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New York Times, Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Author:
Joseph Gangi
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Joseph Gangi

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 45 Missing: {FJQX} Grid is asymmetric. Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Gangi. Wednesday freshness: 36%
Joseph Gangi notes:
Greetings! I am an attorney, musician, and curler from Minnesota (among other things!), thrilled to be making my Times debut. I tried ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
DUCK! No, not TAKE COVER. In the center of the grid. Neat grid art , unquestionably a rubber duckie. It's tough to create apt images ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times3/16/22 ( No. 26,426 )
Across
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Duck : AVOID
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Imaginary ordinal : NTH
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Duck : SHIRK
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Word of leave-taking : PEACE
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Swing ___ (1933-47) : ERA
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Tablecloths and napkins : LINEN
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Duck : TAKECOVER
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It could be a problem : ISSUE
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Strategically evasive : SLY
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Handout for a walking tour : AREAMAP
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Cosy "spot" : TEA
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Mike of "Shrek" : MYERS
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___ Duck : DONALD
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Total disarray : CHAOS
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Heavenly: Prefix : URANO
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Attachment for a bit : REIN
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Big snarl : RATSNEST
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Print "oopses" : ERRATA
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Examine : EYE
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Be in a mood and brood : STEW
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Wet wood woe : DRYROT
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Largest lake in Ethiopia : TANA
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Average mark : CEE
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Has in hand : HOLDS
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Duck, e.g. : BATHTOY
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Lightning strike : ZAP
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Cotton gin inventor Whitney : ELI
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A chance of a lifetime, say : ONESHOT
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Raphael's weapon in "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" : SAI
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"The Duck Variations" playwright : MAMET
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Duck : STOOPDOWN
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Mexican pal : AMIGO
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Conger, for one : EEL
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Swiss author of "Elements of Algebra" : EULER
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Duck : DODGE
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Pigpen : STY
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"Duck, duck ..." follower : GOOSE
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High-rise units: Abbr. : APTS
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___ parmigiana : VEAL
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Like many a barrel-aged wine : OAKY
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"Rocks" in a tumbler : ICE
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Molds, e.g. : DECAYS
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"Henceforth I ___ will be Romeo" : NEVER
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Keep close to one's heart : TREASURE
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No ___, no foul : HARM
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Laceless shoes : SLIPONS
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What a flat "b" palm facing a nearby fellow stands for, in A.S.L. : HIS
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Pic-sharing app, informally : INSTA
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The second "R" in J. R. R. Tolkien : REUEL
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Prepare to proof, in baking : KNEAD
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It's mined, all mined! : ORE
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"It's ___!" ("We're on!") : ADATE
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Butterfly also called a common tiger or wanderer : MONARCH
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Perpetual : NONSTOP
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Street ___ (rep) : CRED
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What to call a man in Mannheim : HERR
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Like cheese puffs and rice cakes : AIRY
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Tampa Bay pro : RAY
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List ender: Abbr. : ETAL
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Transmit : SEND
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Opening on Christmas Eve? : TWAS
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In direct confrontation : TOETOTOE
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Used as a dining surface : ATEON
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Coatroom fixture : HATPEG
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"Fine, stay angry then!" : BEMAD
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Mission to remember in San Antonio : ALAMO
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Skittish : TIMID
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Sís and das : YESES
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Scene of pandemonium : ZOO
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Editor's "Forget I wrote that" : STET
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Sanctified : HOLY
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Musician's chance to shine, perhaps : SOLO
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Flabbergasts or gobsmacks : AWES
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Memo subject header : INRE
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Something a duck lays : EGG
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Bugs and Daffy in "The Iceman Ducketh," e.g. : DUO

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