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New York Times, Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Game in which the answers to the starred clues are legal plays but cannot be formed even if you have both blanks

Author:
Peter Gordon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Peter Gordon

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 75, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQX} Scrabble average: 1.93 This is puzzle # 121 for Mr. Gordon.
Peter Gordon notes:
The complete list of legal-but-impossible-to-play Scrabble words is as follows: CLASSLESSNESSES KNICKKNACK KNICKKNACKS PIZZAZZ PIZZAZZES ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The last time I played Scrabble, I nearly got my girlfriend (now wife) to break up with me. She's roughly eighty-nine times more learned than ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Peter Gordon is one of my favorite constructors and, as usual, I liked this one more than Jeff did. Chacun à son goût, and all that. Mr. Gordon ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times1/26/21 ( No. 26,012 )
Across
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Part of a relay race : LEG
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Book after the Gospels : ACTS
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Blows one's top : ERUPTS
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Some of its members wear P.P.E. : AMA
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Lava, e.g. : SOAP
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Be in favor of : SUPPORT
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*Having panache : PIZZAZZY
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Computer accessory : PRINTER
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Feeling ready for bed : SLEEPY
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Neighbor of an Arkansawyer : OKIE
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Eastern "way" : TAO
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Dublin's land, to natives : EIRE
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*Trinket : KNICKKNACK
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File of documents : DOSSIER
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Fish-eating bird : SEAEAGLE
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Awards for ad agencies : CLIOS
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Equipment for pentathletes : EPEES
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*State that many people want to get to on vacation? : STRESSLESSNESS
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Unadventurous : STAID
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Hang : DRAPE
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Hundredths of a peso : CENTAVOS
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Tusked marine creature of the Arctic : NARWHAL
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*Gaudy display : RAZZMATAZZ
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Move like molasses : OOZE
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"Hometown proud" supermarket chain : IGA
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Rob of "St. Elmo's Fire" : LOWE
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Carrier of sweatpants and sneakers : GYMBAG
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Everglades mammal : MANATEE
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Game in which the answers to the starred clues are legal plays but cannot be formed even if you have both blanks : SCRABBLE
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Difficult situations : PLIGHTS
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Cake layer : TIER
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Poet's nightfall : EEN
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Puts on the schedule : SLATES
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Action that may be "contagious" : YAWN
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Dejected : SAD
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Ran out, as a subscription : LAPSED
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Estevez of "St. Elmo's Fire" : EMILIO
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Crystal ___ (some prognosticators) : GAZERS
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Letters of urgency : ASAP
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Warm and snug : COZY
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Looney Tunes nickname : TAZ
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Watch surreptitiously : SPYON
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California's motto : EUREKA
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Tech school in Troy, N.Y. : RPI
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Airer of TV's "Moesha" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" : UPN
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Thick soups : POTTAGES
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Thick syrups : TREACLES
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Four, on a par 4 hole : STROKES
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Paprika or pepper : SPICE
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Snoring symbols : ZEES
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Face, in slang : KISSER
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___ Jenner, Kardashian family matriarch : KRIS
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More eager : KEENER
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Back of the neck : NAPE
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Cold weather roofing problem : ICEDAM
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Golfer Ernie : ELS
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Adage : OLDSAW
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Glass-___ (1933 banking legislation, informally) : STEAGALL
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Home of Dar es Salaam : TANZANIA
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Cracker name since 1934 : RITZ
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"S.N.L." alum Horatio : SANZ
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Place for a mud bath : SPA
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Economizes : SCRIMPS
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Drivers who rarely have passengers : VALETS
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Some Siouan speakers : OTOES
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Gestation station? : WOMB
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Paper tiger? : HOBBES
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Georgia's state wildflower : AZALEA
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Bigfoot or yeti : LEGEND
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Having some kick : ZESTY
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Got bigger : GREW
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Kitten's plaything : YARN
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T.S.A. employee, e.g.: Abbr. : AGT
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With 61-Down, org. once headed by George H. W. Bush : THE
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See 59-Down : CIA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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