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New York Times, Wednesday, January 20, 2021

Red, white and blue land ... or what 15-, 22-, 45- and 57-Across feature?

Author:
Natan Last, Andy Kravis and The J.A.S.A. Crossword Class
Editor:
Will Shortz
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347/17/20075/13/202110
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1.60370
Natan Last
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2411/3/20135/13/202116
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51264231
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1.62150
Andy Kravis

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {FQX} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 33 for Mr. Last. This is puzzle # 23 for Mr. Kravis.
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© 2021, The New York Times1/20/21 ( No. 26,006 )
Across
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"God is the perfect ___": Robert Browning : POET
5
Hormel product : SPAM
9
"Avatar" f/x, e.g. : CGI
12
Subjects of some insurance company reports : COLLISIONS
14
An oil, maybe : ART
15
Sharing thoughts like a Vulcan [Detroit, Fargo] : MINDMELDING
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Brillo rival : SOS
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Wise alternative : UTZ
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What the nose knows : ODOR
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Little matter : ATOM
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"Iron Lady" of Israeli politics : MEIR
22
Classic of daytime TV first aired in 1962 [Atlanta, Bangor] : MATCHGAME
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Germany's von Bismarck : OTTO
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___ Belt (part of a constellation) : ORIONS
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Certain ant : WORKER
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Lie in the past? : LAIN
34
Health care hero, for short : EMT
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Red, white and blue land ... or what 15-, 22-, 45- and 57-Across feature? : THEUNITEDSTATES
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"Shark Tank" network : ABC
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Berry that looks like a blueberry : ACAI
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Aircraft company headquartered in Kansas : CESSNA
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Emmy winner Carl or Rob : REINER
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Pop : SODA
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Arthritis symptom [Altoona, South Bend] : JOINTPAIN
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Peter or Paul, but not Mary : POPE
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Off-road four-wheelers, for short : ATVS
52
Pilfer, to Brits : NICK
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Wrinkly-faced dog : PUG
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___-Town (Midwest hub) : CHI
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Sommelier's suggestion [Oshkosh, Omaha] : WINEPAIRING
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He's a doll : KEN
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Kind of milk : ONEPERCENT
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End of many an address : ORG
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Granny, e.g. : KNOT
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Isle of ___ : SKYE
Down
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Kind of scheme : PONZI
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Bygone : OLD
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Muppet who once helped Emeril on "Emeril Live" : ELMO
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One up, for example : TIED
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Libya's Gulf of ___ : SIDRA
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Taro dish : POI
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She's a doll : ANN
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Only ingredient in Accent, in brief : MSG
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They might click on a dance floor : CASTANETS
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Some bachelor party attendees : GROOMSMEN
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Self proclamation? : ITSME
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Mention : CITE
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It helps you see details : SLOMO
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Shh ... it's the word! : MUM
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Way back when : AGO
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Digital media player since 2008 : ROKU
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___ Hall ("The Wind in the Willows" residence) : TOAD
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Brand name derived from the phrase "crystallized cottonseed oil" : CRISCO
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Gave an inkling : HINTED
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Leaseholder, e.g. : TENANT
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Muscle controlled by the radial nerve, informally : TRICEP
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Sports grp. founded by Billie Jean King : WTA
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"No, you can't be serious!" : OHBROTHER
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Not serving : RECEIVING
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Hawaiian ring : LEI
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Grp. of inspectors : TSA
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Seat of ancient Irish kings : TARA
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"Hurry!" : ASAP
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___ and outs : INS
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Wading bird with a long, slender bill : SNIPE
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King of Pop, in tabloids : JACKO
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Ham-handed : INEPT
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Offer one's two cents : OPINE
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Get rid of the ball, in a way : PUNT
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One might be deviled : EGG
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Mustang and Pinto, for two : CARS
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Rockette's move : KICK
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Cooking utensil : WOK
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Stop on the road : INN
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___-Latin : NEO
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Spanish king : REY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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