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New York Times, Thursday, December 23, 2021

When said three times, how an overlong comment might be summarized

Author:
Stephen McCarthy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 35 Missing: {JQX} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. McCarthy.
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© 2021, The New York Times12/23/21 ( No. 26,343 )
Across
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When said three times, how an overlong comment might be summarized : BLAH
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Morgan Stanley acquisition of 2020 : ETRADE
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Shock, in a way : ZAP
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Let up : EASE
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Get something just right : NAILIT
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Word aptly hidden in "I've got this!" : EGO
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Reef deposit hung on the holiday tree? : ACHRISTMASCORAL
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Is unobliged to : NEEDNOT
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Popular web browser : CHROME
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Something an Australian might throw on the barbie : SHRIMP
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Beats (out) : EDGES
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Heath genus that's also a woman's name : ERICA
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Certain international soccer championship, familiarly : EUROS
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Noble gas you can't live without? : VITALARGON
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It's 1 for 90° : SINE
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Occasion on which to sing the hymn "Up From the Grave He Arose" : EASTER
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Word with candy or ball : COTTON
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Things caught at a beach : RAYS
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Starbucks order for a man's man? : CAFFEMACHO
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True : LOYAL
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Essential character : ETHOS
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Cause of the moon hitting your eye like a big pizza pie, in song : AMORE
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Sugar or flour : STAPLE
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Car model with a musical name : SONATA
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Miami five : THEHEAT
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Buys tickets for a couple of friends for a Polynesian getaway? : TAKESTWOTOTONGA
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Something it's good to get a hole in? : ONE
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Archers : BOWMEN
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Trash day reminder : ODOR
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Passage blocker, maybe : NAY
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New citizen, perhaps : EMIGRE
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What cynophobia is the fear of : DOGS
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Black-eyed pea, technically : BEAN
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Get ready to skate, with "up" : LACE
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Lead-in to a Southern "-ville" : ASHE
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Tries to wrangle the unwrangleable : HERDSCATS
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"Christ's Entry Into Brussels in 1889" artist : ENSOR
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More ragged : TATTIER
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___ shot : RIM
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In the way of : ALA
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45, e.g. : DISC
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Does some cave art : ETCHES
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Free-fall phenomenon, informally : ZEROG
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Good thing to bring to the field : AGAME
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North and South, but not East or West : POLES
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Gobble down : INHALE
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Chicago airport code : ORD
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___ shot : MUG
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For : PRO
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At all : EVER
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Org. that gives out "gold" but fights pirates : RIAA
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Teeny-tiny : ITSY
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"Kiss her ___ for me" ("A Holly Jolly Christmas" lyric) : ONCE
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Western gas brand : ARCO
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District of Columbia advocacy subject : STATEHOOD
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Hankering : ITCH
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N.Y.C. neighborhood next to the Bowery : NOHO
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Great-great-great-great-great grandfather of Noah : ENOS
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Dish that may be served folded : OMELET
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Old-timey agreements : AYS
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Like Santa, in traditional depictions : FAT
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Butter up, say : FLATTER
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Doesn't disturb : LETSBE
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Start of an English auto name : ASTON
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2016 animated film with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda : MOANA
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Pitch-perfect : ONKEY
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Explorer John : RAE
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Give a buzz : PHONE
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Small thing : ATOM
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Opposite of exo- : ENDO
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Full of anticipation : AGOG
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Besmirches : TARS
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Historical event given its current name in 1939: Abbr. : WWI
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"!!!" : OMG

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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