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New York Times, Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Author:
Hoang-Kim Vu and Jessica Zetzman
Editor:
Will Shortz
The "me" of "Despicable Me"
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Jessica Zetzman

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVXZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Vu. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Zetzman. Tuesday freshness: 39%
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Hi everybody! We're excited to debut/return to the NYT crossword today! A love of puzzles has always been a shared hobby in our ... read more
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You're breaking my heart! Literally, HEART in the middle of THE ART OF WAR, separating by one square at a time. I appreciate the extra ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times10/5/21 ( No. 26,264 )
Across
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Some people have checkered ones : PASTS
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Buenos ___ : AIRES
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The "me" of "Despicable Me" : GRU
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First name in cosmetics : ESTEE
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Like some online purchases : INAPP
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Alley-___ (fancy basketball shot) : OOP
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Classic work with chapters titled "Attack by Stratagem" and "Maneuvering an Army" : THEARTOFWAR
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Clear tables at a restaurant : BUS
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Kylo ___ of "Star Wars" : REN
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Emerald ___ (Ireland) : ISLE
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It's reversed in a mirror : IMAGE
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Signature Phil Collins hit ranked among VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s" : INTHEAIRTONIGHT
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Musical skill : EAR
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Cher or Sade, voicewise : ALTO
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State generating the highest percentage of its electricity by wind : IOWA
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Drill conductor, informally : SARGE
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Wed. follower : THU
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Changes political affiliation : SWITCHESPARTIES
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Egg layer : HEN
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Cries of protest : HOWLS
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Cowboy's charge : HERD
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Only player on more than two winning World Cup teams : PELE
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Stage name of Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys : MCA
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Flee to remote safety : HEADFORTHEHILLS
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Book that comes with a set of keys : ATLAS
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Sign of sainthood : HALO
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Debtor's note : IOU
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Oaf : LUG
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Despondent ... as progressively suggested by 17-, 24-, 38- and 48-Across? : HEARTBROKEN
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Computing pioneer Lovelace : ADA
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Concur : AGREE
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Scheduled to arrive : DUEIN
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Director Spike or Ang : LEE
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Big books : TOMES
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"Really?," in textspeak : SRSLY
Down
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___ dish : PETRI
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Pale : ASHEN
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Bit of equipment for an angioplasty : STENT
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Spill the ___ (gossip) : TEA
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Top Italian soccer league : SERIEA
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Kind of sauce : AIOLI
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Derive by logic : INFER
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Like some data and deals : RAW
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Emissions control grp. : EPA
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Florence Griffith Joyner or Wilma Rudolph : SPRINTER
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It's prepacked for an emergency : GOBAG
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Where a slice might go : ROUGH
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Victory by a Cinderella team, e.g. : UPSET
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Russian despot : TSAR
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"Ay, dios ___!" : MIO
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Pressure, metaphorically : HEAT
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All-weather protectors : TARPS
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Olympian Korbut : OLGA
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"Sorta" : ISH
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What the middle of 58-Across stands for : OWE
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Victory : WIN
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Home for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles : SEWER
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Communication at Gallaudet Univ. : ASL
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Fashion dictates that its width be the same as that of one's lapels : TIE
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Recipient of Grammy's 2020 Song of the Year award for "I Can't Breathe" : HER
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Euro rival, in brief : USD
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Toque : CHEFSHAT
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Prefix with -gram : HOLO
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Homophone of 35-Down : THAI
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Show of love, for short? : PDA
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One of the Spice Girls : MELB
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Musical combos? : CHORDS
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Islamic equivalent of kosher : HALAL
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Practice piano piece : ETUDE
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Pond scum, typically : ALGAE
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Afternoon hour : THREE
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Abhors : HATES
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Approvals on Facebook : LIKES
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Trompe ___ : LOEIL
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Optimistic : SUNNY
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"Me" problem : EGO
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Pitching asset : ARM
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"___ Lips Are Sealed" (Go-Go's hit) : OUR

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