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New York Times, Monday, October 11, 2021

What may have the solution to your vision problems?

Author:
Ben Pall
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Pall.
Ben Pall notes:
I'm jazzed to return to the pages of the Times after *nine* years away. A lot can change in nine years. Back in 2012, I was a high ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Surprised to discover that there are so few X IT OR Y IT phrases out there. I could only think of "eat it or wear it," from "Tales of ... read more
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Large seashell : CONCH
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"Uncle ___ Wants You" : SAM
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Social influence : CLOUT
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Director Kurosawa : AKIRA
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Uncle: Sp. : TIO
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Reddish-brown dye : HENNA
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"This is my final offer" : TAKEITORLEAVEIT
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What may have the solution to your vision problems? : EYEDROP
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Sign up : ENLIST
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Attire for Caesar : TOGA
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Next-___ technology : GEN
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Like something that's polarizing : LOVEITORHATEIT
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Licoricelike flavoring : ANISE
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Mentions by name, in a tweet : TAGS
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Word after "That's my" or "right on" : CUE
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Opening of an article, in journalism lingo : LEDE
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Put off until later, as a motion : TABLE
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Lip service? : BALM
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King Kong or Donkey Kong : APE
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Forbidden action : NONO
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Official language of Iran : FARSI
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"Get out of the way!" : MOVEITORLOSEIT
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Bird in a barn : OWL
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Tip (over) : KEEL
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D.C. mayor Muriel : BOWSER
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Not-quite-in-shape male physiques : DADBODS
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Having no middle ground between success and failure : MAKEITORBREAKIT
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Country singer Steve : EARLE
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Try to win over romantically : WOO
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German river to the North Sea : RHINE
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Material for Cinderella's slipper : GLASS
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"On the Basis of ___" (film about Ruth Bader Ginsburg) : SEX
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Like some hills and prices : STEEP
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Actress Blanchett : CATE
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"Sure, why not" : OKAY
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Brand with a swoosh logo : NIKE
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Good reputation, in slang : CRED
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Ponytail necessity : HAIRTIE
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Halting, as rush-hour traffic : STOPGO
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Put on TV : AIR
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Small mammal that lives mostly underground : MOLE
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Homes in the Alps : CHALETS
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Adam ___, longtime panelist on "The Voice" : LEVINE
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Half of the digits in binary code : ONES
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Cubit or karat : UNIT
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Pic that might use 16-Across : TAT
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Play a trumpet, e.g. : TOOT
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Command to the helmsman from Jean-Luc Picard : ENGAGE
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Purchase at the Met museum, maybe : ARTBOOK
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In ___ land : LALA
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Time in New York when it's noon in Chicago : ONEPM
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Feature introduced to the iPhone in 2009 : VIDEO
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Opposite of WNW : ESE
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Rogue computer in "2001: A Space Odyssey" : HAL
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"You have my sympathy" : ICARE
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Former Hawaii representative Gabbard : TULSI
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Send off, as rays : EMIT
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W.C. : TOILET
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Tiny builder of tunnels and hills : ANT
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Some college grads, for short : BAS
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Hit 2012 musical about paperboys : NEWSIES
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Documents, Downloads, Desktop, etc. : FOLDERS
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A, E, I, O, U ... and sometimes Y : VOWELS
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Big name in DVD rental kiosks : REDBOX
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Titular Shakespearean king : LEAR
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Biblical false god : BAAL
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Vegetable used to thicken stews : OKRA
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Counterpart of columns : ROWS
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Thai currency : BAHT
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1930s migrant : OKIE
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Have a nice meal : DINE
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Any rung on a ladder : STEP
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Actress Ryan : MEG
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___ v. Wade : ROE

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