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New York Times, Monday, December 6, 2021

Floating on water

Author:
Emily Rourke
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Rourke.
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© 2021, The New York Times12/6/21 ( No. 26,326 )
Across
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Thick rugs : SHAGS
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Like some exams and medicines : ORAL
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Pack (down) : TAMP
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No-no : TABOO
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Actress Moore of "Ghost" : DEMI
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___ 51 (U.F.O. landing site? ... hmm) : AREA
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Toward the back : AREAR
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Rule by a small group : OLIGARCHY
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Early addendum to the Constitution : BILLOFRIGHTS
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Radio host Glass : IRA
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Doves' home : COTE
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Stag's mate : DOE
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Crying ... or laughing hysterically : INTEARS
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"I've got it!" : EUREKA
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Train unit : CAR
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Gutenberg invention : LETTERPRESS
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Coup d'___ : ETAT
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"Woo-hoo!" : YAY
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NSFW stuff : SMUT
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Sauna plus massage at a spa, perhaps : PACKAGEDEAL
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"... ___ he drove out of sight ..." : ERE
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Traveling, as a band : ONTOUR
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Slowly burn : SMOLDER
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N, E, W and S, on a compass: Abbr. : PTS
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Follower of open or pigeon : TOED
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Spartans' sch. : MSU
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1998 Hanks/Ryan rom-com ... or a hint to the starts of 20-, 34- and 41-Across : YOUVEGOTMAIL
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Welcoming environment for everyone : SAFESPACE
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Dwelling : ABODE
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Someone sought by mil. police : AWOL
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Semihard Dutch cheese : EDAM
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What some couples do with their wedding vows : RENEW
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Outside of an orange : PEEL
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Almanacs and atlases, for short : REFS
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Tire pattern : TREAD
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Wild guess : STAB
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Mata ___ (W.W. I spy) : HARI
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Brother betrayed in the Bible : ABEL
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Heavily padded hockey player : GOALIE
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Sisterly : SORORAL
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Febreze target : ODOR
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Ancient artifact : RELIC
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"Adios, ___!" : AMIGO
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Something waved at concerts prior to the age of cellphones : LIGHTER
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Covers with black goo : TARS
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Section of a circumference : ARC
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"I'm not impressed" : MEH
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Equal ___ for equal work : PAY
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Avidly enjoyed : ATEUP
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Taxi charge : FARE
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Adjudged : DEEMED
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"Fine, works for me" : OKSURE
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Occasion for an egg roll : EASTER
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Frozen summer treat : ICEPOP
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Floating on water : NATANT
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Land parcels : TRACTS
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Ocular affliction : STYE
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$200 Monopoly properties: Abbr. : RRS
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Little bit : TAD
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Snake ___ (dice roll) : EYES
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Boxing ruling, for short : TKO
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Dealership inventory : AUTOS
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Large-mouthed food fish : GROUPER
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Peas, to some classroom pranksters : AMMO
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Writing in script, nowadays : LOSTART
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Wood for building : LUMBER
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Give the slip : EVADE
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Java without the jolt : DECAF
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Holler : YELL
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Pearls and peridots : GEMS
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First-class : AONE
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Notion : IDEA
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Raunchy : LEWD
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What tapping a maple yields : SAP
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Dazzle : AWE
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Dr. No, to James Bond : FOE

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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