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New York Times, Sunday, February 6, 2022

There's a Winter one in St. Petersburg and a Summer one in Beijing

Author:
Stephen McCarthy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Stephen McCarthy

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 22 Words: 147, Blocks: 76 Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. McCarthy.
Will Shortz notes:
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© 2022, The New York Times2/6/22 ( No. 26,388 )
Across
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Goal for many a T.A. : PHD
4
There's a Winter one in St. Petersburg and a Summer one in Beijing : PALACE
10
Confront : ACCOST
16
QVC alternative : HSN
19
Grande preceder : RIO
20
Many a video game player has one : AVATAR
21
Hebrew name of God : YAHWEH
22
Major N.Y.S.E. events : IPOS
24
Vainglory : EGO
25
Good side in 70-Across : REBELALLIANCE
27
Reid of "Sharknado" : TARA
28
Grade school basics : THREERS
30
Scoundrel : SOANDSO
31
Points all around? : LOCUS
32
Celsius of the Celsius scale : ANDERS
33
Director Nicolas : ROEG
35
Good cheer : SUNNINESS
37
People to pick from : POOL
38
Major role in 70-Across : HANSOLO
41
Smartphone forerunners, in brief : PDAS
42
"___ kingdom come ..." : THY
43
Big stretch : EON
44
Bluish-gray shade : STEEL
46
Mobile ___ : APP
48
Time might be shown on the side of one : GRAPH
50
Score of 8, in golf slang : SNOWMAN
52
Events where one person's trash may be another person's treasure : YARDSALES
56
Pull back (in) : REIN
59
Capital-B Belief : THEISM
61
Family name on TV's "Succession" : ROY
62
Vote in favor : YEA
63
Prefix with futurism : AFRO
64
Outback offering : STEAK
65
Locale of the 2002 and 2022 World Cups : ASIA
67
Long-term damage : WEAR
68
Some copywriting awards : CLIOS
69
The volcano Emi Koussi is its highest point : SAHARA
70
The better of two major sci-fi film franchises? : STARWARS
72
Climb (up) : SHINNY
73
Gives a bad hand? : ABETS
74
"But ___ counting?" : WHOS
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Gentle hill : RISE
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Grams, by another name : NANAS
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Voice heard by 500 million people : SIRI
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___ Majesty : HER
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Not for moi? : PAS
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Pump choice : DIESEL
82
Spot for a patch, perhaps : KNEE
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Begins to like : WARMSUPTO
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Regular at Citi Field : METSFAN
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Small spot for a castaway : ISLET
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Ian McKellen, e.g. : SIR
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Skin-care brand with an accent over its last letter : BIORE
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Mens ___ : REA
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Sends a Telegram, in brief? : IMS
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Not looking good : GRIM
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Major role in 70-Across : MRSPOCK
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Stop at the liquor store? : CORK
103
Comforting phrase : DONTBESAD
106
Newton of the Black Panther Party : HUEY
107
"___ Darko" (2001 cult film) : DONNIE
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Distend : BLOAT
110
Who wrote "April is the cruellest month" : TSELIOT
113
Scratch-and-sniff page, e.g. : PRINTAD
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Dramatic accusation : ETTU
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Good side in 70-Across : THEFEDERATION
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Misfortune : ILL
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Cousin of a skimmer : TERN
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___ One : MARINE
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"Do you mind?" : ISITOK
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Brown of HBO Max's "Gossip Girl" reboot : ELI
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WaPo competitor : NYT
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"There's not much hope" : ITSBAD
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Bumper attachments : DECALS
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Sazerac cocktail ingredient : RYE
Down
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Records in advance : PRETAPES
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Time for a shootout : HIGHNOON
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Memorable quote from 70-Across : DOORDONOTTHEREISNOTRY
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Apple device : PARER
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Affirms : AVERS
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Some college classes : LABS
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"Thanks, but I already ___" : ATE
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Diet Coke doesn't have a single one: Abbr. : CAL
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Wipes out : ERASES
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"The Clan of the Cave Bear" heroine : AYLA
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What's raised in a ruckus : CAIN
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Waste of an election? : CHADS
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Confesses : OWNSUP
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Bad thing to be stuck in : SECONDGEAR
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On-line connection? : THE
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Arrive at, as a solution : HITON
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Memorable quote from 70-Across : SPACETHEFINALFRONTIER
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"Take your time" : NORUSH
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Audacious : SASSY
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A target for Target, say : LOGO
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It might be a shocker : EEL
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"The Simpsons" character : LISA
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Social media star Addison : RAE
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Partner of one : ONLY
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French skin-care and cosmetics giant : NARS
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___ teeth (proverbial rarity) : HENS
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Noble title : LADY
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Follower of black or special : OPS
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Slanders : SMEARS
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Director Waititi : TAIKA
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Ones involved in a transaction : PAYERS
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Nutty confections : PRALINES
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So-called "Breakfast of Champions" : WHEATIES
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They might end on a high note : ARIAS
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Sound of a jaguar : ROAR
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Let out, in a way : LEASED
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Some contents of golf bags : IRONS
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Needing to butt out : NOSY
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Potato or pea preparer : MASHER
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Albert who developed a polio vaccine : SABIN
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Leaves in a huff, with "off" : STORMS
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Body part that precedes "band" : WAIST
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Innocent : CHASTE
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One of the Prairie provinces: Abbr. : SASK
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"It's a ___!" : WRAP
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Show of scorn : SNEER
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Question of confusion or disgust : WHATISTHAT
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Sound of a Jaguar : PURR
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Reassuring words : IMOK
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"___ Hiring" (business sign) : WERE
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Kind of card : SIM
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The "quail" in Beethoven's "Pastoral" Symphony : OBOE
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By plane, say : AERIALLY
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Obvious untruth : NAKEDLIE
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Q preceder? : LGBT
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Aloof : ICY
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"Seems so" : IDBET
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Like the inside of a lava cake : MOLTEN
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Devices in atomic clocks : MASERS
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Converse, e.g. : SHOE
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Rank : PUTRID
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Common waiting room viewing : CNN
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Jeer : TAUNT
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Shock treatment, for short : DEFIB
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Slobber : DROOL
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Noises that come from pens : OINKS
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"Girls" creator Dunham : LENA
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Carded, informally : IDED
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Tabbouleh go-with : PITA
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"Enough already!" : TMI
116
Suffix in organic chemistry : ASE
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Quirk : TIC

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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