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New York Times, Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Season for pumpkin-spiced everything

Author:
Claire Rimkus
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JVXYZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Rimkus. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Chen notes:
Such an elegant theme: four sporting venues that can all be used both as nouns and verbs. Not only that, but each of the verbs can ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times2/15/22 ( No. 26,397 )
Across
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Rise to the challenge : STEPUP
7
Anthony Hopkins's role in the "Thor" film franchise : ODIN
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Foldable bed : COT
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Element essential to thyroid function : IODINE
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Director/screenwriter Ephron : NORA
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"___ you good?" : ARE
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Might have, informally : COULDA
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Parched, as land : ARID
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Upstate N.Y. campus : RIT
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Catastrophe at a tennis match? : COURTDISASTER
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Overjoy : ELATE
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"%&$@," in comics : OATH
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Author Morrison : TONI
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Leased : LET
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Prefix with futurism : AFRO
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Ransacks like a pirate : LOOTS
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Uncertainties at a football game? : FIELDQUESTIONS
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Promise to pay : IOU
35
!!!!, in a text : OMG
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Security alerts at a boxing match? : RINGALARMBELLS
44
Country singer LeAnn : RIMES
45
Stars might have big ones : EGOS
46
"A mouse!" : EEK
47
Two times quadri- : OCTA
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Signify : MARK
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Pal, in Pamplona : AMIGA
51
Supplies at a swim meet? : POOLRESOURCES
54
Traveler's approx. : ETA
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Honolulu's island : OAHU
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Season for pumpkin-spiced everything : AUTUMN
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"Oh, ___ on!" : ITS
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Common songbird : WREN
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Rude looks : STARES
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Revolutionary Turner : NAT
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Campus anti-D.U.I. group : SADD
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Montana's capital : HELENA
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Editor's bracketed disclaimer : SIC
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"___ cute!" : TOO
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Teach : EDUCATE
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Spirit guide? : PILOT
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Excessive : UNDUE
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Prickly ___ (cactus variety) : PEAR
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How some risks are taken : ONADARE
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Chips brand whose "Cool Ranch" flavor is called "Cool American" in Europe : DORITOS
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"Fighting" Notre Dame team : IRISH
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Diddly-squat : NADA
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"SpongeBob SquarePants," for one : CARTOON
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Points in the right direction : ORIENTS
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Falling block game : TETRIS
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Stir-fry protein option : TOFU
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Moe, Larry or Curly : STOOGE
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Figure in a Grimm story : ELF
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Neckwear in Honolulu : LEI
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Ocean shade : AQUA
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Arm or branch : LIMB
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Of direct descent : LINEAL
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Some four-footed friends : DOGS
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Casual shoe brand : TOMS
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Lasagna filling : RICOTTA
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"Things don't look good for me!" : IMTOAST
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Restrained : LEASHED
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Beached, as a boat in sand : AGROUND
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TV streaming device : ROKU
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Off-duty time : LEISURE
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Part of a relay race : LEG
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Reggae relative : SKA
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Ensnare using deceptive strategies : ROPEIN
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Comedian Anne : MEARA
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Less than 90º : ACUTE
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Valuable part of ore : METAL
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Exercises on an ergometer : ROWS
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Not well thought through : RASH
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"___ Explain Things to Me" (Rebecca Solnit essay collection) : MEN
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Covert org. : NSA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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