-based maker of infant carriers : BABYBJORN
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Seedy place to drink : DIVEBAR
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"I'm down with that" : SUITSME
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Quattuor doubled : OCTO
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Rip off : HOSE
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Reply that's a bit of a humblebrag : ITRY
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Contestants in a war of words? : SLAMPOETS
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BJ's competitor, informally : SAMS
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Major blood protein : GLOBULIN
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Cry before taking the plunge : HEREGOES
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Pointless : FUTILE
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Make it : ATTEND
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What it always starts with? : SHORTI
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College where Rutherford B. Hayes was valedictorian : KENYON
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Less tanned : PALER
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"OMG!," old-style : EGAD
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Component of the combo drug Sinemet : LDOPA
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Actress Daniels or Neuwirth : BEBE
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Practice exam? : LSAT
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___ d'Isère (French ski resort) : VAL
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Spam's place : TIN

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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