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New York Times, Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Native Caribbean plant whose fruit grows in clusters

Author:
Adrian Johnson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {QXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Johnson.
Adrian Johnson notes:
What a thrill it is to be making my NYT debut today! I'm 21 and a senior International Studies major at Macalester College from ... read more
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Jim Horne notes:
Today's puzzle marks Will Shortz's 10,000th daily crossword as New York Times Puzzle Editor. In my blog post, The 10,000 Days of ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times4/7/21 ( No. 26,083 )
Across
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Pilgrim who's been to Mecca : HAJJI
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Show stopper : TVAD
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What a keto diet is high in : FATS
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Writer Nin : ANAIS
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___ Emhoff, stepdaughter of Kamala Harris : ELLA
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Property claim : LIEN
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Small, spiny lizard : HORNEDTOAD
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___ Mountains, dividers of Europe and Asia : URAL
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Fruit appearing on a Southern license plate : GEORGIAPEACH
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Mindlessly repeat : ECHO
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Insult, informally : DIS
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Dried Mexican chili : ANCHO
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South African plant whose leaves are used for a popular herbal tea : ROOIBOS
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"All ___ go" : SYSTEMS
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Not sitting well? : ANTSY
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Occupation for 32-Down : POET
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Ready to go : SET
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Video game franchise with characters found at the ends of 17-, 20-, 53- and 58-Across : MARIOBROS
38
Monogram on an expensive handbag, maybe : YSL
41
Zap : NUKE
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Play again : REAIR
46
Transitional region between biomes : ECOTONE
48
Having good marketing instincts : PRSAVVY
50
Many whiskey-based cocktails : SOURS
51
Leader namechecked in the Beatles' "Revolution" : MAO
52
Singer nicknamed the Prince of Motown : GAYE
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D.C. mayor first elected in 2014 : MURIELBOWSER
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Gray ___ : AREA
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"Clumsy me!" : OOPSYDAISY
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Like fine wines : AGED
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Mental spark : IDEA
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A giant one rises in Citi Field after every Mets homer : APPLE
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They're prescribed by docs : MEDS
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It may go out on a limb : NEST
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Stiller's comedy partner : MEARA
Down
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"As if!" : HAH
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What makes God good? : ANO
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Peanut butter container : JAR
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Excessive flag-waving and the like : JINGOISM
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"OK, that makes sense" : ISEE
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Game where everything falls into place : TETRIS
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Some YouTube journals : VLOGS
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Jai ___ : ALAI
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Common first word for a baby : DADA
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Well-versed (in) : FLUENT
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Heroes of the sky : AIRACES
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"I want to learn!" : TEACHME
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Alec Baldwin, on more than 15 occasions : SNLHOST
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Dumb bunny : DODO
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Congregation leaders : PASTORS
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Period of history : ERA
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Reason against : CON
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Like freshly brewed coffee : HOT
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Close way to win : BYANOSE
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Have a bawl : SOB
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"___ out!" (ump's call) : YER
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Fittingly, the first three letters of 32-Across : POE
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Sprint ... or see print : RUN
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Nickname of a 1950s president : IKE
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Native Caribbean plant whose fruit grows in clusters : SEAGRAPE
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Polite affirmative : YESMAAM
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Source of great trouble : SCOURGE
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"Walk on the Wild Side" singer : LOUREED
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Director DuVernay : AVA
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Columbia or Brown : IVY
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Bread choice : RYE
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Three-tone chords : TRIADS
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Clumsily handles : PAWSAT
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Flushed, as cheeks : ROSY
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Looks down : MOPES
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Cut of pork : LOIN
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Foretell : BODE
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Cheese of the Netherlands : EDAM
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Hip thing to sip : IPA
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35mm camera inits. : SLR
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Vote of support : YEA

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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