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New York Times, Monday, January 31, 2022

Fit for military service

Author:
Eric Bornstein
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKQXZ} This is puzzle # 9 for Mr. Bornstein.
Eric Bornstein notes:

I don't have too much to say about this one. I hope you enjoyed solving!

Jeff Chen notes:
PARTING WORDS, literally parted by a black square. So delightfully self-referential! Great way to make a "hidden words" theme stand ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times1/31/22 ( No. 26,382 )
Across
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Fertile soil : LOAM
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Send too many emails : SPAM
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Infuriate : ANGER
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Pay to get in a card game : ANTE
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"Night" author Wiesel : ELIE
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Totally pointless : NOUSE
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Inverted pose seen in break dancing and yoga : HEADSTAND
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Sports network that airs "Courtside Cinema" : NBATV
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With 21-Across, broadcast unit that may operate with 50,000 watts : RADIO
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See 20-Across : STATION
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Chowder morsel : CLAM
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Misled deliberately : LIEDTO
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With 30-Across, numbers displayed in rows and columns : DATA
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See 27-Across : TABLE
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Locale for a home garden : YARD
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Open room with natural light : ATRIUM
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Others : REST
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The present : NOW
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Renders null : VOIDS
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Jar cover : LID
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2010s White House family name : OBAMA
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Little hellion : IMP
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Ink stain : BLOT
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"Mad Money" host Jim : CRAMER
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Fine sediment : SILT
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With 51-Across, long-lasting cover for a house : SLATE
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See 49-Across : ROOF
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Life or Lucky Charms : CEREAL
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Smart guy? : ALEC
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With 58-Across, what this puzzle's circled letters are ... or what they're doing : PARTING
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See 56-Across : WORDS
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Biden's debate opponent in 2008 : PALIN
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Fell asleep quickly : PASSEDOUT
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Iridescent gems : OPALS
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Great burden : ONUS
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Online marketplace for crafts : ETSY
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Secret meeting between lovers : TRYST
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"Is the ___ Catholic?" : POPE
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Location : SITE
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Bert who played the Cowardly Lion : LAHR
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Fit for military service : ONEA
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Not much : ATAD
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Federal program for health care coverage : MEDICAID
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Mathematical grouping : SET
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Blood bank donation : PLASMA
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"___ No Sunshine" (Bill Withers classic) : AINT
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Won gold, silver or bronze : MEDALLED
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Little redhead in a long-running Broadway show : ANNIE
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Fake name given by Odysseus to the Cyclops : NOBODY
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Cuba's ___ Bay : GUANTANAMO
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Winter setting in N.Y.C. : EST
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Fire (up) : REV
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Fifth note in an octave scale : SOL
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Traditional Father's Day gifts : TIES
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Cash withdrawal spot, in brief : ATM
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Start of Juliet's "What's in a name?" speech : OROMEO
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Actress Viola of "Fences" : DAVIS
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Invisibly small : ATOMIC
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Impressive feat in baseball : TRIPLEPLAY
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Water filter brand : BRITA
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Dopey or Sneezy : DWARF
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Kind of computer port, for short : USB
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Home of the Raptors, on scoreboards : TOR
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Something to lick on a stick : LOLLIPOP
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Checkout lines? : BARCODES
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Exam for an aspiring atty. : LSAT
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Collectible toon image : CEL
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Hiking paths : TRAILS
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Touches base before running home, say : TAGSUP
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Iowa senator Joni : ERNST
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Lamb's mother : EWE
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One-billionth: Prefix : NANO
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Unleavened flatbread in Indian cuisine : ROTI
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Makeup of some "bunnies" : DUST
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Affliction that aptly rhymes with "eye" : STYE
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Cauldron : POT
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Figure that a bank charges for a loan, for short : APR
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180° from NNW : SSE

Answer summary: 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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