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New York Times, Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Smaller parts making up a larger whole ... with a hint to the six groups of shaded squares in this puzzle

Author:
Trenton Charlson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Trenton Charlson

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 81, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 28 for Mr. Charlson. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Trenton Charlson notes:
This puzzle dates back to summer of 2019. I have found that I enjoy constructing puzzles like this one which are built around groups of letters ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
It's a shame that this one was printed with shading instead of circles plus shading. The 2x3 rectangles are such perfect LEGO bricks! Perhaps ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times3/31/21 ( No. 26,076 )
Across
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Becomes less important by comparison : PALES
6
Newspaper unit : PAGE
10
"The Garden of Earthly Delights" painter : BOSCH
15
Bitcoin, e.g. : ECASH
16
Hubbubs : ADOS
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Bear who sings "The Bare Necessities" in a 1967 Disney film : BALOO
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City near St. Petersburg : TAMPA
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Bellyache : CARP
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Benjamin Franklin is depicted on the first U.S. one (1847) : STAMP
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Virtuoso : ACE
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"C'mon, open the door!" : LETMEIN
25
1990s supermodel with a palindromic name : EMME
26
Like regular exercise and happiness, per research : LINKED
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Put one's trust in : DEPENDON
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Fill to the gills : SATE
31
43rd prez : GWB
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Mrs., on Majorca : SRA
35
Japanese salad herb : UDO
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Pint-size : PEEWEE
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Something to believe in : TENET
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Smaller parts making up a larger whole ... with a hint to the six groups of shaded squares in this puzzle : BUILDINGBLOCKS
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Brand of knives touted in classic infomercials : GINSU
46
2006 Winter Olympics host : TORINO
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Diamond stat : RBI
48
Dance move that went from trendy to cringey in the 2010s : DAB
51
Heracles, to Zeus : SON
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Stitch's pal, in film : LILO
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"Two thumbs up!" : ILOVEDIT
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Key of Beethoven's Ninth : DMINOR
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Above-the-knee skirt : MINI
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Brown loaf with an earthy taste : DARKRYE
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Pet rocks, once : FAD
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They turn litmus paper red : ACIDS
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Stead : LIEU
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Part of a political convention roll call : STATE
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Checks out, in a way : CASES
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Thingy : ITEM
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Satirist ___ Baron Cohen : SACHA
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Singer John whose middle name is Hercules : ELTON
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Food for a sea urchin : KELP
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Company behind the first microprocessor : INTEL
Down
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Potpourri pieces : PETALS
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Tree that's a favorite of giraffes : ACACIA
3
Bemoan : LAMENT
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Paranormal power, for short : ESP
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Thin-layered sedimentary rock : SHALE
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Covenant : PACT
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One who raised Cain : ADAM
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Wounded by a bull, say : GORED
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Catches sight of : ESPIES
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Tiny ammo : BBS
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Like some breakfast cereals : OATEN
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Emphatic two-pointer : SLAMDUNK
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Going places? : COMMODES
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"Heaven forbid!" : HOPENOT
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Sidled (along) : EDGED
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"Fresh Air" broadcaster : NPR
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French military headwear : KEPIS
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Use, as dishes : EATON
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Conflict that ended at 11:00 on 11/11 : WWI
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Crooked : BENT
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Slip past : ELUDE
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Swelled heads : EGOS
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Food-spoiling bacterium : ECOLI
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Like Sodom and Gomorrah : BIBLICAL
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Abraham Lincoln, for one : UNIONIST
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Modern lead-in to -grammer : BRO
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___ hop (swing era dance) : LINDY
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Not a happy face : GRIMACE
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Put two and two together? : ADD
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Mayim who played Amy Farrah Fowler on "The Big Bang Theory" : BIALIK
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"Believe it or not ..." : INFACT
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Abhor : LOATHE
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Herculean undertaking : ORDEAL
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Many a smartphone recording : VIDEO
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Far from original : TRITE
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Soccer great with a statue in Buenos Aires : MESSI
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Topple (over) : KEEL
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Posterior : RUMP
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Nine-digit ID, in brief : SSN
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Shade of brown : TAN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle.

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