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New York Times, Thursday, December 2, 2021

Author:
Rebecca Goldstein
Editor:
Will Shortz
Performance artist portraying male characters
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Rebecca Goldstein

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Goldstein.
Rebecca Goldstein notes:
Like many others, I started constructing during the pandemic when my wife ever so gently suggested that I find a hobby. Since then, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Rebuses typically generate two "a-ha" clicks, when the solver 1.) figures out the compressed string of letters, and 2.) why they're ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/2/21 ( No. 26,322 )
Across
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Thwack : SWAT
5
Bow ties, e.g. : PASTA
10
Dollar alternative : AVIS
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Like chocolate mousse : RICH
15
Puckish : ELFIN
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Lunar plain : MARE
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Circadian rhythm regulator : INTERNALCLOCK
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Heaps : ATON
20
Tech executive, for short : CIO
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Labor leader Dolores Huerta or astronaut Ellen Ochoa : LATINA
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Representative Bowman, the first male member of "The Squad" : JAMAAL
26
H.S. course that might have a unit on the Harlem Renaissance : AMERICANLIT
28
Singer Tori : AMOS
29
Mendelssohn work in E flat major, and others : OCTETS
31
Make definite, informally : ICE
32
Mojito ingredient : MINT
33
Rejections : NOES
34
Scepter topper : ORB
36
Does dirty : BETRAYS
38
Word before oil or water : MINERAL
42
Use a 56-Across : ROW
43
"Sure, sure" : IBET
45
Delicate textile : LACE
46
Presidential nickname : ABE
48
Ticks off : ANGERS
50
Open ___ : ARMS
51
Performance artist portraying male characters : DRAGKING
53
Agree : SAYYES
55
Hawaii is famous for them : VOLCANOES
56
Boat propeller : OAR
57
Pulitzer-winning novelist Jennifer : EGAN
58
One of a pair at the dinner table ... or a hint to this puzzle's theme : SALTSHAKER
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Like texting during a conversation, to some : RUDE
66
Ancient Greek marketplace : AGORA
67
Refer to : CITE
68
Symbol of Russia : BEAR
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"Copy that" : NOTED
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Checkup, e.g. : EXAM
Down
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Hindu honorific : SRI
2
Success : WIN
3
One may be tough to follow : ACT
4
Historic Bay Area neighborhood with a 600-square-foot rainbow flag : THECASTRO
5
Australia, once : PENALCOLONY
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Every last one : ALL
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West Coast air hub, for short : SFO
8
First X or O : TIC
9
Tarsal adornment : ANKLET
10
Violin family name : AMATI
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Papal collection overseen by a bibliothecarius : VATICANLIBRARY
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1996 hit for Alanis Morissette : IRONIC
13
House mate? : SENATE
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Narrow inlet : RIA
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Basis of some insurance fraud : ARSON
23
Place to hang a mezuzah : JAMB
24
Bestie in Bordeaux : AMIE
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Largest French-speaking city in North America : MONTREALCANADA
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Consumed : ATE
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German physician who coined the term "animal magnetism" : MESMER
30
Vouch (for), in a way : COSIGN
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Something that's impossible to run by yourself : RELAYRACE
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Still up, say : AWAKE
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"A pity, really" : ITSSOSAD
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Peak : ACME
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Word often confused with "fewer" : LESS
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Plead : BEG
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Too, for one : ADVERB
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Shoe with decorative perforations : BROGUE
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Leaf producer : NISSAN
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Hopeless case : GONER
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Contented sigh : AAH
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Earlier : AGO
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Park place? : LOT
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L'ora della siesta, maybe : TRE
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"Parent-approved" cereal : KIX
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GPS approximation : ETA
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"Stand" band, 1989 : REM

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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