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New York Times, Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Old-fashioned message carriers

Author:
Dan Schoenholz
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Dan Schoenholz

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JKQZ} This is puzzle # 27 for Mr. Schoenholz.
Dan Schoenholz notes:

I think this is the first puzzle I've constructed where the wordplay is in the clues. It was a fun change of pace for me: hopefully solvers enjoy it as well!

Jeff Chen notes:
I recently picked up 100 Things to Be When You Grow Up for my kids, and to my surprise, "Crossword Constructor" was in there! The ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times4/12/22 ( No. 26,453 )
Across
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Skunk's defense : ODOR
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High school exam, for short : PSAT
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Reddish-purple salad ingredient : BEET
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Apple TV+ alternative : HULU
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Shakespeare villain who says "I am not what I am" : IAGO
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Literature Nobelist Alice : MUNRO
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They're long for an underdog : ODDS
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Steffi with seven Wimbledon titles : GRAF
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Church choir accompaniment : ORGAN
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Temp job? : METEOROLOGIST
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___/her pronouns : SHE
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Prevailed : WON
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Necklace that can be made with kukui nuts : LEI
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Prefix with liberal or conservative : NEO
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Union job? : WEDDINGPLANNER
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Ones potentially contacted in "first contact" : ALIENS
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Vowel sound at the end of 15- and 26-Across : LONGO
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"La Vie en Rose" singer Edith : PIAF
34
End of a hairy limb : PAW
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Watery or papery : THIN
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Yiddish "Yikes!" : OYVEY
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Have ambitions (to) : ASPIRE
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Flex job? : YOGAINSTRUCTOR
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It sells, it's said : SEX
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MSNBC competitor : CNN
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Chaired : RAN
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Like the opening of Mahler's Symphony No. 9 : IND
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Dream job? : PSYCHOANALYST
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It travels at nearly 300 million meters per second : LIGHT
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Apple Store offerings : MACS
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Story of one's life? : OBIT
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"Music is powered by ___": Yo-Yo Ma : IDEAS
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Olympian's sword : EPEE
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Fuzzy bit of car décor : DICE
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Literature Nobelist Morrison : TONI
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Some lab liquids : SERA
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Like Scotch : AGED
Down
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"Well, well, well!" : OHO
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Fizzling firework : DUD
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Encyclopedia volumes vis-à-vis Wikipedia, e.g. : OLDMEDIA
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Deceptive trick : RUSE
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Old-fashioned message carriers : PIGEONS
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South Asian wrap : SARONG
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Petri dish filler : AGAR
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Coming up next : TOFOLLOW
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Small town : BURG
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Driving force? : ENGINE
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One might take off a few marks : ERASER
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Spanish for "foolish" : TONTO
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What may be heard in a herd : MOOING
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Exact lookalike : TWIN
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Slim and trim : LEAN
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Give this for that : SWAP
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Lead-in to pad : HELI
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Clear up, as ski goggles : DEFOG
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Works in a theater : PLAYS
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Likely to offend, in brief : NOTPC
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George Eliot and George Orwell, for two : PENNAMES
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Really prosper : HITITBIG
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___ Man, one of the Avengers : IRON
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Wonkish sort : NERD
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America's Cup vessels : YACHTS
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Bottleful in un ristorante : VINO
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It was once the world's fourth-largest lake : ARALSEA
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Sch. system with campuses in Buffalo and Binghamton : SUNY
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Affirmative reply to "Understand?" : YESIDO
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Most abundant element in Earth's crust : OXYGEN
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Bullet with a trail : TRACER
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Bad break in bowling : SPLIT
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Spiced tea : CHAI
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Scruff of the neck : NAPE
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Many a cocktail mixer : SODA
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"Rocks" in a cocktail : ICE
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Big name in online talks : TED

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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