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New York Times, Friday, November 12, 2021

Greek locale once described as "the island of overmastering passions"

Author:
Patrick John Duggan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {J} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Duggan.
Patrick John Duggan notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times11/12/21 ( No. 26,302 )
Across
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San Francisco or Fire Island : GAYMECCA
9
Lift one's spirits? : IMBIBE
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Brutish boss : OVERLORD
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Unnatural : FORCED
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Orthodontist's recommendation : RETAINER
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Lengthy Twitter post, often : SCREED
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Not take for granted : PRIZE
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Units equivalent to 1/6 of an inch : PICAS
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Hosp. diagnostic : MRI
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Throw or shoot : LETFLY
25
Imitation : FAKE
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Primed (for) : RIPE
30
Serving with shawarma : PITA
31
Shrimp in a shell, maybe : TACO
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Interminably : ONANDON
34
Tusked beast : WARTHOG
37
Movie series set inside a simulated reality, with "The" : MATRIX
38
Home to Mayan ruins like Caracol and Lamanai : BELIZE
39
Many a bill's name in Congress : ACRONYM
41
Spare clothes? : BIKINIS
42
Young stud : COLT
43
Troubadour : BARD
45
Actress Amanda : PEET
46
Cherry-pick : CULL
47
Subscripts on Scrabble tiles : VALUES
49
C, for one : ARC
50
International cricket matches : TESTS
51
Neat and clean : KEMPT
56
Heartburn reliever : MAALOX
58
Focus of the 2009 Lilly Ledbetter act : EQUALPAY
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Dot-com whose name is styled with an asterisk : ETRADE
61
Prepare on short notice : RUSTLEUP
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Greek locale once described as "the island of overmastering passions" : LESBOS
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Hunter of fish : SEAEAGLE
Down
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Hiker's handful : GORP
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Swear : AVER
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"Monsters, Inc." character who loves snow cones : YETI
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Jason with the 2008 hit "I'm Yours" : MRAZ
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Architect Saarinen : ELIEL
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Fan gathering, informally : CON
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Entered quietly : CREPTIN
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Purposeless : ADRIFT
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"Imagine a case in which ..." : IFSAY
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Soft shoes, informally : MOCS
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Zero reaction? : BRR
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Hotel hummer : ICEMACHINE
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Covering for a cold one : BEERKOOZIE
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Bauer of leisure apparel : EDDIE
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Arcade game feature : CLAW
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Miniaturist's supply : EPOXY
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Accompanier of a black eye : FATLIP
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2018 film for which Alfonso Cuarón won Best Director : ROMA
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Off the mark : INACCURATE
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Copper containers? : PATROLCARS
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Commit to a course : ENROLL
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Long way to go : TREK
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By ___ of (due to) : DINT
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Countenance : ABIDE
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Heroic exploit : GEST
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Ones who'll manage somehow? : MBAS
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Succinct, if nothing else : BRUSQUE
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Changes : ALTERS
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Leviticus calls it "unclean" and not fit for consumption : CAMEL
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Puzzles : VEXES
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Be found not guilty, shockingly : SKATE
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Rumpus : TODO
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Civil rights activist Baker : ELLA
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Video file format : MPEG
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Name of six popes, including one in the 20th century : PAUL
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Info described on a Tinder profile : TYPE
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Where to fill a flask with alcohol : LAB
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2026 FIFA World Cup co-host : USA

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

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