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New York Times, Monday, December 13, 2021

Fortune 500 company whose name rhymes, appropriately, with "quack"

Author:
Tomas Spiers
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Spiers. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2021, The New York Times12/13/21 ( No. 26,333 )
Across
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Flows out, as the tide : EBBS
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One who's always complaining, complaining, complaining : CRAB
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Prevent through intimidation : DETER
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Prefix with -naut : AERO
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___ gras (goose or duck delicacy) : FOIE
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Contents of a .jpeg file : IMAGE
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Grand Central, for one : RAILROADSTATION
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Host Harvey of "Family Feud" : STEVE
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Music genre often labeled "heavy" : METAL
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Psychedelic substance : LSD
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___ year (2020 or 2024) : LEAP
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Actor/musician whose name sounds like a drink : ICET
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Santa ___ winds : ANA
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Event of October 1929 : MARKETCRASH
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A long way away : FAR
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Bird symbolizing grace : SWAN
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Figure skater Harding : TONYA
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Spoiler of a perfect record : LOSS
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Skiing or skating : SPORT
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Legal wrong : TORT
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Love on the Loire : AMOUR
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Listening device for an undercover officer : WIRE
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Inconclusive score : TIE
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Pastry with a swirl : CINNAMONBUN
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"I've ___ enough out of you!" : HAD
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Bridge : SPAN
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Narrowly defeat, with "out" : EDGE
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La ___ (Bolivian capital) : PAZ
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"If only!" : IWISH
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€€€€€ : EUROS
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Fire safety technique ... or 17-, 29- and 49-Across together : STOPDROPANDROLL
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Where to sit for the bar? : STOOL
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Where baby Moses was found : NILE
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Go back, when editing : UNDO
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"Yum!" : TASTY
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Mother Nature's blanket : SNOW
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Ooze : SEEP
Down
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Elves have big ones, stereotypically : EARS
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Musical rhythm : BEAT
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Star of "Room" and "Captain Marvel" : BRIELARSON
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Do a crossword, say : SOLVE
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Money manager, in brief : CFO
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Wander about : ROAM
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Right-hand person : AIDE
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Closest pal : BESTIE
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Cockney vis-à-vis English : DIALECT
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An essential worker, for short : EMT
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A sea horse has a prehensile one : TAIL
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Big heads : EGOS
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Tear up : REND
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Printing paper units : REAMS
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What you may use when turning down an invitation : TACT
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Canine "handshake" offerings : PAWS
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Gait for a horse with a buggy : TROT
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Fortune 500 company whose name rhymes, appropriately, with "quack" : AFLAC
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Tennis champ Osaka : NAOMI
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Grammy genre since 1988 : RAP
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In the public consciousness : KNOWN
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Terse request to a bartender : ANOTHERONE
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Damascus is its capital : SYRIA
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Word repeated in Roger Ebert's "I ___, ___, ___ This Movie" : HATED
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Phoenix N.B.A. team : SUNS
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Poke fun at : RIB
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"You're right" : TRUE
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With haste : RAPIDLY
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Came to a close : ENDED
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Bryn ___ (women's college) : MAWR
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Liver and ___ (dish) : ONIONS
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Spiritual guides : GURUS
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[Hey! Over here!] : PSST
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Lead-in to boy or girl : ATTA
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They have everything from aardvarks to zebras : ZOOS
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Whirl : SPIN
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Sign of saintliness : HALO
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Ye ___ Shoppe : OLDE
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Pigs' supper : SLOP
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What calls the kettle black, in an expression : POT
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Fresh : NEW

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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