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New York Times, Monday, December 7, 2020

Hurricane that was the subject of 2006's "When the Levees Broke"

Author:
Barbara Lin
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JQVY} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Lin. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2020, The New York Times12/7/20 ( No. 25,962 )
Across
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Message to the office staff : MEMO
5
Old South American empire : INCA
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Mosquitoes and gnats : PESTS
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Grp. that sets oil benchmarks : OPEC
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Start a game of cards : DEAL
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American living abroad, e.g. : EXPAT
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Traveled by subway? : WENTDOWNTHETUBE
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Mexican mister : SENOR
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Seat at the bar : STOOL
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___ v. Wade : ROE
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Magnum ___ (greatest work) : OPUS
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Like a recovering hosp. patient, perhaps : POSTOP
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"Would you call the elevator for me?" : CANIGETALIFT
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Japanese sash : OBI
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Piece of pizza : SLICE
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Foreordained : FATED
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Chrissy of "This Is Us" : METZ
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Pet peeves? : FLEAS
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Wine region of California : NAPA
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Dickens's "___ House" : BLEAK
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"Naughty" and "nice" things for Santa : LISTS
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Letters after nus : XIS
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"Hand me a flashlight"? : PASSTHETORCH
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Admits, as an offense : COPSTO
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Pouty expression : MOUE
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"Well, lookee here!" : OHO
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"Person" that speaks in beeps and boops : ROBOT
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Home that might melt : IGLOO
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Use French fries as legal tender? : CASHINONESCHIPS
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Constellation with a "belt" : ORION
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Good amount of land to build on : ACRE
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Golf ball stands : TEES
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Insurance giant : AETNA
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Worker paid day by day, maybe : TEMP
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Hairstyle that may have a pick : AFRO
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Cuts the grass : MOWS
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Fencing sword : EPEE
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Amish cousin : MENNONITE
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Tentacled sea creatures : OCTOPI
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Vow before a judge : IDO
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The latest : NEWS
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Jargon : CANT
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Cher, e.g., voicewise : ALTO
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Remove, as a sticker : PEELOFF
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Part of an office telephone no. : EXT
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Period of rapid growth : SPURT
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It's a no-no : TABOO
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Like some ski slopes and prices : STEEP
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Pharmacy offerings : DRUGS
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Certain pueblo dweller : HOPI
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___-evaluation : SELF
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Ending of seven Asian countries' names : STAN
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Item in a purse : COMB
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Whom Cain slew : ABEL
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Drawers for money : TILLS
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Nail the test : ACEIT
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Dog walker's need : LEASH
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Reason some people move to the Cayman Islands : TAXRELIEF
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More than amazing : EPIC
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Dot's counterpart in Morse code : DASH
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Microwaves : ZAPS
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Long part of a rose : STEM
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Hurricane that was the subject of 2006's "When the Levees Broke" : KATRINA
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Keeping a stiff upper lip : STOIC
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Any minute now : SOON
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Should, informally : OUGHTA
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Hot après-ski beverage : COCOA
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Alternative to Chicago's Midway : OHARE
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Put forward, as a theory : POSIT
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Dinghy or dory : BOAT
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First word of a fairy tale : ONCE
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Six years, for a U.S. senator : TERM
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Abbr. on a 0 button : OPER
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___ buco : OSSO
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Sweetie pie : HON
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Leaf-turning time: Abbr. : SEP

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

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