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New York Times, Tuesday, January 18, 2022

"I feel pretty, ___ pretty" ("West Side Story" lyric)

Author:
Kate Schutzengel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {GJQVZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Schutzengel.
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© 2022, The New York Times1/18/22 ( No. 26,369 )
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"I feel pretty, ___ pretty" ("West Side Story" lyric) : OHSO
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Spray lightly : MIST
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Sore from exercise, say : ACHY
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Chicken or duck : FOWL
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Artificial feature in New York's Central Park : LAKE
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Oak or beech : TREE
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Possible requirements for joining a tattoo club? : TWOINKMINIMUMS
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Zero : NONE
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It's "the word" : MUM
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Not great, as chances : SLIM
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Material easily mistaken for aluminum : TIN
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A healthy person regularly calling in sick, e.g.? : ILLPRACTICE
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Drifting sheet : ICEFLOE
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Italian author Umberto : ECO
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Lil ___ X : NAS
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Give up : CEDE
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Point : AIM
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Italian author Ferrante : ELENA
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What a nervous public speaker sounds like? : UMMACHINE
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As an ___ (parenthetically) : ASIDE
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Outdoor "carpet" : SOD
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Intro to girl : ATTA
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Word in a "Batman" balloon : POW
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Org. that creates the G.R.E. : ETS
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"Carrying the Banner" musical : NEWSIES
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Preceded in commenting on an adorable kitten photo, say? : BEATTOTHEAW
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Megan Thee Stallion genre : RAP
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Annual festival in Austin, Tex. : SXSW
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Sigma/upsilon go-between : TAU
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Tabloid twosome : ITEM
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Lucy's empty-booth sign in "Peanuts" ... or a hint to 16-, 24-, 37- and 55-Across : THEDOCTORISOUT
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Uncommon : RARE
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Single-serve coffee holder : KCUP
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Cannabis strain named for its regional origin : KUSH
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Yemeni port : ADEN
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Prop for a tilting bookcase, say : SHIM
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Dog command : STAY
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Frequently, in poetry : OFT
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"Isn't that special!" : HOWNICE
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Reacted to a dreamboat, maybe : SWOONED
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Lena or Ken of film and TV : OLIN
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Reform leader memorialized in the Stone of Hope, for short : MLK
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Billie Eilish's "Therefore ___" : IAM
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Economize : SKIMP
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Academic job security : TENURE
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Cash-out spot? : ATM
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It may be found above the mantle : CRUST
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The difference between a mini and a midi : HEMLINE
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Confident shout from an optimist : YESICAN
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Singer Young or Diamond : NEIL
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Apple offering : IMAC
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High, flat land feature : MESA
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Idiosyncrasy : TIC
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Good dirt : LOAM
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"Star Wars" princess-turned-general : LEIA
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Ethan or Joel of filmmaking : COEN
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"Family ___" : FEUD
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Hosts, informally : MCS
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Grassy expanses : LEAS
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Come face to face : MEET
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Sharpen : HONE
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"What's the big ___?" : IDEA
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Transmissions triggering manhunts, for short : APBS
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Really overdoing it, in slang : SOEXTRA
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"They conned me!" : IWASHAD
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Exhaust : TIREOUT
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Olympic group with a red, white and blue insignia : TEAMUSA
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Cleopatra's snake : ASP
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Pet transported in a bike basket amid a whirlwind : TOTO
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Library area : STACKS
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Event with V-E Day and V-J Day : WWII
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Quaint contraction : TWERE
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Rabbit holder : HUTCH
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Wordless admonishments : TSKS
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Family room : DEN
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Paris accord? : OUI
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Dashboard reading, for short : RPM
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"Hallowed be ___ name" : THY

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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