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New York Times, Friday, December 3, 2021

Author:
Claire Rimkus
Editor:
Will Shortz
Out-of-office procedure?
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Claire Rimkus

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Rimkus.
Jeff Chen notes:
TOP NOTCH is right, an excellent 72-word grid. Claire filled nearly all of her long slots with colorful, multi-word entries, and what ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/3/21 ( No. 26,323 )
Across
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This and that : BOTH
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God of fertility, agriculture and the afterlife : OSIRIS
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"Love Life" network : HBO
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Cassowary kin : RHEA
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Doing something wrong : UPTONOGOOD
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Objectives : AIMS
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Fresh burst of energy : SECONDWIND
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Five-star : TOPNOTCH
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Class structures? : DESKS
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Makeup palette assortment : TONES
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Coruscates : GLINTS
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Less likely to happen : IFFIER
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You might seek forgiveness for this : LOAN
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Scans, say : READS
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New parents' purchases to block off staircases : BABYGATES
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Actress Mara of "Pose" : KATE
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Empanadas and patatas bravas : TAPAS
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"Happy to help!" : SURE
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Nice position to be in? : STEADYGIG
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Kind of cup : DIXIE
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Just gets (by) : EKES
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Go to bat for : DEFEND
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San ___, seat of California's Marin County : RAFAEL
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Not expired : VALID
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Everything one could possibly offer, with "the" : WORLD
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Mariah Carey and Madonna, for two : GAYICONS
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"Later, dude!" : ADIOSAMIGO
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___ oil, extract obtained from the Amazon rainforest : ACAI
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Reverent : RESPECTFUL
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Pirate's activity : RAID
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"Five Guys Named ___" (1992 Broadway musical) : MOE
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Back-combed : TEASED
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Oh, to be in France! : ETRE
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Challenge while sitting : BRAT
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Answer to the old riddle "What's round on the ends and high in the middle?" : OHIO
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Play with fire : TEMPTFATE
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Blanks : HASNOIDEA
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Out-of-office procedure? : OUSTER
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72 answers and 34 black squares, for this puzzle : SPECS
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Hankering : ITCH
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Quintana __, Mexican state that's home to Cancún : ROO
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Spot for the night : INN
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Covering some ground? : SODDING
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Vertical dimension of a flag : HOIST
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Bops : BONKS
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"___ are ..." : ODDS
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Longtime newswoman Ifill : GWEN
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Gender-neutral possessive : ONES
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Holder of emergency supplies : GOBAG
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Giant in chip manufacturing : LAYS
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Gets to : IRKS
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Many a Guinness Book record : FEAT
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Shade akin to royal blue : LAPIS
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6-0 set, in tennis slang : BAGEL
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"Whatever!" : ASIFICARE
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Pet that's mostly black with a white chest : TUXEDOCAT
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Ellie Kemper's role on "The Office" : ERIN
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___ money : SEED
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Kid : TYKE
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Firmly fixed : DEADSET
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Offerer of fresh cuts : DELI
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Made last night, say : DAYOLD
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Its participants are in for a wild ride : RODEO
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Pop up : ARISE
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Completely bomb : FLOP
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Fuzzy : VAGUE
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Not cool - not cool at all! : WARM
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Some Twitter postings : GIFS
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Brand that offers "Leg Mask" products : NAIR
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One of nine for a traditional Baha'i temple : SIDE
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Pro : ACE
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Org. at Grand Central Terminal : MTA

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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