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New York Times, Saturday, April 17, 2021

Colorful Pillsbury cake with a portmanteau name

Author:
Leslie Rogers
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Leslie Rogers

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 31 Missing: {JQ} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Rogers.
Leslie Rogers notes:
I built this puzzle around an existing grid layout, rather than building around a marquee answer as I did for my first themeless. I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
My kids will eat anything if it's covered with sprinkles — broccoli surprise, anyone? Why didn't anyone tell me about FUNFETTI? It's ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Tower of Hanoi is a game where you have to move all the disks from the first post to the third, one at a time. The catch is that ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times4/17/21 ( No. 26,093 )
Across
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Colorful Pillsbury cake with a portmanteau name : FUNFETTI
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Designs : CRAFTS
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The Wright stuff? : AVIATION
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Grading aid : RUBRIC
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Dave of rock : MATTHEWS
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If the shoe doesn't fit ... wear it? : INSOLE
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Some Renaissance-era scientists : HERETICS
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Kind of garden : ZEN
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Input : ENTER
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Where things might be left hanging : RACK
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270° : WEST
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Male hedgehog : BOAR
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___ Star : LONE
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Something opened with a click : PEN
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___ bike : BMX
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Brie, e.g. : SOFTCHEESE
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Rest stop? : SABBATH
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Personification of limpness : RAGDOLL
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Zoom participants? : DRAGRACERS
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Head across the pond : LOO
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Crackerjack : ACE
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Linguist Chomsky : NOAM
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Copies, as from a CD : RIPS
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Risky thing to do close to flight time : PACK
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1040, e.g. : FORM
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___ blue : CADET
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Bother : IRK
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Some nervous responses : FLINCHES
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Latitude : LEEWAY
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Thanksgiving aftermath, maybe : FOODCOMA
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Prompt : ONTIME
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Aspire : ENDEAVOR
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Small sample, to Brits : TASTER
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Like this clue among the Acrosses : DEADLAST
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Ones closest to you, informally : FAM
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Sch. whose athletes are nicknamed the Hoos : UVA
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Annual coll. basketball event : NIT
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Pop : FATHER
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Clear sky : ETHER
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Ranking component : TIER
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Mathematical puzzle with movable disks : TOWEROFHANOI
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Snap : INSTANT
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Neck problem : CRICK
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Homecomings? : RUNS
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Targets of leg raises, informally : ABS
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Safe to skate on, say : FROZENSOLID
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Decorative features throughout Spain's Alhambra palace : TILES
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On the ___ : SCENT
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One getting a big scoop? : ICECREAMCONE
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Weakens : EBBS
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Lead-in to "land" in a hit 2020 film : NOMAD
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They vary according to income : TAXBRACKETS
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Do some yardwork : WEED
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Series set in Middle-earth, for short : LOTR
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Categorizes : PEGS
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Common additive to melted butter in Italian cuisine : SAGE
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Wrongdoing : HARM
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Emulate Desdemona and Othello, in a way : ELOPE
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Browser command : BACK
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Befuddled : LOST
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Like some chickens on farms : CORNFED
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Miscreant : RASCAL
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Start of a series : PILOT
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Impressive spot to sell out : ARENA
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Circular : FLYER
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Yielded : CEDED
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"The perfume of heroic deeds," to Socrates : FAME
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TV host Kotb : HODA
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"___ has truth in it; wisecracking is simply calisthenics with words": Dorothy Parker : WIT
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Beginnings of life : OVA
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Several of them are named for gods: Abbr. : MOS
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A word with thou : ART

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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