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New York Times, Wednesday, February 9, 2022

They're chucked in a chuck and bored in a board

Author:
Grant Thackray
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 35 Missing: {XZ} This is puzzle # 10 for Mr. Thackray.
Grant Thackray notes:
Anyone who's been following my crossword career (so, my immediate family) might remember that I've mentioned in past blurbs ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Trivia! An ELECTRIC / EEL is not really an EEL? Uh oh. (running off to correct roughly 58,000 EEL clues I've written over the years …) ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times2/9/22 ( No. 26,391 )
Across
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With 6-Across, underwater creature that's not actually a 6-Across : JELLY
6
See 1-Across : FISH
10
"Let's go!" : CMON
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MacDonald's jingle? : EIEIO
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___-1 ("Ghostbusters" vehicle) : ECTO
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Comb home : HIVE
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Part of a palm : FROND
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Reddish-purple side dish : BEETSALAD
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Uncle of 1960s TV : FESTER
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Security ___ : DETAIL
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With 25-Across, underwater creature that's not actually a 25-Across : ELECTRIC
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See 23-Across : EEL
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Kazakhstan's ___ Sea : ARAL
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Conformists, metaphorically : SHEEP
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Mythical ship that sailed to Colchis : ARGO
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Burglarize : ROB
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Lieu : STEAD
35
Gas brand with a triangular logo : CITGO
36
With 38-Across, underwater creature that's not actually a 38-Across (nor a 36-Across, for that matter) : MANTIS
38
See 36-Across : SHRIMP
39
Classical performance hall : ODEUM
40
High-ranking Turkish officer : PASHA
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___ Jemison, first Black woman in space : MAE
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Actress Diana of "The Avengers" : RIGG
45
Arouse, as interest : PIQUE
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Remain to be seen : PEND
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With 48-Across, underwater creature that's certainly not a 48-Across : SEA
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See 47-Across : CUCUMBER
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Capital that ends with its state's first two letters : TOPEKA
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Yankees' div. : ALEAST
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They're chucked in a chuck and bored in a board : DRILLBITS
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Have a soak : BATHE
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Juno's husband : JOVE
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Rings at a luau : LEIS
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The Ivy League schools, e.g. : OCTET
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Gets the picture : SEES
64
With 65-Across, underwater creature that actually IS a 65-Across despite a common misconception : ORCA
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See 64-Across : WHALE
Down
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Actor Goldblum of "The Fly" : JEFF
2
Cork's land : EIRE
3
Proud, loyal types, it's said : LEOS
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Window frame part : LINTEL
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Sing in a high range? : YODEL
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It changes length every four years: Abbr. : FEB
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It's often made hot and served cold : ICEDTEA
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Had the wheel : STEERED
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Insight from an insider : HOTTIP
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Latte option : CHAI
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Beer o'clock, in commercials : MILLERTIME
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Egg cells : OVA
13
Leftorium owner on "The Simpsons" : NED
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Kind of fly : SAC
21
Pauses from playing : RESTS
24
That, in Italian : CHE
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Doctor ___ (Sonic the Hedgehog villain) : EGGMAN
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cc'd, with "in" : LOOPED
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Equips for battle : ARMORS
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One who sets the stage : ROADIE
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Rare blood type : ABNEGATIVE
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Word before drop or ball : AIR
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Virtual city dweller : SIM
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"___-ching!" : CHA
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Barge tower : TUG
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Biblical queendom : SHEBA
40
More difficult to please : PICKIER
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Like the five animals in this puzzle's theme : AQUATIC
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45, for each row and column in a sudoku grid : SUM
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Southwest settlement : PUEBLO
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"You said it!" : PREACH
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Sgt.'s inferior : CPL
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Place to find a crook : ELBOW
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Corrida cheers : OLES
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Lead-in to girl : ATTA
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Author Silverstein : SHEL
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French "noodle" : TETE
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45 spinners : DJS
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Preschool group? : ROE
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Org. for retirees : SSA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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