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New York Times, Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Logic puzzle invented by a math teacher as a teaching tool

Author:
Tao Platt
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Tao Platt

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Platt.
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© 2021, The New York Times12/14/21 ( No. 26,334 )
Across
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Policy nerd : WONK
5
P.F. ___ (restaurant chain) : CHANGS
11
Query : ASK
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Gaelic language : ERSE
15
Actor Pattinson : ROBERT
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Actress Farrow : MIA
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Northern European region : SCANDINAVIA
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Cozy lodging : INN
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Kind of beef from Japan : KOBE
21
Like the richest soufflé : EGGIEST
23
County of Newark, N.J. : ESSEX
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Oil-drilling structure : RIG
27
Feeling of dejection : LOWNESS
30
Its flag has a blue 61-Across : FINLAND
34
Lyrical dedication : ODE
35
Scare off : DETER
37
Play dirty : GOLOW
38
"Star Wars" racing vehicles : PODS
40
Flier with a tail : COMET
42
Fiona or Shrek : OGRE
43
Swords with blunted ends : EPEES
45
Radium discoverer : CURIE
47
Mr. ___ (Tootsie Pop's avian mascot) : OWL
48
Its flag has a white 61-Across : DENMARK
50
Beguile, to Brits : ENTHRAL
52
"___ been meaning to mention ..." : IVE
53
Military helicopters, colloquially : HUEYS
54
2021 Elizabeth Warren book : PERSIST
58
Two kings or two queens, e.g. : PAIR
60
Chopper : AXE
61
Flag symbol seen twice in this puzzle's grid : NORDICCROSS
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Rapper ___ Wayne : LIL
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Novelist Graham : GREENE
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Opera highlight : ARIA
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It's a mess! : STY
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Was in a state of suppressed agitation : STEWED
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Actor Jon of "Good Omens" : HAMM
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Director Anderson : WES
2
Tolkien monster : ORC
3
Secretive org. : NSA
4
Logic puzzle invented by a math teacher as a teaching tool : KENKEN
5
Baby's bed : CRIB
6
Refine, as a skill : HONE
7
Lawyers' group, for short : ABA
8
Actress Campbell : NEVE
9
Climber's belaying device : GRIGRI
10
Job for a play director : STAGING
11
Female friend in France : AMIE
12
Gluttony and lust, for two : SINS
13
Philosopher Immanuel : KANT
18
Outed maliciously online : DOXED
22
Home with a northern exposure : IGLOO
23
Got married in Vegas, perhaps : ELOPED
24
"That's awesome!" : SODOPE
25
Its flag has a yellow 61-Across : SWEDEN
28
Little bit of time : SEC
29
Soup starter : STOCK
30
"___ Jacques, dormez-vous?" : FRERE
31
Popular vote winner of 2000 : ALGORE
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Its flag has a blue-and-white 61-Across : NORWAY
33
Lingers (on) : DWELLS
36
Second-tallest bird on earth : EMU
39
Penultimate matches : SEMIS
41
10th anniversary gift : TIN
44
Nest egg : SAVINGS
46
Set of moral principles : ETHIC
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Vacation destination : RESORT
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"Yay!" : HURRAH
54
Friends : PALS
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Sign at a highway cloverleaf : EXIT
56
Depend (on) : RELY
57
See 58-Down : TREE
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With 57-Down, car air freshener shape : PINE
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Got an A on : ACED
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Drops on the grass? : DEW
63
Hour, in Italy : ORA
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Virtual citizen in a popular video game franchise : SIM
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Symbolic U.S. "uncle" : SAM

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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