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New York Times, Wednesday, February 17, 2021

With the circled letters and 46-Across, playground keep-away game

Author:
David Harris and Evan Kalish
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Evan Kalish

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {JQXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Harris. This is puzzle # 15 for Mr. Kalish.
Constructor notes:
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Great visual for MONKEY (IN THE) MIDDLE. I couldn't remember the rules of the game, so I looked it up. Ah, right. Two bullies tossing ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times2/17/21 ( No. 26,034 )
Across
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Option in a classic taste test : PEPSI
6
Beat out : EDGE
10
In vogue : HIP
13
"___ moi le déluge" : APRES
14
Greeting in an inbox : ECARD
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Political commentator Navarro : ANA
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Portrayer of Carla Tortelli on "Cheers" : RHEAPERLMAN
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"Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" network : TBS
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Fraternity party container : KEG
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"Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip" co-star : AMANDAPEET
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Can alternative : MAY
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Squeaker or squealer : RAT
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Least bit : IOTA
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Do some whining and whinging about : BEMOAN
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"The Lion King" antagonists : HYENAS
30
Doctor with an eponymous "slip" : FREUD
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Bygone copies : MIMEOS
34
Hula hoops or fidget spinners, once : FAD
35
Huggies, e.g. : DIAPERS
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Aladdin's mischievous sidekick : ABU
40
"No need to worry about me" : IMCOOL
41
Start of a toast : HERES
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With the circled letters and 46-Across, playground keep-away game : MONKEY
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See 43-Across : MIDDLE
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Relative of a cor anglais : OBOE
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Slugger's stat : RBI
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Filming locale : SET
51
Cause of a comedic slip : BANANAPEEL
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Group featuring Dr. Dre, Eazy-E and Ice Cube : NWA
57
Med. care option : HMO
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Where idols might be placed : ONAPEDESTAL
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Actor McKellen : IAN
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Medal-worthy mettle : VALOR
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Coral component : POLYP
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General whose good name has been battered? : TSO
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Animals found in 16-, 20-, 35-, 51- and 58-Across : APES
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Bottomless expanse : ABYSS
Down
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Place name in Monopoly : PARK
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Fleeting things : EPHEMERA
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Had drinks before going out, informally : PREGAMED
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Blue expanse : SEA
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AOL, e.g. : ISP
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Stylish flair : ECLAT
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"Phooey!," only stronger : DAMN
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___ school : GRAD
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___ Turnblad, role for Divine in "Hairspray" : EDNA
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Talk trash about : HATEON
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Still under development : INBETA
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"Never-ending" offerings at Olive Garden : PASTAS
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Columnist Bombeck : ERMA
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Get paid : EARN
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Pizzas, e.g. : PIES
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Who just cracked this clue : YOU
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One who likes every one of your Insta posts, say : BFF
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Social media request : ADDME
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2013 title role for Scarlett Johansson : HER
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Mario's dinosaur sidekick : YOSHI
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World leader with a distinctive jacket : MAO
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Stock market debut, for short : IPO
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___ B or ___ C of the Spice Girls : MEL
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Standoffish : ICY
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With passion : ARDENTLY
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Metropolitan ring roads : BELTWAYS
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Manipulate : USE
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Seller of Uppland and Ektorp sofas : IKEA
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Proofers, for short : EDS
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Order from Tony Soprano, e.g. : MOBHIT
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Former White House family : OBAMAS
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Sharp rejection : NONONO
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Salsa option : MILD
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Some auctioned autos : REPOS
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The missing letters in _UDW_IS_ _ : BEER
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Emmy-winning science series : NOVA
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Take ___ (snooze) : ANAP
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Lightish : PALE
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Where edelweiss grows : ALPS
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Antipollution org. : EPA
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Weep audibly : SOB

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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