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New York Times, Sunday, February 13, 2022

One of three for German nouns, or one of four for those in Africa's Zande language

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 144, Blocks: 76 Missing: {JQX} This is puzzle # 103 for Mr. Steinberg.
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© 2022, The New York Times2/13/22 ( No. 26,395 )
Across
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Bank offerings, in brief : CDS
4
Twists : WINDS
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Losing roll at dice : CRAP
13
In itself : ASSUCH
19
Piece played with four hands : PIANODUET
21
Tart sorbet flavor : LIME
22
Kind of bed : MURPHY
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*Opposite of endearing : UNLIKABLE
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*Freely expressive : UNINHIBITED
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Winter eaves dropper : ICE
27
Some attacks on castles : SIEGES
29
Día de ___ Muertos (Mexican holiday) : LOS
30
Stories that may or may not be true : LORE
31
12-year-olds, e.g. : TWEENS
34
Ballerina's bend : PLIE
35
App whose icon features a camera, in slang : INSTA
37
Aimee with two Grammys : MANN
38
Plank targets : ABS
41
Only trisyllabic rainbow color : INDIGO
43
Ferrari of automotive fame : ENZO
46
*Communicating (with) : INTERFACING
49
*Contracting : SHRINKING
52
Acceptance principle of improv comedy : YESAND
53
2-year-old, e.g. : TOT
54
What may connect the parts of a school assignment? : STAPLE
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"Who ___?" : CARES
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Relative of an alpaca : LLAMA
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"A Christmas Carol" cry : BAH
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Dress in : DON
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Things people catch and then ride : WAVES
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Fifth sign : LEO
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Actress Hepburn : AUDREY
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Poke : PROD
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Nickname in baseball and gossip columns : AROD
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*Harsh language : INVECTIVE
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Up : HIKE
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Loses firmness : SAGS
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Country with the most archaeological museums in the world (110+) : GREECE
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Brand seen at speedways : STP
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Cut off : SEVER
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French menu phrase : ALA
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Sushi chef's eggs : ROE
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Uncle for whom an annual award is supposedly named : OSCAR
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Not so many : FEWER
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When nothing goes right : BADDAY
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Dutch name starter : VAN
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Frank Robinson or Brooks Robinson of the Baseball Hall of Fame : ORIOLE
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*Watered artificially : IRRIGATED
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*Goes well with : COMPLEMENTS
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Turn in a game : MOVE
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Canine coat : ENAMEL
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Instant, informally : SEC
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Island with a trisyllabic name : OAHU
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Sat around : IDLED
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In the thick of : AMID
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Ending remark that's surprising : KICKER
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Starting point : SEED
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Suffix with labyrinth : INE
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Czar known as "the Great" : PETERI
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Once called : NEE
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*Noisy disagreement : ALTERCATION
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*Ordered : COMMANDED
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Service with a Capitol Corridor route : AMTRAK
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Promote aggressively : TOUT
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Without accompaniment : ACAPPELLA
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Crows : BOASTS
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Ones in hills or farms : ANTS
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Luxury vessel : YACHT
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The dark side : YIN
Down
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Brains of a tech start-up? : CPU
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Racket : DIN
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Noticeable : SALIENT
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Roused from a nap : WOKEN
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Neighbor of Nev. : IDA
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Barely usable pencils : NUBS
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___ sandwich : DELI
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Like some roller coaster drops : STEEP
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Task for a crossword constructor : CLUEING
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Washed quickly : RINSED
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Bon ___ : AMI
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Instrument used in a medical checkup : PENLIGHT
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Out of whack : AMISS
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Vessel with a hatch, informally : SUB
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The "teardrop of India" : SRILANKA
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Not exceeding : UPTO
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"Dark Lady" hitmaker, 1974 : CHER
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___ Park, N.Y. : HYDE
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Christianity's ___ Creed : NICENE
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Word with code or card : HONOR
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Good witch in Oz : GLINDA
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"That's enough about your sex life!" : TMI
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Pallid : WAN
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Some have combinations : SAFES
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Like J, alphabetically : TENTH
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English majors' degs. : BAS
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Having three unequal sides : SCALENE
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Equal: Prefix : ISO
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Outmoded storage device : ZIPDRIVE
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Witness : ONLOOKER
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Some breads : RYES
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Smitten : INLOVE
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British exclamation : ISAY
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One of three for German nouns, or one of four for those in Africa's Zande language : GENDER
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Like a tug-of-war rope : TAUT
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One may go off in the middle of the night : CARALARM
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Scientist whose name is associated with a number : AVOGADRO
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Wine list section : REDS
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Heavy medieval weapons : MACES
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Robot sound : BEEP
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Hot condiment : WASABI
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Italian bread that's no longer made : LIRE
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Comply with a peace treaty, maybe : DISARM
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Some camping excursions : RVTRIPS
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"I'm relieved!" : PHEW
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H.S. subject : ECON
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"La Tauromaquia" artist : GOYA
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Come off as : SEEM
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Went ballistic : RAGED
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"Easy there!" : COOLIT
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Small particle : FLECK
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Binder inserts with tabs : DIVIDERS
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Literally, "revenge" : VENDETTA
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Org. that evaluates toothbrushes : ADA
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Good cheer : OLE
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Singer ___ Marie : TEENA
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Joins firmly : CEMENTS
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Epoch when palm trees grew in Alaska : EOCENE
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In an obvious way : NAKEDLY
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All-time connector : THE
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Big ___ : SUR
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Plan in detail : MAPOUT
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Puppy "kisses" : LICKS
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Rot : DECAY
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Ill-suited : INAPT
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9-5 automaker, once : SAAB
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Muppet who refers to himself in the third person : ELMO
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"At Last" singer James : ETTA
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Almond ___ (toffee brand) : ROCA
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Computer with a Pro model : IMAC
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Ship pest : RAT
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H+ or I- : ION
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A ticket may be given for a high one: Abbr. : MPH
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Man's name derived from the Bible : ELI
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Man's name derived from the Bible : DAN

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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