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New York Times, Sunday, April 10, 2022

44-Across : "Ugh, we have so much to sort out"

Author:
David W. Tuffs
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David W. Tuffs

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 76 Missing: {Q} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Tuffs.
Will Shortz notes:
David W. Tuffs, of Pacific Grove, Calif., is a fourth-year linguistics student at the University of California Santa Cruz. In his spare time he writes for his school's satirical newspaper, ... read more
David W. Tuffs notes:
I'm excited to be back in the Times and doubly excited to have my first Sunday puzzle published. This puzzle started with a pair of entries that didn't make it into the final version: ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
A couple of years ago, I ran across PEANUT ALLERGY / PEANUT GALLERY while investigating a different theme idea. It was so neat that I wrote it down in my spreadsheet … and promptly forgot ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times4/10/22 ( No. 26,451 )
Across
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Sexy one : HOTTAMALE
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Treat that's dangerous to fillings : TAFFY
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It has cameras set up around the House : CSPAN
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Home of the Hittite Empire : ASIAMINOR
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Novelist Zola : EMILE
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Word with box or gloves : OPERA
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Unwavering : ROCKSOLID
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Bit of cinema décor : MOVIEPOSTER
26
Latin verb that's a letter off from 9-Down : ESSE
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Sagelike : WISE
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Get ready for dinner : PREP
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Man-eaters : OGRES
30
Demeanor : MIEN
32
Puts the pedal to the metal : STEPSONIT
34
Outbursts of megalomania : POWERTRIPS
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Boglike : MIRY
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Educator Khan who founded Khan Academy : SAL
43
-esque : ISH
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"Ugh, we have so much to sort out" : ITSAMESS
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You might come to one suddenly : DEADSTOP
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Winston Churchill gesture : VSIGN
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They're out on their own : ESCAPEES
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"Word on the street is ..." : IHEAR
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Antiquated source of light : OILLAMP
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Toy brand with colorful rods and gears : KNEX
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Partner of dark : STORMY
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Starts a course, with "off" : TEES
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Where you might see scrolling credits? : IMDB
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Heidi of TV's "Making the Cut" : KLUM
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The Arthur Ashe Courage Award and others : ESPYS
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Spectators taking potshots, collectively : PEANUTGALLERY
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Will Smith's actor/rapper son : JADEN
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Quickly join hands? : CLAP
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G or K : THOU
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"Roll Tide!" school : BAMA
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Relishes : SAVORS
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Eats : GRUB
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Feature of a healthy dog : WETNOSE
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Fjord, e.g. : INLET
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Like Hathor, goddess of motherhood : EGYPTIAN
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Film character who shouts "You are a toy!" : WOODY
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Fish with a prehensile tail : SEAHORSE
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Primitive time : STONEAGE
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German article : DIE
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Instagram hashtag accompanying a nostalgic photo : TBT
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Two-fifths of a quarter : DIME
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Birthplace of three major world religions : MIDDLEEAST
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What an agoraphobe avoids : OPENSPACE
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Uber offering : RIDE
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Group email greeting : HIALL
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Class : TIER
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"That so?" : ISIT
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It's not light reading : TOME
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Advances in a baby's cognitive development : MENTALLEAPS
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Demonology and such : BLACKARTS
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Show vanity, in a way : PREEN
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Face-planted : ATEIT
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Cocktail often made with Tennessee whiskey, ironically : MANHATTAN
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Looks long and hard : GAZES
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Class : GENRE
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Not get tense : STAYLOOSE
Down
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March madness figure? : HARE
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Animals in hibernación : OSOS
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Twitches : TICS
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"Please, I'll go with you" : TAKEME
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Friend abroad : AMI
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Home of many schools in the Big Ten Conference : MIDWEST
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Uses chrism on : ANOINTS
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Chuckles online : LOLS
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Language that's a letter off from 26-Across : ERSE
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Tantalize : TEMPT
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"... that's ___" : AMORE
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When many commutes begin : FIVEPM
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Converse : FLIPSIDE
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"___-haw!" : YEE
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Favorite dog breed of Queen Elizabeth II : CORGI
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Where bats and birdies are found : SPORTSSHOP
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___ the Frog (internet meme) : PEPE
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God with a helmet : ARES
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Rapper with the platinum albums "Street's Disciple" and "God's Son" : NAS
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Skater Harding : TONYA
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The third of Chekhov's "Three Sisters" : IRINA
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Iota : SPECK
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Valuable deposits : ORES
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Turning point : PIVOT
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Actor/activist Davis : OSSIE
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Stretch : WHILE
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Woman's name that's part of the body backward : RAE
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Contacts quickly, in a way : IMS
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Imitation : APERY
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Fertile mixtures : LOAMS
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Finished the golf hole : SANKAPUTT
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One might be cold or dry : SPELL
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Scatterbrained : DITSY
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Shot, so to speak : TRY
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Plot device, in brief? : GPS
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Rejoice (in) : EXULT
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Debt holdings : LIENS
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Bouts with pay-per-view events, for short : MMA
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Transition : SEGUE
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Left-leaning organizing grp. : DNC
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Like pronounced muscles : BULGY
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Feeling described by this: :| : MEH
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Australia's "City of Light" : PERTH
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Covers for campers : TARPS
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Spat : ROW
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Former Fed chair Yellen : JANET
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Classroom with cameras, for short : AVLAB
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Executes perfectly : DOESTOATEE
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"That's just awful!" : BOO
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One end of a cell : ANODE
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___ circus : MEDIA
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To now : ASYET
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Beyoncé, to Solange, informally : SIS
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Tundra or savanna : BIOME
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Fabric in a flat cap : TWEED
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Leprechaun's home : ERIN
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Idaho, with "the" : GEMSTATE
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Nickname in "Star Wars" : ANI
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Country code for Holland in the Olympics : NED
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N.F.L. star ___ Beckham Jr. : ODELL
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Supermodel Lima : ADRIANA
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Like many a beta release : GLITCHY
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Reaction reducer : EPIPEN
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Tackles : SETSTO
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"I have other ___, sorry" : PLANS
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Norse pantheon : AESIR
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Birthplace of Zeus : CRETE
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Female figure in the "Iliad" : HERA
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Name akin to Agnes : INEZ
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Many mainframes : IBMS
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Blind sight : SLAT
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Number between sette and nove : OTTO
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Some petting zoo noises : MAAS
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Seaside bird : ERNE
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Dash fig. : MPG
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Twitch user's bane : LAG
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Comic Penn : KAL

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle.

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