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New York Times, Friday, October 1, 2021

Its players never want to be at the top

Author:
Jim Horne and Jeff Chen
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FJXZ} Grid has diagonal symmetry. This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Horne. This is puzzle # 123 for Mr. Chen.
Jeff Chen notes:
Jim Horne curates our Grid Art page, which is one of my favorites, so we figured, why not try to add something cool to it? What, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

This mini-theme is one that even I could understand. "Atomic batteries to power! Turbines to speed!" DA-da-da-da-DA-da-da-da...

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© 2021, The New York Times10/1/21 ( No. 26,260 )
Across
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Barrel of fun? : KEG
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Like Marcia, among the "Brady Bunch" daughters : ELDEST
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No longer following : LOST
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Diminutive suffix in Spanish : ITO
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Cry at sea : LANDHO
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Jay-Z's "___ the Next One" : ONTO
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Fictional home with a secret basement : WAYNEMANOR
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"___: Hawaii" (TV spinoff) : NCIS
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Whom Sarah had in her early 90s : ISAAC
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Super group : AVENGERS
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Part of FWIW : ITS
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Part of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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Pacific evergreen with orange-red bark : MADRONA
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___ Lynch, first African American woman to serve as U.S. attorney general : LORETTA
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Put away : ATE
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Range of consideration, metaphorically : RADARSCREEN
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Activity with a rake : CRAPSGAME
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Good name for a wrestler? : MATT
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Badger : RIDE
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Some corporate holdings, for short? : MBAS
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Open ___ : MRI
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Hydration locations : OASES
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Some formal promises : IDOS
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Open ___ : MIC
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Its products often come with Allen keys : IKEA
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Where uniforms are worn with sweaters? : GYMCLASS
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Environmentally friendly way to travel : SOLARCAR
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Soviet fighter jets : MIGS
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Locale below 17-Across, as suggested by three images in this puzzle's grid : THEBATCAVE
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Keeps informed, in a way : BCCS
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___ urbis conditae : ANNO
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Cartoon character who says "Come over here, you skwewy wabbit!" : ELMER
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Cover-up in old Rome : TOGA
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Completely, after "in" : TOTO
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Does some crime scene work : DUSTS
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Sample collector, maybe : QTIP
Down
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This will never fly : KIWI
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Headwinds can push them back, in brief : ETAS
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His "La Maja Desnuda" was never publicly shown in his lifetime : GOYA
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Members of a certain college : ELECTORS
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Flight : LAM
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It's self-replicating : DNA
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First name of the poet whose "candle burns at both ends" : EDNA
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Past the approval stage, in construction slang : SHOVELREADY
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They don't put up with any bull : TOREROS
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Enduring : LONGTERM
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Years back : ONCE
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Not remain completely asleep : STIR
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Caber ___ (Scottish athletic event) : TOSS
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Depilatory brand : NAIR
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Snitch (on) : NARC
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Hitch or glitch : SNAG
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Econ subfield : MACRO
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Sunlit spaces : ATRIA
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Like the loser's locker room after a stunning upset : DEADSILENT
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Driver around a lot? : ADAM
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An eagle is the most common one in the U.S. : TEAMMASCOT
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Its players never want to be at the top : TETRIS
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Foolery : ANTICS
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Written designs that are also readable when flipped or rotated : AMBIGRAMS
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Cry to a baby : PEEKABOO
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Jaime ___ a.k.a. the Bionic Woman : SOMMERS
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Some hospital supplies : SERA
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College dept. : SCI
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Made a move : ACTED
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Inits. that often precede "+" : LGBTQ
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"Now!" : STAT
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"This can't be happening ..." : OHNO
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Org. with a list of Supreme Court cases on its website : ACLU
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Old pro : VET
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"Star Wars" staple, for short : CGI
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Fool : SAP

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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