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New York Times, Sunday, May 1, 2022

Heart-shaped, as leaves

Author:
Brandon Koppy
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Brandon Koppy

This puzzle:

Rows: 23, Columns: 23 Words: 171, Blocks: 89 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Koppy.
Notepad: After you've finished solving, look for an appropriate bonus phrase.
Will Shortz notes:
Brandon Koppy works for a digital ad agency in Austin, Tex. He has two girls, 2 and 4 years old — which he calls "black hole ages" that seem to consume all his time. This puzzle started with a general idea ... read more
Brandon Koppy notes:
Despite the shorter theme entries, this puzzle was deceptively challenging to construct. Eight pairs of crossing answers with limited options (the U only had two) all in a set order is tough to build ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Some interesting finds! I've spent a ton of time with these space-changing concepts, and I still stared in amazement at HARP ON -> HARP O ON = HARPOON. (Space additions or shifts attract my attention more ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times5/1/22 ( No. 26,472 )
Across
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You say it when you "get it" : AHA
4
Cell connection inits. : LTE
7
Dope : SCHMO
12
Sorta : ISH
15
Writing tip : NIB
18
Film critic with a cameo in 1978's "Superman" : REXREED
20
Safe bets : SHOOINS
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"Levitating" singer, 2020 : DUALIPA
24
Stuffed up, in a way : PHLEGMY
25
Northern New Jersey town : FORTLEE
26
Literally, "father of many" : ABRAHAM
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2020 #1 hit for Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion : WAP
28
Longtime cooking show hosted by Alton Brown : GOODEATS
30
They may be classified : ADS
31
Resident of the U.S.'s second-largest city : ANGELENO
35
Like some bulls : PAPAL
36
Dangerous part of a tour : WARZONE
41
Fan of the album "Aoxomoxoa," say : DEADHEAD
43
Dress (up) : TOG
44
Flings without strings : CASUALSEX
45
Yogurt-based Indian drink : LASSI
46
The Blue Marble : PLANETEARTH
49
"Ditto!" : SOAMI
50
Part of "fwiw" : ITS
51
Sit in stir : DOTIME
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Good people to ask for directions : LOCALS
55
Grok : GET
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Clothing store sign : BOYS
58
Owed : DUE
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Parts of many skyscrapers : IBARS
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Med. care option : HMO
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South ___ : SEAS
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Wilson of film : OWEN
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Loud and clear, as a call to action : CLARION
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First name among billionaires : ELON
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Demean : ABASE
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Woolly ma'am : EWE
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Chats over Twitter, for short : DMS
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___ al-Fitr (holiday) : EID
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Lump sum? : SUGAR
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Hawaiian home parts : LANAIS
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Grabbed the reins : TOOKOVER
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The barber of Seville : FIGARO
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Singer Grande, to fans : ARI
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Diverse ecosystem : REEF
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Christine of "The Blacklist" : LAHTI
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French 101 verb : ETRE
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Mustangs' sch. : SMU
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Back tracks? : BSIDES
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Made bubbly : AERATED
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Not stop talking about : HARPON
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Supreme Court appointee before Thurgood Marshall : ABEFORTAS
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"Dios ___!" : MIO
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Firm : ROCKSOLID
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Pin points? : MATS
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Spacecraft's reflective attachment : SOLARSAIL
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Ominous : DIRE
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Flexible spade, say : ACE
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Like werewolves : LUPINE
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Hairsplitter : PEDANT
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Late actor Eisenberg : NED
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In which belts are worn : KARATE
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Ideal beta tester : ENDUSER
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Gives a boost, informally : GOOSES
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Roger ___, first film critic to win a Pulitzer for criticism : EBERT
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Boots : OUSTS
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Algebra I calculation : SLOPE
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Worries : SWEATSIT
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Calendar mo. : MAR
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Captain's log entry, maybe : STARDATE
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Quinceañera feature : TILDE
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2013 Bong Joon Ho thriller : SNOWPIERCER
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Hear out, say : HUMOR
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N.Y.C. mayor after de Blasio : ADAMS
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Alien's line of communication? : ETPHONEHOME
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Speedy travel option : ACELA
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Precept : TENET
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John, abroad : SEAN
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Young 'uns : TOTS
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Cares for : TENDS
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Pioneer in Dadaism : ARP
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"That's amusing" : HEH
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Rose of Guns N' Roses : AXL
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Passport, for one : LEGALID
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Vegan protein source made from fermented soybeans : TEMPEH
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Big name in ice cream : EDY
