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New York Times, Saturday, February 19, 2022

36-Down : Cry on Christmas

Author:
Billy Bratton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Billy Bratton

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 66, Blocks: 36 Missing: {FJQX} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Bratton.
Billy Bratton notes:
The best I can remember, this puzzle took shape as follows: I made the grid look as sick as possible and then spent a million years ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Sick-looking grid, indeed! And more to the point, it's one that plays with constructors in a SADISTIC way. It first debuted back in ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times2/19/22 ( No. 26,401 )
Across
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"Botheration!" : AWRATS
7
Makes a point : SCORES
13
That's a wrap : BEARHUG
15
Web browser with a majority market share : CHROME
16
Let drop, say : REVEALED
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Like twill and faille : RIBBED
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Rap's Lil ___ Vert : UZI
20
"Told ya!" : IKNEWIT
22
Balconette or racerback : BRA
23
Be in limbo : PEND
25
First national fraternity to officially welcome transgender members (2014), informally : SIGEP
26
Close-knit group : CLAN
27
Pined away? : TREED
29
Coffee store : URN
30
Plugs away : TOILS
31
Dog that smells a lot : BASSETHOUND
34
Group of commuters? : PAROLEBOARD
35
Issue ultimatums, e.g. : MAKEDEMANDS
36
Commissions : HIRES
37
Diesel often found in a muscle car : VIN
38
Wait on : SERVE
42
Beauty brand : OLAY
43
Get across : RELAY
45
Earth : SOIL
46
Musical lead-in to "So Fine" or "So Shy" : HES
47
"Hmm, let's think where this leads us" : WELLNOW
49
Exercise : USE
50
Roots : ORIGIN
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Callous to an extreme : SADISTIC
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Start of a snap count : HUTONE
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Gorgon's lock : SERPENT
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Uptight : ONEDGE
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Takes for a while, in a way : LEASES
Down
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Unceremonious : ABRUPT
2
Band with the lyrics "When I was younger, I used to go and tip cows for fun, yeah / Actually, I didn't do that 'cause I didn't want the cow to be sad" : WEEZER
3
Ditch : RAVINE
4
Be with a group? : ARE
5
Language in which "thank you" is "khàawp khun" : THAI
6
Shows moodiness : SULKS
7
Substitute for real money : SCRIP
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I.O.U. : CHIT
9
Earth, poetically : ORB
10
Bamboozle big-time : ROBBLIND
11
May birthstone : EMERALD
12
Common body types : SEDANS
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Smarter than smart : GENIUSLEVEL
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They graduate quickly : DEGREEMILLS
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Flipped : WENTBANANAS
24
Michael E. ___, pioneer in coronary bypass surgery : DEBAKEY
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Transcript list : COURSES
28
Lead-ins to some prank calls : DARES
30
They catch flies : TOADS
32
Earth : SOD
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Snookums : HON
34
First foreign-language film to win Best Picture : PARASITE
35
Endurance test in gym : MILERUN
36
Cry on Christmas : HOHOHO
39
Ways : ROUTES
40
Clear Eyes rival : VISINE
41
Puts in a seat : ELECTS
43
Actress/screenwriter Taylor : RENEE
44
Make a long-distance call? : YODEL
47
One of two for a Valkyrie's horse : WING
48
Bug : WIRE
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Mr. High-and-Mighty? : GOD
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Many a beauty therapist's employer : SPA

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle.

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