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New York Times, Friday, December 17, 2021

He once wrote "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity"

Author:
Evans Clinchy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QWZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Clinchy.
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Given his picture (above), Evans should have featured the GIMBAP roll at 1-Across, not BIBIMBAP! I've binged so many K-dramas during ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/17/21 ( No. 26,337 )
Across
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Popular Korean rice dish : BIBIMBAP
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Facial expression : VISAGE
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Bach's "Christmas ___" : ORATORIO
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Offline activity? : IMPROV
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Towered over : BESTRODE
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Sugar in one's coffee, e.g. : SOLUTE
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Ancient land that included parts of modern Iraq and Turkey : ASSYRIA
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Place to buy overpriced drinks : MINIBAR
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Keane who drew "The Family Circus" : BIL
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Do some light cardio : JOG
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Ink : TATS
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Quarters feed into them : SEMIS
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Kind of salami : GENOA
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His debut album was 1987's "Rhyme Pays" : ICET
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Tears : HOTSTREAKS
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"Ahhh!" : THATHITSTHESPOT
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"Wow, wow, wow!" : HOLYSMOKES
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It's made by coagulating soy milk : TOFU
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Mammal with four toes on the front feet and three on the back : TAPIR
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Pleasantly flavorful : SAPID
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Financing figs. : APRS
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C'est un article défini : LES
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Certain judge's ruling : LET
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Portmanteau for a dumpster-diving anti-consumerist eater : FREEGAN
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One might be offensive : LINEMAN
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Just peachy : LOVELY
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Deliberately damage : SABOTAGE
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Possible cause of fatigue : ANEMIA
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Mean figures : AVERAGES
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People people : CELEBS
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Milky Way and others : GALAXIES
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Bubble tea : BOBA
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Ticks off : IRES
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Amp knob : BASS
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Minute : ITTYBITTY
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Northern New Jersey county : MORRIS
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Oven setting : BROIL
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Sophia Loren title role of 1953 : AIDA
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He once wrote "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity" : POE
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Fifth-century invaders : VISIGOTHS
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"That's my cue!" : IMON
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Challenge in an alley : SPLIT
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Dutch-speaking Caribbean island : ARUBA
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Insinuated : GOTAT
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Wisconsin governor Tony : EVERS
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The original Frankenstein wasn't one, despite popular belief : MONSTER
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Competes in the Aquabike World Championship : JETSKIS
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Jedi foe : SITH
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Second : ECHO
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Fast finish? : MEAL
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Shook one's defender, in sports lingo : GOTOPEN
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"___ You Experienced" (Jimi Hendrix album) : ARE
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It's all downhill from here : HIMALAYAS
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Passing financial concern? : ESTATETAX
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Per : APOP
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First name in U.N. diplomacy : KOFI
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Draw counterpart : STUD
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Follower of F.D.R. : HST
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Madame, across the Pyrenees : SENORA
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It has a duck float in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade : AFLAC
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Inclined : PRONE
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Have a ball : REVEL
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Directive to talk : SEEME
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Some smears : LIBEL
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A little too slick : GLIB
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It's hot stuff! : LAVA
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Noted gift givers : MAGI
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He won a posthumous Pulitzer Prize in 1958 : AGEE
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Adjective-to-noun suffix : NESS
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Slump : SAG

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