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1993 Salt-N-Pepa hit : SHOOP
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Heart-shaped, as leaves : CORDATE
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Entree with boiling broth : HOTPOT
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Dash figure : MILEAGE
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#1 N.B.A. draft pick in 1992 : ONEAL
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Journalist ___ B. Wells : IDA
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Outback, e.g. : SUBARU
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Stereotypical football coach : HARDASS
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Org. with grants : NIH
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It's got hops, for short : IPA
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Superhero comics sound : BAM
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Ties another knot : REWEDS
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Bay Area airport code : SFO
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Tennis division : SET
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Victor ___, role in "Casablanca" : LASZLO
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Professional saver? : GOALIE
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Fad accessory of the 1980s : SWATCH
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It comes off the top of one's head : ADLIB
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"Cool beans!" : NEATO
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Verbose : GASSY
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The eighth of eight : NEPTUNE
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Feeling bad, in a way : ASHAMED
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"August: ___ County" (Tracy Letts play) : OSAGE
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Site of Hercules' first labor : NEMEA
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Ramps up or down? : EXITS
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Leave it to beavers : DAM
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___-Magnon : CRO
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Author Gaiman : NEIL
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Plus : ALSO
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Pablo Neruda wrote one "to a large tuna in the market" : ODE
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Has online? : LOL
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Slugger with 609 homers : SOSA
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Bit of cosmic justice : BADKARMA
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Unlikely feature for competitive swimmers : ARMHAIR
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Some trattoria offerings : RISOTTOS
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All tucked in : SNUG
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Eccentric : WEIRDO
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Top dog, for short : CEO
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Wedding notice word : NEE
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Basket-weaving materials : OSIERS
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Home of Gulf State Park : ALABAMA
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Behind-the-counter helper : BARBACK
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Licorice-flavored quaff : ANISETEA
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"___ With Marc Maron" (popular podcast) : WTF
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Rage : IRE
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Main connection? : GASLINE
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Some antique furniture : ARMOIRES
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Like 100 vis-à-vis 99, say : ROUNDED
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The Trojan priestess Cassandra, e.g. : SEER
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Two-syllable cheer : OLE
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Contest : VIE
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Softened expletive on "Battlestar Galactica" : FRAK
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Cutesy ending with most : EST
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Marijuana compound, for short : THC
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Some coding statements : IFS
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United : ASONE
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Having less vermouth, say : DRIER
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Air or Ear ender, in tech : POD
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"___ live and breathe!" : ASI
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No longer funny : OLD
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Jay with jokes : LENO
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Does the same as : APES
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Blood typing, e.g. : LABTEST
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Runnin' ___ (N.C.A.A. basketball team) : UTES
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In and of itself : PERSE
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Shining brightly : AGLARE
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Former Jordanian queen : NOOR
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Formal accessory : TOPHAT
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Text file in a software package : README
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Inundate, as with work : DUMPON
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Runner Bolt : USAIN
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Like some parking : STREET
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Attract while exploiting someone's weakness : SEDUCE
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Shades : TINTS
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Cuts off the flow of : STEMS
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"P.D.Q." in the O.R. : STAT
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Way off the mark : WIDE
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Flair : ELAN
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Imbibe, old-style : TOPE
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Scrooge McDuck, for one : SCOT
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Last word of the New Testament : AMEN
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"All ___ ..." : TOLD
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Chapters in history : ERAS
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"Hunh?" : WHA
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P : RHO

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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