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New York Times, Thursday, January 14, 2021

Classic party game ... or a hint to solving the answers that intersect circles

Author:
Aimee Lucido and Ella Dershowitz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Aimee Lucido
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Ella Dershowitz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 This is puzzle # 8 for Ms. Lucido. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Dershowitz.
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© 2021, The New York Times1/14/21 ( No. 26,000 )
Across
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Missing : AWOL
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+ and - : POLES
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Common baitfish in North American streams : CHUB
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Word with express or through : LANE
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___ of power (common impeachment charge) : ABUSE
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Superlative : AONE
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Home of Baikal, the world's deepest lake : ASIA
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Relative of a croc : GATOR
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Overwhelms, with "down" : MOWS
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"You don't like what I did? I don't care" : SOSUEME
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Mythical being, old-style : FAERIE
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Desires : WANTS
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___ whole : ASA
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Awesome time : BLAST
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Secreted : HID
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Core features : ABS
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General with a dish named after him : TSO
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What a nod may signify : YES
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Lover of Cesario in "Twelfth Night" : OLIVIA
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Air Force One V.I.P. : POTUS
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Classic party game ... or a hint to solving the answers that intersect circles : SPINTHEBOTTLE
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Can't stomach : ABHOR
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How Beyoncé was "crazy," according to a 2003 #1 hit : INLOVE
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House member with 11+ million Twitter followers, informally : AOC
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Spanish bear : OSO
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Whiz : ACE
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Posed (for) : SAT
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Have a Pavlovian response : DROOL
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"90 Day Fiancé" network : TLC
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Moves like molasses : SEEPS
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Percussion duos? : HIHATS
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"You can come out now" : ITSSAFE
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Common sources of conflict : EGOS
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Ancient unit of length : CUBIT
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Scale amount : TARE
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What matzo doesn't do : RISE
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Stephen Curry's birthplace : AKRON
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Micro or macro class : ECON
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Docs treating vertigo : ENTS
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Years before 2020, informally : TEENS
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Tear : REND
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___ king : ALA
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Goes Christmas caroling : WASSAILS
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Tangy chip accompaniment : ONIONDIP
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What a letter needs : LEASE
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Summon : PAGE
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Power couple from Chicago : OBAMAS
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Garage jobs : LUBES
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That: Sp. : ESO
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Manorial worker : SERF
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Brief appearance : CAMEO
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"We did it!" : HOORAY
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Foolish : UNWISE
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Plagues : BESETS
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Olympian with eight gold medals in sprinting : USAINBOLT
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Relevance of text, in librarian's lingo : ABOUTNESS
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"Have I met her?" : WHO
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Tiny bit of progress : ATOB
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Homes for rubber duckies : BATHS
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Unlikely to crack a smile, say : STOIC
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Through : VIA
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Through : PER
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Cardinal cap insignia : STL
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It's a laugh : HOOT
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Go down in respect : LOSEFACE
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Musical role for Madonna and Patti LuPone : EVAPERON
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Subjects of some conspiracy theories, for short : ETS
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Stick : ADHERE
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(0,0,0) : ORIGIN
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Not a single person on an awards show? : COHOST
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Roll call? : ACTION
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Uses a light scalpel on? : LASES
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Petrol unit : LITRE
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Spud : TATER
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"Out, you!" : SCAT
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Listings on a train sched. : STNS
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Luau strings : UKE
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Appropriate answer for this spot in the puzzle : END

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