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New York Times, Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Flowering plant also known as horsemint

Author:
Michael Schlossberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Schlossberg. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Chen notes:
I love getting cleverly stymied in "Name That Theme." NUTS AND BOLTS. AN ARM AND A LEG. Clearly, it's X AND Y phrases. Let's figure ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

It's tough to find new clues for ALB, but as someone who spent half his life in Edmonton, I'm not sure anyone there would recognize it as an abbreviation for Alberta.

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© 2021, The New York Times10/26/21 ( No. 26,285 )
Across
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Off-the-cuff remarks : ADLIBS
7
London TV inits. : BBC
10
Dark wines : REDS
14
Place for daisies : MEADOW
15
Fair-hiring letters : EEO
16
Treat with a 71%-to-29% cookie-to-cream ratio : OREO
17
Microscopic life form : AMOEBA
18
Looks for web content about oneself : EGOSURFS
20
Basic, practical details : NUTSANDBOLTS
22
"___ Poetica" : ARS
23
Connery who played 007 seven times : SEAN
24
Catbird seat? : PERCH
28
Crystal ball gazers, e.g. : SEERS
31
Nobelist Wiesel : ELIE
33
"Well, what a surprise!" : OHO
34
What expensive things cost : ANARMANDALEG
38
Brings home with a hit, as a base runner : BATSIN
41
Treble symbols : GCLEFS
42
Magnet for criticism : LIGHTNINGROD
46
"What ___, chopped liver?" : AMI
47
Vicinity : AREA
48
Sniffed (around) : NOSED
52
Prove appropriate for : BEFIT
55
Has a part to play : ACTS
57
Mahmoud Abbas's grp. : PLO
58
Doctor whose shopping list might include 20-, 34- and 42-Across? : FRANKENSTEIN
62
Prowling kitty : ALLEYCAT
65
Virtual payment with a bank routing number : ECHECK
66
"Star Wars" princess : LEIA
67
"East" on a grandfather clock : III
68
Band's hired hand : ROADIE
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Brewski : BEER
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Beats by ___ (headphones brand) : DRE
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Full of S curves : TWISTY
Down
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Alternatives to Maytags : AMANAS
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Modest and shy : DEMURE
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Chinese philosopher who wrote the "Tao Te Ching" : LAOTSE
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Fateful day for Caesar : IDES
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Word before tea or Fett : BOBA
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What some ugly ducklings turn into : SWANS
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Flowering plant also known as horsemint : BEEBALM
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Colorful garden perennial : BEGONIA
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"Suh-weet!" : COOL
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Awaken : ROUSE
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Goof : ERR
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___ Jam Recordings : DEF
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Castaway's "Help!" : SOS
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Canful at a gas station : STP
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Venison : DEER
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Something played that's not a game : ROLE
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___ Boyardee : CHEF
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Harleys, in slang : HOGS
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Poison ivy eruption : RASH
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Fit of irritation : SNIT
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Head of a train: Abbr. : ENGR
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Tennis's Kournikova : ANNA
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Big name in pesticides : DCON
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___ Ray, 1950s-'70s leading man : ALDO
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Spill the beans : BLAB
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"Je t'___" (French words of endearment) : AIME
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End-of-the-week shout : TGIF
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Carrier based in Tehran : IRANAIR
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Item left at home on casual Fridays : NECKTIE
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Place for a guard : GATE
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Goes 60 in a 30- m.p.h. zone, say : SPEEDS
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Draw out : ELICIT
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Shrek's companion in "Shrek" : DONKEY
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Worrier's opening words : IFEAR
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Urging for a reluctant person : TRY
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Hägar the Horrible's dog : SNERT
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Battery liquid : ACID
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Trash-hauling ship : SCOW
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Kind of cuisine offering tom yung goong and tom kha kai : THAI
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Edmonton's prov. : ALB
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Spike or Gypsy Rose : LEE
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"Tuesday is the hardest crossword of the week," e.g. : LIE

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

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