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New York Times, Saturday, January 22, 2022

Danish tourist attraction with multiple play areas

Author:
Daniel Okulitch
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 71, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Okulitch. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Daniel Okulitch notes:
I was still early in my constructing apprenticeship when this one sprung to life. I wanted a grid with flow and a sense of movement, and ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MENTAL GYMNASTICS has such a wow factor, anchoring this puzzle solidly in POW! territory all by itself. The fact that it's also 16 letters, ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times1/22/22 ( No. 26,373 )
Across
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Underlying : BASAL
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Foggy : ADDLED
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Thanksgiving and Pride both have one : PARADE
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Person who lives on discarded food : FREEGAN
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Dark-magic device with which to achieve immortality, in Harry Potter : HORCRUX
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"Desperate Housewives" co-star : LONGORIA
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Boo-boo : OUCHIE
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Well done, in Italy : MOLTOBENE
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Makeup of some canopies : TREES
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Coarse flour : MEAL
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Gentle giant on "Game of Thrones" : HODOR
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Heartless : COLD
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Over and done with : PAST
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Actress Phillipa of Broadway's "Hamilton" : SOO
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Lacto-___ vegetarian : OVO
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Bordeaux et Bourgogne, par exemple : VINS
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Icy drink : SLUSHIE
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Cognitive contortions : MENTALGYMNASTICS
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Words read with feeling : BRAILLE
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Relieve : EASE
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Abraham Lincoln, for one: Abbr. : REP
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Enero o febrero, por ejemplo : MES
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Speed of sound : MACH
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Smallish branch : SECT
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Scissors Palace, Anita Haircut or Do or Dye (all real places!) : SALON
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Hose problem : KINK
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Man of the cloth : PADRE
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Familiar soap opera device : PLOTTWIST
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Scorches : SINGES
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Creates : FASHIONS
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An unrivaled champion, in slang : THEGOAT
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[More details below] : SEENOTE
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Comical character in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" : BOTTOM
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Brought (in) : REELED
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Secretly watch : SPYON
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Home to the largest football stadium in Europe : BARCELONA
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Like eyebrows : ARCHED
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Mumbai wraps : SARIS
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Together, musically : ADUE
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Justinian law : LEX
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Solvent : AFLOAT
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Like some "Monty Python" humor : DROLL
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Depression : DENT
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Danish tourist attraction with multiple play areas : LEGOHOUSE
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Result of a compliment, typically : EGOBOOST
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Ventured : DARED
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Kind of coffee made with a flask and a filter : POUROVER
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Young hombre : NINO
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Hair-straightening tool : HOTCOMB
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Atmospheric prefix : AER
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Like a breakup gone bad : MESSY
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Animal skin ailment : MANGE
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Tablets : PILLS
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/ or \ : SLASH
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One with a big heart? : VALENTINE
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Chips, e.g. : SNACK
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Gorilla with a job to do : HIREDGOON
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Kind of sandwich : ICECREAM
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Exercise with Zener cards : ESPTEST
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Chalamet of "Dune" : TIMOTHEE
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Fated : MEANT
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Shot an airball, say : MISSED
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Serenaded : SANGTO
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Screen rating, in brief? : SPF
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Regrettably : ALAS
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Schlump : LOSER
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Kunta ___ ("Roots" role) : KINTE
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One of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, in Catholicism : PIETY
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Warm covering : WOOL
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Factory : SHOP
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Venue for many TV reruns : TBS

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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