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New York Times, Thursday, November 11, 2021

Second or third person?

Author:
Mark MacLachlan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 37 Missing: {FJVXYZ} Grid has super-symmetry. Minimum word length: 4 There are unchecked squares This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. MacLachlan.
Mark MacLachlan notes:
I'm excited to be back in the Times! The idea for this puzzle came about while I was playing with some different grid shape / ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Seasoned solvers spotting four unchecked squares can fill in the letters N E W S immediately. The puzzle is done! Or is it? I loved ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times11/11/21 ( No. 26,301 )
Across
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A test of one's humanity? : CAPTCHA
8
Holding in a cryptocurrency wallet : BITCOIN
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Watery : AQUEOUS
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Emphatic refusal : IMEANNO
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Winter Olympics events since 1988 : SUPERGS
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"I suppose" : GUESSSO
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Cartwheels and such : HATS
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Intensifies, with "up" : HEATS
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It might be on the nose : STUD
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Staff : CREW
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Back in college? : ENDOW
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Noble title : EARL
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Fats Domino's "___ That a Shame" : AINT
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There are 5,164 along the Great Wall of China : STEPS
30
"A Death in the Family" writer : AGEE
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Philippines battle site of W.W. II : BATAAN
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Hard-hit line drives, in slang : LASERS
35
KFC side dish : SLAW
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Grub : EATS
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Hardly a green vehicle : GASHOG
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Land: Sp. : TIERRA
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"___, Red-Hot & Live" (1982 soul album) : ETTA
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Extent : SCOPE
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Exactly right : TOAT
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Change states, perhaps? : THAW
51
Jostle : ELBOW
52
Send out : EMIT
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They go to great heights : ALPS
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Second or third person? : LOSER
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___ Grande, city south of Phoenix : CASA
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Phone meeting, briefly : TELECON
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Colossal : TITANIC
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Repeat : ITERATE
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Place to perform figure eights : ICERINK
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Nitpickers : PEDANTS
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Provider of directions ... or a hint to the four "+" shapes in this puzzle's grid : COMPASS
Down
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Bygone game show with a mobile set : CASHCAB
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School houses? : AQUARIA
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Accommodations on a scouting trip : PUPTENT
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Driving needs : TEES
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It covers 90+ million acres of the U.S. : CORN
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___ Jass, subject of one of Bart Simpson's prank calls : HUGH
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OK : ASSENT
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Circus venue : BIGTOP
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Onetime radio host Don : IMUS
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Many a TikToker : TEEN
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Mama of pop : CASS
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Making a scene, say : ONSTAGE
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It's got you covered : INSURER
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Chinese restaurant fare : NOODLES
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Arabian gulf port : ADEN
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___ Smith, star of Tyler Perry's "For Better or Worse" : TASHA
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Issues while fishing : SNAGS
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Put on the schedule : SLATE
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It's on the plus side : ASSET
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Business that makes cuts in order to turn a profit? : SALON
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Smooth, lustrous material : SATIN
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Be informed, perhaps : GETATIP
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Olympian, e.g. : ATHLETE
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Like many paper handouts : STAPLED
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Breaks down : SOBS
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Homeland of gymnast Nadia Comaneci : ROMANIA
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California ___ : RAISINS
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Paroxysms : ATTACKS
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Double figures? : CLONES
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Kind of justice or license : POETIC
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Red Cross fluids : SERA
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Former senator Trent : LOTT
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Puerto ___ : RICO
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Complaining fish? : CARP
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Car radio button : SCAN
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Acronym in academics : STEM

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