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New York Times, Saturday, December 25, 2021

Author:
Johan Vass
Editor:
Will Shortz
W.N.B.A. M.V.P. in 2015 and 2019
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 61, Blocks: 39 Missing: {QUX} Spans: 3, (1 triple stack) Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Vass.
Johan Vass notes:
So nice to be back with my second puzzle — and on Christmas of all days to boot! I guess with a little bit of imagination, the grid is ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Grid art! I squinted as hard, and the spirit of St. Nick allowed me a Christmas tree for Dec. 25th. It's not nearly as tree-like as ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/25/21 ( No. 26,345 )
Across
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Things you might snap on, nowadays : PHOTOAPPS
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Something suddenly fashionable : THENEWBLACK
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Welcome sign of spring : SHORTSWEATHER
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Bases of support : PLINTHS
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Writer whose initials, when doubled, become another answer in this puzzle : TSELIOT
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Charge : IONIZE
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Fly far, far away? : TSETSE
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More familiar name for hydrated magnesium silicate : TALC
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Sam who directed "A Simple Plan" : RAIMI
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Ball ___ : PEEN
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Body opening? : ANY
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Stuff : JAMPACK
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Subject of some MK-Ultra experiments : LSD
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"Let's pray it never comes to that" : GODFORBID
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Sarcastic response to an attempt at intimidation : OOHIMSCARED
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Java has a rare species of one : RHINO
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"What ___?" : GIVES
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Members of filmdom's Breakfast Club : TEENS
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The oldest known one was found carved into a mammoth tusk (∼25,000 B.C.) : MAP
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Battery type : NICAD
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They're filled with dough : ATMS
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Aquaman portrayer : MOMOA
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Side (with) : ALLY
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Listing in the Fortune 100 : MEGACORPORATION
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W.N.B.A. M.V.P. in 2015 and 2019 : ELENADELLEDONNE
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Jumper, e.g. : SLEEVELESSDRESS
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Relating to sound : PHONIC
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One cycle per second : HERTZ
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1979 Donna Summer hit ... or where it was heard : ONTHERADIO
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Model and body positivity activist Holliday : TESS
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Pained expression : OWW
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Help lift something, maybe? : ABET
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Checkout choice : PLASTICBAG
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Some spreads : PATES
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Lug : SCHLEP
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Bad way to be disguised : THINLY
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"Bad Lieutenant" star : KEITEL
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Dulcé ___, correspondent for "The Daily Show" beginning in 2017 : SLOAN
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Classic "I messed up" gift : ROSES
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Souvlaki go-with : PITA
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Be behind bars? : TEND
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Switch letters : AMFM
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Some news on Wall St. : IPOS
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Linguist Okrand who created Klingon : MARC
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21 popes : JOHNS
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Japanese beer : KIRIN
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Lose it completely : GOINSANE
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One straying from the norm : DEVIATOR
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"No way!," spelled out in a text : OHEMGEE
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Refuse : DECLINE
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Pass on : RETELL
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Places to get waxed : SALONS
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Reins in : TAMES
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Spongelike delicacy : MOREL
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Enough : AMPLE
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Cannonball targets : POOLS
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Units equal to 10 micronewtons : DYNES
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Manner : MODE
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Father of many children with Aphrodite : ARES
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Ohio pro athlete, informally : CAV
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Kick in : ADD

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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