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New York Times, Wednesday, March 3, 2021

2021 in the Chinese zodiac, with a hint to 17-, 27- and 40-Across

Author:
Ann Shan
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Shan. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Ann Shan notes:
A very late "Happy Lunar New Year!" to you all! I'm so excited to be making my New York Times Crossword debut. I started solving ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I used to hate Chinese New Year as a kid. The red envelopes were awesome, but when the teacher would make the Asian kids stand up and ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times3/3/21 ( No. 26,048 )
Across
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Body part whose name comes from the Latin for "little mouse" : MUSCLE
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Wise : SAGE
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Sponsored posts, essentially : ADS
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Symbol tattooed on Popeye's forearm : ANCHOR
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Fairy tale villain : OGRE
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Gossip fodder, slangily : TEA
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Avoids, with "of" : STEERSCLEAR
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Sardonic : WRY
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Like forks : TINED
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Places for congregations : PEWS
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With 9-Down, goose liver : FOIE
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Knock down, in Britain : RASE
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A white one might be excused : LIE
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Steels (oneself) : GIRDS
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Father : SIRE
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Good time on Wall Street : BULLMARKET
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Mysteries : ENIGMAS
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Letter sign-off : LOVE
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Ancient Greek gathering places : AGORAS
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Hot spot : DESERT
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Utah ski area : ALTA
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The Father of Modern Physics : GALILEO
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Open audition, informally : CATTLECALL
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Bird in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" : DODO
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First astrological sign : ARIES
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Biochemical messenger : RNA
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Academic musts, for short : REQS
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All-out sprint : TEAR
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Lecture series focused on "ideas worth spreading" : TEDX
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Sharp : ACUTE
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Partner of neither : NOR
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2021 in the Chinese zodiac, with a hint to 17-, 27- and 40-Across : YEAROFTHEOX
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Styled after : ALA
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Push : URGE
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Senator Feinstein : DIANNE
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Faux ___ : PAS
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Traditional Thanksgiving desserts : PIES
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Went bad : ROTTED
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Naval post : MAST
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Like the Energizer Bunny : UNTIRING
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Imagined development : SCENARIO
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Pizzeria tool : CHEESEGRATER
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Singer with the 2017 #1 album "Melodrama" : LORDE
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Nervous speech fillers : ERS
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Cirque du ___ : SOLEIL
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Not look bad after all this time : AGEWELL
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See 22-Across : GRAS
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Suffix with racket and rocket : EER
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In action : ATWORK
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Ridicule : DERIDE
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Speak, old-style : SAYEST
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Mediocre grade : CPLUS
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Noted evening radio address : FIRESIDECHAT
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Rapper in court : GAVEL
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Wine-dark ___, metaphor in Homer's "Odyssey" : SEA
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Wallop : BASTE
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Most frequent, statistically : MODAL
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Crowded places on Black Friday : MALLS
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Well-spoken : ELOQUENT
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Energy source in Minecraft : REDSTONE
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As well : TOO
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Measure of land : ACREAGE
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British pharma giant, informally : GLAXO
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Quick snooze : CATNAP
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Colored part of the iris : AREOLA
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Jeweled bands : TIARAS
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Chef José ___, founder of World Central Kitchen : ANDRES
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Ten to one, for one : RATIO
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Actress Hatcher : TERI
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Marked, as a ballot : EXED
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"That's right!" : YUP
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Prez who delivered some 22-Downs : FDR

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

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