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New York Times, Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Author:
Bruce Haight
Editor:
Will Shortz
Central Brazil, for the Amazon
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Bruce Haight

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQWXYZ} This is puzzle # 61 for Mr. Haight.
Bruce Haight notes:
When I came across the term "linking verb," I rather doubted that those letters would fit very well between words, and throwing a ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Let's set the stage: you're the main character in today's play, searching for what connects each pair of words in four phrases. And … ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times11/1/22 ( No. 26,656 )
Across
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"___ Chair" (term of address at a meeting) : MADAM
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13-Across, voicewise : ALTO
10
Vaccine watchdog org. : FDA
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"Rumour Has It" singer, 2011 : ADELE
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Close one : SCARE
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Make public : AIR
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Upbeat response to "How are you?" : NEVERBETTER
18
Some 401(k) investments, in brief : CDS
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Toledo cheer : OLE
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Ceiling : LIMIT
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Big celebration : FETE
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Annoy : RILE
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Central Brazil, for the Amazon : RIVERBASIN
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Slept soundly? : SNORED
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Nissan sedan : ALTIMA
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Grand : EPIC
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Russian waterway famed for its sturgeon fishery : VOLGA
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___ Aviv : TEL
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Musical group that doesn't play original songs : COVERBAND
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Some Facebook exchanges, in brief : IMS
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Cousins of mandolins : LUTES
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Write a ticket (for) : CITE
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Place for a dish that's come from the oven : HOTPAD
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"Rumor has it ..." : IHEARD
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Costlier than projected : OVERBUDGET
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1960s film villain with prosthetic metal hands : DRNO
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Water conduit : PIPE
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Ghostly : EERIE
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Warm greeting : HUG
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Fair-hiring inits. : EEO
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Grammatical connector like "is" or "seem" … or a connector found literally in 16-, 24-, 35- and 49-Across : LINKINGVERB
62
___ Jose : SAN
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Three-wheeler : TRIKE
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Some honkers : GEESE
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"___ to a Superhero" (Weird Al Yankovic parody of "Piano Man") : ODE
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Trial version : DEMO
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Stared at rudely : OGLED
Down
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Stately homes : MANORS
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"Sweet" sweetheart in a barbershop quartet standard : ADELINE
3
Take shape : DEVELOP
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Brewpub order : ALE
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Dark European thrush : MERL
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When Juliet drinks a sleeping potion that makes her seem dead : ACTIV
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Coffee in the milky way? : LATTE
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Uno + due : TRE
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Atop, poetically : OER
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Accepts reality : FACESIT
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Was in the slammer : DIDTIME
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Arms depot : ARSENAL
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18-wheeler : SEMI
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Frequent flier? : BIRD
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Big, as a bonus : FAT
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Rocker Clapton : ERIC
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Sitar selection : RAGA
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Turn pale with shock : BLANCH
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Big name in water purification : ECOLAB
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Dog shelter employee : VET
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Metal source : ORE
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Units of wt. : LBS
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On-demand digital video brand : VUDU
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Fizzled out : DIED
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Wishful words : IHOPESO
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Trailer in a theater : MOVIEAD
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It's a start : STEPONE
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North Carolina athlete : TARHEEL
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One doing lifesaving work at a hosp. : ERNURSE
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Lead-in to position or occupation : PRE
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"Put ___ writing" : ITIN
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Creature comfort? : DOGBED
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Casual fabric : DENIM
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"Wall Street" character Gordon : GEKKO
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The "E" in HOMES : ERIE
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Breakfast brand : EGGO
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Relative of Inc. : LTD
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High dudgeon : IRE
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Be a couch potato : VEG

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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