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New York Times, Friday, February 11, 2022

___ Richter, contemporary artist whose painting "Abstraktes Bild (599)" sold at auction for a record-setting $46.3 million dollars

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 68, Blocks: 34 Missing: {JKPQVX} Spans: 6, (2 triple stacks) This is puzzle # 35 for Mr. Charlson. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Trenton Charlson notes:
Like with its triple-stack brother that was published last July, I came up with this puzzle's top stack a few years ago, but it took ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times2/11/22 ( No. 26,393 )
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Words to a skeptic : YEOFLITTLEFAITH
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What friendly opponents may do : AGREETODISAGREE
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Subject of the so-called "surgeon's photograph" of 1934 : LOCHNESSMONSTER
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Squad leader? : ESS
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Cinemax competitor : TMC
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Judicial ratings grp. : ABA
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Terra's Greek counterpart : GAIA
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British territory in the Atlantic : BERMUDA
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Pioneering automaker : BENZ
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Handmade signs? : GESTURES
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"En ___!" : GARDE
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Language spoken along the Mekong : LAO
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Account : TALE
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Collectible print, in brief : LITHO
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Morale booster : WIN
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Certain list recipient : SANTA
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Bailiwick : AREA
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Big ___ : BEN
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Philosopher Diderot : DENIS
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High point of the Old Testament, for short : MTARARAT
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Blues Hall-of-Famer James : ETTA
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[How horrible!] : SHUDDER
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Word of regret : ALAS
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Down : EAT
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Mo. for watching the Perseid meteor shower : AUG
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Fade away : DIE
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Gives an earful : READSTHERIOTACT
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Rhetorical question lamenting a lack of respect : ISNOTHINGSACRED
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Implicatively : BETWEENTHELINES
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Notable founding of 1701 : YALE
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Impediments to teamwork : EGOS
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Tolkien creatures : ORCS
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"Yuck!" : FEH
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Gradually slowing, in music : LENTANDO
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Inventory : ITEMIZE
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Lover of Italian opera : TOSCA
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Field stats : TDS
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Food named for a world capital (but pronounced differently) : LIMABEAN
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1962 pop hit with a rhyming title : ESOBESO
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Some unauthorized drawings : FANART
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Justice Dept. bigwigs : AGS
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N.Y.C.'s first subway line : IRT
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Buttonless garment : TEE
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Singer with a 2018 Grammy for Best R&B Album : HER
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___ Richter, contemporary artist whose painting "Abstraktes Bild (599)" sold at auction for a record-setting $46.3 million dollars : GERHARD
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The X-Men, for example : MUTANTS
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Muse for Galileo : URANIA
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Muscles strengthened by push-ups, informally : DELTS
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Offshore : ASEA
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Flat-bottomed riverboat : BATEAU
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Flash : GLINT
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Circumference : GIRTH
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Hasty getaways : LAMS
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Become harder to bear : WEARTHIN
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Give oneself something to aim for : SETAGOAL
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"Just try to be calm ..." : BREATHE
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Reynolds's co-star in 1981's "The Cannonball Run" : DELUISE
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Carol opener : ADESTE
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Exclamation of exasperation : AARGH
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Exclamation of disappointment : DARN
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Big name in frozen confections : ICEE
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Some terminal info, for short : ETDS
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Piece of BBQ : RIB
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Amarillo-to-Dallas dir. : ESE
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Creature without ears that uses vibrations to "hear" : ANT
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Company that introduced Saran Wrap : DOW
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Tolkien creature : ENT
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Onetime cable giant acquired by AT&T in 1999 : TCI

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