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Le Puzzle

New York Times, Sunday, October 2, 2022

Author:
Kathy Bloomer
Editor:
Will Shortz
"When will the leaky faucet get fixed?," e.g.?
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Kathy Bloomer

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Bloomer.
Will Shortz notes:
Kathy Bloomer, of Seattle, is a retired hospital pediatrician. Constructing crosswords developed out of her love for solving Diagramless puzzles, which involve a similar sort of logic. ... read more
Kathy Bloomer notes:
I got inspired to try crossword construction when Diagramless puzzles came along. They are a favorite of mine. When the NYT bought Wordle in January, I wanted to incorporate that somehow ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
BS METER yesterday, and today kicks off with ASSHAT? I FEEL OKAY about this, but I wonder if the old schoolers will demand that Will eat his shortz. My wife does approximately fifty-eight ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

In Jeff's list of -LE games, he missed the brilliant LETTERLE. Word length is one, and you have 26 chances to get it right.

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© 2022, The New York Times10/2/22 ( No. 26,626 )
Across
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Complete jerk : ASSHAT
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Experience equanimity : FEELOKAY
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Word with ghost or pirate : SHIP
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Inventor Tesla : NIKOLA
20
Champion : ADVOCATE
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Old-fashioned trial transcriber : STENO
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"When will the leaky faucet get fixed?," e.g.? : TRICKLEQUESTION
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"___ Speaks!" (Marx brother autobiography) : HARPO
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Equinox mo. : SEP
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PC key : ALT
27
Actor Astin : SEAN
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Spam generator : HORMEL
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Gridiron gains: Abbr. : YDS
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Bygone theater chain : LOEWS
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Lithe : SVELTE
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Spam containers : TINS
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Opposed to, in dialect : AGIN
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Song from back in the day : OLDIE
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German physicist with an eponymous law : OHM
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Focal points : LOCI
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Worldly : URBANE
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Hoot : RIOT
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Part of a how-to manual : STEP
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Oklahoma city named for a character in a Tennyson poem : ENID
48
Curt summons : SEEME
49
Remarks further : ADDS
50
It may be unlimited in a phone plan : DATA
51
One-named singer whose last name is Adkins : ADELE
52
Faulkner's "As ___ Dying" : ILAY
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Setting for a classic Agatha Christie novel : NILE
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Opt for "deluxe," say : PAYEXTRA
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Baby louse : NIT
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The brother in 24-Across, for one : MIME
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Harvester of the future : SOWER
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Potentially offensive, say : NOTPC
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Easy pill to swallow? : GELCAP
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Candy bar whose name is an exclamation : OHHENRY
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2015 inductee into the World Golf Hall of Fame : OMEARA
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Bloke : FELLA
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Covers, as the bill : FOOTS
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Labneh go-with : PITA
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Most popular dog breed in the U.S., familiarly : LAB
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Gives a whirl : ATTEMPTS
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Without: Lat. : SINE
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A bunch of : MANY
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Common stain on a baseball uniform : GRASS
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Adversaries : FOES
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Bit of spice, figuratively : KICK
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Writers not likely to win literary prizes : HACKS
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Floppy features of basset hounds : EARS
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Asset : PLUS
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Possible cause for road rage : HONK
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Boos : HONEYS
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Editorial override : STET
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Word before crow or dirt : EAT
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Prop for a painter : EASEL
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Former attorney general Holder : ERIC
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Salty droplet : TEAR
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Home to the University of Georgia : ATHENS
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Begins giving solid food, say : WEANS
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Green-lights : OKS
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Floating : ADRIFT
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Whip : CROP
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Imitate : APE
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Country bordering Oman, for short : UAE
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Versatile neutral shade : TAUPE
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Where you'd find sap for syrup? : ALLOVERTHEMAPLE
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Sam the ___ (patriotic Muppet) : EAGLE
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Condition treated with insulin : DIABETES
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Rang : CALLED
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Wedding invitation enclosure, in brief : SASE
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The other you : ALTEREGO
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Protests, in a way : KNEELS
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Fidgety : ANTSY
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Spawned : SIRED
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Says "John, Paul ... and Ringo"? : SKIPSABEATLE
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Post ___ (occurring after the event) : HOC
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Basic : ALKALINE
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Brewski : TALLONE
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Help page initialism : FAQ
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URL ender : EDU
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Times outside office hours, in personals : EVES
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Goes berserk : LOSESIT
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About 6.5 inches, on a standard piano : OCTAVE
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Virginia senator Tim : KAINE
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From ___ Z : ATO
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Currency that features "The Tale of Genji" on one of its bank notes : YEN
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Show up naked, perhaps? : STARTLEDATE
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Emma Watson's role in the Harry Potter films : HERMIONE
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Not marked permanently, say : INPENCIL
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Lounge chair location : POOLSIDE
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"Yellowjackets" airer, for short : SHO
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Summer abroad : ETE
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Plant fiber used to make some jewelry : HEMP
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M __ U __ H? : WORDLEOFMOUTH
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It's a slippery slope : SLIDE
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Loss of the winning ticket? : LOTTERYPICKLE
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A layoff, crudely : THEAX
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Like venison : GAMY
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Salon specialties : DOS
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Exploiting : USING
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Kind of map : RELIEF
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Leo with the 1977 #1 hit "You Make Me Feel Like Dancing" : SAYER
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Asset when playing cornhole : AIM
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New beginnings : DAWNS
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It may be vegetal or fruity : AROMA
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Lightly bite, as a pup : NIPAT
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Sappho and Mirabai : POETS
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Certain fed. security : TNOTE
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Alternatives to shakes : MALTS
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Drinks that are "slammed" : SHOTS
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King and queen? : PALACECOUPLE
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Exhibiting the effects of too little sleep, say : CRANKY
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The three R's? : CLASSTRIPLE
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Stays optimistic : HOPES
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Bottomless void : ABYSS
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Quill go-with : INK
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Note in the C minor scale : EFLAT
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Raw power : SINEW
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Salon job, informally : MANI
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Develops, as an idea : GESTATES
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Like some high-quality bonds : RATEDAAA
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They might tie the room together : AREARUGS
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Bout enders, for short : KOS
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Caballero, e.g. : HORSEMAN
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Bog contents : PEAT
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Hosts : HASOVER
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Nag : HENPECK
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Dress for graduation : ENROBE
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Razzle-dazzle : ECLAT
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Contented sigh : AAH
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Superman's birth name : KALEL
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A pomegranate can contain a few hundred of these : SEEDS
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Corkage ___ : FEE
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Name of either brother in a classic Nickelodeon sitcom : PETE
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Computing pioneer Lovelace : ADA
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Teeny : LIL
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Rule, informally : REG
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Menu eponym : TSO
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Pint contents : ALE

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle.

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