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New York Times, Friday, April 1, 2022

First man, in Maori mythology

Author:
Evan Mahnken
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Evan Mahnken

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVX} This is puzzle # 11 for Mr. Mahnken.
Notepad: This puzzle has four different solutions. When you're done, read the circled letters from top to bottom to find another one.
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© 2022, The New York Times4/1/22 ( No. 26,442 )
Across
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You might bid on it : EBAY
5
First man, in Maori mythology : TIKI
9
Lead to : BEGET
14
Plant : MOLE
15
Encumbrance : ONUS
16
It makes il mondo go 'round : AMORE
17
Bathroom cabinet item : MOUTHWASH
19
More than flirt with : HITON
20
Vegas machine with the best odds? : ATM
21
A head : EACH
22
"American ___" (Neil Gaiman novel that won the Hugo and Nebula) : GODS
23
Japanese electronics brand : AIWA
24
Brain freeze cause : SLURPEE
27
Product often advertising 99.99% effectiveness : HANDSANITIZER
31
"Headliner" of the first Warner Bros. short to win an Oscar : TWEETY
32
___ Ren of "The Force Awakens" : KYLO
33
Big 12 sch. : ISU
36
Makes a small, plaintive sound : MEWS
37
K.C.-to-Detroit direction : ENE
38
Ad Council output, for short : PSAS
39
Grp. that advertised in "The Book of Mormon" playbills, surprisingly : LDS
40
Command after mistakenly pressing Ctrl+Z : REDO
42
Spicy kind of seasoning : CREOLE
44
It might help clear things up : WINDOWCLEANER
47
Nocturnal marsupial : OPOSSUM
49
Event with Easter eggs : HUNT
50
Runs : AIRS
51
Behind : LATE
52
Where the cucumbers are not for eating : SPA
55
Play matchmaker for : SETUP
57
Sound filler : SALTWATER
59
Upper atmosphere : ETHER
60
Little rascal : TYKE
61
Damage : HARM
62
Authority : SAYSO
63
Federation formed in 1922, for short : USSR
64
Like many college film projects : ARTY
Down
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___ Raducanu, 2021 U.S. Open winner : EMMA
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Kick hard : BOOT
3
Who might be asked for a donation, in brief : ALUM
4
"___ again ..." : YET
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Illegally parked car, maybe : TOWAWAY
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How some pet food is sold : INACAN
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Potent marijuana : KUSH
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Suffix with bull or bear : ISH
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Cry of contempt : BAH
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Citizenship test taker, perhaps : EMIGRE
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Get put away : GOTOPRISON
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Eat at : ERODE
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It may be perfect for writing : TENSE
18
Job at a bank, say : HEIST
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Some sources of vitamin C : ADES
24
Ocular affliction : STYE
25
Wee : LIL
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Emmy winner Aduba : UZO
27
Code inits. : HTML
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How you might feel looking at the Northern Lights : AWED
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Fit for a big write-up, say : NEWSWORTHY
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"Right?!" : IKNOW
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Closing activity : SALE
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___ interface : USER
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Biblical land near the kingdoms of Judah and Moab : EDOM
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Scotch flavorer : PEAT
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E.R. staffers : RNS
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Brown. follower : EDU
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Mess : CLUTTER
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Get more 45-Down : RENEW
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See 43-Down : ISSUES
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Gets ready, as a cue stick : CHALKS
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Fertile spots : OASES
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Masterwork completed in 1499 : PIETA
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Snack brand owned by PepsiCo : LAYS
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Holiday cookie shape : STAR
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Sassy : PERT
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Drove : ARMY
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Whiz : PRO
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Nickname that's an alphabet trio : STU
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"I've got it!" : AHA

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