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New York Times, Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Playing area usually having one of the surfaces seen at the starts of 16-, 28- and 43-Across

Author:
Adesina O. Koiki
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Koiki.
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© 2021, The New York Times2/2/21 ( No. 26,019 )
Across
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___ Garden, London district known for diamond trading : HATTON
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Bump fists : DAP
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Form of jazz : BOP
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Ventilate thoroughly : AIROUT
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Sonic the Hedgehog company : SEGA
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Actress de Armas : ANA
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Insect with powerful hind legs : GRASSHOPPER
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Mormons, in brief : LDS
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Something Santa makes (and checks twice) : LIST
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Riddle-me-___ : REE
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___ Park, Colo. : ESTES
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Grade downgrade : MINUS
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Hand: Sp. : MANO
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Naughty's opposite : NICE
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Clouseau's rank: Abbr. : INSP
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Difficulties in life : HARDKNOCKS
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Jeanette ___, billiards legend nicknamed the Black Widow : LEE
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Objectivist Rand : AYN
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Slow-cooked dish : STEW
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The Wildcats of the N.C.A.A., informally : KSTATE
35
Rubes, in Canadian lingo : HOSERS
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Princes, e.g. : SONS
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Longing : YEN
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Animator's sheet : CEL
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Film technique used in old California Raisins ads : CLAYMATION
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Novelist Jaffe : RONA
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Go steady with : DATE
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Plant pouches : SACS
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Wilma's pal on "The Flintstones" : BETTY
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Responses of "the unheard," per Martin Luther King Jr. : RIOTS
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Japanese drama : NOH
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Starting : ASOF
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Use a "+" : ADD
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Playing area usually having one of the surfaces seen at the starts of 16-, 28- and 43-Across : TENNISCOURT
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Rechewed food : CUD
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x or y, in plane geometry : AXIS
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News anchor Mitchell : ANDREA
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Mil. mess personnel : KPS
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1990s Fox dramedy with Charles S. Dutton : ROC
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Abate : LESSEN
Down
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Sea ___ (enemy of Popeye) : HAG
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El Al et al. : AIRLINES
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Lionel collection : TRAINSET
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50-50 chance : TOSSUP
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Red-cards, in a soccer match : OUSTS
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To the ___ degree : NTH
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Ambivalent reply to "Can you do me a favor?" : DEPENDS
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It's "just a number" : AGE
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Trim : PARE
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Second-least valuable avenue in Monopoly after Mediterranean : BALTIC
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Batting next : ONDECK
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Overtakes : PASSES
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Bit of asparagus : SPEAR
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Financial expert Suze : ORMAN
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Winter falls : SNOWS
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Cereal go-with : MILK
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"Um, all righty" : OKTHEN
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"Laughing" animals : HYENAS
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___ Deion (onetime football nickname) : NEON
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Tiny bit : ATOM
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Until now : ASYET
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Trips to support conservation : ECOTOURS
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Not paying a cent, as a tenant : RENTFREE
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Leave rolling in the aisles : SLAY
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Containing tin : STANNIC
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Dinosaur in Super Mario World : YOSHI
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Once-popular place to store music : CDRACK
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In bed after an injury, say : LAIDUP
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Quarreling : ATODDS
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Trash cans on computer screens, e.g : ICONS
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Covers again, as a lawn : RESODS
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Skin problem portmanteau : BACNE
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Old TV's "___ Search" : STAR
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Prefix with skeleton : EXO
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Pizzeria owner in "Do the Right Thing" : SAL
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Amy who wrote "The Joy Luck Club" : TAN

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