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New York Times, Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Warning you might give before revealing the endings of 20-, 29- and 45-Across?

Author:
Nancy Stark and Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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53/14/20193/10/20215
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Nancy Stark
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1.77133
Will Nediger

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 5 for Ms. Stark. This is puzzle # 36 for Mr. Nediger. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
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© 2021, The New York Times3/10/21 ( No. 26,055 )
Across
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Soft "seat" in the woods : MOSS
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Things that may be hot or dropped : MICS
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It's a lot to assume : BIGIF
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Shocked response to Brutus : ETTU
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Come back : ECHO
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Cropped up : AROSE
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Good name for an average Joe : NORM
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Related : AKIN
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Moving gracefully : LITHE
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Start of a saying about getting in the way : TOOMANYCOOKS
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Acid's opposite : ALKALI
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Mad as a hatter : MESHUGA
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Wrangler alternative : LEE
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Start of a saying about negative influence : ONEBADAPPLE
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Rocker Bob : SEGER
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Elizabeth I, for one : TUDOR
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Center of a sting operation? : WASP
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Small, flat-bottomed boat : SKIFF
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Stereotypical clown name : BOBO
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Concede : ALLOW
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"The Persistence of Memory" and "Lobster Telephone" : DALIS
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Start of a saying about parental discipline : SPARETHEROD
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Ply the needle : SEW
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Quick, possibly controversial bit of commentary : HOTTAKE
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Body of work : OEUVRE
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Warning you might give before revealing the endings of 20-, 29- and 45-Across? : SPOILERALERT
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Like some shrimp and jets : JUMBO
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"Argo" or "Fargo" : FILM
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The McCoys, e.g. : CLAN
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___-American (like about 6% of the U.S.) : ASIAN
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Title matchmaker in an 1815 novel : EMMA
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James or Jones of jazz : ETTA
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Junior and senior : YEARS
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Common medical advice : REST
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Harvest : REAP
Down
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Like solving crosswords : MENTAL
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Eight-time Oscar nominee for Best Actor : OTOOLE
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Action in tennis, swimming and golf : STROKE
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Highest, on a diploma : SUMMA
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Polysemous words have multiple of these : MEANINGS
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Repulsive : ICKY
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Smart : CHIC
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California county north of Marin : SONOMA
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Refuses to carry out : BALKSAT
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They're usually packed on St. Patrick's Day : IRISHPUBS
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Caught : GOT
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"Kinda" : ISH
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Finder's ___ : FEE
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Common cosmetics component : ALOE
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Subj. of Charlotte Brewer's "Treasure-House of the Language" : OED
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Popular prom hairstyle : UPDO
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Apt rhyme for "blob" : GLOB
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Sleek, in auto-speak : AERO
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Hair-raising cry : EEK
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Bouquet thrower : BRIDE
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Place to watch a game with friends : SPORTSBAR
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Draw, colloquially : WASH
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Prime Cuts Extra Gravy brand : ALPO
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Strip in the bedroom, maybe : SLAT
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Partner of away : FAR
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Tripping hazard : FLOORMAT
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Boomerangs for Aboriginal Australians, e.g. : WEAPONS
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It might occur to you : IDEA
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Ring ref's decision : TKO
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Calfless cow : HEIFER
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Slender : SVELTE
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Slips : ERRATA
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After-meal amenity : WETNAP
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Worrier's ailment, it's said : ULCER
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Garnish for a gimlet : LIME
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Classic boulevard liners : ELMS
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Noisy bird : JAY
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Application : USE
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Hamm with two Olympic gold medals : MIA

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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