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New York Times, Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Author:
Christopher Youngs
Editor:
Will Shortz
One of three in the foreground of "American Gothic"
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQV} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Youngs.
Christopher Youngs notes:
Shirley Surely weave we've awl all winced inn in grammatical discomfort upon seeing a homophone written in place of the correct word, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
If you haven't read Jasper Fforde's "The Eyre Affair," it's well worth your time. If only it had been about Brontë's descendants, it ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/1/21 ( No. 26,321 )
Across
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Titan of industry : CZAR
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Peyote and prickly pear : CACTI
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Bash : FETE
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Crazy, in Spanish : LOCO
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Literary partner of Porthos and Aramis : ATHOS
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Like the Australian outback : ARID
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Play a wrong note during a violin sonata? : ERRONTHEGSTRING
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Artist Kahlo : FRIDA
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Source of milk for Manchego cheese : EWE
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Roast host : EMCEE
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Golf course supply : SOD
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Totally wreck, as a noob : PWN
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Ripped : TORE
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Little prince taking a bath? : CLEANHEIRACT
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Went it alone : SOLOED
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Suffix with auction : EER
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"Get out!" : SHOO
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Smooths (out) : IRONS
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Largest artificial satellite in orbit, before 9-Down : MIR
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Leave a mark on : STAIN
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Muppet's makeup : FELT
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One might read "Don't talk to me until I've had my coffee" : MUG
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No-can-do : UNABLE
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"We all put things on TV sometimes"? : TOAIRISHUMAN
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Fretboard locale : NECK
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D.C. player : NAT
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American acquisition of 2001 : TWA
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Condescend (to) : DEIGN
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Lip balm brand with a pod-shaped container : EOS
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Pink-red hue : CORAL
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Headline after Jane becomes queen? : EYRETOTHETHRONE
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Something to regress to : MEAN
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Numbers for a diva : ARIAS
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Very top : APEX
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First word of Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" : ISNT
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Where Nintendo is headquartered : KYOTO
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Mother of Helen of Troy : LEDA
Down
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Heads of staff? : CLEFS
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Swordsman with a horse named Tornado : ZORRO
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Nostril-burning : ACRID
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Church cross : ROOD
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Only domestic species in the family Felidae : CAT
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She created the olive tree, in myth : ATHENA
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___ toy : CHEW
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In a relationship : TOGETHER
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39-Across successor: Abbr. : ISS
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What wearing a shirt at the beach might get you : FARMERSTAN
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Former attorney general Holder : ERIC
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One of three in the foreground of "American Gothic" : TINE
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Upper hand : EDGE
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Home of the first pizza : NAPLES
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Actress Hatcher : TERI
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Calendar abbr. : WED
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Anthem contraction : OER
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Delegation : CONTINGENT
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Hey, for horses? : NEIGH
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Obsessed captain : AHAB
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Roll of stamps : COIL
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Timbre : TONE
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Filter (through) : SIFT
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___ O's (Post cereal) : OREO
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"Whatever ___ wants, ___ gets" ("Damn Yankees" lyric) : LOLA
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Skill never performed by 15-Across, oddly enough : MUSKETRY
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Grab suddenly : SNATCH
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Word with stand or drop : MIC
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Actress Thurman : UMA
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1996 musical set in New York's Alphabet City : RENT
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Vote out, say : UNSEAT
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Amnesia in soap operas, e.g. : TROPE
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Diminished : WANED
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Voice with an Echo : ALEXA
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Singer Lovato : DEMI
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Hawks have sharp ones : EYES
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Modern home of ancient Persepolis : IRAN
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Birthplace of seven U.S. presidents : OHIO
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Kind of thermometer : ORAL
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Barrel wood : OAK
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General on a menu : TSO

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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