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New York Times, Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Polynesian crop with medicinal properties

Author:
David W. Tuffs
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Tuffs.
David W. Tuffs notes:
This is my second puzzle in the New York Times, but it was the first one accepted. I sent it in while I was still filling my grids ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Neat finds! As a former "Star Wars" fanboy (pre-"Phantom Menace") I'm ashamed to say I never thought of LANDO in ORLANDO. There have ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times10/20/21 ( No. 26,279 )
Across
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Museum wings? : EMS
4
"Wonder Woman" actress Gadot : GAL
7
Novelty brand with the slogan "Watch it grow!" : CHIAPET
14
Got hitched : SAIDIDO
16
Jimi in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame : HENDRIX
17
"Who's your favorite roguish 'Star Wars' character? Han ___?" : ORLANDO
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"How famous is that actress? Is she unknown ___?" : ORALIST
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Partner of born : BRED
20
AOL, e.g., in brief : ISP
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Actor Wilson : OWEN
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One, in Berlin : EINS
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Fashion line : SEAM
26
Have a fight : ARGUE
29
One of several in a Venn diagram : SET
30
Genre of the "Broken Earth" trilogy by N. K. Jemisin : FANTASY
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Permissive : LAX
33
Fixing a faucet or mending a fence, say : ODDJOB
35
Dramatic segment : ACT
36
Running event : MEET
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"How do you handle losing? Do you feel calm ___?" : ORANGERED
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Flu fighter : SHOT
43
2018 Pixar short about a dumpling boy : BAO
44
Plaza de la Raza locale in SoCal : EASTLA
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"Mazel ___!" : TOV
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Most prone to preening : VAINEST
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Unedited : RAW
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Work of art : PIECE
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Flippers : FINS
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Polynesian crop with medicinal properties : KAVA
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Where to find lots of Letts : RIGA
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Hound sound : ARF
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Declare : AVER
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"What's the best way to spend less on shopping? Coupons ___?" : ORDEALS
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"What kind of greens do you want? Spinach ___?" : ORCHARD
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Active during the day : DIURNAL
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Like the king of the jungle : LEONINE
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Envoy's workplace : EMBASSY
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Latin law : LEX
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Director Spike : LEE
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1962 Paul Anka hit : ESOBESO
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Got hitched : MARRIED
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Handsome trait? : SILENTD
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Drink flavored with juniper berries : GIN
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Capital of Ethiopia : ADDISABABA
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Let out a notch, perhaps : LOOSEN
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Actor John who plays Sulu in "Star Trek" films : CHO
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Knight in shining armor : HERO
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"Ish" : INAWAY
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Irene who's central to the scandal of "A Scandal in Bohemia" : ADLER
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Chip in a tube : PRINGLE
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German winter hazard : EIS
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Palindromic alternative to .exe : TXT
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Root beer brand : DADS
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Southern part of South America : PATAGONIA
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Weapon with a heavy head : MACE
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Home of the Burj Khalifa, for short : UAE
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Office no. : EXT
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In favor of : FOR
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Like a day off, ideally : STRESSFREE
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Write (down) : JOT
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Some O.R. and E.R. staffers : MDS
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Credulous sort : NAIF
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Swallow : EAT
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Valvoline rival : STP
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___ polloi : HOI
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Augment, as a musical track : OVERDUB
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Labor : TRAVAIL
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With 64-Down, noted trans activist and actress : LAVERNE
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One accepting an Oscar, e.g. : AWARDEE
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Ones unlikely to enjoy the land of milk and honey? : VEGANS
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Register : ENROLL
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Olds of old : CIERA
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"Blazing Saddles" actress Madeline : KAHN
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"So it goes" : ALAS
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Bobbie Gentry's "___ to Billie Joe" : ODE
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Salted part of a margarita glass : RIM
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Crafty : SLY
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See 46-Down : COX

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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