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New York Times, Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Logical contradiction ... or an aural hint to what are found in 20-, 25- and 45-Across

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Andrew J. Ries
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 42 Missing: {BQY} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 31 for Mr. Ries. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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This is the PARADOX puzzle that I've been racking my brain for. Years have gone by, and I've explored two separate "docs" in single ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times2/24/21 ( No. 26,041 )
Across
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Czech, e.g. : SLAV
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Big spender, in gambling lingo : WHALE
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Indian musical pattern : RAGA
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Its state seal shows a steamboat on the Mississippi : IOWA
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"Easy, now!" : RELAX
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Suit : EXEC
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Part of a wikiHow article : STEP
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Emergency notification : ALERT
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Plug-in Chevy model : VOLT
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"Satanic" nickname for the number 13 : DEVILSDOZEN
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Pan's partner : POT
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Howard of Hollywood : RON
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What a witness is sworn to tell : THEWHOLETRUTH
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What's answered but never asks a question, in a riddle : PHONE
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Fish with an elongated jaw : GAR
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Got married again : REWED
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Sticky wicket : JAM
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Chipotle competitor : DELTACO
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"Livin' Thing" rock band, for short : ELO
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Fret : STEW
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Effectiveness of a law, metaphorically : TEETH
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Give up : CEDE
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W.W. I-era battleship : DREADNOUGHT
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"Mourning Becomes Electra" playwright, 1931 : ONEILL
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Performer wearing a powder foundation known as oshiroi : GEISHA
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Elbows and such : PASTA
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What Venus is sometimes mistaken for, due to its brightness : UFO
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Birth-related : NATAL
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Part of TNT : TRI
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Logical contradiction ... or an aural hint to what are found in 20-, 25- and 45-Across : PARADOX
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Fly-by-night sort? : OWL
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Heartbeat recording: Abbr. : ECG
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___ Chapel (Vatican City attraction) : SISTINE
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Old Hollywood's ___ Pictures : RKO
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Put on : DON
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Much-awarded actor whose name is an anagram of ENDEARS : EDASNER
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Was introduced to : MET
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Family nickname : SIS
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Dealership area : LOT
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Left speechless : AWED
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E-cig alternative : VAPEPEN
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Spooky specter : WRAITH
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Word spelled with "double hockey sticks" : HELL
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Taproom array : ALES
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Ingredient in some pie crusts : LARD
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Get via threat : EXTORT
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Cash in? : REVENUE
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Part of a nerve cell : AXON
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Material for nail extensions : GEL
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Broadway division : ACT
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Swore : VOWED
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Swordsman of book and film : ZORRO
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Pointer's word : THAT
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Subject for House Beautiful magazine : HOMEDESIGN
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Looked rudely : OGLED
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Get dark, say : LATEN
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Lyre player of myth : ERATO
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Social media tirade : TWEETSTORM
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Kept a grip on : HELD
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Togs for sawing logs? : PJS
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Anonymous surname : DOE
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Abbr. after the third co-author, perhaps : ETAL
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Down quickly : CHUG
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Habeas corpus, e.g. : WRIT
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___ Pet : CHIA
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Pass, as time : ELAPSE
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Kid born in the '70s, say : GENXER
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Made a decision : OPTED
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D.E.A. agent, slangily : NARCO
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Ethan of "First Reformed" : HAWKE
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Distribute, as funds : ALLOT
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___ Major : URSA
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Nutrition Facts listings : FATS
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Husband of Frigg, in Norse mythology : ODIN
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Give a hand : AID
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Number of seasons played by baseball's Seattle Pilots : ONE

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