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New York Times, Sunday, November 13, 2022

Author:
Samuel A. Donaldson
Editor:
Will Shortz
What might prompt a run for congress?
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 136, Blocks: 73 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Donaldson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
Sam Donaldson is a law professor at Georgia State University, teaching Property to first-year students and Federal Income Tax and Trusts & Estates to upper-division ones. He's been making ... read more
Samuel A. Donaldson notes:
This puzzle idea started when I realized BUMPER CROPS could be visually depicted in the grid as two crops "bumping" off a common letter. From there I researched many different lists of ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
The hilarity in [What might prompt a run for congress?] is worth a POW! all by itself. There wouldn't be such a huge divide if there was more LIBIDO in Congress! I miss the days when Sam ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times11/13/22 ( No. 26,668 )
Across
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Sell, as bicycles? : PEDDLE
7
Coups in journalism : SCOOPS
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What might prompt a run for congress? : LIBIDO
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Arctic jacket : ANORAK
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Hairspray brand since the 1950s : AQUANET
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Big name in pain relief : ANACIN
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Band whose final album, "Synchronicity," was their most popular, with "The" : POLICE
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More in need of practice : RUSTIER
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24 horas from now : MANANA
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Big name in pain relief : ALEVE
26
Disembark : GOASHORE
27
Used an unspoken language : SIGNED
28
One not getting in too deep : WADER
29
Chinese zodiac animal : RAT
30
Tiny amount of time: Abbr. : NSEC
32
Hella : LOTSA
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Game typically played in the dark : LASERTAG
37
Become established : TAKEROOT
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Calf site : LEG
42
Common concert merch : TEE
43
Pronoun for Frenchwomen : ELLES
46
Like diamonds : RED
47
It shares a key with "!" : ONE
48
It might be stuck on the chopping block : AXEHEAD
50
Rise, as a steed might : REARUP
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Politico Cheney : LIZ
54
Color wheel options : TONES
55
Old yellers? : CRIERS
57
Animal with a prominent proboscis : TAPIR
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Trifling, informally : ITTY
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Lab-engineered fare, facetiously … or a hint to the six crossings of shaded squares : FRANKENFOOD
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Totenberg of NPR : NINA
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"___ at 11" (local news promo) : FILM
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Prefix with biology : AERO
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Thing moving through a tube, maybe : OVUM
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Qom home : IRAN
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Lenovo competitor : ACER
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Bountiful harvests for farmers … or another hint to the crossings of shaded squares : BUMPERCROPS
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Grub : EATS
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What gorillas have that giraffes lack? : HARDG
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Spot for a tattoo : PARLOR
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Prefix with biology : ASTRO
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Peter Pan alternative : JIF
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Achieved a flight training milestone : SOLOED
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Hiking group? : NFLTEAM
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Email symbols, informally : ATS
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Target of an annual shot : FLU
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Worker who makes a ton of dough : BAKER
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Terse affirmation : IAM
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Producers of multiple outs, for short : DPS
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Like a very heavy sleeper : COMATOSE
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Precisely : SMACKDAB
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It's "rarely pure and never simple," per Oscar Wilde : TRUTH
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Bit of hairstyling : CURL
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Mop's partner, in a brand name : GLO
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Measures up to : MEETS
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Tight (with) : INGOOD
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Pipes up : CHIMESIN
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Pinkerton who founded the Pinkerton detective agency : ALLAN
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Unpredictable change : VAGARY
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Is delighted by the invitation : LOVESTO
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"Brille Brille Petite ___" (children's song abroad) : ETOILE
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Mesopotamian metropolis : EDESSA
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Thinks up : IDEATES
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Experience sharer : MENTOR
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Got in order : SORTED
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Fast-sounding freshwater fish : DARTER
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Eye-grabbing email subject line : URGENT
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Tree of the custard apple family : PAPAW
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"The ___ Holmes Mysteries" (young adult series) : ENOLA
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Gave (out) : DOLED
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Claptrap : DRIVEL
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Makes some deep cuts in : LACERATES
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Barely squeeze (by) : EKE
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Unlawful occupant : SQUATTER
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Swear word : CUSS
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Swear word : OATH
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Garnish for a Gibson cocktail : ONION
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Jurors, to a defendant : PEERS
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Word with food, clothes or entertainment : STREET
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Quick escapes : LAMS
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Cry of perfection from a carpenter? : INAILEDIT
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City NW of Bar Harbor : BANGOR
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Retort to "No, you're not able" : ICANTOO
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Has for supper : DINESON
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Seeing someone socially : ONADATE
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Loud, as a crowd : AROAR
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"For ___, all nature is too little": Seneca : GREED
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Tesla but not Edison : CAR
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Vast quantity : SEA
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Smart ___ : ALECK
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Bad look : GLARE
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Kenan's comedy partner : KEL
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Queen commemorated on the Hollywood Walk of Fame : LATIFAH
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Objects from faraway lands : EXOTICA
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Not so harsh : GENTLER
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Land of leprechauns : ERIN
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Seek, as punitive payment : SUEFOR
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1993 R&B hit with the lyric "Keep playin' that song all night" : HEYMRDJ
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Seat of Utah County : PROVO
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Most off-the-wall : ZANIEST
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Alphabet ___ : SOUP
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Illegal, as a download : PIRATED
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Ensnared : INATRAP
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Return payments? : RANSOMS
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Totally terrif : FAB
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Go back for more : REUP
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"Knives Out" actress Ana de ___ : ARMAS
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"Happy to!" : NOPROB
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Contacts via Instagram, informally : DMS
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Singer/songwriter ___ Mai : ELLA
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They start in the corners : ROOKS
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Bygone magazine for rock music enthusiasts : CREEM
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Beast with a mouth best left unexamined : GIFTHORSE
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Where you went : ALMAMATER
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Longtime Progressive spokeswoman : FLO
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Vehicle that might have parachute brakes : DRAGSTER
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Brand name-checked in Paul Simon's "Kodachrome" : NIKON
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It's hot right now : FAD
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Some skin care ingredients, informally : ACTIVES
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Relative of a waterspout : TORNADO
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More cocksure : SMUGGER
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Sch. for which John Wayne played tackle : USC
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Wedding proposal? : ATOAST
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So-called "father of geometry" : EUCLID
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Honors in the ad biz : CLIOS
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Fit in : BELONG
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"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" spinoff : RHODA
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Unpopular food that's rich in minerals : LIVER
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A-listers : ELITE
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Claw : TALON
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Hägar the Horrible's hound : SNERT
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Twosome : DYAD
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105-Down, e.g. : MEAT
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Spanish dirección : ESTE
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Source of big green eggs : EMU

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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