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New York Times, Sunday, March 20, 2022

Lizzie is one, in the "Cars" movies

Author:
Brad Wiegmann
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 74 Missing: {QXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Wiegmann.
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Β© 2022, The New York Times3/20/22 ( No. 26,430 )
Across
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Band of supporters : CAMP
5
Something absolutely necessary : AMUST
10
"___ and Janis" (comic strip) : ARLO
14
Oomph : PEP
17
Word from the French for "high wood" : OBOE
18
Washed out : PALLID
20
Dock : MOOR
21
Something a winner may run into : TAPE
22
"It's tough finding the right person. My first boyfriend was a perfectly nice atheist, but he ..." : HADNOPRAYER
24
Tour de France seasons : ETES
25
Side dish at a fish fry : SLAW
26
Main component of Saturn's rings : ICE
27
Lena of "Enemies, a Love Story" : OLIN
28
"So then I dated a fun couch potato, but he ..." : DIDNTWORKOUT
31
Non-starters? : BULLPEN
33
Toeing the line : OBEDIENT
34
FΓΊtbol cheer : OLE
35
Italian wine region : ASTI
36
"30 for 30" airer : ESPN
39
The 1 in {1,2,3}: Abbr. : MIN
40
Lab vessel : BEAKER
42
Camphor, e.g. : KETONE
45
One getting depressed during exams? : TONGUE
47
They're found near traps : LATS
48
"Then my friend set me up with a recluse, but he ..." : CAMETONOTHING
52
Comedian Mort : SAHL
54
Classic Hawaiian folk song : ALOHAOE
55
Superman and others, for short : ETS
56
Book with a notable world premiere? : GENESIS
59
What middlemen do : RESELL
60
Noisy beachgoer : GULL
62
Bun in a bamboo steamer : BAO
63
Internet encryption inits. : HTTPS
65
Binary : DUAL
66
"I dated my rock climbing instructor for a while, but he just ..." : LETMEDOWN
68
___-Pacific : ASIA
69
Not sparkling : STILL
71
Blast furnace supply : ORE
72
Baloney : BUNK
73
Bad signs for a bank robber : SIRENS
75
Academic journal with a "Breakthrough of the Year" award : SCIENCE
77
U.K. track star-turned-politician Sebastian : COE
78
Mishmashes : JUMBLES
79
Swindled : TOOK
80
"Then I had a fling with a Pittsburgh Penguin, but I knew he ..." : WOULDNEVERFLY
83
Cuisine featuring som tam : THAI
86
Drill command : TENHUT
88
Feel another's pain : RELATE
89
Cavalryman of old : HUSSAR
91
Big ___ (Olympic snowboarding event) : AIR
92
Whimper : MEWL
93
Starters, for short : APPS
97
Outback speedster : EMU
98
Keep rhythm, as a conductor might : BEATTIME
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Wisconsin town with a clothing namesake : OSHKOSH
104
"I was in a serious relationship with a hippie, but he ..." : MISSEDTHECUT
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Org. issuing vaccine standards starting in 2021 : OSHA
107
It may be part of a solution : LYE
108
Together, in music : ADUE
109
Fading sea name : ARAL
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"Finally, I started seeing a charming magician, and he ..." : DIDTHETRICK
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Pan, in part : GOAT
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Fun-size : MINI
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Kind of thesis : SENIOR
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Weekend warrior's woe : ACHE
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Happening offline, to a texter : IRL
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Relaxation : EASE
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Devotee of Haile Selassie, informally : RASTA
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Bit of kitchen waste : PEEL
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Big name in pricey cigars : COHIBA
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You can't say it doesn't count : ABACUS
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Lizzie is one, in the "Cars" movies : MODELT
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Crossword solving option : PEN
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Watch maker since 2015 : APPLE
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It lands on the White House's South Lawn : MARINEONE
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___ Bator, Mongolia : ULAN
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On the ___ : SLY
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Fastened, in a way : TIEDON
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Making change : AMENDING
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Well past the freshness date, say : ROTTING
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"My Fair Lady" composer : LOEWE
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Actor/comedian who was a regular on Johnny Carson's "Tonight Show" : ORSONBEAN
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Meathead : PALOOKA
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Military uniform feature : EPAULET
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Bluish-gray shades : PEWTERS
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Scintilla : DRIB
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"Shameful!" : TSK
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Alley-___ : OOP
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Possessive types? : DEMONS
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Way to go: Abbr. : RTE
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"You're so wrong about that!" : LIKEHELLITIS
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Lead-in to Cat : SNO
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Something that all but three U.S. presidents have had while in office : PET
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"Time out" in the N.B.A. : ALLSTARBREAK
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What makes the short list? : ETAL
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Total jerk : TOOL
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Boxing highlight : TITLEBOUT
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Apply to : USEON
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Jokesters : CARDS
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Some native Alaskans : ALEUTS
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Tile work : MOSAIC
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Leadership position : HELM
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Bit of a chuckle : HEH
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Rubberneck : GAWK
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"A house divided against ___ cannot stand" : ITSELF
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Rubylike gem : SPINEL
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Richard of "Chicago" : GERE
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Native people for whom a state is named : UTE
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When doubled, a candy : BON
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Quick with a clapback : SASSY
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So-called "Father of Liberalism" : LOCKE
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Conflict taking a couple of seconds? : DUEL
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Soccer star Messi, to fans : LEO
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Capital of Fiji : SUVA
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"How ___ Your Mother" : IMET
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Beloved site for the Irish ... and French : NOTREDAME
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Journalist who was the first woman to guest-host "Jeopardy!" : COURIC
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Hard stuff that jiggles : JELLOSHOT
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"We'll be in touch!," often : WHITELIE
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Dr. of 112-Down : DRE
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Counterpart of full, in a way : NEW
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Wise guys? : THEMAGI
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One might be smoke-filled : HUMIDOR
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Not surprisingly : ASUSUAL
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Big name in hot dogs : NATHANS
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Face on a penny, familiarly : ABE
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Strong suit : METIER
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Regulate : POLICE
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Cupid's love : PSYCHE
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Mideast currency unit : SHEKEL
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Features of some halls : ATRIA
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Mucky substances : MUDS
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Twin sister of He-Man : SHERA
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What, in multiple senses, might get tipped : HAT
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Take place? : SET
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Redding who wrote "Respect" : OTIS
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Crispr material : DNA
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See 81-Down : RAP

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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