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SUGAR, SUGAR

New York Times, Sunday, January 24, 2021

Author:
Lucy Howard and Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Howard. This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Trudeau. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Lucy Howard, of Austin, Tex., teaches therapeutic yoga and does internet marketing. She made her first puzzle as an icebreaker for her wedding last year. Ross Trudeau, of Cambridge, Mass., ... read more
Constructor notes:
LUCY: I am beyond thrilled to be making my New York Times debut alongside the wonderful Ross Trudeau! I started constructing about a year and a half ago when I made a puzzle for my ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Tracy Gray and I made a puzzle like this years ago. It wasn't the first time I'd heard the idea, so I wasn't too surprised when Will Shortz said that he liked it, but some of the candy ... read more
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© 2021, The New York TimesNo. 0124 ( 26,010 )
Across
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Onetime Sony rival : TOSHIBA
8
Off-color : RACY
12
Maker of the X6 and Z4 : BMW
15
Doctors Without Borders, e.g.: Abbr. : ORG
18
Deep secret : ARCANUM
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"___ Dead?" (Mark Twain play) : ISHE
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Quickly learn one's lesson? : CRAM
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Startling sound : BAM
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Bookworms call dad? : NERDSRINGPOP
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South Beach and Paleo, for two : FADDIETS
26
Swiss painter Paul : KLEE
27
Company whose business is picking up? : UBER
28
Seedy area? : SOIL
29
Big Apple media inits. : NYT
30
Depletes, with "up" : USES
31
A young Justice Ginsburg chuckles? : BABYRUTHSNICKERS
36
Signature item : PEN
37
Singer Watson, a.k.a. Tones and I, with the 2019 hit "Dance Monkey" : TONI
38
Apt name for a lawyer : SUE
39
False accusation, informally : BUMRAP
40
Fancy Feast alternative : WHISKAS
43
One "R" in R&R : REST
46
Hoarse : RASPY
47
Do core exercises all day, every day? : CRUNCHNOWANDLATER
51
"___ Brockovich" : ERIN
52
Quick drive : SPIN
53
Elusive legend : YETI
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Business for Sanders supporters? : KFC
57
Holiday dish served with sour cream or applesauce : LATKES
60
Links grp. : USGA
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Hard to handle, in a way : EELY
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Hunky-dory : AOK
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Response to an order : AYE
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Burger King bingefest? : WHOPPERSSPREE
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Alma mater for Spike Lee and Donald Glover, for short : NYU
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Logical connector : NOR
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With the greatest of ___ : EASE
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___ golf : DISC
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Sloped roof support : RAFTER
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Govt. org. with a forerunner known as the Black Chamber : NSA
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Race units : LAPS
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Dinner table expander : LEAF
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Hops-drying oven : OAST
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Supernova in our galaxy? : MILKYWAYSTARBURST
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Follower of word or potato : SALAD
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"Gimme ___" : ASEC
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___-cat : SCAREDY
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Numerous : ALOTOF
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Symbols in Twitter handles : ATS
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Like ___ of sunshine : ARAY
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Anatomical pouch : SAC
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When E.M.T.s bring home the bacon? : LIFESAVERSPAYDAY
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"I mean ..." : WELL
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A/C spec : BTU
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Members of the crow family : JAYS
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Heavier alternative to a foil : EPEE
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Guthrie who performed at Woodstock : ARLO
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Cutting edge? : HAIRLINE
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Some astronomy Ph.D.s? : MARSSMARTIES
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Longtime Japanese P.M. who stepped down in 2020 : ABE
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"Runnin'" team of N.C.A.A. Division I college basketball : UTES
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Comparable (to) : AKIN
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Disciple : PROTEGE
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Tarnish : MAR
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Really good time : GAS
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Capital near the North Sea : OSLO
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Prepares (for) : GETSSET
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Prepare for a road trip, perhaps : TANKUP
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End of a threat : ORELSE
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Nora Ephron and Sofia Coppola, for two : SCREENWRITERS
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The land down under? : HADES
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Walk-___ : INS
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Prickly covering of a seed : BUR
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"___ the only one?" : AMI
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Beatles title woman : RIGBY
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"___ your request ..." : ASPER
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Feature of a classical Greek drama : CHORUS
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"You betcha!" : YEP
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"The ___ -- is wider than the Sky" (start of an Emily Dickinson poem) : BRAIN
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Bit of fill-in-the-blanks fun : MADLIB
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Subject of intl. treaties : WMD
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Compliant sorts : OBEYERS
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Squalid digs : RATTRAP
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Sports team V.I.P.s : GMS
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Corporate money managers, for short : CFOS
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Ancient Egyptians : NUBIANS
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Result of a breast pocket mishap, maybe : INKMARK
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Ally of the Brat Pack : SHEEDY
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Common baking pear : BOSC
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Sacred cross in ancient Egypt : ANKH
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Chance to go : TURN
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Preserve, in a way : CURE
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Only Stratego piece with a letter on it : SPY
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Sardine container : TIN
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Studmuffin : HUNK
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Absorb, as sauce with bread : SOPUP
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Give extra consideration, with "on" : SLEEP
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Idaho, e.g., in dialect : TATER
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Color marker : CRAYON
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Got hip, with "up" : WISED
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How a door might be slammed : ANGRILY
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Subcontractor in a bathroom remodel : TILER
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Gusto : ELAN
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One may be nominated for a Hugo Award : FANTASYSERIES
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Least forward : COYEST
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Palindromic farm animal : EWE
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"We ___ Overcome" : SHALL
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Stubborn sorts : ASSES
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It helps in passing : YEA
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Rocker Cobain : KURT
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Japan's street food mecca : OSAKA
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Diarist who documented the Great Plague of London : PEPYS
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Gets lost : SCATS
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Eponym of the Detroit Lions field : FORD
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Any Olympian, once : AMATEUR
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Drops an f-bomb, say : SWEARS
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False fronts : FACADES
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Promises, promises! : IDOS
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Takes steps : ACTS
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___ avis : RARA
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Coarse farm sound : BRAY
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Dangerous move on a busy highway : UEY
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"Blueberries for ___" (kid-lit classic) : SAL
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Legendary password stealer : ALIBABA
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Higher, as ambitions : LOFTIER
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Build-your-own Tex-Mex dish : FAJITA
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Does a dog trick : SPEAKS
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Declare : ALLEGE
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Where hangers hang : CLOSET
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They go wherever the wind blows : VANES
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They can be batted and rolled : EYES
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When high school seniors often visit the colleges that accepted them : APRIL
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Like binary questions : YESNO
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Volt-amperes : WATTS
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Attention hog, maybe : HAM
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Galoot : LUG
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Portrait seen on renminbi bills : MAO
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Car sticker fig. : MPG
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"Roses ___ red ..." : ARE
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Nonsense : ROT

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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