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New York Times, Saturday, April 16, 2022

Author:
Hemant Mehta
Editor:
Will Shortz
Daisy Dukes, e.g.
TotalDebutLatest
62/8/20201/12/2024
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1.6086%
Hemant Mehta

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQXZ} Spans: 2 This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Mehta. Saturday freshness: 93%
Hemant Mehta notes:

This was all a very elaborate ruse to get a rejection letter saying, "The team just wasn't very excited by your BOOTY SHORTS 15x."

That message never arrived. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Jeff Chen notes:
Hemant got caught by a few years, GOTTA CATCH EM ALL debuting back in 2017 . Pokemon Go was all the rage back then … is it still ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times4/16/22 ( No. 26,457 )
Across
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Like much White House press : DCBASED
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Stick with : KEEPTO
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Social elites : ALISTERS
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Susan who wrote "The Orchid Thief" : ORLEAN
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Line of Pokémon : GOTTACATCHEMALL
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Actor James of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" : AVERY
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___ Who Code (nonprofit) : GIRLS
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Forerunner of rocksteady : SKA
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Bad thing to miss : MEMO
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Native Costa Ricans, informally : TICOS
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Something that might be raised in a fight : CAIN
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Amount to : ARE
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Locales for the Jets and the Sharks : RINKS
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Like wicker chairs : CANED
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Daisy Dukes, e.g. : BOOTYSHORTS
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Draft status? : KINGOFBEERS
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Excessive coverage, perhaps : MEDIACIRCUS
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Mounted : GOTON
33
Daylight saving time adjustment: Abbr. : ONEHR
34
You might have one on the side : BET
37
Roaster : OVEN
38
Sound of the West Coast : PUGET
39
What stamens are, in botany : MALE
40
Word with change or color : OIL
41
Unmasked, say : BARED
42
Swears at : DAMNS
43
Travel around the world : GEOCENTRICORBIT
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Stuck in the Middle Ages? : LANCED
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Summer cooler : SNOWCONE
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Early Macedonian capital : EDESSA
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Divinity : GODHOOD
Down
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Famed Portuguese explorer : DAGAMA
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Good luck with that! : CLOVER
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"Oh, get outta here!" : BITEME
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Lead-in to physical : ASTRO
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Suspension of a sort : STAY
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Onetime trade org. : EEC
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Target alternative : KOHLS
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"De dónde ___?" (Spanish 101 query) : ERES
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___ borer (beetle) : ELM
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Russian Revolution figures : PEASANTS
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Silent counterparts, once : TALKIES
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Where cruise passengers end up : ONLAND
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Propensity for pilfering : STICKYFINGERS
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Practice that yields mixed results? : CROSSBREEDING
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New York county near Pennsylvania : TIOGA
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Big name in crackers : CARRS
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1998 Robert De Niro crime thriller : RONIN
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The heart of Paris : COEUR
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Try to win, in a way : BIDON
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Author/screenwriter Ben : HECHT
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"Drink marvelously" sloganeer : KETELONE
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Trailer : MOVIEAD
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Look up, in a way : GOOGLE
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Something a 38-Down likes to eat : BAMBOO
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Current weather concern? : ELNINO
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Tried-and-true : TESTED
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An adult one can spend up to 16 hours a day eating : PANDA
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Footslog : MARCH
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Contests in which the competitors are eliminated one by one : BEES
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Pulitzer winner Maureen : DOWD
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Syringe amts. : CCS
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Soft-spoken words : COO

Answer summary:
8 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later.

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