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SNOOZEFEST

New York Times, Sunday, October 3, 2021

Member in the genus Troglodytes, so named for its tendency to enter dark crevices

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 22 Words: 147, Blocks: 88 Missing: {X} Scrabble average: 2.45 This is puzzle # 32 for Mr. Charlson.
Will Shortz notes:
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The idea of interpreting FORTY WINKS as forty Z's is one that I'd had for a few years, but I just couldn't get it to work (imagine that). It's funny how sometimes the simplest of solutions can be ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times10/3/21 ( No. 26,262 )
Across
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Goes wherever the wind blows? : SAILS
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Person who likes all your FB posts, perhaps : BFF
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Key with five sharps: Abbr. : BMAJ
13
Western film, in old slang : OATER
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Harriet's partner on 1950s-'60s TV : OZZIE
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China's Chou En-___ : LAI
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Paul Simon's "___ Rock" : IAMA
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Tree that Athena gifted to Athens : OLIVE
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Inaptly named bear of a tongue twister : FUZZYWUZZY
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Spanish rice : ARROZ
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Letter-shaped construction piece : HBEAM
27
Endeavor : TRY
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Winter weather hazard : FREEZINGDRIZZLE
31
Little black ___ : DRESS
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Art of verse : POESY
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Jurisdiction of a Catholic church official : DEANERY
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Get closer and closer : ZEROIN
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Mapmaker's subj. : GEOG
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Literary traveler to Lilliput and Brobdingnag : GULLIVER
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Transfixed : AGAZE
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Former telecom giant that merged into Verizon : GTE
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Ostentatious display : RAZZLEDAZZLE
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Kicked back : LAZED
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Singer Lisa : LOEB
51
Pre-euro currency : PESETA
52
National tree of the U.S. : OAK
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Paradise lost : EDEN
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Scatterbrains : DITZES
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Grandma, to Brits : NAN
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Frenzy : MANIA
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Rattlesnake's warning : SSS
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Ambrose Bierce defined it as "A minor form of despair, disguised as a virtue" : PATIENCE
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Totally over it all : JADED
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Final creature encountered in "Dr. Seuss's ABC" : ZIZZERZAZZERZUZZ
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Far-right state : MAINE
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Buckskin, e.g. : DEERHIDE
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Something stretched out in a yoga class : MAT
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Has over : HOSTS
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Go after : SUE
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Like varnished wood : RESINY
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"Pretty please?" : CANI
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Sci-fi travelers : ETS
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Pan-fries : SAUTES
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Violated a code of silence : SANG
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Sportscaster Jim with the classic opening "Hello, friends" : NANTZ
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Opportunities to win a vacation on "Wheel of Fortune" : PRIZEPUZZLES
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Stocking stuffer : TOY
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Actress Ana of "Love, Victor" : ORTIZ
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"Alas ..." : TISAPITY
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Bistro sign word : CHEZ
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Francis' tenure, e.g. : PAPACY
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Lively, on a score : ANIMATO
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Collect little by little : GLEAN
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Makes : EARNS
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"Which Disney Princess Are You?" and the like : BUZZFEEDQUIZZES
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Big Ten powerhouse, for short : OSU
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Eye shade : HAZEL
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Basic skateboard trick : OLLIE
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Quick nap ... or a playful description of the 64-Down here : FORTYWINKS
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Conflagration : BLAZE
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Diamond who went platinum : NEIL
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Scottish denial : NAE
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Popeye creator Segar : ELZIE
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Footnote abbr. : OPCIT
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Icelandic work that influenced Tolkien : EDDA
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Key for getting out, not in : ESC
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Like May through August, unlike the other months of the year : RLESS
Down
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What "piano" can mean : SOFT
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Côte d'___ : AZUR
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Nickname for Isabelle or Isidore : IZZY
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Fashion designer Lange : LIZ
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Actress Amanda of 2012's "Les Misérables" : SEYFRIED
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What B. B. King was king of : BLUES
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Rattles : FAZES
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Opposite of flatness : FIZZ
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Members of bevies and broods : BIRDS
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Tie the knot : MARRY
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Mine: Fr. : AMOI
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Many a collaboration between Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald : JAZZDUET
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"C'est magnifique!" : OOHLALA
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Spanish composer Isaac : ALBENIZ
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"How to ___ a ___" (popular Google search) : TIE
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One of the Gabor sisters : EVA
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Radiation unit : REM
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Member in the genus Troglodytes, so named for its tendency to enter dark crevices : WREN
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"Jeepers!" : YIPE
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Generational divide : AGEGAP
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Former queen of Jordan : NOOR
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Nintendo princess : ZELDA
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Order of roses : DOZEN
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Kilt-wearing Greek infantryman : EVZONE
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Fixed, as tiling : RELAID
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Northern California town once home to the palindromic ___ Bakery : YREKA
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Chain that sells chains : ZALES
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"Jeepers!" : EGADS
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Levels : RAZES
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Old fogy : GEEZER
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Quiet valley : GLEN
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Partner of glamour : GLITZ
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Comedian Fields : TOTIE
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___ garden : ZEN
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When repeated, one of the Gabor sisters : ZSA
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Mercedes-___ : BENZ
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Stupor : DAZE
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Multitude : SCAD
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Pac-Man navigates through one : MAZE
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Wood-shaping tool : ADZ
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They're taken out in alleys : PINS
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Six-Day War leader Weizman : EZER
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No-nonsense TV judge : JUDY
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Unsightly spot : ZIT
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Sleep indicators : ZEES
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Counterfeit : ERSATZ
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Spike the Beanie Baby, e.g. : RHINO
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Having some pep : ZINGY
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Alternative to Advil or Aleve : MOTRIN
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Birthplace of the Franciscan order : ASSISI
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Kind of ray : MANTA
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Bit of tomfoolery : ANTIC
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Nervous state : TIZZY
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Seven: Prefix : HEPTA
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Football sideline reporter Kolber : SUZY
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Brand of pretzels and chips : UTZ
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Electric ___ : EEL
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Kvetches : CARPS
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Pointy-eared dog : SPITZ
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Big name in car parts : AUTOZONE
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Break away : SECEDE
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Reason to hang up : NOANSWER
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Victoria Falls river : ZAMBEZI
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Uniform adornment : EPAULET
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Center of L.A., once : SHAQ
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Sufficient, informally : ENUF
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Aphids, to ladybugs : PREY
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Beyond cold : GELID
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Woman's name meaning "night" in Hebrew and Arabic : LEILA
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Pound and others : EZRAS
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Worshiper of the rain god Tlaloc : AZTEC
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Took off : FLED
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One of the Nereids of Greek myth : IONE
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Eleven, en français : ONZE
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Parts of snowmobiles : SKIS
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Exploits : USES
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"The White Lotus" airer : HBO
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View from Lake Como : ALP
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Country music's ___ Brown Band : ZAC
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In a bad way : ILL

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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