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New York Times, Saturday, October 9, 2021

Ancient siege weapon for launching stones

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Saturday, September 4, 2021.
Author:
Byron Walden
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Byron Walden

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 25 Missing: {JXZ} This is puzzle # 102 for Mr. Walden.
Byron Walden notes:
Interesting, not particularly fun, fact about ABADAN: A major oil refining center, its population fell from 300,000 to an official 6 ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The NYT crossword ought to progress in difficulty not from Monday to Saturday, but from Monday to Waldenday. I'm always up for a ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times9/4/21 ( No. 26,233 )
Across
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Rush order : COMEQUICK
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Capital on the Gulf of Guinea : ACCRA
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Bet involving score totals : OVERUNDER
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Sight at low tide : SHOAL
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Mental or fiscal tightness : PARSIMONY
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Just under way, so to speak : YOUNG
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"90 Day Fiancé" channel : TLC
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TV lingo for using established hits to prop up weaker shows : TENTPOLING
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Govt. plant inspector : OSHA
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The Greek philosopher Empedocles leapt into its flames, in legend : MTETNA
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Annual celebration during which sweeping is taboo : TET
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Car model whose name becomes an N.B.A. superstar when its middle letter is removed : LEBARON
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Move, informally : RELO
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Needing a jolt : LISTLESS
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Iranian port near the Iraq border : ABADAN
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Out of whimsy : ONALARK
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In the works : BREWING
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Waifs : GAMINS
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Latin American spread : HACIENDA
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First two words of Shelley's "Ozymandias" : IMET
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Falling hard? : HAILING
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Bivouac sight : COT
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Term terminus : FINALS
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Roves (about) : GADS
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Someone who has it all : MONOPOLIST
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Favorite : PET
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Favorite novelist of Twihards : MEYER
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As you like it : DESIRABLE
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Sty sound : SNORT
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Completely routs : EATSALIVE
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Try to get down : STUDY
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Got in a lather, say : SHAMPOOED
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Admit : COPTO
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Cricket fields, e.g. : OVALS
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Swag for sale : MERCH
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Sounds of hesitation : ERS
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Give notice : QUIT
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Access to a country club, in brief? : UNMEMBERSHIP
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"Better off not knowing" : IDONTASK
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Hockey players who face off in a face-off : CENTERS
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Superman's dog : KRYPTO
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Havens : ASYLA
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"Parasite" co-star ___ Woo-shik : CHOI
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Considered a participant : COUNTEDIN
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Chaparral or savanna : RANGELAND
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Calculus prerequisite: Abbr. : ALG
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1914 Freud essay that introduced the concept of "ego ideal" : ONNARCISSISM
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Mostly online writing genre : ALTLIT
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Kingdom whose capital is Nuku'alofa : TONGA
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Effervescence : ELAN
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Tartare topper : RAWEGG
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"___ is the beginning of wisdom ... not the end": Spock : LOGIC
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Shortly : INAMOMENT
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"Right back atcha" : SAMETOYOU
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Hippie confab : BEIN
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Ancient siege weapon for launching stones : BALLISTA
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Florida city with a large Cuban American population (70+%) : HIALEAH
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Electron attractors : ANODES
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Malt liquor bottle, in slang : FORTY
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Where some high schoolers get DNA tests? : APBIO
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Burrow (into) : DELVE
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Marengo, for Napoleon : STEED
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"Jobs vs. Gates: The Hippie and the ___" (2015 TV movie) : NERD
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Hip-hop subgenre : TRAP
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Slush pile contents: Abbr. : MSS
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Greeting in Rio : ALO

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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