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New York Times, Monday, January 10, 2022

Neighbor of Ukraine once part of the U.S.S.R.

Author:
Lynn Lempel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lynn Lempel

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FQZ} This is puzzle # 97 for Ms. Lempel.
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© 2022, The New York Times1/10/22 ( No. 26,361 )
Across
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Police officers : COPS
5
Activity with a lotus position : YOGA
9
Word before Actor and Actress at the Oscars : BEST
13
Tie score : DRAW
14
Emerged, as an issue : AROSE
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Story about Zeus or Hera, say : MYTH
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Where to get one's Kix? : CEREALBOWL
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Have on : WEAR
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Birds in a gaggle : GEESE
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Dig in at dinner : EAT
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___ Lanka : SRI
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Jeans or jodhpurs : PANTS
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Singer/songwriter nicknamed "Piano Man" : BILLYJOEL
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"___-Man" (Paul Rudd superhero film) : ANT
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Gloomy atmosphere : PALL
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In the countryside : RURAL
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Forlorn, directionless type : LOSTSOUL
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Some hotel and restaurant staffers : VALETS
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Place for a ship's captain : HELM
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Top-of-the-line : AONE
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Places among the troops, as a journalist : EMBEDS
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Survey of Election Day voters : EXITPOLL
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Somewhat, informally : SORTA
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Street ___ (acceptance among peers) : CRED
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One of 435 in D.C. : REP
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Greener energy source : CLEANCOAL
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Skedaddles : SCATS
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Org. promoting oral health : ADA
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Source for maple syrup : SAP
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Derisive cries from the audience : HOOTS
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Jab : POKE
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Categorize simplistically : PIGEONHOLE
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Diabolical : EVIL
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Marine animals with flippers : SEALS
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"___ go bragh!" ("Ireland forever!") : ERIN
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Cold and damp, as a basement : DANK
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Barbecue skewer : SPIT
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1-Across in Manhattan, for short : NYPD
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U.S. public health agcy. : CDC
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Common herb in pizza : OREGANO
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Perennial embarrassments for teens : PARENTS
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Like most desserts : SWEET
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New Haven alma mater of five presidents : YALE
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Sphere : ORB
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Melted chocolate, e.g. : GOO
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To boot : ASWELL
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Luxury German carmaker : BMW
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Blight on the landscape : EYESORE
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Fix one's gaze on : STAREAT
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Sensations at amusement parks : THRILLS
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Carrier based at Ben Gurion Airport : ELAL
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Nincompoop : ASS
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Ruthless ruler : TYRANT
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Chum : PAL
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"The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" writer : BAUM
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Under the weather : ILL
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Minty drink at Churchill Downs : JULEP
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Capitol insiders, informally : POLS
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Letter before iota : THETA
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Many family cars : SEDANS
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Emptiness : VOID
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Figure skating jump : AXEL
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Got away : ESCAPED
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Neighbor of Ukraine once part of the U.S.S.R. : MOLDOVA
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Burglary, e.g. : BREAKIN
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Noted stretch of time : ERA
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Grand speechmaking : ORATORY
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Reveal inadvertently : LETSLIP
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Discs on hi-fis : LPS
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Xeroxes, e.g. : COPIES
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Mushroom parts : CAPS
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George or Louis, to William and Kate : SON
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Leonard who wrote the song "Hallelujah" : COHEN
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The late Alex Trebek, for one : HOST
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Antlered animal : ELK
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Distinct disparity : GAP
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Pharmacist/philanthropist Lilly : ELI
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Finale : END

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

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