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New York Times, Wednesday, April 13, 2022

"That's good thinking!"

Author:
Rebecca Goldstein
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 42 Missing: {FJQ} This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Goldstein.
Rebecca Goldstein notes:
Building a puzzle around ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS with each of the three possible outcomes depicted was one of my very first theme ideas, ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Test-solving this one, I forgot to add in the circles to the draft file, giving me the impression the puzzle was simply ROCK PAPER ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times4/13/22 ( No. 26,454 )
Across
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Ending with walk or run : ONS
4
Grape group : BUNCH
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Exude irrepressibly : OOZE
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Poppable muscle, informally : PEC
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Popular Japanese brew : ASAHI
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Experts : PROS
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Scorpion's stinger : TAIL
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Ikea department : DECOR
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Polo of "The Fosters" : TERI
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"Don't worry" : ITSOK
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Less soaked : DRIER
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.com alternative : ORG
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Lose : MISPLACE
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"Already?" : SOSOON
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Likely answer to "Who wants ice cream?" : IDO
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Festival, in Arabic : EID
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Awe and Tay, for two : LOCHS
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One to tip : SERVER
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Breading for tonkatsu : PANKO
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Tortilla dough : MASA
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Bring stress or agitation to : VEX
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___ large : WRIT
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South American capital with the world's longest urban gondola : LAPAZ
44
Nuclear codes? : GENOME
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Zero out : RESET
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Plead : BEG
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Therein lies the rub! : SPA
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Bit of metadata : GEOTAG
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Wet weather wear : GALOSHES
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Poet's sphere : ORB
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Coverer : PAPER
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Portion : SHARE
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Word with sitter or steps : BABY
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Good name for a black cat with white feet : SOCKS
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Commander, in Arabic : EMIR
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Mt. Fuji setting : ASIA
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1990s TV nerd : URKEL
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Is that what ewe said? : BAA
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Uber-enthusiast : GEEK
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Part of a child's bedtime ritual : STORY
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Stale : OLD
Down
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"That's good" thinking : OPTIMISM
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"That's good thinking!" : NEATIDEA
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Cutter : SCISSORS
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Rotten : BAD
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Something heard secondhand? : USEDCD
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Mother-of-pearl : NACRE
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"Parasite" actor Woo-shik : CHOI
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Adds to the team, so to speak : HIRESON
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Go (for) : OPT
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Cookie-flavored cereal : OREOOS
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Fictional character partially inspired by Mexican folklore : ZORRO
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Provide digital approval : ESIGN
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Apt rhyme for chop and crop : LOP
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Artist who said "A line is a dot that went for a walk" : KLEE
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Breaker : ROCK
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The "A" of A.Q.I. : AIR
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Exhibited : SHOWN
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Hardly strict : LAX
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One to tip : VALET
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Candy once marketed as a smoking cessation aid : PEZ
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Big tub : VAT
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One name for the game depicted in this puzzle : ROSHAMBO
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Like Rome starting in the first century B.C. : IMPERIAL
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Promo : TEASERAD
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"Rush!" : ASAP
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Perseus' horse : PEGASUS
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Mousse alternative : GEL
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Bigwigs may have big ones : EGOS
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Actress Margot of "Bombshell" : ROBBIE
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Carnival hypeman : BARKER
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Case of emergency? : GOBAG
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Clear : ERASE
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Geico "spokeslizard" : GECKO
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"Nevertheless, ___ persisted" : SHE
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Dessert wine : PORT
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Himalayan ox : YAK
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Foxy : SLY

Answer summary: 1 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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