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New York Times, Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Concerned with wealth, possessions and respectability, in modern lingo

Author:
Erik Agard
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 78, Blocks: 44 Missing: {JQVZ} Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 56 for Mr. Agard.
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© 2020, The New York Times3/11/20 ( No. 25,691 )
Across
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Ingredient in many a sandie cookie : PECAN
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Stick in the oven : HEAT
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Hooded snake : COBRA
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Part of the Dutch Caribbean : ARUBA
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Voice above tenor : ALTO
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Brainstormers' flurry : IDEAS
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Relent : LETUP
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Lead-in to prompter : TELE
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They're on their second decade : TEENS
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Singer Ella with the 2018 Grammy-winning R&B hit "Boo'd Up" : MAI
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Hot food? : EYECANDY
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Reason for seasonal shots : FLU
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Biblical garden : EDEN
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Bad way to be led : ASTRAY
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Fake I.R.S. call, e.g. : SCAM
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Takeback of a car, for short : REPO
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"Georgie ___" (nursery rhyme) : PORGIE
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Sticky roll : TAPE
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Costa ___ : RICA
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Word repeatedly sung before "Born is the king of Israel" : NOEL
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Torah holders : ARKS
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TV gunslinger Wynonna, supposed descendant of Wyatt : EARP
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Plant that yields a potent laxative : ALOE
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Hot food? : STUDMUFFIN
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Bo-o-oring : BLAH
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Less amiable : MEANER
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Jokes : GAGS
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It makes a rowboat go : OAR
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"Heavenly" man's name : ANGELO
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Chinese zodiac animal of 2020 : RAT
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Sch. whose newspaper is The Prospector ("Assayer of Student Opinion") : UTEP
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Incredible deals : STEALS
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Chipper greeting : HIYA
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Contrive : GINUP
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A fan of : INTO
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Southern terminus of Amtrak's Silver Meteor : MIAMI
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Words from an emcee : INTRO
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Just sit there being mad : STEW
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Word before peace or child : INNER
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One who can never go home again : EXILE
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Sunbathes : TANS
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Critics' assignments : STARS
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Apt surname for a close-up magician? : PALMER
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Literary convenience : EREADER
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Hot food? : CUTIEPIE
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___ Dhabi : ABU
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Back of one's neck : NAPE
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Criticizes venomously : HATESON
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High-voltage foe of Spider-Man : ELECTRO
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On the loose : ATLARGE
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Something a sandal shows that a loafer doesn't : TOENAIL
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Ending of four state capitals [Can you name them all?] : CITY
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Reverent poem : ODE
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Hot food? : BEEFCAKE
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Practiced at the track : RANLAPS
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Make an ass out of u and me, as they say : ASSUME
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Dog's protestation : YAP
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Requirement for pink hair : DYE
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Credit card-only, say : NOCASH
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Muscly : STRONG
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What MoMA knows best? : ART
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Actor Mahershala : ALI
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Alternatives to Nikes : PUMAS
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Jackson 5 dos : AFROS
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One with an opening to fill? : DENTIST
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Mix of red and blue : MAGENTA
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Like leftovers, for now : UNEATEN
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Genius Grant recipients, e.g. : FELLOWS
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Concerned with wealth, possessions and respectability, in modern lingo : BOUGIE
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Gender-neutral neologism added to Merriam-Webster in 2018 : LATINX
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"That's true about me, right?" : ARENTI
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Singer Grande : ARIANA
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Portmanteau coinage for a queer-identified e-sports player, say : GAYMER
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Alternative to an elevator : STAIRS
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Knit and ___ : PURL
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Bit of help in an escape room : HINT
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"The Raven" poet : POE
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Prefix with judge or trial : MIS

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

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