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New York Times, Friday, February 4, 2022

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Author:
Joseph Greenbaum
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joseph Greenbaum

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 29 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Greenbaum.
Joseph Greenbaum notes:
I'm thrilled to be back in the NYT with another Friday!! This puzzle was largely made from the discarded parts that I couldn't fit ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
LOOSEY-GOOSEY and NOT TOO SHABBY, what great ways to anchor a themeless! Such fun to say each phrase. A few months ago, our daughter ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times2/4/22 ( No. 26,386 )
Across
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Letters between two names : AKA
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Deliberately gives bad information : LIESTO
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Like the start of an Ironman race : SWUM
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Ben & Jerry's sundae with an estimated 14,000 calories : VERMONSTER
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"Yeah ... never gonna happen" : UHNO
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Bowie song that begins with the lyric "It's a God-awful small affair to the girl with the mousy hair" : LIFEONMARS
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Nonprofit with the tagline "No More Victims" : MADD
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Quarters : AREAS
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Company at the heart of an early 2000s scandal : ENRON
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Driving stabilizer : TEE
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Issue with image quality, informally? : BADREP
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Essence of the Hippocratic oath : DONOHARM
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Naval agreement? : AYESIR
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Traces : TADS
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Fiscal arm of the executive branch, in brief : OMB
33
Henchman : GOON
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Easy ___ : STREET
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Uses one's brain : REASONS
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Nickname of 6' 9" N.F.L. great Ed Jones : TOOTALL
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Food brand since 1922 with a Chinese character in its logo : LACHOY
40
"Horse, Pipe and Red Flower" painter (1920) : MIRO
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Relative of Inc. : LLC
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Winter Olympics equipment : SKIS
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Most smelly : RIPEST
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Stop working for good? : TURNEVIL
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Squares, e.g. : RHOMBI
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Acapulco gold : ORO
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"Jeepers!" : YIPES
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Corroded : ATEAT
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Stain : TINT
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1987 sci-fi comedy spoof : SPACEBALLS
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Ireland's best-selling solo artist : ENYA
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Potentially destructive marine growth : ALGALBLOOM
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Ones in charge: Abbr. : MGMT
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Apt : SEEMLY
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San Francisco's ___ Valley : NOE
Down
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Where a high school yearbook club may meet, informally : AVLAB
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Actress Knightley : KEIRA
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Spoke spaniel? : ARFED
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Casual, casually : LOOSEYGOOSEY
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Pensione relative : INN
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Lemony Snicket antagonist named after a Salinger orphan : ESME
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Placeholder : STANDIN
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Little rascal : TERROR
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Director Welles : ORSON
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Σ, in math : SUM
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"I can't afford NOT to buy it!" : WHATADEAL
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Not stress so much? : UNDERSELL
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Online hookup : MODEM
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Comic partner of Stiller : MEARA
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Altogether pretty good : NOTTOOSHABBY
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Indiana's state flower : PEONY
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Comedian Kevin : HART
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A call for help : SOS
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The Magic, on scoreboards : ORL
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Kind of cup : MEASURING
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"America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response" vis-à-vis Amber Alert, e.g. : BACKRONYM
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Less gracious when losing, say : SORER
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Pampering, in brief : TLC
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Hebrew letter on a dreidel : SHIN
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That's the point! : TIP
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Figure that determines an air passenger's status : MILEAGE
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___ effect : RIPPLE
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Wreck : TOTAL
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Clan symbol : TOTEM
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H-1B and B-1, for two : VISAS
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Head, in slang : MELON
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"The Bare Necessities" bear : BALOO
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Part of a classic breakup line : ITSME
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Bamboozle : SCAM
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Popeye's anchor, e.g., for short : TAT
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Not-so-common studio apartment shape : ELL

Answer summary: 10 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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