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KARAOKE BARS

New York Times, Sunday, February 21, 2021

Author:
Matthew Stock
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 72 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Stock. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Matthew Stock, 24, grew up in Dallas and now lives in St. Louis, where he teaches ninth-grade algebra through an Americorps-affiliated tutoring program. He started constructing puzzles ... read more
Matthew Stock notes:
So excited to bring you all a banger-filled 21x21 on 2/21/21! I made this puzzle this past August, and it was accepted in mid-December. The idea for the theme started with the clue-answer ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Plays on KARAOKE BARS, phrases ending with "bar" punnily describing a song. Kicking things off with FLY ME TO THE MOON as "space bars," i.e., musical "bars" about space, gave me a friendly ... read more
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© 2021, The New York TimesNo. 0221 ( 26,038 )
Across
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Prayer, e.g. : APPEAL
7
Market index, for short : THEDOW
13
And so on and so forth : ETCETC
19
Actor Ray of "Field of Dreams" : LIOTTA
20
Like a certain complex : OEDIPAL
22
Relative of the mambo : CHACHA
23
High winds : FLUTES
24
Space bars? [Frank Sinatra] : FLYMETOTHEMOON
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Healthy dessert options : FRUITCUPS
28
Overhauled, in a way : REWROTE
29
"___ making a list ..." : HES
30
Offering in china ... or from China : TEA
31
"Top Chef" chef ___ Hall : CARLA
32
Geographical name that comes from the Sioux for "sleepy ones" : IOWA
35
First prize at the Juegos Olímpicos : ORO
36
Sink holes : DRAINS
40
Biting : ACID
42
Bird whose males incubate the eggs : EMU
44
Mathematical proposition : LEMMA
47
Wet bars? [Gene Kelly] : SINGININTHERAIN
51
Things many people lose as they grow older : IDEALS
53
Big Five studio of Hollywood's Golden Age : RKO
54
"Thus ..." : ANDSO
55
St. Louis symbol : ARCH
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Strongly endorse : SWEARBY
58
Hot place to chill : SPA
59
___ Adlon, Emmy winner for "King of the Hill" : PAMELA
61
Papal name last taken in 1939 : PIUS
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Smallest state in India : GOA
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Options for outdoor wedding receptions : TENTS
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Like some bread and cereal : OATEN
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Director Lee : ANG
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Prison bars? [Elvis Presley] : JAILHOUSEROCK
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Bamboozled : HAD
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Weight right here! : SCALE
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___ Austin, Biden defense secretary : LLOYD
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Misidentify something, e.g. : ERR
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For the lady : HERS
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Center of a court : THRONE
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They're often parked in parks : RVS
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Relevant : ONTOPIC
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Excited cry after scratching a lottery ticket : IWON
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Move a cursor (over) : MOUSE
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Pride : lions :: ___ : dolphins : POD
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Hip : WITHIT
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Cash bars? [Abba] : MONEYMONEYMONEY
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"Same here" : ASAMI
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"I mean ..." : ERM
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What goes right to the bottom? : TALC
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Got around : EVADED
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"Hoo-boy!" : MAN
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Gist : MEAT
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Last option in a list, maybe : OTHER
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"That feels goo-oo-ood!" : AAH
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Practice : PLY
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Brainy? : CRANIAL
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A+ earner : STARPUPIL
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Singles bars? [Robyn] : DANCINGONMYOWN
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First House speaker from California : PELOSI
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Not going anywhere : INARUT
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Was snoopy : NOSEDIN
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Made square : EVENED
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Japanese mat : TATAMI
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"We got permission!" : ITSAGO
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Makes insulting jokes about : ROASTS
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Sitcom extraterrestrial : ALF
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Did a little lifting : PILFERED
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Candy bars? [Def Leppard] : POURSOMESUGARONME
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"You, too?!" : ETTU
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Wiped out : ATEIT
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Stood the test of time : LASTED
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Mapo ___ (spicy Sichuan dish) : TOFU
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A leg up : HELP
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Häagen-Dazs competitor : EDYS
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Low-wattage : DIM
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Where trills provide thrills : OPERA
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Something that's well-kept? : WATER
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Comeback : ECHO
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It's turned, in a phrase : THETIDE
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It's a relief! : CAMEO
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Prefix with conscious : ECO
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Poetic shortening : THO
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Food pantry donation : CAN
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Broad valley : LOWLAND
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Large expanses : TRACTS
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2006 film with the tagline "Keep it wheel" : CARS
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Hindu festival of colors : HOLI
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Most-watched TV show of 2002-05 : CSI
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Gold bars? [Queen] : WEARETHECHAMPIONS
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"Do you understand me?" : AMICLEAR
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Disappointing court result : AIRBALL
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Black : INKY
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Habitat for Humanity is one, for short : NGO
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Sister restaurant of Applebee's : IHOP
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Lets go of : UNHANDS
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Gaping holes : MAWS
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Weizenbock or Berliner Weisse : ALE
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Scruffs : NAPES
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Ridiculous : INANE
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Seventh avatar of Vishnu : RAMA
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It's a long story : SAGA
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Muddy : ROIL
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Beefcakes : STUDS
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Thumbs-up : AOK
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Solving crosswords, e.g. : PASTIME
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Insect named for the way it moves, not for its length : INCHWORM
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Got hot on Twitter, say : TRENDED
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Kind : SORT
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___ Psaki, Biden press secretary : JEN
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Gymnastics apparatus : HORSE
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Oral equivalent of a facepalm : OYVEY
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Native American tribe of Montana : CROW
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Single : LONE
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Box score column : HITS
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Noted 1815 comedy of manners : EMMA
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Actress Chaplin : OONA
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Flag carrier to Karachi and Islamabad : PIA
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Traditional Chinese drink : OOLONG
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Anointment : UNCTION
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Perspective, in brief : POV
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"No more for me, thank you" : IMALLSET
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Minute : TINY
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Element 39 : YTTRIUM
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Big bleu expanse : MER
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Alumni grouping : YEAR
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Stylish : DAPPER
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World capital that's home to Kotoka International Airport : ACCRA
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World capital that's home to Noi Bai International Airport : HANOI
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Horror film locale, in brief : ELMST
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Egg: Sp. : HUEVO
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2016 #1 album for Rihanna : ANTI
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Pop : SODA
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Really thin type : TWIG
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___ Domini : ANNO
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"I beg of you," e.g. : PLEA
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Bit of Morse code : DIT
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Actress de Armas : ANA
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D.C. pro : NAT
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"Of course!" : YES
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They're checked at check-ins : IDS

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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