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New York Times, Sunday, January 30, 2022

Marilyn Monroe wore a fuchsia one while singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"

Author:
Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 137, Blocks: 81 This is puzzle # 48 for Mr. Trudeau.
Will Shortz notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times1/30/22 ( No. 26,381 )
Across
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Rock subgenre named for its vocal aesthetic : SCREAMO
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Like some space-saving beds : FOLDUP
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Styles that are picked, informally : FROS
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Amateur : INEXPERT
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Disinclined (to) : AVERSE
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Royal figure of sci-fi : LEIA
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Grammy for Kendrick Lamar's "DAMN." or Cardi B's "Invasion of Privacy" : BESTRAPALBUM
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Shuts down : CEASES
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American, abroad : YANK
26
Apt name for a worrier : STU
27
Moving toward equilibrium, in biology : OSMOSING
29
Legerdemain : TRICKS
31
Horse color : ROAN
34
Prepares for a Ms. Olympia competition, say : OILSUP
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Tiny foragers : ANTS
37
"Here's an example ..." : FORINSTANCE
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Insect with distinctive pincers : EARWIG
44
Without stop : ONEND
45
Subj. for some future bilinguals : ESL
46
Sources of music in musicals : ORCHESTRAPITS
50
Splinter group : SECT
51
Brewing brothers : TRAPPISTS
54
Capital of Japan's Hyogo Prefecture : KOBE
55
It might be broken in overtime : TIE
56
Waits to publish, as an article : SITSON
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Second-rate : TWOBIT
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Pronoun pairing : SHEHER
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Loop trains : ELS
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Hornswoggle : ROOK
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De-creased : IRONED
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Luxury Hyundai : AZERA
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"Still da ___" (Trina title track of 2008) : BADDEST
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Fluster : UNNERVE
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Kind of squash : ACORN
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One using cloves or garlic : SPICER
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What gets filled at a shell station? : TACO
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Monthly condition, for short : PMS
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Hairstyle protectors : DORAGS
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Tabbouleh topping : TAHINI
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Build, as interest : ACCRUE
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Kind of test : DNA
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Board figure, informally : EXEC
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Recipe unit : ONECUP
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Goddess in a peacock-drawn chariot : HERA
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Marilyn Monroe wore a fuchsia one while singing "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend" : STRAPLESSGOWN
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Beverage that was a medieval source of nutrition : ALE
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___ President : MADAM
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Literary protagonist raised by wolves : MOWGLI
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"The Sound of Music" household : VONTRAPPFAMILY
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"Horned" creature : TOAD
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Turn one's back on : DISOWN
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Laces (into) : RIPS
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Apelike : SIMIAN
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University of Montana city : MISSOULA
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Weasel word? : POP
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___ Fielding, co-host of "The Great British Bake Off" beginning in 2017 : NOEL
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Suffering from a losing streak, in poker slang : ONTILT
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Secret exits represented five times in this puzzle's grid : TRAPDOORS
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"Bus Stop" playwright : INGE
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Camping shelter : LEANTO
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Advocates : ESPOUSES
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Romanov ruler : TSAR
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Vulnerable : ATRISK
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Most likely to inspire "thirst" : SEXIEST
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Twins, e.g., for short : SIBS
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Site with tech tutorials : CNET
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Gets out of a grave situation? : RESURRECTS
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Scores for placekickers : EXTRAPOINTS
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Mental health org. : APA
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They're thumped at supermarkets : MELONS
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Balls : ORBS
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Overly simplistic : FACILE
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Bake-off equipment : OVENS
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Major-___ (pro ballplayer) : LEAGUER
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OB/GYNs, e.g. : DRS
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Application : USE
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Royal pain : PEST
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Circus apparatus : FLYINGTRAPEZE
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Laugh or cry, say : REACT
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"Old MacDonald Had a Farm" sounds : OINKS
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N.Y.C. retailer with a famed holiday window display : SAKS
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Rum ___ Tugger (cat in "Cats") : TUM
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Like a romantic evening stroll, perhaps : MOONLIT
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[someone else's error] : SIC
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Cause chaos : RAISEHAVOC
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"That's it?" : AND
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Camping shelter : PACKTENT
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Only person to win an Oscar, Emmy and Tony in the same year (1973) : FOSSE
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Kitty ___, stunt performer once known as the "fastest woman in the world" : ONEIL
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Four-limbed animals : TETRAPODS
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"Raiders of the Lost Ark" biter : ASP
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Plato's P : RHO
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Halloween decorations that can be made with cotton balls : WEBS
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Heavy metal's "Prince of Darkness" : OSBOURNE
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"Am ___ only one?" : ITHE
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Level : TIER
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Some skin-care products : SERA
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Power up : SWITCHON
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A.L. East squad: Abbr. : TOR
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Slice, for one : ORANGESODA
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Give the ___ : NOD
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Stopover : INN
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Put on ice : KEPTCOLD
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Traffic control org. : DEA
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Disco ___ (iconic garment for Lady Gaga) : BRA
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"Chandelier" singer, 2014 : SIA
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Longtime record label : RCA
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Annexes : ADDS
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Rube Goldberg machines, e.g. : CONTRAPTIONS
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Like some vaccines : ORAL
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A, in Berlin : EIN
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Incline : PREDISPOSE
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Expansive work of art, usually : MURAL
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Disreputable : SEAMY
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Annual Austin festival, familiarly : SXSW
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"This is too much" : ICANNOT
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One to be dethroned : CHAMP
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One being coddled, maybe : EGG
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Lacking any adulteration : ULTRAPURE
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Zing : PEP
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One who may have attachment issues? : EMAILER
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Small Nintendo console, once : WIIMINI
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Spring month in France : MAI
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___ 1, Yuri Gagarin's spacecraft : VOSTOK
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Cries in a tattoo parlor : OWS
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Frothy coffee invented in Greece : FRAPPE
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Sign of resistance : OMEGA
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Some bank deposits : SILTS
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Foul mood : SNIT
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Pelicans' home, informally : NOLA
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Girl in a tartan : LASS
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Miner discoveries : ORES
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Relative of "Hey!" : PSST
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March Madness "trophy" : NET
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Road goo : TAR
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Maliciously reveal personal info about online : DOX
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"Mais ___!" : OUI

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

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