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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

New York Times, Sunday, January 9, 2022

Tom Petty hit with the opening line "She's a good girl, loves her mama"

Author:
Timothy Polin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Timothy Polin

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 76 Missing: {Q} Scrabble average: 1.72 This is puzzle # 55 for Mr. Polin.
Will Shortz notes:
Timothy Polin, of Central City, Pa., has been making crosswords for The Times since 2011. This is his 55th one for the paper and his eighth Sunday. He specializes in puzzles with visuals ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
There are a ton of elements in this puzzle. Did they all hit you on the head? Five types of apples falling onto NEWTON. I love how Tim stood NEWTON vertically, getting at the ROME apple ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times1/9/22 ( No. 26,360 )
Across
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Disseminated : SOWN
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JPEG alternative : GIF
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Quick-witted : NIMBLE
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"Forbidden fruit is the sweetest," e.g. : ADAGE
19
Kind of writing : CREATIVE
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Hurting more : ACHIER
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Mineral used as a flame retardant : BORAX
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Aromatic herbal drink : ANISETEA
24
Carmen McRae or Anita O'Day, notably : JAZZVOCALIST
26
Disorganized : RAGTAG
27
Sound in the Serengeti : ROAR
29
Tying words? : IDO
30
Horrible boss, say : OGRE
31
Neighbor of S. Sudan : ETH
32
Endpoint of a Shinto pilgrimage : MOUNTFUJI
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What's going up in Chicago? : ELTRAIN
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And so forth : ETC
40
Munchkin : TOT
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Spade with a short handle? : SAM
42
Morse morsel : DAH
43
You can have a blast with this : TNT
44
"Yes, indeedy!" : YOUBET
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___ volente : DEO
49
Makes clearer, in a way : DEFOGS
51
1997 pop hit with a nonsensical refrain : MMMBOP
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Fete : GALAAFFAIR
56
Anago, on a sushi menu : SEAEEL
57
In ___ fertilization : VIVO
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With 59-Across, flag bearers, for short? : NFL
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See 58-Across : REFS
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Clap back : RETORT
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Many moons : AGES
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Chaired : RAN
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Many, many, many moons : EONS
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Subj. line heading : ATTN
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Birthplace of five U.S. presidents, with "the" : EMPIRESTATE
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German title : FRAU
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Like discriminatory employers, often : SUED
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Just roll with it! : DIE
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See 88-Across : SLIM
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Eliminates, mob-style : WHACKS
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Driving stick? : PROD
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___ out a victory : EKE
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Pack (in) : TAMP
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Fracases : MELEES
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Start of some conventional wisdom : WHENINROME
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With 76-Across, Mexican business magnate who was once the world's richest person : CARLOS
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Means of a quick recharge : CATNAP
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"___ funny!" : TOO
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Fab : TERRIF
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Akin to : ALA
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Rapper ___ Cudi or DJ ___ Loco : KID
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Comprehension : KEN
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Domain of Mars : WAR
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Boise-to-Spokane dir. : NNW
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Post-default event : TAXSALE
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"Eureka!" : IGETITNOW
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"That's the spot" : AAH
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Kinda : ABIT
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Lunkhead : OAF
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Court order : WRIT
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Red accessory for cartoondom's Huckleberry Hound : BOWTIE
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Scientific contribution from 98-Down, discovered in a manner suggested by this puzzle's theme : LAWOFGRAVITY
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Crow's-nests, e.g. : LOOKOUTS
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One living in the rial world? : OMANI
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Lingerie fabric : TRICOT
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Blights : EYESORES
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More mirthful : GAYER
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Defiant refusal : HECKNO
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___ Plaines, Ill. : DES
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Start of a story, in journalese : LEDE
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Cause of a jolt : SCARE
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Really busy, perhaps : ORNATE
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It's nothing to joke about : WEIGHTYMATTER
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Artist known for his lampooning cartooning : NAST
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Startin' place : GITGO
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"___ moved on" : IVE
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Calming words : FEARNOT
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Holy city near Baghdad : NAJAF
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Hardly a lover of hot wings? : ICARUS
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Radio frequency meas. : MHZ
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Ad or show follower : BIZ
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___ P. Morton, Benjamin Harrison's vice president : LEVI
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Lost deposits, as a bank? : ERODED
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Attorney's org. : ABA
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Sorrow : DOLOR
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Thank you, in Tokyo : ARIGATO
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Stovetop device : GASRING
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Breadths : EXTENTS
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Sled dogs, e.g. : TEAM
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Word in some cocktail names : COLADA
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Baseball's "Master Melvin" : OTT
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Westernmost sch. in Conference USA : UTEP
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Actress ___ Pinkett Smith : JADA
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"Er ... umm ..." : IMEAN
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Nonbinary possessive : THEIR
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Game show invitation : COMEONDOWN
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Modern lead-in to "X" : UBER
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Got out fast : BOLTED
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Exit : OFFRAMP
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Tom Petty hit with the opening line "She's a good girl, loves her mama" : FREEFALLIN
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Rendezvous : MEETUP
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Nickname for Virginia : GIGI
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Declare : AVER
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Is beaten by : LOSESTO
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You might take a lift to one : FLAT
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Married mujeres: Abbr. : SRAS
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All-in-one purchase from a smoke shop : VAPEKIT
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Unforgettable, unstoppable sort : FORCEOFNATURE
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They're not to be trusted : SNAKES
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Julie who played Catwoman on old TV : NEWMAR
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Puzzle (out) : SUSS
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Personal bearing : MIEN
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Strong pan : SLAM
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Hard thing to do? : TIME
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German title : HERR
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Capital of Bangladesh : DHAKA
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Mushroom in miso soup : ENOKI
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Afterword : EPILOG
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Nicolas who directed "The Man Who Fell to Earth" : ROEG
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Lab where the Higgs boson particle was discovered : CERN
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Inventory : CATALOG
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"My Cousin Vinny" setting : ALABAMA
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Airport route : TAXIWAY
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Squealed : TATTLED
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Opposite of a glut : DEARTH
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Who was famously hit over the head with inspiration? : NEWTON
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Tech release of 2006 : WII
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Didn't act rashly, say : WAITED
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Pit : STONE
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Words before relax or remember : TRYTO
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Small section of a pit : OBOES
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Bowl-shaped cooking vessels : WOKS
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German state that includes Frankfurt : HESSE
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Manage : FARE
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What's got ewe covered? : WOOL
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Hemlock relative : FIR
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Old ___ (London theater) : VIC
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Gag line? : ICK
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Spanish "hey!" : OYE

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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