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STRESSED OUT

New York Times, Sunday, January 5, 2020

Author:
Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Will Nediger

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 66 Missing: {KQXZ} This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Nediger. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Will Nediger, of London, Ontario, is a professional crossword constructor and writer of trivia questions. He's a regular contributor to National Academic Quiz Tournaments, which supplies ... read more
Will Nediger notes:
It was really tough to come up with a good set of themers for this one. To be as consistent as possible, I wanted all the themers to involve words that become an etymologically-related ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's a shame that this one comes so close on the heels of another stress-change puzzle. I enjoyed Will Nediger's today, although it didn't feel as creative since there are tons of lists ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 0105 ( 25,625 )
Across
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Stuffs with bacon, say : LARDS
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Convention handouts : SWAG
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Second of the 10 biblical plagues : FROGS
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Mission-driven org. : NASA
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Underway : AFOOT
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Congress person : AIDE
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Ancient neighbor of Lydia : IONIA
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Intl. group founded in 1960 with five members : OPEC
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"We can't hear you in the back, Johannes!"? : PROJECTGUTENBERG
26
Winter leaf covering : HOAR
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"Oops, my bad!" : SOSORRY
28
Fixtures at most airport lounges nowadays : TVS
29
Boston ___ (Sam Adams offering) : ALE
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Place to fill up in Canada : ESSO
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Not just -er : EST
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Canal trouble : EARACHE
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Triage sites, briefly : ERS
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Brown in a Food Network kitchen : ALTON
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Not leave alone : DOG
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Put on a production of a classic Sondheim musical? : PRESENTCOMPANY
41
Subjects of "birds and bees" talks : URGES
44
Knowledgeable about : UPON
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Pirate's chant : YOHOHO
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Scottish cap : TAM
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What composers do when they add the finishing touches? : PERFECTSCORES
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Lets out : UNREELS
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Put away, as a sword : SHEATHE
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"What's the ___?" : DIF
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Place to park at the bar : STOOL
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Police, informally : HEAT
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Comedian Andre with a self-named Adult Swim show : ERIC
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Russian assembly : DUMA
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Super-duper : ULTRA
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Western Hemisphere grp. : OAS
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What workers at the sticker factory do? : PRODUCELABELS
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___ Royal Highness : HER
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Words before "Remember" and "Forget" in song titles : TRYTO
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Shooter of arrows : EROS
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Code part : GENE
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Brown in the kitchen : SEAR
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Scarfs (down) : WOLFS
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Do some pogoing : HOP
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French France : ANATOLE
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Jackson nicknamed the "Queen of Gospel" : MAHALIA
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Shorten words like "forecastle" and "boatswain"? : CONTRACTTERMS
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Equal : ARE
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Stretching muscle : TENSOR
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Certain yearling : COLT
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What a private detective might photograph : TRYST
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Ignore what you have in reserve while taking inventory? : DISCOUNTSTORES
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Morn's counterpart : EEN
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Assignment that might have a page limit : ESSAY
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#MeToo ___ : ERA
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Underground places with bats : DUGOUTS
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Anti-bullying spot, for short : PSA
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Toiling away : ATIT
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Computing pioneer Lovelace : ADA
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Side dish with kalua pig : POI
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Betrays a sibling, say : TATTLES
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Statistician's worry : BIAS
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Encouragement at an N.B.A. mixer? : CONVERSEALLSTARS
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Irish novelist O'Brien : EDNA
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Pull : TUGON
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Lake near London : ERIE
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Country ruled only by kings named Tupou since 1845 : TONGA
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Obstacle to overcome : TEST
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Loses sleep (over) : STEWS
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Hinge (on) : RELY
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Made a choice : OPTED
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Mental slip-up : LAPSE
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Hairstyles for Pam Grier and Angela Davis : AFROS
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Take a break from flying, say : ROOST
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Martial arts center : DOJO
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Audiophile's purchase : STEREOSET
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Nymph pursuer : SATYR
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Drag wear : WIG
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Soccer phenom Freddy : ADU
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Be nominated : GETTHENOD
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Some scuba gear : FINS
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Overcharge ridiculously : ROB
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In the world : ONEARTH
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Samoa salesperson : GIRLSCOUT
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Worth heeding : SAGE
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Utterly useless : NOHELP
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Nonbeliever, now : APOSTATE
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Not always available : SEASONAL
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Nascar and FIFA, e.g. : ACRONYMS
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Ibex's perch : CRAG
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Brinks : EVES
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Google Play buys : APPS
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Big snapper, informally : CROC
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Book of Mormon book : ENOS
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Ready for romance : AMOROUS
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Trim, in a way : DEFAT
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Spectacle : EYEFUL
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"I totally forgot!" : OHNO
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End result : UPSHOT
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Take up again, as a case : REHEAR
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Like foods said to be good for hangovers and bad for skin complexion : GREASY
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In ___ (not yet delivered) : UTERO
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Singer who was in 2018's "Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again" : CHER
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Has as a mount : RIDESON
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Right-angled joint : ELL
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"Quién ___?" (Spanish "Who knows?") : SABE
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Fateful day in 44 B.C. : IDES
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No purebred : CUR
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Cosmo, e.g. : MAG
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What's the big idea? : THEORY
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Dimensions : REALMS
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Something you don't want to be under : ARREST
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Noodle, for example : POOLTOY
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Colleague : COHORT
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Put on the books : ENACT
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Giving up time : LENT
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Carrier until 2001 : TWA
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Rudder's place : STERN
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Place : LIEU
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Dispersed, as a search party : FANNEDOUT
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Retro Chrysler : PTCRUISER
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Corroborates : ATTESTSTO
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Did some gambling : MADEABET
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Former Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand : ARISTIDE
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Defenders in the Battle of Trenton : HESSIANS
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___ Nostra : COSA
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Film director Nicolas : ROEG
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Tangent introducer : ALSO
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Funny : STRANGE
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Watched a kitty : CATSAT
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Target of an air freshener : ODOR
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Series finale abbr. : ETAL
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Baseball's Chase : UTLEY
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Confederate in an audience : PLANT
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Ridged fabric : SERGE
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Syrian strongman : ASSAD
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Doesn't just sit : ACTS
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Writers might click them : PENS
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Sporty roof feature : TTOP
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Solemn statement : VOW
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Poetic "before" : ERE
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Feel bad : AIL

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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