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New York Times, Thursday, September 7, 2017

"Nothing is easier than to denounce the ___; nothing is more difficult than to understand him": Dostoyevsky

Author:
Alex Eaton-Salners
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Eaton-Salners.
Alex Eaton-Salners notes:
The key to constructing this puzzle was finding workable downs for the left-hand side of the grid. Having the acrosses in alphabetical ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Ah, that feeling of having given up on an idea years ago, deeming it impossible … only to see another constructor make it happen. ... read more
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© 2017, The New York Times9/7/17 ( No. 24,775 )
Across
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One who settles arguments : ARBITER
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Late bloomers : ASTERS
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"Stay strong!" : BEBRAVE
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"Awesome!" : BOOYAH
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Like some information on food labels : CALORIC
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Lady Bird Johnson's real given name : CLAUDIA
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Newspaper unit: Abbr. : COL
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Plying with wine and roses, say : COURTING
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Old TV screens, for short : CRTS
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Like Nevada among all U.S. states : DRIEST
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Non-P.C. suffix : ESS
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___ polloi : HOI
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Laugh riot : HOOT
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Heading for the fence? : HOT
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"Ta-ta for now!" : ILLSEEYOU
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___ to one's ears : INUP
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Scarlet stigma : LETTERA
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Fish that's being reeled in : LIVEONE
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Hit the top in Tetris, e.g. : LOSE
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Maker of Star Wars and Indiana Jones video games : LUCASARTS
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Longtime record label for Elton John and Mary J. Blige : MCA
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"Love ___" (Beatles song) : MEDO
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Sch. on the bank of the Charles River : MIT
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Kingston dude : MON
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Veteran : OLDPRO
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Capital of the Land of the Midnight Sun : OSLO
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Optimistic bridge calls : OVERBIDS
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They're parked in parks : RVS
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People who might greet you by saying "Talofa, afio mai!" ("Hello, welcome!") : SAMOANS
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Word in many a personal ad : SEEKING
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Brian's pal on "Family Guy" : STEWIE
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Former "Weekend Update" co-anchor : TINAFEY
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Hungers (for) : YEARNS
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Its atomic number is 39 : YTTRIUM
Down
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Kind of order ... or a hint to this puzzle's unusual construction : ABC
2
Stephen of "V for Vendetta" : REA
3
OPEC units: Abbr. : BBL
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Classic Camaros : IROCS
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Tropical tuber : TARO
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"Nothing is easier than to denounce the ___; nothing is more difficult than to understand him": Dostoyevsky : EVILDOER
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Boom box button : REC
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Visibly embarrassed : ABLUSH
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Reach, as an altitude : SOARTO
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Push : TOUT
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Singer Gormé : EYDIE
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Comes down : RAINS
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Retrieves, as balls : SHAGS
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British runner Sebastian : COE
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___ Gaston, first African-American manager to win a World Series : CITO
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"Just relax!" : CHILL
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Loggers' contest : ROLEO
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Isn't on the level : TILTS
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Queen, for one : ROYAL
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Bit of a giggle : HEE
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"___ yellow ribbon ..." : TIEA
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Modern educational acronym : STEM
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Something you feel in your gut? : ULCER
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Things most people follow : NORMS
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Word before "Yesterday" in a Tony Bennett hit and "Tomorrow" in a Sammy Kaye hit : UNTIL
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Green sauce : PESTO
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"That's simply lovely!" : IADOREIT
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Brandy label letters : VSO
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Ones calling people out? : UMPS
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Lead singer of Nirvana : COBAIN
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Flared dresses : ALINES
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Old-fashioned : MOSSY
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Almost circular : OVATE
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Setting of Hercules' first labor : NEMEA
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License to drill, for short? : DDS
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Schindler with a list : OSKAR
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"Hey there, tiger!" : ROWR
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Let it all out : VENT
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Barnyard adjunct : STY
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"___ Ruled the World" (1996 Nas hit) : IFI
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Opposite of old, in Oldenburg : NEU
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It might precede a shower : GYM

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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