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New York Times, Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Author:
Joseph Greenbaum
Editor:
Will Shortz
Shake, as a tail
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Joseph Greenbaum

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 74, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQV} Puzzle has duplicate clues. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Greenbaum. Wednesday freshness: 73%
Joseph Greenbaum notes:
Excited to be back in the NYT, this time with a themed puzzle — my first! This started with Usain Bolt's incredibly apt name, and I ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I've thought of each of the first three people in the "aptly-named" sense. Who hasn't grinned at a world-class sprinter being named ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times4/20/22 ( No. 26,461 )
Across
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Congratulatory gestures : SLAPS
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Div. of the Treasury Department : IRS
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"Murder Mystery" or "Roaring 'Twenties," for a party : THEME
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"Todo Sobre Mi ___" (1999 Almodóvar film) : MADRE
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Stick on a rack : CUE
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Like some legs and mustaches : WAXED
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Aptly named Olympic sprinter : USAINBOLT
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Epic poem written in dactylic hexameter : ILIAD
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It's multifaceted : GEMSTONE
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Rudely arrogant : SNOTTY
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"___ no sin to cheat the devil": Daniel Defoe : TIS
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The Cowardly Lion, back in Kansas : ZEKE
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Aptly named six-time All-Star first baseman : PRINCEFIELDER
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Bread with a palindromic name : NAAN
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Cry for assistance : HELPME
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Hold up : ROB
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Actor Elgort of "Baby Driver" : ANSEL
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"___ queen!" : YAS
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Mist a spot? : SPRAY
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Animal that symbolizes good fortune in Chinese culture : BAT
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Mushrooms found in ramen : ENOKIS
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Shake, as a tail : LOSE
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Aptly named tennis great : MARGARETCOURT
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Behind, in England : ARSE
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Football carriers: Abbr. : RBS
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Listen to gossip, in slang : SIPTEA
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What driver's licenses serve as : PHOTOIDS
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Writer Nin : ANAIS
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Aptly named N.B.A. M.V.P., in a manner of speaking : TIMDUNCAN
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Period of work : STINT
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Plastic ___ Band : ONO
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"Later" : SEEYA
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Album makeup : SONGS
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Gives the nod : OKS
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Legally prohibit : ESTOP
Down
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Self-satisfied : SMUG
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Use a beam on, as for cutting : LASE
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Apple consumer with an unhappy story to tell? : ADAM
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Mint : PRISTINE
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Submitted : SENTIN
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Tiny floppy disk, for "Save" : ICON
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Reign : RULE
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Decided : SET
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Puts out light, as a star : TWINKLES
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Angelic, in a way : HALOED
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___ strategy : EXIT
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Most substantial part : MEAT
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Small vortex : EDDY
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Painter of "The Garden of Earthly Delights" : BOSCH
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"Be as you wish to ___": Socrates : SEEM
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Shuts up : ZIPSIT
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Bygone airline with a logo nicknamed the "Blue Meatball" : PANAM
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One who may use the pronoun "I and I" (meaning God-in-me) : RASTA
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Children's character who says "It's not much of a tail, but I'm sort of attached to it" : EEYORE
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Unreliable sort : FLAKE
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Statistical calculation : ERROR
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Event for a Comedy Central special : ROAST
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Capture : NAB
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"Later" : BYE
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They allow you to kick back and relax : LEGRESTS
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Unnamed guests : PLUSONES
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Org. behind the Artemis program : NASA
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New England seafood staple : SCROD
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Five stars, maybe : RATING
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More than right : OBTUSE
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Give attitude : SASS
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Digging : INTO
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Bread: Fr. : PAIN
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Pop star whose name is stylized with an exclamation point in place of its second letter : PINK
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Insurance grps. : HMOS
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"O.G. Original Gangster" rapper : ICET
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Word before "... wanna go home," in calypso : DAYO
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Instant, as a decision : SNAP
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When doubled, excessive : TOO

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

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