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New York Times, Saturday, January 1, 2022

Pastry that gets pulled apart

Author:
Peter Wentz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Wentz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 40 for Mr. Wentz.
Peter Wentz notes:

If you're ever stuck trying to come up with a seed entry, might I recommend falling asleep face-first on your keyboard?

Jeff Chen notes:
There's a fine line between bold and aggravating, and I can't decide where ZXCVBNM stands. As I type it, that string of characters ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times1/1/22 ( No. 26,352 )
Across
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First person? : WINNER
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Backups : PLANBS
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First name in daytime talk : WHOOPI
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Red Guard's attire : MAOSUIT
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Like "To be or not to be" : IAMBIC
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Baking aisle mascot : DOUGHBOY
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Smart device feature : TOUCHSENSOR
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Ice Breakers alternative : CERTS
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Aftermath : WAKE
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Engagement calendar info: Abbr. : APPT
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"That's so not the case!" : LIES
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Fodor's listing : SITE
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Assembly at a camporee, perhaps : SMORE
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Anti-trafficking org. : ATF
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Comic strip with the 1998 collection "I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore" : CATHY
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Skylar of the "Pitch Perfect" films : ASTIN
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Start of many a Google search : WHO
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Line just before a comma : ZXCVBNM
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"Anything to ___?" : ADD
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Brand with an iComfort line : SERTA
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Leporine creatures : HARES
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Bags one might have when tired? : TEA
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Tanks and such : ARMOR
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Botched : BLEW
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"Got it" : COPY
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Intersections requiring a turn : TEES
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Singing duet? : LALA
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Bartolomé de las ___, social reformer during Spain's colonial era : CASAS
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Coin featuring Lady Liberty and a bald eagle : PEACEDOLLAR
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Part of a forecast without clouds : CLEARSKY
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Colonnade sight : PILLAR
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Pirates, in old slang : SEARATS
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Rumpled, say : UNMADE
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"Yeah, sure" : IGUESS
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Like some fruits and tennis players : SEEDED
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Setting of the Robert Graves memoir "Good-bye to All That," in brief : WWI
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Mopey teen's lament : IHATEITHERE
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"Can't eat another bite" : NOMOREFORME
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"I don't want to hear any excuses!" : NOBUTS
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Some major productions : EPICS
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Oil-___ : RICH
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Press "K" while on YouTube : PAUSE
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Jordan is found on one, notably : LOGO
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Yoga retreat locales : ASHRAMS
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Central point : NUB
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Lead-in to diversity : BIO
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Home for a farrow : STY
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Pastry that gets pulled apart : MONKEYBREAD
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Where scenes on Tatooine were filmed for "Star Wars" : DEATHVALLEY
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They're full of twists and turns : SWITCHBACKS
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Feverishly tries to open : CLAWSAT
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Cookout dish : POTATOSALAD
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Big outdoor June event : PRIDEPARADE
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Length of a president's veto window : TENDAYS
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Adolphe who invented a musical instrument : SAX
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Costco rival, familiarly : SAMS
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Titan : CZAR
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Still in the box, say : NEW
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Beyond what's needed : TOSPARE
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Phone line? : CALLME
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Goes on : LASTS
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Singer with the 1962 album "Sentimentally Yours" : CLINE
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Aces have low ones, for short : ERAS
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Major production : OPUS
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"___: Vegas" : CSI
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One of a piano trio : LEG
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___ oxygénée (hydrogen peroxide: Fr.) : EAU
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Like diamonds : RED

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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