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New York Times, Saturday, November 9, 2019

First female singer to have three simultaneous top 10 hits as a lead artist

Author:
Neil Padrick Wilson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 32 Missing: {JQV} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Wilson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2019, The New York Times11/9/19 ( No. 25,568 )
Across
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"Do you think!?" : ISIT
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Real yawner : SNOOZEFEST
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Scruff : NAPE
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"S'alright!" : NOPROBLEMO
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Feel the pain : ACHE
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Real drags : UTTERBORES
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One with something to prove : PROSECUTOR
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Troubles : AILS
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Scale topper : TEN
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"And this affects me ... how?" : OKSO
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Pack of hot dog buns, e.g. : OCTET
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Think box : BEAN
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Response to a morning knock : IMUP
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"Such is my fate!" : ALAS
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"That was really fun!" : IHADABLAST
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Grindelwald's portrayer in "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them" : DEPP
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Monkey suits : TUXES
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47-Down, for one : ALTO
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1981 Rick James hit that starts "She's a very kinky girl" : SUPERFREAK
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Palindromic food : NAAN
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Transportation option : RAIL
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The Quakers of the N.C.A.A. : PENN
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Twisted : WRUNG
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Nine-time winner of the Sugar Bowl, informally : BAMA
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Obsolescent aid for a businessperson, for short : PDA
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They might be curled or dipped : TOES
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Tried to tempt with : USEDASBAIT
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"This is a travesty!" : IMOUTRAGED
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___ Reader : UTNE
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Pre-moving event : GARAGESALE
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One bending over backward : YOGI
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Black breakfast beverage : ENGLISHTEA
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Insolent sort : SNOT
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Not fitting : INAPT
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Stereotypical exclamation from Hercule Poirot : SACREBLEU
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FaceTime or Wallet : IPHONEAPP
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Butt end? : TEES
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Crept (by) : SNUCK
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Them : NOTUS
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Decide one will : OPTTO
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Dirt pie ingredient : OREO
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Part of a Halloween costume accompanying a sword : ZORROMASK
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Die down : EBB
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Aircraft that excels at water landings : FLOATPLANE
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Like the woods suddenly falling silent : EERIE
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Refine : SMELT
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Get rid of : TOSS
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Forever and a day : EON
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Forest newbie : CUB
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In the customary way : ASPERUSUAL
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It might be put in your head : IDEA
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Spots : ADS
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"How typical ..." : ITFIGURES
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Pitch : HURL
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Get rid of : AXE
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"Cry, the Beloved Country" author : ALANPATON
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Rapturous reception for Oprah Winfrey? : STANDINGO
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Gob : TON
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Hightailed it : RAN
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Hearing aids, in brief : PAS
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Amazon, e.g. : WOMAN
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Corporate shuffle, for short : REORG
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Brought forth : BEGAT
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First female singer to have three simultaneous top 10 hits as a lead artist : ADELE
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Tyler Perry title character : MADEA
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Face-planted : ATEIT
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Buster Brown's dog : TIGE
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It's a cinch! : SASH
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Believes hook, line and sinker : BUYS
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___ Fridays : TGI

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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