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New York Times, Wednesday, January 13, 2021

43-Down : Coarse-grained rock that splits easily

Author:
Matthew Stock
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QVZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Stock.
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© 2021, The New York Times1/13/21 ( No. 25,999 )
Across
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Fair : JUST
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Mary Lincoln's maiden name : TODD
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Some drought-resistant plants : CACTI
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James of jazz : ETTA
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Leader in a kaffiyeh : EMIR
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Two- or four-seater, maybe? : USHER
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"Smile!" : SAYCHEESE
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Like tomes, typically : THICK
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Address by a Sacramento N.B.A. player? : THEKINGSSPEECH
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Padre's hermana : TIA
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Expansive septet : SEAS
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Make bubbly : AERATE
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Hibernation stations : DENS
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Concern of the Citizens United decision, for short : PAC
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Sharp-shooting Curry : STEPH
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Mass ___ : MEDIA
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Around 16 mg of niacin, e.g. : RDA
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Game notes for a New Orleans N.B.A. player? : THEPELICANBRIEF
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Officiate, informally : REF
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;) ;) ;) : WINKS
40
"I give!" : UNCLE
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Surgery sites, for short : ORS
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Things that sometimes clash in orchestras? : EGOS
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Amounts at risk : STAKES
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Top ___ : TIER
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Variety show segment : ACT
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Charlotte N.B.A. player in charge of recycling? : THEGREENHORNET
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"Oof, that was bad" : YEESH
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Gutter attachment : DRAINPIPE
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Write an ode about, perhaps : EXALT
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Wetlands denizen : IBIS
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TV show that launched more than 200 songs onto the Billboard Hot 100 : GLEE
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Work of cartography : ATLAS
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Tree house? : NEST
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Appear : SEEM
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Not be serious : JEST
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Home of the Anasazi State Park Museum : UTAH
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Ocular woe : STYE
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Add (on) : TACK
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___-weenie : TEENIE
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Rolex rival : OMEGA
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Put-down : DISS
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Impersonating, in a way : DRESSEDAS
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Totally adorable : CUTEASABUTTON
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Grateful? : ASHES
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Trendy : CHIC
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Silicon Valley specialty, familiarly : TECH
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Get to : IRK
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Make an effort to get swole : HITTHEWEIGHTS
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Corral : PENIN
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___ Blaster (classic arcade game) : ASTRO
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Thin air : ETHER
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Some barriers to entry in the shipping business? : REEFS
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Candy Crush or Angry Birds : APP
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Places for aces : DECKS
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Pierce slightly : PRICK
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Best-selling musical artist whose album titles represent ages : ADELE
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Sights along Paris's Champs-Élysées : CAFES
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Studied secondarily : MINOREDIN
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Hybrid feline : LIGER
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Messenger molecule : RNA
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Coarse-grained rock that splits easily : SCHIST
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Car company founded in 2003 : TESLA
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Writer Nin : ANAIS
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Bit of typing by someone who's all thumbs? : TEXT
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Recover : HEAL
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Flavorers in Italian cookery : ERBE
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Dungeons & Dragons and others, for short : RPGS
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4,100+ mile river that drains 11 countries : NILE
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One-on-one Olympic event : EPEE
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Overflow (with) : TEEM
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"Up" vote : YEA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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