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New York Times, Friday, December 31, 2021

Author:
Meghan Morris
Editor:
Will Shortz
Agatha Christie novel named after Death's mount in Revelation
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Meghan Morris

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {QZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 2 for Ms. Morris.
Meghan Morris notes:
I started constructing this puzzle just by building a grid that I thought looked nice and open. I then worked on the 15-letter entries ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
LETS THINGS SLIDE is a great marquee entry. Usually, I'd categorize OBSESSED OVER as more neutral than an asset, although crossing it ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times12/31/21 ( No. 26,351 )
Across
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Colorful custardy confection : FRUITTART
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Sudden inspirations : GASPS
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Waltz onomatopoeia : OOMPAHPAH
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Love : ADORE
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Classic diner orders : TUNAMELTS
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Apply, as ointment : RUBON
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Kitchen brand whose name is an ambigram : OXO
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Pit-___ : APAT
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More might come before it : ORLESS
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Its employees might get under your skin : XRAYLAB
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Thing with rings : TREE
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Legal action : APPEAL
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Some Disney-inspired Halloween costumes : ELSAS
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"___ me!" (request to a fridge-goer) : BEER
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Like blue and green ski trails, vis-à-vis black diamonds : EASIER
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Pep : VIM
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Looks the other way : LETSTHINGSSLIDE
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Modern ___ : ERA
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"A ___ place is in the House, and in the Senate" (bumper sticker) : WOMANS
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Actress Kendrick : ANNA
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Sharon's predecessor as Israeli P.M. : BARAK
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One of the Blues Brothers : ELWOOD
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One of the Coen brothers : JOEL
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Relative by marriage : STEPDAD
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Where to do as others do, it's said : INROME
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Stain : BLOT
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Sprinkling : FEW
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Canon competitor : LEICA
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Street featured in Fellini's "La Dolce Vita" (that's also 50-Across) : VIAVENETO
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Still sticky : TACKY
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Make thin : ATTENUATE
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Crushes it : SLAYS
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Couple in the back of a car : REARTIRES
Down
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Snap : FOTO
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Component of three of the five French "mother sauces" : ROUX
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"That's ... never gonna happen" : UMNO
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"Double" or "triple" drink : IPA
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Actress Taylor of TV's "Bones" : TAMARA
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Agatha Christie novel named after Death's mount in Revelation : THEPALEHORSE
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Make ___ for : APLAY
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Danger for desert hikers : RATTLESNAKEBITE
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Ending with four or six, but not five : THS
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Teri of "Mr. Mom" : GARR
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Does laundry or pays bills, in modern lingo : ADULTS
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Clearheaded : SOBER
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Novel content : PROSE
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Tell : SENSE
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Couldn't let go of : OBSESSEDOVER
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Group portrayed in "Slacker" and "Reality Bites," familiarly : XERS
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Straighten : ALIGN
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Proficient : ABLE
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___ review : PEER
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One quadrillion: Prefix : PETA
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Trio of horrors? : ARS
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Target : AIMAT
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Rosso o bianco : VINO
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Driver's license fig. : IDNO
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Ren Faire concession : MEAD
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United competitor, once : TWA
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"Heavens!" : LAWD
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Squarish : BLOCKY
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Not yet manifest : LATENT
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Spurns : JILTS
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Longtime "Inside the N.B.A." commentator : ONEAL
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Writer Jong : ERICA
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South America's Río de la ___ : PLATA
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Eponym of the World Series M.V.P. award : MAYS
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"Have no ___ of perfection - you'll never reach it": Dalí : FEAR
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Suffix with towel : ETTE
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Melancholiac's list : WOES
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Dictionary abbr. : VAR
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Rapa ___ (Easter Island) : NUI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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