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MERGER MANIA

New York Times, Sunday, April 11, 2021

Nancy who served as the first female member of the British Parliament

Author:
Dick Shlakman and Will Nediger
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Will Nediger

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: none – this is a pangram. This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Shlakman. This is puzzle # 37 for Mr. Nediger.
Will Shortz notes:
Dick Shlakman, who's turning 82 next Sunday, is a retired lawyer and corporate executive from Plano, Tex. Will Nediger, 31, is a professional crossword constructor from London, Ont. Dick ... read more
Constructor notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times4/11/21 ( No. 26,087 )
Across
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Men are pigs (after she's through with them, anyway!) : CIRCE
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The "A" of James A. Garfield : ABRAM
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Naysayers : OBJECTORS
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Lower-cost option on a popular rideshare app : UBERX
21
Egg: Sp. : HUEVO
22
Frontiersman's headgear : BEAVERHAT
23
Result of a merger between Quaker Oats and Greyhound? : LIFECOACHES
25
Maintaining equilibrium : INBALANCE
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Discourage : DETER
27
Soft drink concentrate, e.g. : SYRUP
29
"Night on Bald Mountain" or "Finlandia" : TONEPOEM
30
With 18-Down, what has four legs and sprints? : RELAY
32
Musician who was booed in 1965 for playing electric guitar : DYLAN
34
Letters before Gerald R. Ford and Ronald Reagan : USS
35
Luau instrument, for short : UKE
37
Zoom : TEAR
39
Corner : NOOK
41
Second-longest human bone, after the femur : TIBIA
46
Result of a merger between Kraft and Hershey's? : SINGLESBARS
51
Result of a merger between Google and Planters? : DRIVENUTS
53
Like the wights on "Game of Thrones" : UNDEAD
54
Best of the best : ATEAM
56
Spelling ___ : BEE
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What Santa checks twice : LIST
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R-rated : ADULT
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Rulers' staffs : SCEPTERS
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Fire man? : STELMO
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On the ___ : LAM
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Poet Lazarus : EMMA
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Prefix with thermal : ISO
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Bad sound for an engine : SPUTTER
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Result of a merger between Hasbro and Nikon? : TROUBLESHOOTERS
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Bird like the Canada goose or arctic tern : MIGRANT
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Lummox : OAF
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Cheese offered tableside at Italian restaurants, informally : PARM
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Recipe amt. : TSP
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Eagle constellation : AQUILA
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Passive acquiescence : DOCILITY
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Voice a view : OPINE
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Firm decision maker? : SUIT
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Revolutionary Guevara : CHE
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Klum of "Project Runway" : HEIDI
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"My love," in Madrid : MIAMOR
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Result of a merger between Procter & Gamble and Jacuzzi? : TIDEPOOLS
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Result of a merger between Hormel and Instagram? : SPAMFILTERS
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Warehouse : STORE
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10 to 10, say : TIED
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___ reform, cause for the Marshall Project : BAIL
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Middling grade : CEE
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Pub choice : ALE
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Shot across the bow? : ARROW
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___ Waldorf, the so-called "Queen B" on "Gossip Girl" : BLAIR
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Leaves nothing to the imagination : BARESALL
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Measured : SIZED
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"Been there, done that" feeling : ENNUI
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Disney's world : ANIMATION
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Result of a merger between Ralph Lauren and Starbucks? : POLOGROUNDS
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"Stop your foolishness outside!" : GETINHERE
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Not on : UNLIT
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Chops up finely : DICES
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Was uncomfortably hot : SWELTERED
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Basil-based sauce : PESTO
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___ Allen, one of the founders of Vermont : ETHAN
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___-de-sac : CUL
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Ditto, in scholarly journals : IBID
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Brexit vote, e.g. : REFERENDUM
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Home to the Minoan civilization : CRETE
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Shine : EXCEL
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"Now I get it!" : AHA
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2021 Super Bowl champs : BUCS
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Drink up during a timeout, say : REHYDRATE
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Tex who directed the first Bugs Bunny cartoon : AVERY
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Iraqi city on the Tigris : MOSUL
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Kimono accessory : OBI
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Natural talent : BENT
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___ Young-White, comedian/correspondent for "The Daily Show" : JABOUKIE
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Lead-in to an Indiana "-ville" : EVANS
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___ Ng, author of the 2017 best seller "Little Fires Everywhere" : CELESTE
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Piehole : TRAP
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"Oops!" : OHNO
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See 30-Across : RACE
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Part of a musical note : STEM
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Held forth : ORATED
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"Two thumbs down" review : PAN
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Answer to "Are you asleep?" that can't be true : YES
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Drift off to sleep : NOD
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Ordinary : USUAL
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"Eh, not really" : KINDA
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1981 hit Genesis album whose name resembles a rhyme scheme : ABACAB
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Balls in the sky : ORBS
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Little sounds : INLETS
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Muscular : BUILT
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"Who's there?" response : ITSME
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Nancy who served as the first female member of the British Parliament : ASTOR
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Come together : GEL
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Like some thinking : LATERAL
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A.O.C., e.g. : REP
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Meets : SATISFIES
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Evening prayer : VESPER
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Come together : MESH
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Raw material? : SMUT
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Quintana ___ (Mexican state that's home to Cancún) : ROO
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Mayhem : TURMOIL
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Land governed by the House of Grimaldi : MONACO
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Obedience school command : STAY
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More hackneyed : TRITER
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A head : LOO
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A head : EACH
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Best-case scenarios : OPTIMA
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Clipper parts : MASTS
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"You can't fire me!" : IQUIT
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Italian poet Cavalcanti who influenced Dante : GUIDO
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Procrastinator's problem : TIMECRUNCH
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[Bo-o-o-oring!] : SNORE
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In essence : PERSE
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Where heroes are made : DELI
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Sass : LIP
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Co-founder of the N.A.A.C.P. : IDABWELLS
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Word that, when spelled backward, becomes its own synonym : PAT
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Member of the inn crowd? : HOTELIER
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One of the Canterbury pilgrims : MILLER
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One doing the lord's work : PEASANT
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In which you might do a deep dive : SEA
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Mistruth : FIB
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JAMA contributors : DRS
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Tool in a wood shop : LATHE
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Shred : RIPUP
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___ hole : OZONE
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Battery part : ANODE
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Language group related to Yupik : INUIT
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Birkin stock? : BAGS
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From scratch : ANEW
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Quinceañera, e.g. : RITE
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Man's name that spells a fruit backward : EMIL
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Passed-down stories : LORE
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"Stop stalling!" : DOIT
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"The slightest" or "the foggiest" thing : IDEA
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Oscar-winning lyricist Washington : NED
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Classic Pontiac : GTO
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Phishing target, for short : SSN

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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