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Gossip Session

New York Times, Sunday, December 4, 2022

Author:
Gustie Owens
Editor:
Will Shortz
Defense of a history paper?
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 77 Missing: {QVZ} Spans: 2 Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Owens.
Will Shortz notes:
Gustie Owens, of New York City, is a research assistant at MDRC, a nonprofit education, and social policy research organization. She has been solving crosswords since middle school. Once ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've now watched every season of "The Great British Bake-off" and have binged every available "The Great Canadian Baking Show," "The Great Australian Bake Off," and "The Great Kiwi Bake ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times12/4/22 ( No. 26,689 )
Across
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Concerning sights at beaches : FINS
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Badly : ILL
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Catherine O'Hara's role on "Schitt's Creek" : MOIRA
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Get in the loop? : LASSO
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Smart ___ : ALEC
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Regard : DEEM
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Regarding : ABOUT
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"Gotcha," more informally : IMHIP
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A lover of gossip, the Netflix user … : SHARESANACCOUNT
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Savage : BEAST
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Actor Channing : TATUM
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Defense of a history paper? : FORTRESS
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Andy who voiced Gollum in "The Lord of the Rings" : SERKIS
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Goal of some criminal justice advocacy groups : NOBAIL
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Honey : BOO
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Flower cultivated by the Aztecs : DAHLIA
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Like a dream scenario : IDEAL
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"Bodak Yellow" rapper ___ B : CARDI
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Farm share inits. : CSA
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The smoothie bar worker … : HASALLTHEJUICYDETAILS
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Food thickener : AGAR
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Ending with book or boor : ISH
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Home of the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi : IRAN
52
Hang loose : DANGLE
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Proportion : RATIO
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Cretan-born painter who was a leader of the Spanish Renaissance : ELGRECO
58
Antianxiety drug with a palindromic name : XANAX
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The Boston Harbor worker … : SPILLSTHETEA
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Denim jacket adornment : PATCH
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Farm female : HEN
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Assembly kit piece : DOWEL
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"Woot woot!" : YAHOO
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Print maker : PAW
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Clock-changing time, for daylight saving time : TWOAM
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The cooking show contestant … : STIRSUPDRAMA
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"___ bleu!" : SACRE
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Draws out : SIPHONS
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Currency exchange option : EUROS
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___ Questionnaire, character assessment that might ask "What is your idea of perfect happiness?" : PROUST
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Plane prefix : AERO
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Big name in wings : KFC
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Words after break or shake : ITUP
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The athlete in the locker room … : AIRSTHEIRDIRTYLAUNDRY
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"___ is never finished, only abandoned": Leonardo da Vinci : ART
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Puts in order : RANKS
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New York City's mayor after de Blasio : ADAMS
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Auction actions : OFFERS
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Bag : NAB
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Useless : NOHELP
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Small lump : NODULE
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Wash with a spray : HOSEDOWN
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Sneeze guard? : ELBOW
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___ acid : AMINO
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And the up-and-coming trial judge … : WANTSTOHEARMORE
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Red animal in the 2022 Pixar film "Turning Red" : PANDA
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Home of the rides Frozen Ever After and Remy's Ratatouille Adventure : EPCOT
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Big name in party cups : SOLO
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"Peter Pan" pirate : SMEE
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Teenage torment : ANGST
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Toots : BEEPS
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"That's a big ___" : ASK
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Baking soda unit: Abbr. : TBSP
Down
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What many do during Ramadan and Yom Kippur : FAST
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Representative Omar : ILHAN
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"Suh-weet!" : NEATO
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Second- or third-stringer : SCRUB
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Things that may be checked at the door, for short : IDS
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Handouts at some protests : LEAFLETS
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Former "Tonight Show" host : LENO
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Econ subfield : MACRO
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It's used to tune an orchestra : OBOE
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Money promises : IOUS
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Gets fully depleted : RUNSDRY
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Football box score abbr. : ATT
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Print issue? : LIBEL
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Best-selling Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel whose protagonist leaves Nigeria for a U.S. university : AMERICANAH
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"Hang loose" hand gesture : SHAKASIGN
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Avid assent in Acapulco : SISI
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Goes (for) : OPTS
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High-end countertop choice : MARBLE
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Communicate with, in a way : EMAIL
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Silicon Valley exec : CTO
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Drew away : SHIED
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Savory rice cake of southern India : IDLI
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Chime in : ADD
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"That feels good!" : AHH
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One-named collaborator with Missy Elliott on "1, 2 Step" and "Lose Control" : CIARA
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Teenage torment : ACNE
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Penne ___ vodka : ALLA
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Tough : HARSH
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Clearly stunned : AGAPE
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Audited a class, perhaps : SATIN
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Edible piece from a pomegranate : ARIL
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Suddenly say "I don't" to, say : JILT
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Push : URGE
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Auditing guideline : TAXCODE
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Dr. Ruth's field : SEX
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Where Wells Fargo got its start : OLDWEST
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Delicacy with kabayaki sauce : EEL
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47-Down experts, for short : CPAS
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Home of Wheeler Army Airfield : OAHU
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Phillipa of Broadway's "Hamilton" : SOO
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What comes before the night before Christmas? : TWAS
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Half: Prefix : HEMI
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Dreidel, e.g. : TOP
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Times of one's life: Abbr. : YRS
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Medicare section that covers prescription drugs : PARTD
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Francophile's love : AMOUR
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Like some old-money Americans : WASPY
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Some sources of old money : TRUSTFUNDS
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Loses layers : SHEDS
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Grammy-nominated Amos : TORI
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"___ out?" (question to a pet) : INOR
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Bankrupt, say : RUIN
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Destination for a "Treat yourself" day : SPA
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Opera highlight : ARIA
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Wearing down : CORRODING
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Part of PRNDL : PARK
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How March may be written : THREE
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Syd tha ___, onetime hip-hop moniker : KYD
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Some fall weather attire : FLANNELS
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___ pants : CAMO
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Musical skill : EAR
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Fit : INSHAPE
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They must be avoided at all times : TABOOS
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Welcome, with "in" : USHER
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Ice cream treat : FLOAT
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Fits, as matryoshka dolls : NESTS
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Big inits. in home security : ADT
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Nightmarish address, for short : ELMST
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Slangy thing that may be "dropped" in a serious relationship : LBOMB
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Sweat spots : PORES
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Spot for Golden State estates : NAPA
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U.N. member classified as a sultanate : OMAN
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In times past : ONCE
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Subway map dot : STOP
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"No way!" : WHOA
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Mourn, maybe : WEEP
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It's designed to catch bugs : WEB
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Doin' just fine : AOK

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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