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PARDON MY FRENCH

New York Times, Sunday, February 20, 2022

Where Wagner's "Tannhäuser" was first performed

Author:
Victor Barocas
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Victor Barocas

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {JQZ} This is puzzle # 17 for Mr. Barocas.
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© 2022, The New York Times2/20/22 ( No. 26,402 )
Across
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Tobacco plug : CHAW
5
Manipulate : WIELD
10
Graduates of Quantico, informally : FEDS
14
Taller roommate of 15-Down : BERT
18
Showgirl in the 1978 hit "Copacabana" : LOLA
19
Boomer's kid, maybe : GENXER
20
Declare : AVOW
21
Snack item with approximately 53 calories : OREO
22
Positive thinker's motto? : OUISHALLOVERCOME
25
Textbook section : UNIT
26
FireWire alternative : USB
27
Letter between November and Papa in the NATO alphabet : OSCAR
28
It might be set at sea : SAIL
29
When a prime-time drama might air : ATNINE
31
Reason-based belief in God : DEISM
33
Repeated sound that's hard to get rid of : HIC
34
Means of becoming a god? : DIEUPROCESS
36
"Call the Midwife" network : PBS
38
Had something nice : DINED
40
Nonsense : TRIPE
41
Place in danger : IMPERIL
45
Ernst and Young, e.g.: Abbr. : SENS
46
Peroxide ___ : ION
47
It's an affront : SLAP
51
Where Rapunzel let down her hair? : BELLETOWER
53
Quarrel : ROW
54
It matures quickly, in brief : TBILL
55
Angled to get attention: Abbr. : ITAL
56
Suffix with serpent or opal : INE
57
Offed : DIDIN
60
Reach quickly, as a conclusion : LEAPTO
61
Perhaps : SAY
62
Doc. to ensure secrecy : NDA
63
It surrounds a pupil : IRIS
64
United group, e.g. : AIRCREW
65
Holy water? : EAUFORHEAVENSSAKE
70
Excites : TURNSON
72
"Salus populi suprema lex ___" (motto of Missouri) : ESTO
73
Charade : ACT
74
One of 17 in Monopoly: Abbr. : AVE
77
One with pressing work : IRONER
78
Feed the guests, maybe : CATER
79
Dish that's cooked underground : POI
80
Feb. 14 : VDAY
81
673 parts of the Louvre Pyramid : PANES
82
"Old man" : DAD
83
Answer to "What is Roquefort or Brie?"? : CESTCHEESE
86
Offed : SLEW
87
Go the wrong way : ERR
88
Green-lit : OKED
90
Like drunken speech : SLURRED
91
Announcement on National Coming Out Day : IMGAY
93
Inappropriate : UNDUE
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Early bird? : EGG
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Spilled milk? : LAITTOWASTE
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Front of a semi : CAB
102
Ubiquitous advertiser with an acronymic name : GEICO
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Seeing as : INTHAT
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Weight of an empty container : TARE
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What's clothed in summer and naked in winter, per an old riddle : ATREE
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China's largest ethnic group : HAN
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What BankAmericard became in 1976 : VISA
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The queen with her pets? : REINECATSANDDOGS
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School where some of "Shakespeare in Love" was filmed : ETON
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Annual Memorial Day race, informally : INDY
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Red Sox' div. : ALEAST
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Bit of sports equipment that may be electrified : EPEE
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Casino tool : RAKE
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Philippine money : PESO
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Fleas and flies : PESTS
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What's left on a map? : WEST
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Windsor, e.g. : HOUSE
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A criminal's may be unbelievable : ALIBI
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"Time ___ ..." : WAS
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Big name in jelly : WELCH
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Like mosaic tiles : INLAID
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Lose possession? : EXORCISE
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One of the books of the Torah: Abbr. : LEV
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Where Wagner's "Tannhäuser" was first performed : DRESDEN
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Prima ___ : FACIE
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Word that becomes more dramatic when you add an "R" in front : EVOLUTION
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Caribbean land, at the Olympics : DOM
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Administer an oath to : SWEARIN
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Echoes : BOUNCESBACK
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Shorter roommate of 14-Across : ERNIE
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Control, metaphorically : REINS
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Completely, in slang : TOTES
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Pedal on the right : GAS
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Man of La Mancha : HOMBRE
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Late-night trips to the fridge, e.g. : RAIDS
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Shirt or blouse : TOP
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Bit of magic : SPELL
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Projecting front : PROW
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Temporarily replace : SITINFOR
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Most likely to win at Trivia Night, maybe : NERDIEST
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Long-billed wader : IBIS
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Parent company of Facebook : META
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Game starter : PLAYERONE
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Home for Holmes : LONDON
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One who sees what you're saying? : LIPREADER
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Berliner's "old" : ALTE
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Sight on winter roads : PLOW
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Sign of overuse : WEAR
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"All ___!" : RISE
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Prefix that's mega mega? : TERA
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Not merely annoyed : IRATE
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Split : DIVORCED
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BuzzFeed staple : LISTICLE
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Wide ties : ASCOTS
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Netflix series set at Green Gables : ANNEWITHANE
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Manipulates : USES
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Place to go on a ship : HEAD
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Them's the breaks! : NAPS
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List in "The Idiot's Guide to ..." : TIPS
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Neighbor of Siberia, in Risk : URAL
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Common still-life prop : VASE
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Looked at : EYED
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Architectural columns in the form of sculpted female figures : CARYATIDS
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Threshold : VERGE
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Gunslinger's command : DRAW
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Schools : EDUCATES
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Held tight : HUGGED
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A narcissist may go on one : EGOTRIP
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Shockingly bizarre : OUTRE
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What the quadriceps muscle connects to : KNEECAP
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N.Y.C. commuting inits. : MTA
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Bugs : EATSAT
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Where bile is produced : LIVER
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Loos who wrote "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" : ANITA
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Casual response to an apology : ITSOK
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Panasonic subsidiary : SANYO
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Orchestra section : BRASS
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"If my luck holds out ..." : IHOPE
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Pens : CAGES
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Beginning : ONSET
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Rhinitis treater, in brief : ENT
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Phoenix-to-Albuquerque dir. : ENE
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Bottle labeled "XXX" in the comics : ALE
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"Do the ___" (soft drink slogan) : DEW

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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