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New York Times, Saturday, March 19, 2022

Comedian John who is said to resemble a love child of Harry Potter and Owl from "Winnie-the-Pooh"

Author:
Ryan McCarty
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. McCarty. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Jeff Chen notes:
I wish I could do even half what Ryan can. This TECH NERD feels like he LIVES A LIE when admiring a construction that frankly is ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times3/19/22 ( No. 26,429 )
Across
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It means "father of" in Arabic : ABU
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Catty remark? : MEW
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Rated PG-13 or R, say : SPICY
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Sylphlike : LISSOME
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Fit out : CLOTHE
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"Amaaazing!" : LOVEDIT
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Is a witness : LOOKSON
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Comedian John who is said to resemble a love child of Harry Potter and Owl from "Winnie-the-Pooh" : OLIVER
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Ottawa leader : PONTIAC
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Stun gun : TASER
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Like part of a dress affected by static cling, say : BUNCHEDUP
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Hootenanny : BARNDANCE
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Word with gag and ground : RULE
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Headwear for the big game? : SAFARIHAT
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Levy of "Schitt's Creek" : DAN
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Isn't open about oneself : LIVESALIE
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Drink cooler : ICE
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Stereotypical Silicon Valley types : TECHNERDS
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Act huffy? : PANT
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Came out of the blue? : CHEEREDUP
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Launched weapons : ARTILLERY
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Unwanted autocorrections : TYPOS
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Bonny young lady : WEELASS
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Influenza : GRIPPE
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Some Buddhist mandalas, e.g. : SANDART
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[More details below] : SEENOTE
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Acknowledgment of a poor performance : ISTUNK
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Schoolmaster for the classroom, e.g. : ANAGRAM
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Italy's longest river : THEPO
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Spec for a script : MED
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Atlanta-based network : TBS
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Parcel : ALLOT
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Place to study cultures : BIOLAB
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They're issued by the Bureau of Consular Affairs : USVISAS
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Suit cut between "classic" and "slim" : MODERNFIT
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House of Saud title : EMIR
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Like some blankets and bars : WET
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Along with the anteater, one of two animals in the order Pilosa : SLOTH
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Less hurried : POKIER
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"Pfft, this one doesn't work" : ITSADUD
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Count ___ : CHOCULA
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Currency whose name means, literally, "round" : YEN
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More than a couple : SEVERAL
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Skin-toned cosmetic : CONCEALER
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Silent film star known as the "Man of a Thousand Faces" : LONCHANEY
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Disciplinarians, at times : PUNISHERS
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Something often seen with trunks : BARECHEST
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Fold : PEN
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British pop star with more "Ed Sullivan Show" appearances than the Beatles : DAVECLARK
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It gets bald over time : TIRETREAD
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Going down the drain, in a way : EDDYING
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Inits. at a bar : IPA
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Place to get a wax : CARWASH
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Summit goal : ENTENTE
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Back : SUPPORT
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Occupied : TIEDUP
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Can opener : POPTAB
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Cattle-grazing tract : LLANO
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Looks like : SEEMS
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Good name for a biologist? : GENE
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Collect dust : SIT
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___ Taylor-Johnson, director of "Fifty Shades of Grey" : SAM

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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