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New York Times, Sunday, January 9, 2022

Form of nepotism, symbolically

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Sunday, December 26, 2021.
Author:
Christina Iverson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Christina Iverson

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 142, Blocks: 80 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 10 for Ms. Iverson.
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© 2021, The New York Times12/26/21 ( No. 26,346 )
Across
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Appoint : ORDAIN
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People of the Southwest : APACHE
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Wishy-washy response : IMIGHT
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Had the opportunity to, casually : COULDA
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Entertainment with a private audience? : USOTOUR
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Malice, more formally : MOTHER
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One wearing chapstick, perhaps : HORSEBACKRIDER
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Be up against : OPPOSE
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Poker variety similar to Texas hold 'em : OMAHA
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Counterpart of "Thx" : PLS
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Saves for later, in a way : TIVOS
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Ploy : RUSE
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Lost : ATSEA
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Antarctic coordinate : NORTHPOLE
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"A man has cause for ___ only when he sows and no one reaps": Charles Goodyear : REGRET
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Bit of tinder : TWIG
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First side to vote : YEAS
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___ course : PREP
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New York City transport stopping at Kennedy Airport : ATRAIN
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Beginning stage : GERM
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Prefix with thermal : GEO
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There might be a catch with this : MITT
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Blouse and broach, perhaps : PUBLICHOUSE
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Wet bar? : SOAP
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Form of nepotism, symbolically : SCHOOLTIES
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Herd member : EWE
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Sauce : BOOZE
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Place, as ceramic tiles : INSET
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Like autumn air : BRISK
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Person helping with a delivery : OBGYN
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Word before film and after clip : ART
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It has many beet and beef options : TRUEFALSETEST
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"___ Trois Petits Cochons" (French fable) : LES
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Sport at the Special Olympics : BOCCE
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G.I. ___ : TRACT
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Calling : NICHE
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Not be able to stand : ABHOR
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Ending with invent : IVE
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War and peace, in "War and Peace" : MAINTHEMES
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Like most dorms nowadays : COED
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Tickled : SPEARHEADED
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Focus of modern mining : DATA
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"___ be an honor!" : ITD
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They can be graphic : TEES
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Surround, as with light : ENHALO
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Considerations for N.C.A.A. eligibility : GPAS
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___ Wintour, longtime Vogue editor in chief : ANNA
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Spring locales : SPAS
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Takes by force : WRESTS
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Pop fly : SOFTDRINK
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Some family babysitters : NANAS
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Match : PAIR
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Sarge's boss : LOOIE
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A-number-one : TOP
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The Venetian way? : CANAL
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Alternative to Dropbox : ICLOUD
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Gradually fix something ... or what to do to understand this puzzle's italicized clues? : WORKOUTTHEBUGS
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Briefly, e.g. : CHEESE
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What's used to catch some waves : ANTENNA
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Supreme Egyptian god : AMENRA
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Bum out : SADDEN
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Famous cryptid, familiarly : NESSIE
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Intimates : GETSAT
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Number of sides on a sign reading "ALTO" : OCHO
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Space : ROOM
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___ mater (brain cover) : DURA
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Politico-turned-TV host : ALSHARPTON
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Form thoughts : IDEATE
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Catch : NAB
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Seeks a favor, say : ASKS
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___ favor : POR
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Working hard : ATIT
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Java activity : CODING
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Product from un ave : HUEVO
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Boo-boo : ERROR
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Texter's qualifier : IMO
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One might be put through the wringer : MOP
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Geek Squad members, e.g. : ITPROS
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"I can thrill you more than any ___ could ever dare try" ("Thriller" lyric) : GHOUL
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"The Glass Bead Game" author, 1943 : HESSE
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Pecan or peach : TREE
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Sch. where a live bear used to take the field during football games : UCLA
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Echo, perhaps : APE
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Pimple lookalikes : STYES
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It usually works in corners : STAPLER
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"Catch!" : HERE
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Baker's Joy alternative : PAM
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Record speeds, for short : RPMS
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Adams of New York City politics : ERIC
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Antelope, say : GETHITCHED
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Parable or allegory : TALE
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Devices with Nunchuks : WIIS
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Business news magazine : INC
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"For shame!" : TUTTUT
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Slugging stat : RBI
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Member of the inn crowd? : GUEST
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Approach for directions : GOOGLEMAPS
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Onetime collaborator with Ice Cube and Dr. Dre : EAZYE
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Some sports tournaments : OPENS
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Big name in women's hair and skin care : HERS
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Boo-boo : OWIE
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Word with story or sister : SOB
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Economist/author Emily : OSTER
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Screw up : BOTCH
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Relative of a club, for short : BLT
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Place for boarding : KENNEL
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You can count on them : ABACI
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Member of the modern work force : ROBOT
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Great Lakes natives : ERIES
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Kind of bean : FAVA
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Taiwanese electronics giant : ACER
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"I'm about to tell you something shocking" : SITDOWN
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Haddock relative : COD
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Doesn't put it all on one pony : HEDGESABET
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Suvari of "American Beauty" : MENA
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Sounds heard in 93-Across : AAHS
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Destructive 2021 hurricane : IDA
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Nouveau-Mexique, e.g. : ETAT
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Lip or cheek : SASS
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Put over the moon : SEND
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One hanging around Queen Elizabeth? : PEARL
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With it, in old slang : HEP
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"Snowpiercer" airer : TNT
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Sporting a certain natural style : AFROED
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Avoids : SKIRTS
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Tortoise's challenge to the hare : RACEME
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Nickname for the French Alexandre : SACHA
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No longer squeaky (one hopes!) : OILED
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John Wayne, by birth : IOWAN
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Who ran against George Washington for president : NOONE
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"___ chance!" : NOTA
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Letters that complete this word: _P_ROPRIA_E : APT
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Snaps : PICS
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Squeezes (out) : EKES
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Good thing to be in : TUNE
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Letters on dreidels : NUNS
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Taj Mahal's home : AGRA
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Exam that once required fingerprint identification, for short : LSAT
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Exercise : USE
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Animal house : DEN
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Demon of Japanese folklore : ONI
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Folklore villain : HAG

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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