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New York Times, Friday, September 8, 2017

First principal character encountered by Ishmael in "Moby-Dick"

Author:
Sam Trabucco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {V} Spans: 1 Scrabble average: 1.96 This is puzzle # 6 for Mr. Trabucco.
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© 2017, The New York Times9/8/17 ( No. 24,776 )
Across
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Place to order sardinas and sangria : TAPASBAR
9
Poison ___ : SUMAC
14
Plenty of work ahead : ALOTTODO
15
Wordsmith William : SAFIRE
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Tools for escaping the heat? : FIREAXES
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Like apples and Afros : PICKED
18
Many a Volga native : TATAR
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Abbr. in many an area measure : SQIN
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Rams fan? : EWE
22
Bare place on the side of a mountain : SCAR
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Live, in a way : UNTAPED
27
Places to get wired, in two senses of the word : CYBERCAFES
31
Actor Cage, informally : NIC
32
"___ thousand times ..." : NOA
33
Wheelchair-bound "Glee" character : ARTIE
34
Tired : STALE
36
Things like "Which Disney Princess Are You?" : BUZZFEEDQUIZZES
39
Neighbor of a Bosnian : CROAT
40
Group around a king : COURT
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Be a buzzkill? : ZAP
42
Length of a long wait, in hyperbole : EON
43
Amount before bonuses : BASESALARY
45
Dessert on a stick : CAKEPOP
47
Receipts : GATE
48
Double-platinum Steely Dan album : AJA
49
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" detective Diaz : ROSA
51
Padlock holders : HASPS
55
Meet up with again : REJOIN
57
"Adios!" : SAYONARA
60
A.F.C. North team : BROWNS
61
"D'oh!" : IMAMORON
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Shooting game : SKEET
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Something that's assumed : FAKENAME
Down
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Chief justice appointed by Harding : TAFT
2
Inter ___ : ALIA
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Trading hub : PORT
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Lolling : ATEASE
5
Hit sci-fi video game set around the 26th century : STARCRAFT
6
Crossword unit : BOX
7
Summertime cooler : ADE
8
Who set the standard for the United States? : ROSS
9
Valentine, e.g. : SAINT
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Certain pay-per-view event organizer, for short : UFC
11
Catcher who won a record 10 consecutive Silver Slugger Awards : MIKEPIAZZA
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"Capisce?" : AREWECLEAR
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Gave up : CEDED
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Does some postdebate political commentary : SPINS
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First principal character encountered by Ishmael in "Moby-Dick" : QUEEQUEG
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Israeli city that shares its name with a unit of measure : ACRE
24
Some loan specifications : RATECAPS
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Hit 1998 animated film : ANTZ
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"Closing Bell" channel : CNBC
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Intemperate put-down : YOUREAJERK
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Comics character seen on gum wrappers : BAZOOKAJOE
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Cousins of Spots : FIDOS
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Not go out : SITATHOME
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Spot : ESPY
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Billy of "Titanic" : ZANE
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___ Major : URSA
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Unexpected benefits : BOONS
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Pressure : LEANON
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What whole-grain foods and sugary drinks have lots of : CARBS
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Counterpart to digital : PRINT
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Expression of doubt : ASIF
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___ Lee : SARA
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Last dance? : PROM
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Not a candidate for the invoking of the 25th Amendment, say : SANE
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"How much do I ___?" : OWE
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Supporter of the A.C.A. : AMA
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Go on and on : YAK

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 3 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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