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Novel Thinking

New York Times, Sunday, December 25, 2022

Author:
John Martz
Editor:
Will Shortz
"Little House on the Prairie," e.g.?
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 80 Missing: {Q} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Martz. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
John Martz is a cartoonist, illustrator and book designer in Toronto, Ontario, who specializes in picture books and graphic novels for kids. This is his first published crossword. He found ... read more
John Martz notes:
It's fitting that this puzzle is running on Christmas Day. I make kid's books, both as an author/illustrator and a book designer for Tundra Books, a children's publisher in Toronto. For ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Plays on "novel" have been done so many times in crosswords — both in titles and grid entries — that I was predisposed to ennui. HOME PAGES referring to "Little House on the Prairie" ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/25/22 ( No. 26,710 )
Across
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Nickname of Looney Tunes animator Ben Hardaway : BUGS
5
Occupied, as a desk : SATAT
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Language of Lahore : URDU
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Cantankerous sort : CRAB
18
Siouan people : OTOE
19
1984 comedy in which Daryl Hannah plays a mermaid : SPLASH
20
Takes a turn : GOES
21
"Stop right there!" : HALT
22
Rapper ___ Dogg : NATE
23
Private address? : SALUTE
24
"Little House on the Prairie," e.g.? : HOMEPAGES
26
"The Haunting of Hill House," e.g.? : GHOSTWRITING
29
Grilled cornmeal cake popular in Latin America : AREPA
30
Singer Zadora : PIA
31
No. in an email signature line : TEL
32
The "A" of P.G.A.: Abbr. : ASSN
35
They're in it for the long haul : SEMIS
38
Cocktail made with grenadine : PINKLADY
40
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea," e.g.? : FLUIDVOLUME
42
One studying for a bar or bat mitzvah, usually : PRETEEN
43
Onboarding participants : TRAINEES
44
Wetland : FEN
45
"Back to Treasure Island," e.g.? : SECONDSTORY
48
"Ideas worth spreading" offshoot : TEDX
49
Designers' degs. : MFAS
50
Ripen : AGE
51
Grandmother: Ger. : OMA
52
Prayer support? : PEW
53
Ballerina's asset : POISE
54
Slugger Sammy : SOSA
56
Justice ___ Brown Jackson : KETANJI
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Like a bialy : ONIONY
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"Crime and Punishment," e.g.? : PRISONSENTENCES
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Make certain : ASSURE
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Running the show, so to speak : INPOWER
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Site of Vulcan's forge : ETNA
72
Vinaigrette vessel : CRUET
73
Bit of butter : PAT
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Suffix with block or stock : ADE
76
___ vivant : BON
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Some family members, informally : SIBS
78
Apple feature not found on the Apple logo : STEM
80
"If Beale Street Could Talk," e.g.? : ADDRESSBOOK
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Some speaker systems, in brief : PAS
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They often have large dollar signs on them, in cartoons : LOOTBAGS
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Stage name (and middle name) of Robyn Fenty : RIHANNA
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"Fantastic Mr. Fox," e.g.? : ANIMALPRINT
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They run parallel in a grocery store : BARCODES
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14-time winner of the French Open : NADAL
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Fortune : FATE
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Reddit Q&A : AMA
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Some campers, in brief : RVS
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Author Calvino : ITALO
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"The Help," e.g.? : WORKINGTITLE
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"The Secret Life of Bees," e.g.? : BUZZWORDS
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One hundred, in Honduras : CIENTO
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Sound from R2-D2 : BEEP
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Ice cream flavor with a crunch : OREO
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Straddling : ATOP
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Purple-crayon-carrying boy of children's literature : HAROLD
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Spot for a trough : EAVE
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Autodom's 88 or Toronado, once : OLDS
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Letters before the ZIP code 10001 : NYNY
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Fresh : SASSY
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Terrier type : SKYE
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Hit it! : BONG
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Sundance Film Festival locale : UTAH
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Break down : GOTOPIECES
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Uses X-ray vision on : SEESINTO
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One side in the Battle of Thermopylae : SPARTANS
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On the same team : ALLIED
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How guitars are strung : TAUTLY
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Sparkling wine region : ASTI
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Ergo : THEN
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"Nasty!" : UGH
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Hundred Acre Wood resident who sometimes falls into mouse holes while practicing jumping : ROO
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Issued an edict, say : DEMANDED
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App developer's target : USER
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Place of worship : CHAPEL
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Cat breed with a shabby-sounding name : RAGAMUFFIN
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Fermented brew : ALE
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Seoul singers : BTS
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Indy-to-Memphis dir. : SSW
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Toluca lucre : PESOS
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Reserved, as seats : TAKEN
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Big affair : GALA
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One might have three parts, with or without its last letter : SUITE
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Strength : SINEW
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"Whatevs" : IMEASY
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Pick up : SENSE
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Spaghetti sauce brand : PREGO
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Chaired : LED
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Word with small or deep : FRY
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Perturb : VEX
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Some spots for vaccines, in brief : PSAS
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Buses and trains : TRANSIT
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Film role played by a terrier named Terry : TOTO
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Saudi Arabia neighbor : OMAN
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Animal whose name comes from the Narragansett word for "twig-eater" : MOOSE
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Parts of A.T.M.s : PINPADS
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___ chart : PIE
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Some recesses : APSES
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Wine cocktail : KIR
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Legal suffix : ESE
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Actress Aniston, familiarly : JEN
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I, to Claudius : ONE
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Prominent manufacturer of A.T.M.s : NCR
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Daily grind : RUT
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Mary ___, first lady's maiden name : TODD
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Large jug : EWER
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Grande who has broken 27 (and counting) Guinness world records for musical accomplishments : ARIANA
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Partly covered, in a way : SUBSIDIZED
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Cut with a letter opener? : TBONESTEAK
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High times? : NOONS
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"My Way" lyricist Paul : ANKA
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Debate airer : CSPAN
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The Rose City, so nicknamed for its pink sandstone : PETRA
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Bounds : AMBIT
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Sun, in Santiago : SOL
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Hit list : TOPFORTY
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I.R.S. employee: Abbr. : AGT
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Without direction : ERRANTLY
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[I know it's wrong] : SIC
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Snippy : SHORT
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The creeps : BADVIBES
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1980s-'90s legal drama : LALAW
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All over again : ANEW
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Passover servings : MATZOS
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___ dozen : BAKERS
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Some acids, informally : AMINOS
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Student ___ : LOAN
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Phil ___, Joan Baez contemporary : OCHS
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Antipiracy org. : RIAA
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Role for George Burns, Morgan Freeman and Whoopi Goldberg : GOD
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Tax amount : LEVY
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Pointer for an Olympian? : EPEE
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Scare word : BOO
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Safari or Chrome address, in brief : URL
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Slip into : DON
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Catch sight of : SPY

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle.

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