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STRETCHING EXERCISES

New York Times, Sunday, April 25, 2021

58-Down : Risqué communiqué

Author:
Jeremy Newton
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jeremy Newton

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 68 Missing: {JZ} This is puzzle # 21 for Mr. Newton.
Notepad: In the print version of this puzzle, each circled square is combined with the circled square above or below it to form a single cell.
Will Shortz notes:
Jeremy Newton, of Austin, Tex., is a software engineer who makes mobile games. Titles he has worked on include Crosswords With Friends, Zynga Poker, Dragon Academy, and many others. He's ... read more
Jeremy Newton notes:
HI YALL (55-Across) from Austin, Texas! I'd never seen the 7 members of this tight theme set executed in a puzzle before, so I gave it a go. The first iteration was a 21x called "Put Some ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Jeremy! One of the most creative constructors out there; he'd be high on my list of Sunday Specialists. One involving doors he wrote with Tony Orbach was such a memorable puzzle. Today's ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times4/25/21 ( No. 26,101 )
Across
1
Muhammad Ali's "Me! Whee!," e.g. : POEM
5
"S.N.L." alum Hartman : PHIL
9
Start off on the wrong foot, maybe? : TRIP
13
Contaminate : INFECT
19
What may be in a star's orbit : ENTOURAGE
21
Throw with power : HURL
22
Alleviate : SOOTHE
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Sheep's milk product that's often grated : PECORINOCHEESE
25
Classic name for the land north of England : SCOTIA
26
Course taken in shorts, often : PECLASS
27
"Ya don't say!" : HUH
28
765-foot-long "water coaster" on Disney cruises : AQUADUCK
30
Countertenor : ALTO
31
SWAT team or Navy SEAL group, e.g. : ELITESQUAD
34
Name that sounds like two letters of the alphabet : ARI
37
Epitome of smoothness : SILK
39
"Roots" author Haley : ALEX
40
Shocker, at times : EEL
41
With 44-Across, it goes around every hour : BIG
44
See 41-Across : HAND
46
Gaming novice, slangily : NOOB
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Secured skates, with "up" : LACED
50
Float component : SODA
51
Act as a blueprint for, as DNA for proteins : ENCODE
53
Brawled, in the backwoods : RASSLED
55
"Howdy, everybody!" : HIYALL
57
Withstand : ABIDE
58
Fly off the shelves : SELL
59
Like bread made from almond flour : GLUTENFREE
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"Oh, hell yes!" : ABSOFREAKINGLUTELY
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Turn red, say : DYE
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Certain formal duds : TUX
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Nice round number? : PAR
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Bollywood megastar Aishwarya ___ : RAI
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"My dear man" : SIR
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Grammy category won multiple times by Kendrick Lamar : BESTRAPPERFORMANCE
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Racy selfie posted for likes on social media, in modern lingo : THIRSTTRAP
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Not a problem : EASY
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Kennel club category : BREED
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Makeup table : VANITY
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"Dead serious!" : IMEANIT
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"And, uh, that about covers it" : SOYEAH
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Supporting role : AIDE
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New students at Princeton or Yale in 1969 : COEDS
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There's a famous "half" one in Yosemite National Park : DOME
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Vessel protected by Hera : ARGO
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Uninteresting : DRY
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Encouraging cry : RAH
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Bottom : BUTT
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Saves, with "away" : PUTS
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"Ain't dead ___!" : YET
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They often come to professors with excuses : LATEPAPERS
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Hoodwink : SCAM
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Get snake eyes, say : ROLLATWO
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Lacking experience : RAW
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Aligns, in a wood shop : TRUESUP
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Set straight : ORIENT
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Oscar winner for his role as a Mexican narc in "Traffic" : BENICIODELTORO
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Price to pay, informally : DAMAGE
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Major piece : OPUS
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Miniature for a World War II buff : MODELTANK
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Were running mates? : ELOPED
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Quite a jerk : YANK
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Make an appearance : SHOW
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Recess for prayer : APSE
Down
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Verve : PEP
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It's 50/50 : ONE
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"That kinda stuff": Abbr. : ETC
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Buckaroos : MOOLA
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Mint : PRISTINE
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Fictional pilot with the line "You like me because I'm a scoundrel" : HANSOLO
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"Here ___ again" : IGO
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Milk for un café : LECHE
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Onetime MTV reality series filmed near Hollywood : THEHILLS
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Recall regretfully : RUE
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Auditing org. : IRS
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Courtroom statements : PLEAS
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Bone to pick : ISSUE
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Lighter than lite : NOCAL
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Word after soul or solid : FOOD
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"You, too?!," playfully : ETTU
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Smart : CHIC
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Wood that's resistant to warping : TEAK
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Mountain chain that stretches from Kazakhstan to the Arctic : URALS
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Do a waving motion by the ocean, say : HULA
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"That proves it" : QED
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Shade similar to verdigris : TEALGREEN
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Distinguish oneself : EXCEL
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Positioned to win : AHEAD
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Shared with for quick feedback : RANBY
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Cut into : INCISE
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Region with a Unification Flag for sporting events : KOREA
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Pen pa? : BOAR
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Just hanging out : IDLE
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It really blows : GALE
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Knucklehead : DODO
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Flinch (at) : BALK
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Ending for a dean's address : EDU
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Cable network with movies like "Sharktopus" and "Mansquito" : SYFY
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Least klutzy : DEFTEST
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Made a boo-boo : SLIPPEDUP
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"I won't ___ it!" : HEAR
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Pending : INLIMBO
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Risqué communiqué : SEXT
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Ancient home to Priam's Treasure : TROY
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Out of practice : RUSTY
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Quick refresher : NAP
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Visibly scornful : SNEERY
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Cold that just won't go away? : ICEAGE
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Super-popular : REDHOT
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Gooey spread : BRIE
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Where gymnast Simone Biles won four golds : RIO
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One-celled organism : AMEBA
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Enter unannounced, in a way : RAID
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Photog's setting : FSTOP
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Name of the girl on "Game of Thrones" who said "A girl has no name" : ARYA
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Spot between programs, e.g. : TVAD
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Beehive material : HAIR
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Annual May race, informally : INDY
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One of three characters in "M*A*S*H" : ASTERISK
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Ones behind the scenes : SETCREW
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Consider, with "on" : CHEW
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High-priority item : MUSTDO
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Vocalist's asset : RANGE
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Directly criticized on Twitter with an "@" : ATTED
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Gillette razor name : TRAC
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Literature Nobelist Bellow : SAUL
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Bit of faulty logic : LEAP
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Sandwich supposedly named after low-income New Orleans workers : POBOY
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Begins a triathlon : SWIMS
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Like the clue for 103-Down? : META
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Teased incessantly : RODE
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Kind of cavity : ORAL
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Hard vehicle to park : LIMO
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Telenovela, e.g. : SOAP
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Some drink dispensers : URNS
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Extend (out) : POKE
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Org. with lots of money to waste? : EPA
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Order member : NUN
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"Ver-r-ry interesting!" : OOH

Answer summary: 14 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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