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New York Times, Saturday, December 11, 2021

Author:
Hal Moore
Editor:
Will Shortz
Moles are found in it
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JVX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Moore. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Hal Moore notes:
This is my first NYT puzzle since the birth of my daughter, and it is dedicated to her and her amazing mom. I submitted it before her ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Themelesses featuring grid-spanning 15-letter marquees can be tough to pull off since these long entries take up a lot of real estate. ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/11/21 ( No. 26,331 )
Across
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Producer of inflation : AIR
4
Ranking no. : GPA
7
Confront, in slang : STEPTO
13
Some origin stories : PREQUELS
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"Rumors are carried by ___, spread by fools and accepted by idiots" (old saying) : HATERS
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Moles are found in it : TAQUERIA
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1991 platinum debut album by a female singer : ALANIS
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Fantastic voyage : QUEST
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Collaborative resource : WIKI
22
React to a baby, maybe : COO
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Promulgate : ISSUE
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Food often served with plastic grass : SUSHI
27
Onetime Mughal capital : AGRA
29
Dirt farm? : RUMORMILL
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Ran : BLED
33
Army ___ : BRAT
34
Befuddled : ATSEA
36
Ushered : LEDIN
38
Medalla material : ORO
39
"Ain't gonna happen" : NOHOW
40
Country rocker Steve : EARLE
41
Small-batch publication : ZINE
43
It's often framed : PANE
44
Treatment for jet lag : MELATONIN
46
One of the Scooby-Doo gang : FRED
47
Elder brother of Moses : AARON
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Like talk, they say : CHEAP
50
Pentagon inits. : DOD
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"It would ___ ..." : SEEM
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Elizabeth of cosmetics : ARDEN
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Question that introduces doubt : ORISIT
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Something a judge might show : LENIENCY
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"It's nothing," in Spanish : DENADA
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Where some unsolicited advice comes from : BACKSEAT
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Course challenge : DOGLEG
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Black ___ : TEA
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"Cool, dude!" : RAD
Down
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Prone : APT
2
Where the Noah's Ark story is thought to have occurred, today : IRAQ
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Essential work : REQUIREDREADING
4
One might be educated : GUESS
5
Unsettle : PERTURB
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Subject of David Remnick's "King of the World" : ALI
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"All Eyez on Me" rapper : SHAKUR
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It's thought to ward off bad energy : TALISMAN
9
H : ETA
10
One making good points in the classroom? : PENCILSHARPENER
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Something no two people can be : TRIO
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___ buco : OSSO
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17-Across offering : QUESADILLA
15
Spotted : SAW
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Kind of muscle contraction : ISOTONIC
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Tender union? : EUROZONE
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Cousins of crew cuts : HITOPFADES
27
Fit : ABLE
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Twinkle : GLEAM
30
San Rafael's county : MARIN
31
Director Sergio : LEONE
35
Struck dumb : AWED
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One face of the moon : NEARSIDE
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Bolster : ENHANCE
45
Identifier seen in the "Six Feet Under" title sequence : TOETAG
49
Actress Alexander of "Get Out" : ERIKA
50
2010's ___-Frank Act : DODD
51
Name for a Dalmatian, perhaps : OREO
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Card games are played in it : MLB
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Grp. with much-discussed amateurism rules : NCAA
57
Spanish seasoning : SAL
59
Have : EAT
60
Paycheck abbr. : YTD

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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