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New York Times, Monday, November 22, 2021

Figure to aim for, according to personal trainers

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Monday, October 18, 2021.
Author:
Freddie Cheng
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JXZ} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Cheng.
Freddie Cheng notes:
So I was in the gym one day (this was pre-COVID), and a chart on a wall of 33A vs. age that I had not paid much attention to ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Artistic, those shaded square patterns. I see a face. Ominous clouds. The Grim! A duck melting into a clock. Not sure what those ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times10/18/21 ( No. 26,277 )
Across
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State known for lobsters and pine trees : MAINE
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Laziest of the deadly sins : SLOTH
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Pal : BUB
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St. ___ fire : ELMOS
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Outdoor lounging area : PATIO
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Actress Gasteyer of "Saturday Night Live" fame : ANA
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Athlete who rarely gets sacked or has a pass intercepted : STARQUARTERBACK
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Pig : HOG
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Stereotypical name for a dog : FIDO
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Like neon gas : NOBLE
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Classic cinema name : ODEON
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It's inhaled on an ocean cruise : SEAAIR
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Frenzies : MANIAS
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Run-down places : RATTRAPS
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2, 4, 6 and 8, but not 1, 3, 5 and 7 : EVENS
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___ latte : CHAI
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Figure to aim for, according to personal trainers : TARGETHEARTRATE
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Moistens : WETS
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Bar mitzvah dances : HORAS
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Pastry made with an orchard fruit : PEARTART
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Start, as a computer : BOOTUP
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Coins of India : RUPEES
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Stuff of little substance : FLUFF
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Woman's name derived from the Greek for "peace" : IRENA
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Angel's overhead? : HALO
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"That's really nice!" : OOH
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Political group symbolized by a donkey : DEMOCRATICPARTY
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___ out a living : EKE
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Not with the times : UNHIP
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Handmade sign held up by a kid in the bleachers : HIMOM
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___ Andreas fault : SAN
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Histories that may be checkered or sordid : PASTS
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Twin Mary-Kate or Ashley : OLSEN
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Fine lattice : MESH
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Kind of sax : ALTO
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"It's curtains for me!" : IMAGONER
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Conjunction used in logic : NOR
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Abbr. after a lawyer's name : ESQ
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Ferdinand and Isabella's land : SPAIN
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Nonvegan shortening : LARD
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Germany's von Bismarck : OTTO
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Classic Father's Day gift : TIE
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Charlotte hoopster : HORNET
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Start of a nursery rhyme about bags of wool : BAABAA
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Detach, as a seatbelt : UNCLIP
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Bread makers : BAKERS
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Causes of some mysterious radar blips, in brief : UFOS
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Pig in the wild : BOAR
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Microwave notification : DING
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Simplicity : EASE
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Mix with a spoon : STIR
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Ran across : MET
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Director DuVernay : AVA
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Butler of "Gone With the Wind" : RHETT
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Penlight batteries : AAAS
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One-named pop diva : CHER
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"___ the night before Christmas ..." : TWAS
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Holier-than-___ : THOU
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Housetop : ROOF
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Various creative mediums ... or a hint to variations found in the shaded squares : ARTFORMS
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Sigma's follower : TAU
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Telepathic letters : ESP
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Lion packs : PRIDES
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Shout accompanying a brilliant realization : EUREKA
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Prehistoric human relations? : APEMEN
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Nevada slots city : RENO
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Super-miniature dog breed size : TEACUP
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Voting group : BLOC
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Tosses, as a coin : FLIPS
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Disbelieving laughs : HAHS
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"Look ___ this way ..." : ATIT
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Siouan people : OTOE
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"Amazing Grace," for one : HYMN
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Messenger molecule : RNA
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Noodle soup in Hanoi : PHO
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Feel sick : AIL

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