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New York Times, Friday, March 5, 2021

Goddess who serves as a major character in 2019's "Hadestown"

Author:
Sridhar Bhagavathula
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 32 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Bhagavathula. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Sridhar Bhagavathula notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times3/5/21 ( No. 26,050 )
Across
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Pitched poorly : OFFKEY
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Trace element? : STENCIL
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Two-dimensional : PLANAR
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Era that began in the late 1950s : SPACEAGE
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"Any ___?" : TAKERS
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The Statue of Liberty, for one : COLOSSUS
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Gets along (with) : GELS
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End of a three-word U.S. president name : BUREN
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Monopoly token : HAT
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Student's burden, often : DEBT
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Showed : CAME
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Like lambs : OVINE
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Co-performer with Shakira at Super Bowl LIV, informally : JLO
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Overly glib : PAT
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Lecture alternative : SEMINAR
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Home country of N.B.A. phenom Luka Doncic : SLOVENIA
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"God send the companion a better prince! I cannot ___ my hands of him": "Henry IV, Part II" : RID
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"Stray Dog" director, 1949 : AKIRAKUROSAWA
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Spot on advice? : PSA
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Alternative to going to court : SETTLING
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Sources of a modern addiction : SCREENS
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Fleur-de-___ : LIS
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Grp. with the motto "Every child. One voice" : PTA
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Choreographer Twyla : THARP
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Prince in "The Little Mermaid" : ERIC
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Cover : VEIL
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Work on a course : EAT
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Widespread destruction : HAVOC
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Sigmatism, by another name : LISP
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Pilots, e.g. : EPISODES
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Case for an entomologist : COCOON
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Plant that may yield oil : REFINERY
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False : PSEUDO
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Guile : SLYNESS
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How one should feel after a vacation : RESTED
Down
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Unsubscribe to a mailing list, with "out" : OPT
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Cell propellers : FLAGELLA
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Resource for music performers : FAKEBOOK
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Posed in the front row of a team photo, say : KNELT
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A katydid's are found on its legs, strangely enough : EARS
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'21, '22, etc. : YRS
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They may be blowing in the wind : SPORES
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Account : TALE
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"If all ___ were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion" (quip attributed to Shaw) : ECONOMISTS
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Duck Hunt console, for short : NES
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Make chips become bread? : CASHIN
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Scaly pet : IGUANA
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News anchor Holt : LESTER
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Floating green layer : SCUM
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Hand-dyed fabric : BATIK
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Dance club hirees : DJS
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Land promised by God to Abraham : CANAAN
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"Myra Breckinridge" novelist : VIDAL
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Goddess who serves as a major character in 2019's "Hadestown" : PERSEPHONE
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Blue : EROTIC
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Epithet for the venomous Iago in "Othello" : VIPER
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Northern neighbor of 29-Across: Abbr. : AUS
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Dinosaur : RELIC
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Doesn't make it down the wave : WIPESOUT
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Directly opposite point : ANTIPODE
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Gadot of "Wonder Woman" : GAL
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Pilots : STEERS
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Where Hamlet overhears Claudius confessing to fratricide : CHAPEL
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Formally approve : RATIFY
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Lops off : SEVERS
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Rubicund : ROSY
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Many indulgences : VICES
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Some beverage suffixes : ADES
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Ditch : LOSE
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Fathers warn against it : SIN
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E.R. procedure that can be done to the beat of "Stayin' Alive" : CPR
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"Hey there" equivalent : NOD

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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