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New York Times, Saturday, November 13, 2021

Groups with lots of issues to talk through

Author:
Adam Aaronson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Adam Aaronson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {FQW} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Aaronson.
Adam Aaronson notes:
I first encountered the phrase CLEAN PLATE CLUB in the YouTube cooking show Binging With Babish, finding it so evocative and fun that ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Great quantity of long slots, and even better utilization. With 16 long slots (8+ letters), it seemed like I was uncovering goodies ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times11/13/21 ( No. 26,303 )
Across
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Maker of the Karma quadcopter drone : GOPRO
6
East Timor's capital : DILI
10
Call to a mate : GDAY
14
Like white-eyes and wheatears : AVIAN
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River that's a letter off from 20-Across : URAL
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Default result, maybe : REPO
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Chilling : EERIE
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Capital whose name means "smoky bay," referencing the steam from its hot springs : REYKJAVIK
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Sea that's a letter off from 15-Across : ARAL
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Hockey star Patrick : KANE
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___-friendly (ecolabel) : OZONE
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Netflix series that caused a 2017 surge in Eggo sales : STRANGERTHINGS
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Stadium refrain : OLEOLE
27
Palme d'Or field : CINE
28
Groups with lots of issues to talk through : DEBATETEAMS
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Not-so-big shot : BBS
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Needing to be charged : DEAD
35
Donnie ___, title role for Jake Gyllenhaal : DARKO
36
"Slick" : NEAT
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Monitor of a tap : SPY
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Activity with a drawing of names : SECRETSANTA
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Car music player button : SEEK
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Epitome : HEIGHT
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Something good eaters "join" : CLEANPLATECLUB
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Passages in a long story? : HALLS
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___ Parker (handbag retailer) : EDIE
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Suddenly show (up) : CROP
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"Ah, yes, of course ..." : IREMEMBER
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Director Sam : RAIMI
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Lead-in to medicine : NANO
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Savory sauce made with chocolate : MOLE
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Most likely, in a text : PROBS
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Home of the Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque : OMAN
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Got rid of : AXED
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Collection of brains : MENSA
Down
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Mother (and wife!) of Uranus : GAEA
2
Stay out for too long? : OVERSLEEP
3
Notorious online hub for illegal file sharing, with "The" : PIRATEBAY
4
Reading, for instance : RAILROAD
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With 39-Down, "Wait!" : ONE
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"Anyone who has ever worn a ___ spells it '___,'" per a 2018 New York Times article : DURAG
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Nobel-winning daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie : IRENE
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What bakers might do their level best to make? : LAYERCAKE
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Sort : ILK
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"Prego" preceder : GRAZIE
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County that's home to Plymouth, England : DEVON
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Mocking, maybe : APING
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Joins : YOKES
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Heads : JOHNS
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Heavily engaged (in) : KNEEDEEP
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___-country : ALT
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Chalamet of 2021's "Dune" : TIMOTHEE
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9-to-5, e.g. : ODDS
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You might take the bait from one : TACKLEBOX
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Foul up : ERR
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Eponym of Israel's largest airport : BENGURION
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Scented products that cause underwater "explosions" : BATHBOMBS
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"Don't wait!" : STAT
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You might have a file for this : NAILCARE
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Word with talking or horse : SENSE
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See 5-Down : SEC
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Shade of pink : SALMON
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Casual pants material : CHINO
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2019 Super Bowl loser, for short : LARAM
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Lead role in "The Vampire Diaries" : ELENA
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First person to appear simultaneously on the American and British covers of Vogue (Oct. 2021) : ADELE
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Played out : TIRED
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Site of a famous tilt in European history : PISA
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Sport with a big pay-per-view audience, in brief : MMA
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Spinning inits. : RPM

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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