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SEASON TO TASTE

New York Times, Sunday, December 19, 2021

Physician awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by G. W. Bush

Author:
Laura Taylor Kinnel
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Laura Taylor Kinnel

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Kinnel.
Will Shortz notes:
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Laura Taylor Kinnel notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times12/19/21 ( No. 26,339 )
Across
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They might be put on : ACTS
5
Singer Grande, informally : ARI
8
Undercover attire? : PJS
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___ Creole (Caribbean language) : HAITIAN
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Drive-___ : THRU
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Certain urban map : BUSROUTE
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Demoralize : UNNERVE
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Little tyke / Flatter, with "up" : PEANUT/BUTTER
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Things bachelors might have : DEGREES
26
Certain Scandinavian : FINN
27
"Gimme ___!" (start of a cheer at three Big Ten schools) : ANI
28
Noted Dadaist : ARP
30
___ Helmer, Ibsen heroine : NORA
31
Scalpel creations : SLITS
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Relative of a tee-hee / Bit of marginalia : SNICKER/DOODLE
39
M.L.K. or R.B.G.: Abbr. : INITS
41
Stage name of rapper Yasiin Bey : MOSDEF
42
Forest spirit : DRYAD
43
Pep / Onesie feature : GINGER/SNAP
47
"Sure, I'm game" : LETS
49
UNICEF address suffix : ORG
50
H.S. subj. : ENG
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Words before point or rate : ATANY
52
Ring / Hold, as inhabitants : TOLL/HOUSE
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Med school subj. : ANAT
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Certain Scandinavian : DANE
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"The One I Love" band : REM
59
___ Hall ("The Wind in the Willows" residence) : TOAD
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Loud but friendly growl : RAWR
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Bow : ARC
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Adjusts the spacing between, as typed letters : KERNS
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No ___ (apartment policy) : PETS
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Big name in cast-iron cookware : STAUB
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Reduce in volume / As new : THIN/MINT
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It'll knock you out : ETHER
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Ogler : EYER
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Chiwere speakers : OTOES
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Christmas ornament, often : ORB
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Modern prefix with medicine : TELE
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Becomes less taut : SAGS
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Old "Up, up and away" sloganeer : TWA
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Mannheim madame : FRAU
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Fivers : ABES
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Kind of leaf / Scientist born on Christmas Day in 1642 : FIG/NEWTON
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With 111-Down, cholesterol reducer : OLEIC
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Musician Brian : ENO
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Paris's ___ Saint-Louis : ILE
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___ Finch, "ER" doctor : CLEO
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Possible result of getting one's wires crossed / Moolah : SHORT/BREAD
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Singer/actress Shore : DINAH
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Big block : LOGJAM
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Two-time U.S. Open tennis champion while still a teen : SELES
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Breakfast dish / Fruitcake tidbit : OATMEAL/RAISIN
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Amasses, with "up" : RACKS
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Nuclear medicine units : RADS
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"___, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus" : YES
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___ culpa : MEA
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Trig function : SINE
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Some laundromat machines : COINOPS
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This puzzle's images, in two different ways : COOKIECUTTERS
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Physician awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom by G. W. Bush : DRFAUCI
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Party staple : ONIONDIP
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Prefix with space : AERO
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Chandelier part, often : CRYSTAL
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___-mo : SLO
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Football units: Abbr. : YDS
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Hurdle for a J.D. wannabe : LSAT
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Court sport grp. : ATP
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Course preparers : CHEFS
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Becoming faint : TRAILINGAWAY
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Solarium activity : SUNNING
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National dance co. : ABT
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It was eliminated from the U.S. in 2004 : RUBELLA
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Library IDs : ISBNS
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Kitty : POT
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Project : JUT
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Outback orders : STEAKS
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Cabinet dept. since 1965 : HUD
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Come to ___ : ANEND
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Nightmare : TERROR
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"Got it" : IREADYOU
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"___ Maria" : AVE
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Super Mario Bros. platform : NES
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Downfall : RUIN
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Dropped the ball : ERRED
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Remove, as a ribbon : UNTIE
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Green shampoo : PRELL
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Italian thoroughfare : STRADA
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Wishy-washy response : IMAY
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Get, slangily : COP
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Genuine : HEARTFELT
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Filmmaker von Trier : LARS
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Little lead : EDGE
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Some graffiti : STREETART
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First and reverse : GEARS
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Not learned : INNATE
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Proverb-spouting Panza : SANCHO
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Lancaster-to-Scranton dir. : NNE
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Citrus hybrid : TANGELO
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Come to ___ : TERMS
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Present opening? : OMNI
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"Gonna Let It Shine" singer : ODETTA
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Personal essence : TRUESELF
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Where to go on a trip? : RESTAREA
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Not a mystery : KNOWN
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One keeping others up at night, perhaps : SNORER
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Something else : THEBEESKNEES
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Singer Gomez : SELENA
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Went in a different direction : BRANCHEDOUT
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"What's ___ you?" : ITTO
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Pride and prejudice, e.g. : TRAITS
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Fix, as a lawn : RESOD
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Pirate : BUCCANEER
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Set : GEL
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Mushroom : SWELL
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Woman in Progressive ads : FLO
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Classic dog name : FIDO
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Hip bones : ILIA
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What some neighborhoods do : GENTRIFY
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More than enough : TOOMANY
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Volts/amp : OHMS
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Long-tailed monkey : SAI
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Blowout party : BLAST
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Piano performance, possibly : RECITAL
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Some ranges : AMANAS
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El ___ ("View of Toledo" painter) : GRECO
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___ Cradle (maritime rescue device) : JASONS
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Popular adoption agcy. : ASPCA
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"Sign me up!" : IMIN
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High-maintenance : NEEDY
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Richard famous for large-scale sculptures : SERRA
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See 89-Across : ACID
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Agcy. fighting epidemics : CDC
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Bobby of the N.H.L. : ORR
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Part of R.S.V.P. : SIL
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Old-fashioned menorah filler : OIL
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"Kitchy-kitchy-___!" : KOO
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Raises : UPS
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Teetotaler's opposite : SOT

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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