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New York Times, Friday, February 12, 2021

One of the few gemstones that naturally occur in a single color (olive green)

Author:
Grant Thackray
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© 2021, The New York Times2/12/21 ( No. 26,029 )

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Across
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Star Bucks, say? : NBAMVPS
8
Trap : PIEHOLE
15
Gal Gadot, by birth : ISRAELI
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Major retail outlets : EMPORIA
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A famous one is often connected with a school : PAINTER
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True celeb : ALISTER
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It's always up to something : STAIRCASE
21
Let someone know if you can go : RSVPED
24
"___ be in England ..." : OHTO
25
Sister channel of HGTV : TLC
28
Carrier for many a 15-Across : ELAL
29
Influenced : SWAYED
31
Follower of boo or woo : HOO
32
Company whose most famous product once claimed it "does what Nintendon't" : SEGA
33
Fail miserably : TANK
34
Melon seeds? : IDEAS
36
One of the few gemstones that naturally occur in a single color (olive green) : PERIDOT
38
Goes past : EXCEEDS
40
Russian prince nicknamed "Moneybag" : IVANI
41
It may be added to the mix : CHEX
43
Trick : RUSE
44
Sum of the first three prime numbers : TEN
45
Beast vanquished by Oedipus : SPHINX
47
Bath occupant, say : BRIT
48
Record finish? : EST
49
Cope, with "it" : HACK
50
Semisynthetic fabrics : RAYONS
52
"You can figure it out" : DOTHEMATH
54
Dangerous compound to mix with bleach : AMMONIA
57
Postdelivery announcement, maybe : ITSABOY
61
Italian dessert topped with crumbled macaroons : TORTONI
62
It flows with the wind : LEETIDE
63
One who's out of action? : VETERAN
64
Player of Warren Buffett in "Too Big to Fail" : EDASNER
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Chilly quality : NIP
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Eagles' org. : BSA
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Comedian Shaffir : ARI
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Unnecessarily spell out, in a way : MANSPLAIN
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Sporty Chevy : VETTE
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Accepts, as a lesser charge : PLEADSTO
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Noted speaker of more than 20 languages : SIRI
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Swell : PEACHYKEEN
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Cry heard by Alice in "Alice in Wonderland" : IMLATE
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Released in segments : EPISODIC
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Trick, in slang : HOSE
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Scrap of food : ORT
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"No ___!" : LIE
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Musical acuity : EAR
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Speckled, say : ROAN
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Letup : RESPITE
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Arms repositories? : SLEEVES
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Drifter : VAGRANT
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It's usually around 9/10 of a pound : THEEURO
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Adds, as a disk to a disk drive : LOADSIN
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Mollycoddles : COSSETS
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Accessory that might hang out of a waistcoat : WATCHCHAIN
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Bowlers : DERBYHATS
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Dreaded fate for a samurai : DISHONOR
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Adult and then some : XXXRATED
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Sharp increase : HIKE
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Coating produced by oxidation : PATINA
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Lost : ATSEA
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Heap love (on) : DOTE
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One of 3,365 in U.S. Route 20 : MILE
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4x4, for one : ATV
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Rapper Kool ___ Dee : MOE
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TV/film star who became a pro wrestler : MRT
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Storage option : BIN
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"___ to a Superhero," Weird Al's parody of "Piano Man" : ODE
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"___ out!" : YER

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