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New York Times, Thursday, December 30, 2021

Author:
John Ewbank
Editor:
Will Shortz
Product whose first commercial was notably narrated by Jeff Goldblum
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Ewbank.
John Ewbank notes:
As an interloping Brit more used to setting cryptic crosswords, venturing into the world of American puzzles during lockdown has been ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Curious that XXX can stand for so many things: ADULT movies, Roman numeral THIRTY, KISSES at the end of a letter, and markings on a ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/30/21 ( No. 26,350 )
Across
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Flatbread from India : ROTI
5
Top-notch : GRADEA
11
"J to ___ L-O!" (Jennifer Lopez album) : THA
14
Captain who cries "From hell's heart I stab at thee" : AHAB
15
What the 21st Amendment achieved : REPEAL
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Conned : HAD
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Tiny bit of information : BYTE
18
They stay and bite : ADULTTEETH
20
"No clue" : BEATSME
22
Propelled from a bench : OARED
23
Words declared before and after "what" : IAM
24
Product whose first commercial was notably narrated by Jeff Goldblum : IMAC
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___-worthy : OSCAR
27
Emmy-winning comedy series of 2007, 2008 and 2009 : THIRTYROCK
30
Climate control system, in brief : HVAC
32
"Certainly" : YES
33
Goddess often depicted with wings : EOS
34
URL ending : EDU
35
Places people speak in whispers : APSES
38
Symbol for the starts of 18-, 27-, 46- and 58-Across : XXX
39
Sounder : SANER
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Having everything one needs : SET
42
Nintendo console : WII
43
Part of many a ballroom dance : DIP
44
Beer topper : HEAD
46
Gains favor using abject flattery, informally : KISSESBUTT
51
Fire starters, for short : PYROS
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Idiosyncrasies : TICS
54
New Deal inits. : NRA
55
"Man, that's something!" : OHWOW
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Lady Gaga or Kylie Minogue : GAYICON
58
Souse : BOOZEHOUND
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Animal, vegetable or mineral : NOUN
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Class : ILK
64
Move stealthily : TIPTOE
65
"Huh-uh" : NOPE
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Aid for driving : TEE
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Evansville baseball team or Erie ice hockey team : OTTERS
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Coaster : SLED
Down
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Hutch occupant : RABBIT
2
Sarcastic "Is that so?" : OHYEAH
3
Japanese mat : TATAMI
4
"Um, sure" : IBET
5
Awards won by presidents Carter, Clinton and Obama : GRAMMYS
6
Sunfish with colorful gill covers : REDEAR
7
Shopkeeper on "The Simpsons" : APU
8
Joe Biden's home: Abbr. : DEL
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Down : EAT
10
Choir section : ALTOS
11
Classic poem set in "bleak December" : THERAVEN
12
Virulent negativity, in modern parlance : HATERADE
13
Ritalin target, for short : ADHD
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Per : EACH
21
Web destinations : SITES
25
Popular bumper sticker of the 2000s : COEXIST
26
Stamps, maybe : OKS
28
Ingredient in an old-fashioned : RYE
29
One facing the crew, informally : COX
31
Scoundrel : CUR
35
Remains to be seen? : ASH
36
Hotel door feature : PEEPHOLE
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Social justice catchphrase : STAYWOKE
38
Spot on a sundial : XII
39
Actress Spacek : SISSY
40
Police dispatch, for short : APB
42
Calendar units: Abbr. : WKS
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A long, long time : DECADES
45
"The ___ Show" (daytime TV staple beginning in 2009) : DROZ
47
Gentleman from Genoa : SIGNOR
48
Square : UNCOOL
49
Traveling performers : TROUPE
50
Showing evidence of a beach holiday : TANNED
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Have because of : OWETO
55
Life after death? : OBIT
57
Public houses : INNS
59
Google result : HIT
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Go (for) : OPT
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Pac-12 Conference player : UTE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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