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HEADS OF STATE

New York Times, Sunday, November 14, 2021

"Afternoon, pardner!"

Author:
Aimee Lucido and Ella Dershowitz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 22, Columns: 21 Words: 149, Blocks: 78 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 12 for Ms. Lucido. This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Dershowitz.
Will Shortz notes:
Aimee Lucido, of Berkeley, Calif., is a crossword constructor and children's author. Her second book, "Recipe for Disaster," came out in September. Her longtime friend Ella Dershowitz, of ... read more
Constructor notes:
AIMEE: I was really happy with how this puzzle turned out. This is one of those puzzles that happened reveal-first, and when someone — either me or Ella, I can't remember who — said "has ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
MIND OVER MATTER, literally represented four times in the grid. Elegant that Aimee and Ella listed the four states of matter in proper progression: SOLID, LIQUID, GAS, PLASMA. Also elegant ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times11/14/21 ( No. 26,304 )
Across
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Miss : LASS
5
Fairy tale monster : OGRE
9
Meat in ragù al cinghiale : BOAR
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"Everyone knows the secret now" : ITSOUT
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Lincoln or Ford : AUTO
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Purchase in the board game Catan worth one wood and one brick : ROAD
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Singer Guthrie : ARLO
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Genre for Nirvana and Soundgarden : GRUNGE
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Forgetfulness experienced by soon-to-be moms, informally : PREGNANCYBRAIN
26
Final innings, usually : NINTHS
27
Heinie : PATOOTIE
28
What a baby might start eating at around six months : SOLIDFOOD
30
Universal donor's blood type, informally : ONEG
31
A, in Aachen : EIN
32
"Dancing With ___ Hands Tied" (Taylor Swift song) : OUR
33
What well-connected people may have : ANIN
37
Scented plug-in brand : GLADE
40
"Afternoon, pardner!" : HOWDEDO
44
"Oh yeah? Give me an example!" : NAMEONE
46
Response to a texted joke : LOL
47
Worldly wisdom : STREETSMARTS
49
Deg. for a creative type : MFA
50
Booting : EVICTING
53
Juice cleanse, essentially : LIQUIDDIET
55
Cocktail made from gin, vermouth and Campari : NEGRONI
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Big letters in home security : ADT
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In Latin, it's "stannum" : TIN
60
Pound part : OUNCE
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Church council : SYNOD
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Succeed in life : GOFAR
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Portfolio listings : ASSETS
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Common sense : MOTHERWIT
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The "gone girl" in "Gone Girl" : AMY
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A negative one might be positive : TEST
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Used colored pencils, say : DREW
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"___ be a real shame ..." : ITD
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Jovian planets, by another name : GASGIANTS
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Changes back to factory defaults, say : RESETS
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Way too loud : GAUDY
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Figure in the iconic "We Can Do It!" poster : ROSIE
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Quite enough : AMPLE
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Bit of fiction : LIE
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Suffix with quack and mock : ERY
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National law enforcement, informally : THEFEDS
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Simple flotation device : POOLNOODLE
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Arranges in random order : SHUFFLES
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URL ending : EDU
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TV display option : PLASMASCREEN
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___ tai : MAI
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Picked up : RESUMED
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Above : ONTOPOF
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Like the bread ideal for bread pudding : STALE
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Theoretical primordial substance : YLEM
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Word on an Irish plane : AER
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Oscar-winning director Lee : ANG
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Obama's birthplace : OAHU
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Playing to the crowd : PANDERING
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Japanese condiment sprinkled on rice : FURIKAKE
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Go back to the start, in a way : REWIND
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Slogan about willpower ... or a hint to four pairs of answers in this puzzle : MINDOVERMATTER
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Courtroom cry : HEARYE
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"Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap" director : ICET
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Aptly named bus driver on "The Simpsons" : OTTO
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Catering vessels : URNS
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"Whatever you say, sweetheart" : OKDEAR
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Unilever tea brand : TAZO
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Bert who played the Cowardly Lion : LAHR
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Children's author DiCamillo with two Newbery Medals : KATE
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Nordic native : LAPP
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Invisible energy field : AURA
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Proofreader's directive : STET
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Words moaned while eating a cheeseburger, maybe : SOGOOD
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Give one's address : ORATE
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Get ready to sleep, cutesily : GONIGHTNIGHT
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Candidate's focus : RACE
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Ice cream surname : EDY
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British nobleman : BARONET
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Like some traditions : ORAL
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Et ___ (and others) : ALII
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Sonata movement : RONDO
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The uninformed masses, colloquially : IGNORATI
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The Jonas Brothers, e.g. : TRIO
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Dish named for a day of the week : SUNDAE
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Toronto's prov. : ONT
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"What a mess!" : UGH
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Your: Fr. : TES
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Bar ___ : NONE
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Queen's "We Will Rock You," e.g. : BSIDE
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2K, for one : FUNRUN
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Sheep : EWE
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Award hopeful : NOMINEE
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Passes along to, in a way : INFECTS
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Like the winner of a handwriting contest : NEATEST
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Narrow valleys : GLENS
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Very affectionate : LOVEY
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Get on the same page, in corporate-speak : ALIGN
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URL ending : ORG
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Alternative to fiber or satellite : DSL
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Leave off : OMIT
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Early PC software : MSDOS
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Planting more than one kind of seed in a field, per Deuteronomy : SIN
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Pollution stat : AQI
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Historical subject of Hilary Mantel's 2009 novel "Wolf Hall" : CROMWELL
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Action item : TODO
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Brings back to use : DUSTSOFF
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Home of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau: Abbr. : AFR
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"Yo ___" (internet meme with rapper Xzibit) : DAWG
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Prioritization process : TRIAGE
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It added "essential worker" in March of 2021: Abbr. : OED
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Author Rand : AYN
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Quaint contraction : TIS
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Title that comes from "Caesar" : TSAR
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Assist : AID
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Day celebrated by "Star Wars" fans : MAYTHEFOURTH
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Curtains : DRAPERY
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Interior design job : REMODEL
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Support, as a belief : ESPOUSE
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Fellow : GUY
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Like bacon and lobster, in Jewish law : TREF
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Prime-time slot : TENPM
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Home of the National Voting Rights Museum : SELMA
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Perfect : IDEAL
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Nail polish brand : ESSIE
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Like some nachos and questions : LOADED
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"Real" ones were first issued in the 2010s : IDS
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Muppet who hosts the "Not-Too-Late Show" : ELMO
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Fifth-century invader : HUN
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Poisonous shrub : OLEANDER
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Suffix with Euclid : EAN
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Metric for online traffic, in brief : SEO
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Get ready for action : STANDTO
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The "C" of D.R.C. : CONGO
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World of Warcraft, e.g., for short : RPG
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One who's at home on the job? : UMPIRE
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Branch of Islam : SHIA
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Thai taxi with a repetitive name : TUKTUK
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Send, as payment : REMIT
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Mail, e.g. : ARMOR
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Actress Taylor-Joy of "The Queen's Gambit" : ANYA
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Costa ___ : RICA
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Mother of Don Juan : INEZ
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Cheese on a meze platter : FETA
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Gillette razor : ATRA
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Daily Planet reporter : KENT
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Gaelic tongue : ERSE
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Sorority letter : RHO
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"Yikes!" : EEK
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Pile of cash : WAD
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TV button: Abbr. : VOL

Answer summary: 13 unique to this puzzle, 5 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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