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New York Times, Monday, November 15, 2021

Request from the voracious plant in "Little Shop of Horrors"

Author:
Ian Rathkey
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 39 Missing: {JQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Rathkey.
Ian Rathkey notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times11/15/21 ( No. 26,305 )
Across
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Alternative to subway or taxi : BUS
4
Privately includes on an email : BCCS
8
Farm towers : SILOS
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"Hold on ___!" : ASEC
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Most populous Hawaiian island : OAHU
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Scoring 100% on : ACING
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Last runner in a relay : ANCHORLEG
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French writer Jean : GENET
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1986 #1 hit by Falco : ROCKMEAMADEUS
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Capable : ADEPT
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Prefix with -ceps : TRI
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Dance with clicking sounds : TAP
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In ___ (as found) : SITU
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Place that's an appropriate rhyme for "aah" : SPA
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Ones foretelling the future : SEERS
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Title lyric heard 41 times in a 1965 Beach Boys hit : HELPMERHONDA
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Big name in ice cream : EDY
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Persian Gulf land: Abbr. : UAE
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Designer item from Hermès or Kate Spade : BAG
37
"Cogito ergo ___" : SUM
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Red-haired toy craze of 1996 : TICKLEMEELMO
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They say this "ain't over until the fat lady sings" : OPERA
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"Yes, cap'n" : AYE
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"99 Luftballons" singer, 1984 : NENA
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"No ___ do!" : CAN
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Large wine container : VAT
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Bonus item : ADDON
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Request from the voracious plant in "Little Shop of Horrors" : FEEDMESEYMOUR
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"Color me impressed!" : ILLBE
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Comment after getting off a dizzying amusement park ride : IFEELSICK
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Christopher who directed "Dunkirk" : NOLAN
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V.I.P.s at board meetings : CEOS
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Falco of "The Sopranos" : EDIE
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Symbols in movie ratings : STARS
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Stitches : SEWS
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Which came first ... this or the chicken? : EGG
Down
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Call to Little Bo-Peep : BAA
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Mil. branch for sailors : USN
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On the down-low : SECRETLY
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When tripled, catchphrase of the Muppets' Swedish Chef : BORK
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Completely zen : CALM
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World's fastest land animal (up to 70 m.p.h.) : CHEETAH
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Icing, essentially : SUGAR
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It's a long story : SAGA
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Lemonade + ___ = Arnold Palmer : ICEDTEA
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Like the equation y = 2x + 3 : LINEAR
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Outdoes in a back-and-forth : ONEUPS
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Superiors to cpls. : SGTS
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Slice and dice : CHOPUP
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Mo. for trick-or-treaters : OCT
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Call wrongly : MISNAME
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Arthur ___ Stadium, U.S. Open locale : ASHE
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Ran out of battery : DIED
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Italy's Blue Grotto is a famous one : SEACAVE
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School for 3- and 4-year-olds, informally : PREK
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Sharp part of a knife : EDGE
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Conservationist John who co-founded the Sierra Club : MUIR
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Heed : OBEY
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Activity for a snow day : SLEDRIDE
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"Er, I think I'll pass" : UMNO
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Gripe : MOAN
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Make the rounds? : TENDBAR
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Penalty for missing the payment deadline : LATEFEE
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Ultimate purpose : ENDUSE
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Large feline kept as a pet by Salvador Dalí : OCELOT
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Classic Spanish rice dish : PAELLA
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Adidas competitor : ASICS
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Big inits. in 1990s internet : AOL
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Signs of nearby sharks : FINS
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Clothing store department : MENS
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"#@&%! My toe!" : YEOW
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Military cafeteria : MESS
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"Butt" : CIG
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Large beer container : KEG

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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