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New York Times, Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Comic strip that's the source of the line "We have met the enemy and he is us"

Author:
Dan Schoenholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dan Schoenholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 40 Missing: {JKQV} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 25 for Mr. Schoenholz. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Dan Schoenholz notes:
This puzzle has a pretty straightforward theme: my favorite thing about it is that each of the theme answers has a personal tie-in. My ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've seen this concept a few times, all the way back to 1994, but the added zing of EXTRA CHARGE is a fantastic extra layer. That's ... read more
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© 2021, The New York TimesNo. 0323 ( 26,068 )
Across
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Letter-shaped girder : IBEAM
6
Prejudice : BIAS
10
Male delivery : BOY
13
Starts hearts, say : DEALS
14
Tiny fly : MIDGE
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Copy : APE
16
Job interview for a wannabe tax collector? : IRSAUDITION
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Certain Dominican : NUN
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What's mined to keep? : ORE
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Setting depicted in the Sistine Chapel : EDEN
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10:1, e.g. : ODDS
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___ X : MALCOLM
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Teri of "Tootsie" : GARR
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"Bless you" preceder : ACHOO
30
Place to get some "me time" : DAYSPA
34
What the surfing enthusiast has? : BOARDINGPASSION
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"Movin' ___" : ONUP
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Preceder of "TV" on cable TV : TRU
40
Brand of cornstarch : ARGO
41
Name for a huge marathon? : RUNOFTHEMILLION
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On the wrong path : ASTRAY
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Go halfsies on : SPLIT
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Too cute, on the Thames : TWEE
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Hangs tight : SITSPAT
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Compact ___ : DISC
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Story that goes on and on ... and on : SAGA
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She might give you her coat : EWE
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Spout (off) : POP
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Unwelcome sight on a bill ... or a clue to 16-, 34- and 41-Across : EXTRACHARGE
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___ dye (chemical coloring) : AZO
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Is rife (with) : TEEMS
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Who might say "Take me to your leader" : ALIEN
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Kind of bulb, in brief : LED
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Basket shot from behind the arc, in hoops slang : TREY
69
Singer Cyrus : MILEY
Down
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"Hot to trot" or "cool as a cucumber" : IDIOM
2
Yogi who said "You can observe a lot by just watching" : BERRA
3
Studio supporter : EASEL
4
Similar to : ALA
5
East Lansing school, in brief : MSU
6
Quick snack : BITE
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Naming : IDING
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"Give it ___" : AGO
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Married women, in Oaxaca : SENORAS
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Green Day or Black Sabbath : BAND
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Magnum ___ : OPUS
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Kyoto dough : YEN
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The 15th or so : MIDMONTH
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Home to Jawaharlal Nehru University : DELHI
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Cures, in a way : DRYSALTS
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Alternatives to garages : CARPORTS
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Neurotic condition, for short : OCD
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___-compliant : ADA
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Nasty sorts : OGRES
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Assistant who asks "What can I help you with?" : SIRI
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Comic strip that's the source of the line "We have met the enemy and he is us" : POGO
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Soon, poetically : ANON
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When doubled, a Pacific paradise : BORA
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Albatross : ONUS
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Rosemary Clooney, to George Clooney : AUNT
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Does a service station job : PUMPSGAS
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Farrah of the original "Charlie's Angels" : FAWCETT
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Actor Sheridan who co-starred in "Ready Player One" : TYE
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Hipbone-related : ILIAC
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Like candles before singing "Happy Birthday" : LIT
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Cosmetician Lauder : ESTEE
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Rising sea levels, e.g. : PERIL
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"Wow, you shouldn't have ..." : AWGEE
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Itty-bitty : TEENY
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Go out briefly? : DOZE
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It can carry a tune : IPOD
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One side in a college football rivalry since 1890 : ARMY
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Bud : PAL
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Child of the '70s, e.g. : XER
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Showboater : HAM
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Woman's nickname that drops "-son" : ALI

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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