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New York Times, Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Like a contract that's said to be "not worth the paper it's written on"

Author:
Ross Trudeau
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Ross Trudeau

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQVZ} This is puzzle # 38 for Mr. Trudeau.
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© 2021, The New York Times3/2/21 ( No. 26,047 )
Across
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"Nova" airer : PBS
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Like a rumpled bed : UNMADE
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___ tha Kyd (big name in rap, once) : SYD
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Lead-in to correct : AUTO
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Pothead : STONER
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Road goo : TAR
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Lager or I.P.A.? : DRAFTCHOICE
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"Well, what have we here?!" : OHO
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James Bond genre, informally : SPYFI
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Like a brooding teen, maybe : EMO
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Lose after being way ahead, as a lead : BLOW
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Hot fudge or caramel sauce? : SPLITDECISION
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"I goofed ... who cares!" : SOSUEME
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"Eww, you could have kept that to yourself" : TMI
30
The "E" of Q.E.D. : ERAT
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[I can hear you, you know] : AHEM
34
Kind of daisy : OXEYE
38
Lion-colored : TAN
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Neat or on the rocks? : ICEPICK
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Gen ___ : XER
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Part of a wintry mix : SLEET
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Salinger heroine : ESME
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Feud (with) : SPAR
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Step between "ready" and "fire" : AIM
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"Thanks, but no thanks" : ILLPASS
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Jägermeister or Fireball? : SHOTSELECTION
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Keep ___ on (look after) : TABS
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Chow down on, in modern slang : NOM
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Perfumery scents : MUSKS
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Part of E.S.L.: Abbr. : ENG
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Chicken broth or beef bouillon? : STOCKOPTION
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Whichever : ANY
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Common text in A.P. Latin : AENEID
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"Star Wars" pilot who, despite his name, flies with a co-pilot : SOLO
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"Geez!" : MAN
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TV comic with a "Jokes Seth Can't Tell" segment : MEYERS
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Collar : NAB
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Homes, in slang : PADS
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Emanation from Barney Gumble on "The Simpsons" : BURP
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Attends to one's mental health, say : STAYSSANE
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L.A. school : USC
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Last in a series : NTH
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Participated in a stock exchange? : MOOED
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"Dragon Ball Z" genre of TV and film : ANIME
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Boil down : DECOCT
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Before, to poets : ERE
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Some Russian vodka, informally : STOLI
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Web company that styles its name with an exclamation point : YAHOO
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___ one's sorrows : DROWN
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Disconcerted : OFFPUT
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Scrabble piece : TILE
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Vitamin that could also be a bingo call : BSIX
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Desktop debut of 1998 : IMAC
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Titter : TEHEE
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"Nothing's broken" : IMOK
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Hardens : SETS
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Like a contract that's said to be "not worth the paper it's written on" : ORAL
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Short albums, for short : EPS
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Do an impression of : MIMIC
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Increase in the number of teams in a league, e.g. : EXPANSION
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Votes for : YEAS
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Makes a boo-boo : ERRS
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"No kidding?" : ITIS
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Druid, e.g. : CELT
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Begrudgingly accepts, as a loss : EATS
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Whales and water fountains produce them : SPOUTS
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Tutor's charge : MENTEE
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Like wet noodles : LIMP
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Power source for early engines : STEAM
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___-Barbera (onetime cartoon company) : HANNA
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Women's health doc : OBGYN
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Bonkers : LOONY
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Figure at a roast : EMCEE
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Kind of nut with caffeine : KOLA
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Elitist : SNOB
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Cooke who was known as the "King of Soul" : SAM
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Wine aperitif : KIR
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Some serious hosp. cases : ODS

Answer summary: 2 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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