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New York Times, Monday, April 11, 2022

Author:
Rachel Simon
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rachel Simon

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 37 Missing: {JQWXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Simon. Monday freshness: 87%
Rachel Simon notes:
I'm Rachel, a writer and editor from Raleigh, NC, whose book Pickleball For All (HarperCollins) is out this August. While I've ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Most editors have now turned their backs on "words that can follow X" themes. Getting one past the NYT's 4% acceptance rate takes ... read more
Jim Horne notes:

Ms. Simon has a blog.

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© 2022, The New York Times4/11/22 ( No. 26,452 )
Across
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Chemist's workplace : LAB
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Cousin of "Voilà!" : TADA
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Enjoy a night in Vegas, perhaps : GAMBLE
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Poetic tribute : ODE
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___ for the long haul : INIT
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Made turbulent, as water : ROILED
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"r u kidding me?!" : OMG
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Dalai ___ (Tibetan priest) : LAMA
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Alternative to a Tic Tac : ALTOID
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Earthquakes occur around them : FAULTLINES
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"___ Anything ..." (classic rom-com) : SAY
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Year, in France : ANNEE
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Tantalizing promos : TEASERS
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Pretties up : ADORNS
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Crystal-filled rock : GEODE
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Kind of reaction or instinct : GUT
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Fortnite and The Legend of Zelda, for two : VIDEOGAMES
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"Now it makes sense!" : OHISEE
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Snoozing : ASLEEP
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Construction site vehicles : DUMPTRUCKS
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Like some humor and wine : DRY
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Cut wool from : SHEAR
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Keep time with the foot : TOETAP
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Early buying opportunity : PRESALE
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Bundle of paper : SHEAF
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Of bees: Prefix : API
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Eating utensils that might come wrapped in red paper : CHOPSTICKS
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Australian young woman : SHEILA
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Something to shoot for ... or shoot at : GOAL
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Chart-topper : HIT
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Learn, as a new skill ... or what can precede the ends of 20-, 36-, 42- and 59-Across : PICKUP
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Throw in the microwave : NUKE
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Siouan language speaker : OTO
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Record holder : SLEEVE
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Online marketplace for artisans : ETSY
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Maple product : SAP
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Shower scrubber : LOOFA
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Madison Avenue fellow : ADMAN
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Underway : BEGUN
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At an angle : TILTED
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Obsessive about little details : ANAL
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Anastasia's love in 1997's "Anastasia" : DIMITRI
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No longer happening : ATANEND
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"Keep off the ___" (park sign) : GRASS
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"You've got mail" co. : AOL
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Sch. in Cambridge : MIT
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Came into one's own : BLOSSOMED
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"Star Wars" character who founded the Resistance : LEIA
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Small whirlpool : EDDY
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Peaceful pasture : LEA
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Loosen, as restrictions : EASE
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The yolk's not on them, but in them : EGGS
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Genuine : REAL
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No longer interested in : OVER
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Animal on an "Xing" sign : DEER
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Outstanding Team award or Best College Athlete award : ESPY
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What polytheists worship : GODS
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"Not happening" : UHUH
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Watch or clock : TIMEPIECE
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Brewer's kiln : OAST
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Throw some jabs : SPAR
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French for "to be" : ETRE
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Home of Salt Lake City : UTAH
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Old Spice is a popular one : COLOGNE
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Sign on a moody teen's door : KEEPOUT
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Rick who sang "Never Gonna Give You Up" : ASTLEY
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___ Beta Kappa : PHI
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Ending with sea or land : SCAPE
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Smart speakers from Amazon : ECHOS
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Curly-tailed Japanese dog : AKITA
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Camera lens setting : FSTOP
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Snakes by the Nile : ASPS
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Singer Collins : PHIL
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Nordstrom rival, familiarly : SAKS
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1950s presidential nickname : IKE
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Verb on a candy heart : LUV

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