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New York Times, Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Work of art that goes to waist?

Author:
Billy Ouska
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Ouska.
Billy Ouska notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times11/30/21 ( No. 26,320 )
Across
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Exam for some coll. seniors : MCAT
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Actress Kurylenko : OLGA
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Stow away : STASH
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The singer Lorde's given name : ELLA
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Home of many of the world's alpacas : PERU
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Philadelphia N.F.L.er : EAGLE
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Cadillac rims? : CEES
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Work at a news desk, maybe : EDIT
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Bygone Italian coins : LIRAS
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Sign outside a Stratego tournament? : CAPTURETHEFLAG
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Greek goddess of wisdom : ATHENA
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2011 Jay-Z/Kanye West hit that pays tribute to singer Redding : OTIS
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Sign outside a Scrabble tournament? : SITFORASPELL
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Web portal owned by Verizon : AOL
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Contract period : TERM
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Dazzles : SHINES
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Facebook Messenger activity : CHAT
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"You rang?" : YES
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Astronomical event : NOVA
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Among, as friends : INWITH
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Up for anything : GAME
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Happenin', modernly : LIT
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Sign outside a Taboo tournament? : DONTSAYAWORD
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Mystique : AURA
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Many a plaza has one : STATUE
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Sign outside a dominoes tournament? : CONNECTTHEDOTS
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Finland's largest company by revenue : NOKIA
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Circular earring : HOOP
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Certain sausage, informally : BRAT
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Play, as a guitar : STRUM
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Doughnuts, topologically : TORI
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Workplace org. created in 1970 : OSHA
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"Same with me" : ASAMI
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Schedule opening : SLOT
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Mafia V.I.P.s : DONS
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Destination for many pilgrims : MECCA
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Shoe spike : CLEAT
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The beginning of the Hebrew world? : ALEPH
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Takes a first bite of : TASTES
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Do surgery : OPERATE
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Start of an article, in journalist lingo : LEDE
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Moxie : GRIT
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Wilde or Wilder : AUTHOR
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Not willing to share : SELFISH
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Dizzying decline : TAILSPIN
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Noted mausoleum site : AGRA
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Smelting byproduct : SLAG
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"___ a real nowhere man" (Beatles lyric) : HES
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Mile or mole : UNIT
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Data for airport limo drivers, for short : ETAS
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Destroy, as a motherboard : FRY
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The end of the Greek world? : OMEGA
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Carbon compound : ENOL
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First name in denim : LEVI
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Exam for some coll. seniors : LSAT
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Very harsh, as comments : ACID
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Cry of horror : OHNO
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Spot for a campaign sign : LAWN
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Element named after a group in Greek myth : TITANIUM
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Noticed : SAW
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Overwhelming amount : TSUNAMI
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Notoriously fast starter : HARE
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Where you might bump into a metal fan : MOSHPIT
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Art Deco icon : ERTE
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Sails in style, in a way : YACHTS
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Flabby male physique (that's not exclusive to fathers) : DADBOD
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Work of art that goes to waist? : TORSO
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Beehive State resident : UTAHN
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These, in Madrid : ESTAS
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Camp beds : COTS
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Vegetable that's often fried : OKRA
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Level or lever : TOOL
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One seeing red? : TORO
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Home to many cybersafety experts, in brief : NSA

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