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New York Times, Thursday, March 3, 2022

Earth and Mars, e.g.

Author:
August Lee-Kovach
Editor:
Will Shortz
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August Lee-Kovach

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 14 Words: 69, Blocks: 36 Missing: {KPQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Lee-Kovach.
August Lee-Kovach notes:
I have been looking to incorporate chemical formulas into a crossword puzzle for about three years. I always thought that ... read more
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JUST ADD WATER, now that's my kind of cooking, especially when it's one of my nights to make dinner and at the eleventh hour ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times3/3/22 ( No. 26,413 )
Across
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Earth and Mars, e.g. : ORBS
5
"Office-inappropriate" tag : NSFW
9
1:15 or 1:30, e.g. : ODDS
13
Part of a comparison : THAN
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Its motto is "Fiat lux" : UCLA
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Part of a guitar : FRET
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*Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur : HIGHHOLIDAYS
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"If you come to ___ not understanding who you are, it will define who you are": Oprah Winfrey : FAME
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H.S. class : ENG
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Regarding this matter : HERETO
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Trick : GET
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Rolls follower : ROYCE
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*The wolf in "Peter and the Wolf" : FRENCHHORNS
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___ People's Democratic Republic : LAO
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Goddess whose name means "lovely" : ERATO
30
Airport aprons : TARMACS
34
Representation : ICON
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Simple recipe instruction ... or a hint to the answers to the four starred clues : JUSTADDWATER
37
Measures of cellular strength : BARS
38
Counters : RESISTS
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She met her husband Frank after beating him in a shooting match : ANNIE
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Not just "a" : THE
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*Cape Cod retreats : BEACHHOUSES
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It's famous for doing the floss : ORALB
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___ canto : BEL
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Actor Jeremy of "The Hurt Locker" : RENNER
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"The ___ of Pooh" : TAO
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City on the Rhône : LYON
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*Last possible second : ELEVENTHHOUR
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Formerly, once : ERST
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Its motto is "Lux et veritas" : YALE
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Make binding, in a way : SIGN
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Meeting, informally : SESH
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Feels crummy : AILS
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Not just smart : ACHE
Down
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[Not shown here] : OTHER
2
It has Javan and Sumatran varieties : RHINO
3
Like Hammer pants : BAGGY
4
Show that spawned "Wayne's World," in brief : SNL
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Wearing just a smile, say : NUDE
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Accessory for a soccer fan : SCARF
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Philadelphia athlete : FLYER
8
Eggshells and coffee grounds, typically : WASTE
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Switch position : OFF
10
Some street fights? : DRAGRACES
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Soul sucker in the Harry Potter books : DEMENTOR
12
Western hat : STETSON
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Start of some souvenir shirt slogans : IHEART
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Small bill : ONE
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Like works of Shakespeare or Frank Sinatra : CLASSIC
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Varmint : CRITTER
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Ilhan in Congress : OMAR
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See red? : TURNALOSS
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Punchy ending? : ADE
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AOL freebies, once : CDS
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"M*A*S*H" Emmy winner : SWIT
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1847 novel originally subtitled "An Autobiography" : JANEEYRE
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Where flotsam and jetsam may end up : ASHORE
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Talks endlessly : BABBLES
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It covers 6.8% of the earth's land area: Abbr. : EUR
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"Bye!" : SEEYA
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China's Zhou ___ : ENLAI
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Fishhook attachment : SNELL
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Top story : ATTIC
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Crack up : LAUGH
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Lifted : BORNE
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Some big nights : EVES
55
Advanced degree? : NTH
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Org. whose logo has an eagle grasping a key : NSA

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

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