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New York Times, Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Sacred Indian plant also called the strangler fig

Author:
Michael Schlossberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 79, Blocks: 41 Missing: {JKWX} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Schlossberg.
Michael Schlossberg notes:
When brainstorming this puzzle, I wanted to make a grid where the theme letters evoke a recognizable symbol or pattern. An eye chart ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I couldn't wait to see what the pyramid of circled letters would spell. This had to be some awesome Pascal's triangle or peg-jumping ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times1/26/22 ( No. 26,377 )
Across
1
Lettuce often used in lettuce wraps : BIBB
5
Guest essays : OPEDS
10
Major oil acronym : OPEC
14
Blend of black tea, honey, spices and milk : CHAI
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Packed, like a ship with cargo : LADEN
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Language of Pakistan : URDU
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First part of a message suggested by this puzzle's circled letters : CONGRATULATIONS
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Cloak-and-dagger sort : SPY
21
Hypotheticals : IFS
22
Wall St. debut : IPO
23
Site of a legend : MAP
24
One with a venomous bite : ASP
26
Many a Jul. 4 party : BBQ
28
Second part of the message : ONPASSINGYOUR
35
Against : ANTI
36
Old Toyota coupe : PASEO
37
Dear's rhyming partner : NEAR
39
"The Simpsons" prankster : BART
40
Root beer treat : FLOAT
41
Z, in Athens : ZETA
42
Eldest von Trapp daughter : LIESL
44
Minecraft block made from gunpowder and sand : TNT
45
Sega hedgehog : SONIC
46
Lead-in to "long" : ERE
47
Last part of the message : EYETEST
50
Vegan milk source : SOY
51
Plain : UNADORNED
53
Genre similar to indie rock : ALTPOP
56
Corrects : EMENDS
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Manhattan district : SOHO
61
___ alla vodka : PENNE
65
Garden hose shape : COIL
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Stratford's river : AVON
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Cinder-to-be : EMBER
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Actress Hathaway : ANNE
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Parisian papa : PERE
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Furnace/vent connectors : DUCTS
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Chow : FOOD
Down
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Includes secretly, in a way : BCCS
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Breakfast chain : IHOP
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Sacred Indian plant also called the strangler fig : BANYANTREE
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Ginormous : BIG
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German chancellor Scholz : OLAF
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Caresses : PATS
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End of a college valedictorian's address? : EDU
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Place to nosh on a knish : DELI
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Like some decisions : SNAP
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Paris accord? : OUI
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These women "rule" the dance floor : PROMQUEENS
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Poet ___ St. Vincent Millay : EDNA
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Brink : CUSP
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Kelly of morning TV : RIPA
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Keith of country music : TOBY
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Barely rains : SPITS
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"Bedtime for ___" : BONZO
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Studio sign : ONAIR
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Beach bottle letters : SPF
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Like pretzels and winter highways : SALTED
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Doesn't get fooled by : ISONTO
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Not as messy : NEATER
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Came down with : GOT
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5:1, e.g. : RATIO
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Fit : ABLE
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Borderline indecent : RACY
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Fallon's late-night predecessor : LENO
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Edible part of asparagus : STEM
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Jabbered : YAPPED
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Scornful looks : SNEERS
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Ahead by a run : UPONE
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After-dinner coffee order : DECAF
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"Stat!" : ASAP
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The "heart" of "I [heart] N Y" : LOVE
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Avenger with a hammer : THOR
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Taboo : NONO
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Member of the Rat Pack : DINO
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Coaster : SLED
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Member of the ratite pack? : EMU
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43-Down's network : NBC
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Sports barrier ... or target : NET

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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