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New York Times, Friday, December 11, 2020

7-Down : Feral

Author:
Ari Richter
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 33 Missing: none – this is a pangram. Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Richter.
Ari Richter notes:
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© 2020, The New York Times12/11/20 ( No. 25,966 )
Across
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Still on the line, say : DAMP
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Slights : SNUBS
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Big name in razors : ATRA
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One of two or three in a typical orchestra : OBOE
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Can you believe it? : TENET
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Stuff in a muffin : BRAN
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Informal cheer : WOOT
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Something about which you might say "It's good!" : EXTRAPOINT
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"Be smart about this, now ..." : DONTGETANYIDEAS
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It requires some assembly : QUORUM
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Spiced up : ZESTY
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Growth ___ : SPURT
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Actress Rosie of "Do the Right Thing" : PEREZ
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Shrubland sight : HEATH
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Completely off course : DERAILED
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A home? : OAKLAND
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Without stopping : INONEGO
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Some early arrivals : PREEMIES
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"Let's go!," in Durango : VAMOS
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Like some masks : CLOTH
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Ham it up : EMOTE
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"Same here" : ASAMI
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Take part : JOININ
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Like some perfume ads : SCRATCHANDSNIFF
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Crack jokes, perhaps? : POTTYHUMOR
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Where Jackie Robinson played college ball : UCLA
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Northwest county of Pennsylvania : ERIE
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Fetal positions? : UTERI
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Deck wood : TEAK
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One might be pressing : NEED
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Ponders : MUSES
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Point on a vane in Spain : ESTE
Down
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Pulitzer-winning writer Maureen : DOWD
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Peek-___ : ABOO
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Phenomenon discovered by Apollo astronauts : MOONQUAKE
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Terrarium inhabitant, maybe : PETTURTLE
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Take turns, say : STEER
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On deck : NEXTUP
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Feral : UNTAMED
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"Feel the ___" (onetime political slogan) : BERN
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Command that one shouldn't follow : STAY
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Home : ABODE
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Goes for it : TRIES
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Rushed : RANAT
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On edge : ANTSY
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Fixtures used for pies : PIZZAOVENS
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Penguin's home : GOTHAMCITY
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Store : SHOP
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___ drop (British sweet treat) : PEAR
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Big seller of outdoor equipment : REI
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Suffix with northwest : ERN
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Shortly : INAMINUTE
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Cool summer treats : LEMONICES
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Set of awards won by John Legend and Rita Moreno, for short : EGOT
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Measurement that might be made in milligrams : DOSE
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Zip : NIL
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"To God," in hymns : DEO
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Name on an orange Monopoly property : STJAMES
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French printmaker ___ Daumier : HONORE
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Resort near White River National Forest : ASPEN
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What two X's make : SCORE
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___ Ziff, antagonist on "The Simpsons" : ARTIE
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Like unsuccessful chess players : MATED
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Actor Elba : IDRIS
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Pal : CHUM
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Native of Rwanda : HUTU
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Unchanged, as on an earnings report : FLAT
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Like bot accounts on social media : FAKE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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