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New York Times, Monday, October 25, 2021

Former CNN anchor with a true-crime series on the Investigation Discovery channel

Author:
Damon Gulczynski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQWX} This is puzzle # 42 for Mr. Gulczynski.
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times10/25/21 ( No. 26,284 )
Across
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Wood strip : LATH
5
Circus animal balancing a ball on its nose : SEAL
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Cook, as vegetables : STEAM
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Farmland measure : ACRE
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___ Major (the Big Dipper) : URSA
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Issue to discuss : TOPIC
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Former CNN anchor with a true-crime series on the Investigation Discovery channel : PAULAZAHN
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Apple tablets : IPADS
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Shrimp dish : SCAMPI
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On the ocean : ASEA
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German article : EIN
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Places where kids can feed goats and sheep : PETTINGZOOS
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College entrance exams : SATS
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"Approximately speaking" : ORSO
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Obsolescent TV hookup : VCR
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Annoying : PESKY
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Round trips? : ORBITS
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Classic Nintendo character named after F. Scott Fitzgerald's wife : PRINCESSZELDA
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Like Mr. Spock's ears : POINTY
44
Failed epically : ATEIT
45
Hoppy quaff, in brief : IPA
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Body part that a Manx cat lacks : TAIL
48
Western lily : SEGO
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Warsaw currency : POLISHZLOTY
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Neighbor of Syria: Abbr. : LEB
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___ (the Jet) Walker, Basketball Hall-of-Famer : CHET
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Long-haired, pot-smoking 1960s stereotype : HIPPIE
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Eyelashes : CILIA
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So simple ... like 17-, 24-, 40- and 52-Across? : EASYPEASY
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Ballpark purchase in a bun : FRANK
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Study, study, study : CRAM
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Tennis great Arthur : ASHE
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Overhang : LEDGE
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Eyelid affliction : STYE
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Warty fly-catcher : TOAD
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Unwanted gaps : LAPSES
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Thorny tree : ACACIA
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School skipper : TRUANT
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Captain's post : HELM
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"The World of ___ Wong" : SUZIE
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Timeline segment : ERA
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Wood for a baseball bat : ASH
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Hawaiian porches : LANAIS
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Larsson who wrote the "Millennium" trilogy : STIEG
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November birthstone : TOPAZ
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Smog-monitoring org. : EPA
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Lend a hand : AID
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Ones making introductions, in brief : MCS
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TikTok, Instagram or Google's Find My Device : APP
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Kind of alarm often activated in the morning : SNOOZE
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Puff from a pipe or cigarette : TOKE
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It's hoisted on a brig in high winds : TRYSAIL
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"Ars Amatoria" poet : OVID
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Twice tetra- : OCTA
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Many takers of 30-Across: Abbr. : SRS
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Whirl or twirl : SPIN
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Sinus doc : ENT
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Grim Reaper's implement : SCYTHE
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Big retailer of outdoor gear : REI
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Three-ingredient sandwiches, for short : BLTS
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Law officers, in slang : POPO
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Iranian money : RIAL
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Normandy battle site in W.W. II : STLO
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Backup singer for Gladys Knight : PIP
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Montezuma's people : AZTECS
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Only major Texas city on Mountain Time : ELPASO
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Performer in a kimono : GEISHA
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Did as directed : OBEYED
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Sweet cake topper : ICING
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Malted, e.g. : SHAKE
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Spice whose name consists of two consecutive pronouns : THYME
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Bark like a lap dog : YIP
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Fuel from a bog : PEAT
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North-of-the-border sports org. : CFL
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Fury : IRE
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Young fellow : LAD
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Good name for a museum curator? : ART
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"___ what?" : SAY

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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