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New York Times, Sunday, January 16, 2022

One of eight in a stick of butter: Abbr.

Author:
Derrick Niederman
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 74 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Niederman.
Will Shortz notes:
Derrick Niederman, of Charleston, S.C., teaches mathematics at the College of Charleston. This is his 12th crossword in The Times, not counting variety puzzles, beginning in 1983 — all ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
[UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES] should you let yourself be Rickrolled today. I had a neat click when I connected THE LADY VANI___ and SHE'S NOT THERE. It's easy enough to see that SHE is missing ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times1/16/22 ( No. 26,367 )
Across
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Symbol of authority, informally : THEMAN
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Compañero : AMIGO
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Delhi issue : SMOG
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Reaction to puppy pics : AWW
19
Water buffalo, for one : BOVINE
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French ___ (trick-taking game) : TAROT
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Land of blarney : EIRE
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Pass during the N.F.L. playoffs : BYE
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THE LADY VANI_ _ _ _ (#2, 1964) : SHESNOTTHERE
25
Who infamously boasted "They can't collect legal taxes from illegal money" : ALCAPONE
27
Luxurious : POSH
28
Suffix in some pasta names : INI
29
BILLE (#3, 1972) : ILLBEAROUND
31
He gave Starbuck's orders : AHAB
34
NATO members, e.g. : ALLIES
35
Adorable sort : CUTEY
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x0 (#1, 1985) : THEPOWEROFLOVE
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Barnyard baby : CALF
42
Keep one's mouth shut? : HUM
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Porky Pig's girlfriend : PETUNIA
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It cost 5¢ in 1965 : POSTAGE
47
Home of Iowa State : AMES
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Help with a crime : ABET
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Google web browser : CHROME
53
Laser pointer chaser : CAT
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Like the Balkans in the 1990s : WARTORN
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Certain peaceful protest : LIEIN
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Country singer McEntire : REBA
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Captivate : ENGAGE
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VAUDEVILLIAN (#2, 1988) : DEVILINSIDE
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Become more complicated, say : DEEPEN
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Getting together : UNITING
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Sheen : LUSTER
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LOST, E.G. (#1, 1984) : LETSGOCRAZY
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Glacier-scaling tool : ICEAXE
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Yard tool : RAKE
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Private student : TUTEE
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Figure it out : CATCHON
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___ Lilly (pharmaceutical giant) : ELI
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"Jeez!" : CRIPES
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Actress Garr : TERI
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Beach shaper : TIDE
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Only player to win the U.S. Chess Championship with no losses or draws : FISCHER
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Darling : SWEETIE
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Harbor helper : TUG
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___ story (tale of a car company's bankruptcy?) : SAAB
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CHAN_E _PPEA_ANCE TO CONCEA_ _ _D MISLEA_ (#1, 1968) : JUDYINDISGUISE
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Islamic spirit : DJINN
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Brand of insecticide strips : NOPEST
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Madhouses : ZOOS
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TITTLE-TATTLE (#16, 2011) : RUMOURHASIT
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Opposite of post- : PRE
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Airline posting : FARE
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Furnace for calcium oxide production : LIMEKILN
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ENTICEMENT (#1, 1983) : COMEONEILEEN
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Big club in Las Vegas? : ACE
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The final word : AMEN
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Give a lift : ELATE
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Know-it-all : SMARTY
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"___ Como Va" (Santana hit) : OYE
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Female Olympian of note : HERA
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Palindromic battlers : SEXES
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Place of worship whose third, fourth and fifth letters are appropriate : PAGODA
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One of eight in a stick of butter: Abbr. : TBSP
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Jolly laugh : HOHO
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Dec. 24 and 31, e.g. : EVES
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Minor accident : MISHAP
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Mary ___ Evans a.k.a. George Eliot : ANN
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Opposite of paleo- : NEO
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Memo abbr. : ATTN
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When doubled, Hawaiian food fish : MAHI
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Pique : IRE
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Terk in Disney's "Tarzan," e.g. : GORILLA
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Opera with the aria "Ave Maria" : OTELLO
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Naval engineer : SEABEE
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Air traveler's accumulation : MILES
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Quint's boat in "Jaws" : ORCA
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Enclosure for a bike chain and sprockets : GEARCASE
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180 : ABOUTFACE
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Arthur who invented the crossword puzzle (1913) : WYNNE
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Overgrown, say : WEEDY
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Kind of terrier : TIBETAN
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Young chicken, e.g. : POULT
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Actress Tyler : LIV
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Move barefoot across a scorchingly hot beach, maybe : HOP
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Shock's partner : AWE
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Throw ___ (rant and rave) : AFIT
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No longer frozen : THAWED
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Kind : HUMANE
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Crop up : EMERGE
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Chafe : RUB
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Out of gas, informally : ONE
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Internet ending that's also an ending for inter- : COM
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Part of the brainstem : PONS
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Chatter : GAB
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Greek letter that might follow "z" : ETA
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Affix, in a way : STAPLE
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Eyelashes : CILIA
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Ketchup brand : HEINZ
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"One ___-dingy" (Ernestine the operator's catchphrase on "Laugh-In") : RINGY
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Arch type : OGEE
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Landlord's due : RENT
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Petrol unit : LITRE
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Surgically remove : RESECT
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Unearthed : DUGUP
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Mi, in a C major scale : ENOTE
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Number twos : VICES
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Pelvic bones : ILIA
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Air carrier : DUCT
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Island where Paul Gauguin painted : TAHITI
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Book that's the source of the phrase "a land flowing with milk and honey" : EXODUS
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Go back (on) : RENEGE
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Instruction in an oatmeal recipe : STIR
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"Zebra" : REF
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Slugger from Louisville : ALI
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Florida city whose name has three pairs of doubled letters : KISSIMMEE
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Upscale watch brand : CITIZEN
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Annual eight-day celebration : CHANUKAH
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Basketball stat: Abbr. : REB
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Numbskull : TWIT
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Poetic dusk : EEN
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Color of traffic on a GPS : RED
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Craft carried over a portage : CANOE
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Rhythmic part of a heartbeat : SYSTOLE
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Same: Prefix : ISO
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Sense of self : EGO
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Protagonist in "The Stepford Wives" : JOANNA
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FedEx competitor : UPS
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Clears for takeoff? : DEICES
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Old Glory : USFLAG
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1964 Tony Randall title role : DRLAO
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Like oranges and some gossip : JUICY
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Duck or Penguin : NHLER
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Frost : RIME
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Davidson of "S.N.L." : PETE
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Richard and Jane in court : ROES
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Commercial prefix with postale : AERO
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Out of office?: Abbr. : RETD
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One-named Irish hitmaker : ENYA
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Tops : MAX
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Madrid's country, in the Olympics : ESP
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Song lead-in to "Believer," "Loser" or "Survivor" : IMA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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