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SEALED WITH A KISS

New York Times, Sunday, February 14, 2021

"Town square for the global village of tomorrow," per Bill Gates

Author:
Lisa Bunker
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Lisa Bunker

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 78 This is puzzle # 6 for Ms. Bunker. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Notepad: In the newspaper version of this puzzle, the circled squares are instead shaded a theme-related color.
Will Shortz notes:
Lisa Bunker, of Exeter, N.H., is the author of two novels for young readers — Zenobia July, about a trans girl with a troubled past starting over with a new family and school, and tackling ... read more
Lisa Bunker notes:
What a thrill to be back in the Times, especially with my first Sunday grid! I had five daily puzzles published between 2001 and 2006. In those days, that meant mailing Will a manila ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
For years, I've been pounding the table that the NYT Sunday crossword is missing a huge opportunity to take advantage of color printing in the magazine. I love today's concept, ... read more
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© 2021, The New York TimesNo. 0214 ( 26,031 )
Across
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Percussion instrument in a marching band : SNAREDRUM
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Prefix with sexual : PAN
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Prefix with sexual : AMBI
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Animals in a pod : ORCAS
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Start of a playground taunt : YOMAMA
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Kitchen brand with a palindromic name : OXO
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What an article may come with? : NOUN
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Drain, as from soil : LEACH
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Fatsis who wrote "Word Freak" : STEFAN
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Most feathery, as clouds : WISPIEST
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"Thong Song" singer, 2000 : SISQO
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Sharp, in a way : TART
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Early tie : ONEALL
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The ones over here : THESE
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In the capacity of : QUA
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Some Ivy Leaguers : ELIS
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Born yesterday, so to speak : CREDULOUS
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Calm : TRANQUIL
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Comfy slip-on, in brief : MOC
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What an outstretched arm with an open palm can mean : STOP
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Fleet org. : USN
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It means business : INC
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Stakes : BETS
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Narrow : TAPER
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Group tour vehicle : CHARTEREDBUS
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Playground comeback : ARESO
52
Build up : HYPE
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Sci-fi publisher of "Ender's Game" and "The Wheel of Time" : TOR
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Popular beer brand, briefly : PBR
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With 3-Down, one of the Avengers : CAPTAIN
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___ smear : PAP
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Reduced : ONSALE
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Opposite of a standing order? : BESEATED
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"Do me this one favor ..." : ALLIASK
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French vineyards : CRUS
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Prats : ARSES
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Contrariwise : VICEVERSA
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North African capital : CAIRO
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Nongendered, as language: Abbr. : NEUT
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Sui ___ : GENERIS
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Kind of dash : HUNDREDYARD
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Best Supporting Actor winner for "Dallas Buyer's Club" : JAREDLETO
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Prefix with friendly : ECO
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Rules out? : ANARCHY
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West Coast beer brand, in brief : OLY
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"___ ruled the world ..." : IFI
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: : ISTO
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Capital of Yemen : SANAA
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Kind of modern office plan : OPENFLOOR
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Smell of a rose : ATTAR
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Smell of a rosé : NOSE
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___ Fridays : TGI
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Barrister's deg. : LLD
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Bench tool : VISE
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Quibble : NIT
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Student's bonus points : EXTRACREDIT
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Drawn-out campaigns : SIEGES
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When doubled, another name for dorado : MAHI
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Call ___ night : ITA
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Eighth letter : THETA
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British tennis champ who invented the sweatband : FREDPERRY
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___ impasse : ATAN
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Guardian spirits : GENII
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Especially : NOTLEAST
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Soubise sauce is made from them : ONIONS
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Greenish-brown : HAZEL
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___ cake (dim sum dish) : TARO
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Suffix with social : ITE
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"Wheel of Fortune" freebies : RSTLNE
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Sharp : SMART
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Label for Otis Redding and Isaac Hayes : STAX
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Latin king : REX
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Sea lion, for one : EAREDSEAL
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Word with sound or solar : SYSTEM
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Few : NOTALOT
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See 57-Across : AMERICA
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Subsequent versions : REDRAFTS
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Thurman of "Kill Bill" : UMA
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Word before and after "a" : MANO
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Turned on : POWEREDUP
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Kind of symmetry : AXIAL
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A pretty capable sort : NOSLOUCH
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Singer DiFranco : ANI
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Big name in bubbly : MOET
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Small woodland songbird : BUSHTIT
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"Town square for the global village of tomorrow," per Bill Gates : INTERNET
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Jimmy of the Daily Planet : OLSEN
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L.L. Bean competitor : REI
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Medieval helmet : CASQUE
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Exonerate : ACQUIT
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Prime snorkeling spots : SHOALS
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Like many stuffed animals : PLUSHY
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PX shopper : NCO
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The Quran, for one : SACREDBOOK
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Mango Madness and Go Bananas, for two : SNAPPLES
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Ones initiating handoffs, for short : QBS
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Some mattresses : SERTAS
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Indulgence : TREAT
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Capital of French Polynesia : PAPEETE
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Show again : REAIR
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Caterer's container : URN
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A fine mesh this is! : SIEVE
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Debussy prelude inspired by a water sprite : ONDINE
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Outcast : PARIAH
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Out of focus : BLURRY
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Surface anew, say : RESOD
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Post production : CEREAL
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Without a doubt : ASSUREDLY
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Turkish officers : PASHAS
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Timid sort : SCAREDYCAT
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Instrument in "O! Susannah" : BANJO
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They'll be mist : AEROSOLS
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Super Bowl of 2022 : LVI
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Place with robes and sweaters : SAUNA
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Seasick sea serpent of old cartoons : CECIL
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Bank posting : CDRATE
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Words after throwing a ball : GOFETCH
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Grams : NANAS
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Unbalance : TIP
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Packaging list : INGREDIENTS
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"L'chaim!" : TOLIFE
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(a, b), e.g. : ORDEREDPAIR
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Anthem contraction : OER
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Suit perfectly : FITTOAT
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France from France : ANATOLE
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Singer who founded Fenty Beauty : RIHANNA
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What ponies express? : NEIGHS
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Field-plowing duo : OXTEAM
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Poem piece : STANZA
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Notable point in geometry : VERTEX
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U.N. member since 1949: Abbr. : ISR
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Glittery decoration : TINSEL
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Listing : ATILT
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Beau ___ : GESTE
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Ones with plenty of reservations : MAITREDS
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Blade brand : ATRA
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Days of old : YORE
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Suffix with court or cash : IER
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Deli supply : LOX
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Surveillance org. : NSA

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 4 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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