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New York Times, Saturday, December 12, 2020

Representation of the first-born child of "earth mother" and "sky father," in Hawaiian culture

Author:
Sid Sivakumar and Brooke Husic
Editor:
Will Shortz
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1.72110
Sid Sivakumar
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1.59000
Brooke Husic

This puzzle:

Rows: 16, Columns: 15 Words: 71, Blocks: 36 Missing: {XZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Sivakumar. This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Husic. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Constructor notes:
For our second Times collaboration, we sought a themeless grid with a novel architecture. Sid had the idea of a marquee central stack ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
There's a great "something for everyone" vibe to this puzzle, drawing from such diverse topics as literature (MUCKRAKING — dang it, ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jeff doesn't appreciate SQUALL LINE or ET ALIBI, but I like them both. SQUALL LINE I happen to know. ET ALIBI is unfamiliar, but it's ... read more
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© 2020, The New York TimesNo. 1212 ( 25,967 )
Across
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Company with the most U.S. patents per year since 1993 : IBM
4
"Quiet, you!" : SHUSH
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Bench targets, for short : PECS
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Profession in Upton Sinclair's "The Jungle" : MEATPACKER
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"That said ...," in a text : OTOH
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Narrow band of storms : SQUALLLINE
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Country whose flag stripe colors are exactly the same as Guinea's except in reverse order : MALI
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Tilt : UNBALANCE
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Longtime college basketball coach Kruger : LON
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Tempur-Pedic acquisition of 2012 : SEALY
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What doesn't require a return envelope? : EFILING
25
Gets ready to throw : TAKESAIM
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Focus of some celebrity suits : LIBEL
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Suffix with elector : ATE
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What shows what you're made of? : DNAPROFILE
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"Whew!" : THATWASCLOSE
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They cover all the bases : HOMERUNTROTS
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"Capeesh?" : UNDERSTOOD
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Drink, in a way : LAP
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Demands : NEEDS
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Rhythmic pattern in jazz : STOPTIME
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I, for one : SUBJECT
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Having overhangs, say : EAVED
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Symbol for elasticity, in economics : ETA
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Like cars in a junkyard, maybe : RUSTEATEN
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Story lines : ARCS
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Luxury wear for showgoers : OPERACAPES
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Fairy ___ : TALE
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Order in the court : PLEASERISE
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Host : SLEW
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Annual event first held at the Hollywood Athletic Club : EMMYS
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Org. with X-rays : TSA
Down
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Pings : IMS
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Pass on after passing on : BEQUEATH
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Representation of the first-born child of "earth mother" and "sky father," in Hawaiian culture : MAUNAKEA
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Flares : SPLAYS
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Part of a campus map : HALL
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Sch. with the most applications in the U.S. : UCLA
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Foundation location : SKIN
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Thusly : HENCE
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Fluffy dog, for short : POM
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Latin for "and elsewhere" : ETALIBI
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Mustard, for one : COLONEL
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Rafter neighbor : SHINGLE
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Put on hold : TABLE
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Diving spot : REEF
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On the double : STAT
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"It's game over for me" : ILOST
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Die-hard fan no matter what, in slang : LIFER
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Amy of "Arrival" : ADAMS
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Alaska, often : INSET
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Computer shortcuts : MACROS
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Hybrid fruit also known as an aprium : PLUOT
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Musical piece with a recurring theme : RONDO
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Jazzy Jeff, per a 1988 3x platinum album title : THEDJ
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Not so great : WORSE
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Tapenade discard : OLIVEPIT
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State of being broken : TAMENESS
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Flew : SPED
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Wins a race against, perhaps : UNSEATS
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N as in Nissan? : NEUTRAL
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Total meltdown : DEBACLE
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Heads out, slangily : PEACES
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Siberian native : TATAR
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Bumper ___ : CROP
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Mathematical suffix : TUPLE
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Feel : SEEM
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Part of San Francisco's Muni system : TRAM
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A snap : EASY
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Hem, e.g. : SEW
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Last word of "America the Beautiful" : SEA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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