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New York Times, Monday, November 22, 2021

Toy that goes up slow and comes down fast

Author:
Stella Zawistowski
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Stella Zawistowski

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 35 Missing: {HJQZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 21 for Ms. Zawistowski.
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© 2021, The New York Times11/22/21 ( No. 26,312 )
Across
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Bottom of a shoe : SOLE
5
Had on : WORE
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Insurance worker : AGENT
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Work by a composer : OPUS
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Skating leap : AXEL
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Outdoor party locale : PATIO
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Pastime for armchair sports enthusiasts : FANTASYBASEBALL
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Corrosive substance : ALKALI
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ExxonMobil's business : OIL
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Toy that goes up slow and comes down fast : SLED
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Close, as a jacket : BUTTONUP
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What a grocery scanner scans, for short : UPC
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Unidentifiable protein : MYSTERYMEAT
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They're paid to play : PROS
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Grp. that extends from Canada to Chile : OAS
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Lustful, informally : RANDY
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Sightseeing on wheels : BUSTOUR
40
Finally starts talking : OPENSUP
42
Like draft beers : ONTAP
43
"Baby Cobra" comic Wong : ALI
44
Christmas season : YULE
45
Holy site in Jerusalem : WESTERNWALL
49
When a plane is due in, in brief : ETA
50
Hair stylist, fancily : COIFFEUR
52
Old Glory, for one : FLAG
56
Sch. in Fort Worth : TCU
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"The very idea!" : INEVER
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Spanish or French, but not German : ROMANCELANGUAGE
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"Tosca" or "Turandot" : OPERA
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Opening for a coin : SLOT
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Speak to a deaf person, in a way : SIGN
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What the start of 17-, 29-, 45- or 61-Across is, in a bookstore : GENRE
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Tickle Me Elmo maker, once : TYCO
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Otherwise : ELSE
Down
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Living room seat : SOFA
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Iridescent gem : OPAL
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Meathead : LUNK
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Abbr. before a date on a business shingle : ESTAB
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Question to a suspected culprit : WASITYOU
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Popular acne medication : OXY
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Starts up again, as a computer : REBOOTS
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Pal of Jerry on "Seinfeld" : ELAINE
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Primate with no tail : APE
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Talks on and on : GABS
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And others: Abbr. : ETAL
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River on which Cleopatra cruised : NILE
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Couldn't keep a secret : TOLD
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Grad : ALUM
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Shpeak indishtinctly : SLUR
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Ruler in pre-Communist Russia : TSAR
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Heap for burning : PYRE
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Instruction for a violinist : UPBOW
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Dehydrated plum : PRUNE
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Things weighed against benefits : COSTS
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Not just a few : MANY
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Come next : ENSUE
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One who's 18 or older : ADULT
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Like an impatient and competitive personality : TYPEA
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"Now!" in the operating room : STAT
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Intl. group that has no members in Europe or North America : OPEC
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Minnesota's St. ___ College : OLAF
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Enter en masse, as a car : PILEINTO
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In a terrible way : AWFULLY
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Coll. military program : ROTC
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Most pleasant : NICEST
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Where inhaled air goes : LUNG
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Find a second function for : REUSE
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Creature that goes "ribbit!" : FROG
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Run easily : LOPE
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"You said it, brother!" : AMEN
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Actress Teri : GARR
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Colorado skiing mecca : VAIL
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Objects in an Easter hunt : EGGS
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Surrealist Magritte : RENE
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Scottish negative : NAE
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Member of a D.C. "Squad" : AOC

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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