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BUSTING MOVES

New York Times, Sunday, January 3, 2021

Group with the hits "Honey, Honey" and "Money, Money, Money"

Author:
Paolo Pasco
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Paolo Pasco

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 74 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 20 for Mr. Pasco. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2021, The New York Times1/3/21 ( No. 25,989 )
Across
1
Ocean motion : EBB
4
[I expected better from you!] : TSK
7
Tracking systems : RADARS
13
Makes out, in Manchester : SNOGS
18
Stuffed and fried cornmeal pocket, in Mexican cuisine : GORDITA
20
Lizzo or Lorde : POPIDOL
21
___-hole : HIDEY
22
Amazon, e.g. : ETAILER
23
Title for Iran's Ali Khamenei : SUPREMELEADER
25
Tailored blouse style : SHIRTWAIST
27
Pieces of pentathlon equipment : EPEES
28
Piece of biathlon equipment : SKI
29
Outdoor wedding rental : TENT
30
Some reusable bags : TOTES
32
Give a refill : TOPUP
34
Poet Limón : ADA
35
Yearbook sect. : SRS
36
Item lugged up a hill : SLED
38
Gardener's supply : SOIL
40
Alphabetically first member of the Baseball Hall of Fame : AARON
42
Dull yellowish brown : KHAKI
43
Subject of some teen gossip sessions : BOYPROBLEMS
47
Sure-footed alpine climber : MOUNTAINGOAT
52
React to, as an online joke : LOLAT
53
"I wish I could ___ that" ("Ick") : UNSEE
54
Document that never lacks a title : DEED
55
Divert : AMUSE
57
Solid green ball in un juego de billar : SEIS
61
It's ground-breaking : FAULT
62
Way overcharge, so to speak : ROB
64
Vape shop inventory : ECIGS
66
Sci-fi's Dr. Zaius, for one : APE
67
Even a bit : ATALL
68
Bakery item that's often messy : CRUMBCAKE
71
Lavishes love (on) : DOTES
73
Part of R.S.V.P. : SIL
74
Business that might hold a blowout sale? : SALON
76
Common food drive donation : CAN
77
"Julius Caesar" role : CASCA
78
Lhasa ___ : APSO
80
Necklace components : BEADS
82
Parts of volcanoes : RIMS
85
2007 #1 Alicia Keys album : ASIAM
86
Not keep : GOBAD
88
Caribbean capital : PORTAUPRINCE
91
Kind of test question : SHORTANSWER
95
Some video-making devices : IPADS
96
Rod who won four Wimbledons : LAVER
97
"The very ___!" : IDEA
99
Yellow bills in Monopoly : TENS
100
Lobster-catching aid? : BIB
103
Holiday preceder : EVE
104
Choose to participate : OPTIN
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Award won twice by Hammerstein, fittingly : OSCAR
110
Horror director ___ Saul Guerrero : GIGI
111
Contraction that omits a "v" : EER
112
0 to 60, e.g. : RANGE
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Proceeds breezily : SAILSALONG
117
What a spike goes over : VOLLEYBALLNET
121
Not black and white : INCOLOR
122
Early computer : ENIAC
123
"Encore!" : ONEMORE
124
"The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up" tidying method : KONMARI
125
Take care of : SEETO
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"Well, so's your face!," e.g. : RETORT
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The antagonist Bellwether from Disney's "Zootopia," e.g. : EWE
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Ask for a treat, say : BEG
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Discharges : EGESTS
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Hassle : BOTHER
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Genius : BRAINS
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Not be on the level : TILT
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Anxiously worry : STEW
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Title nickname in a 1984 sports movie : KARATEKID
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Courses : ROUTES
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WeChat or KakaoTalk : APP
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Very serious : DIRE
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With skill : ADEPTLY
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Shakespeare character who cries "Then I defy you, stars!" : ROMEO
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Power-saving mode : SLEEP
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"___ Used to Be Mine" (song from "Waitress") : SHE
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Long of Hollywood : NIA
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"My guess is ..." : ODDSARE
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Realm for comic book fans, say : GEEKDOM
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Damascenes, e.g. : SYRIANS
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Gardener's supply : DIRT
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"Over here!" : PSST
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"Geaux Tigers!" sch. : LSU
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Liquid in a first-aid kit : IODINE
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Noodles sometimes served with tsuyu sauce : SOBA
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Onetime sunscreen ingredient : PABA
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Small Jewish communities of old : SHTETLS
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SoCal baseball team, on scoreboards : LAA
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Scintilla : IOTA
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Secondary social media accounts, in brief : ALTS
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Mournful sound : KNELL
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Fiddle with a ukulele? : PLUCK
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Woman on W.W. II-era posters : ROSIE
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Cassini who created the so-called "Jackie look" : OLEG
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Simba's father in "The Lion King" : MUFASA
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How detectives may act : ONATIP
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Orders from regulars : USUALS
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Breaking or entering, say : GERUND
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Leslie ___ Jr., member of the original "Hamilton" cast : ODOM
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Not joke around : MEANIT
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Enjoys a home-cooked meal : EATSIN
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Poison-treating plant : IPECAC
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Bagel choice : SESAME
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___ World Service : BBC
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Digital camera memory holders : SDCARDS
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G-rated, say : CLEAN
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You might pass on them : ROADS
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Apt surname for a mechanic : CARR
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Palm Springs, e.g. : OASIS
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Group with the hits "Honey, Honey" and "Money, Money, Money" : ABBA
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Big brute : OGRE
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Went fast : SPED
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Cocktail with a rhyming name : MAITAI
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Tinder action that expresses strong interest : SUPERLIKE
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Other: Sp. : OTRO
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Certain pie crust flavor : OREO
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Wok, e.g. : PAN
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Covers of vintage music? : SLEEVES
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"Try it!" : HAVEONE
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Sit on : OVERLIE
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Part of an aircraft that helps reduce drag : WINGLET
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Put forward : ASSERT
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H.S. class with dissections : BIOLAB
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Tune out : IGNORE
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Semi : BIGRIG
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Stick one's nose in : PRY
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Small drum : TABOR
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Cockamamie : INANE
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Actress Blanchett : CATE
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Latch (onto) : GLOM
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Muppet who sings in the "Try, Try Again" song : ELMO
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When it's driving, you might not want to drive : SNOW
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Unwanted breakout : ACNE
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Back muscle, in brief : LAT
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Prefix with warrior : ECO
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Negative conjunction : NOR

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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