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New York Times, Saturday, October 23, 2021

Author:
Sam Ezersky
Editor:
Will Shortz
Drawing of the body without its skin, from the French
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Sam Ezersky

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 29 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 45 for Mr. Ezersky.
Sam Ezersky notes:
I'm a THEMELESS JUNKIE (15). This isn't news to the real ones who've solved my stuff for years. According to XWord Info, more than 60% ... read more
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Sam is a recent college grad and thus roughly three orders of magnitude hipper than me. I often have trouble with his themelesses, ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times10/23/21 ( No. 26,282 )
Across
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Questions of surprise? : POPQUIZ
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Certain native of the Mideast : EMIRATI
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Like cranks : GROUCHY
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Indian spice mixes : MASALAS
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Duraflame product : FIRELOG
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Cause of a decrease in the cost of gasoline : OILGLUT
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Contents of some wells : INK
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Literally, "one who is sent off" : APOSTLE
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___ Chinmoy, onetime Indian spiritual leader : SRI
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Pass it on! : LORE
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Law school subject : ETHICS
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What's mixed with bismuth, lead and cadmium to make cerrosafe : TIN
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A host of, in brief : MCING
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"Stronger With ___ Tear," 2009 hit album for Mary J. Blige : EACH
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Fail badly : TANK
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Words of acceptance : SOBEIT
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"Is this such a good idea?" : DOIDARE
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Request from a host : RSVP
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Where I-25 meets I-40: Abbr. : NMEX
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Pippi Longstocking feature : PIGTAIL
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Things on the heads of some outlaws : PRICES
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Controvert : DENY
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Dix minus un : NEUF
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Pass through D.C.? : ENACT
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___ and ran : ATE
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L.A. jazz venue where Thelonious Monk recorded a live album, with "the" : ITCLUB
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Get : GROK
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Duds at an awards ceremony, maybe : TUX
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They've got to hand it to you : DEALERS
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___-tip (beef cut) : TRI
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Quickly and soon : INAWINK
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Headliner : LEADACT
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"Oh, that's good!" : NICEONE
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Sunblock blocks it : UVLIGHT
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Manor house attendant : GATEMAN
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Some charges for animal lovers : PETFEES
Down
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Standard Disney fare : PGFILMS
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River with the second-largest discharge volume in the New World, after the Amazon : ORINOCO
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BBQ specialty : PORKRIB
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"Por ___?" : QUE
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First sch. to win 100 N.C.A.A. titles : UCLA
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[knock on wood] : IHOPE
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Baby-to-be : ZYGOTE
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Face of the internet? : EMOTICON
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Online marketing giant with a primate in its logo : MAILCHIMP
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Some vacation getaways : ISLES
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Low-quality paper : RAG
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Likely M.V.P. candidate : ALLSTAR
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Bullish : TAURINE
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Cry of ineptitude : ISTINK
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Popular baitfish : SHAD
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Potential topic to discuss in science class? : ENERGY
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Meat : GIST
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Strenuous : TAXING
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Rabbit ears : TVANTENNA
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"Wot's dat over ___?" : DERE
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Hybrid Thanksgiving dessert : PIECAKEN
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Flower in the nightshade family : PETUNIA
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Rounded, say : INEXACT
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Quiet period : LULL
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Charge for some truckers : CARTAGE
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Drawing of the body without its skin, from the French : ECORCHE
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One of the Lesser Antilles : STKITTS
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Kind of pool : DATING
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Go from E to F : FUELUP
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Challenge for a language learner : IDIOM
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Musical equivalent of two whole notes : BREVE
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What halophobia is the fear of : SALT
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Baby : WEE
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"What's the ___?" : DIF

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle.

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