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New York Times, Monday, December 27, 2021

Author:
Adam Aaronson
Editor:
Will Shortz
Total strangers, in modern slang
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQWZ} This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Aaronson.
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© 2021, The New York Times12/27/21 ( No. 26,347 )
Across
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"Ain't that the truth!" : ILLSAY
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Use a swizzle stick : STIR
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"You don't need to be ___, Roy" (rhyming Paul Simon lyric) : COY
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Human beings : PEOPLE
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Keister, in Leicester : ARSE
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Filmmaker DuVernay : AVA
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*TV remote inserts, often : AABATTERIES
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Implement with ink : PEN
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Technical detail, for short : SPEC
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*Sobriety support group session, informally : AAMEETING
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Give off, as vibes : EMIT
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Little criticism : NIT
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Pub barrel : ALEKEG
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*Animal whose name means "earth pig" in Afrikaans : AARDVARK
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Line on a sales receipt : TAX
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Skirmish : TUSSLE
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Lena of "Chocolat" : OLIN
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Floor cover : RUG
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*"Winnie-the-Pooh" writer : AAMILNE
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Lacto-___ vegetarianism : OVO
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Element that also names a household appliance : IRON
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Acknowledges with a head tilt : NODSTO
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Snag : NAB
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*4.0 on a transcript : AAVERAGE
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Shapes made in the snow : ANGELS
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Swing ___ (when big bands were big) : ERA
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Disney snow queen : ELSA
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*Three-time Emmy winner for "Breaking Bad" : AARONPAUL
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Word with butter or Stadium : SHEA
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What's central in heliocentrism : SUN
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Tennessee Smokies or Portland Sea Dogs ... or what the answers to the starred clues comprise? : DOUBLEATEAM
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Words from an altar ego? : IDO
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Fairy tale menace : OGRE
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Section of a sentence : PHRASE
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What's inside an inner tube : AIR
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Fly high : SOAR
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Summer wear with a T-shirt : SHORTS
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Many hoppy brews, in brief : IPAS
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___ of faith : LEAP
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One of four in the human brain : LOBE
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Actress Sissy : SPACEK
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Ctrl-___-Del : ALT
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Nonetheless : YET
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Singer Bareilles : SARA
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Minor haircut : TRIM
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"Ah, gotcha" : ISEE
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Forward, as mail : RESEND
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Banking giant that makes the Venture card : CAPITALONE
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Bakery hot spot : OVEN
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Yin's opposite : YANG
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"Don't starve yourself!" : EAT
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Big name in DVRs : TIVO
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Prefix with physics : META
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Tropical lizard : IGUANA
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Indoor spaces with lots of natural light : ATRIA
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First lady Bush : LAURA
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Arnold Schwarzenegger or Ronald Reagan, for California : EXGOVERNOR
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Parenthetical comment : ASIDE
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"___ Well That Ends Well" : ALLS
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Car for a vacationer : RENTAL
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Archcompetitor : RIVAL
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Some volume controls : KNOBS
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Pollution in city skies : SMOG
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Like, forever! : EONS
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Emperor during the Great Fire of Rome : NERO
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Total strangers, in modern slang : RANDOS
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Prefix with enterologist : GASTRO
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Right-angle shape : ELL
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Home of seven -stans : ASIA
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A4 automaker : AUDI
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Jumping stick : POGO
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Vibe : AURA
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Lyft competitor : UBER
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Consider, as a judicial case : HEAR
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Down ___ (Maine) : EAST
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Iowa campus town : AMES
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Mini-albums, in brief : EPS
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"Say ___" (doctor's request) : AHH

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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