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BORDER CROSSINGS

New York Times, Sunday, May 10, 2020

81-Down : Observance first celebrated in 1970

Author:
Adam Fromm
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 71 Missing: {JX} This is puzzle # 7 for Mr. Fromm. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Will Shortz notes:
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Adam Fromm notes:
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© 2020, The New York Times5/10/20 ( No. 25,751 )
Across
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"For more ___ ..." : INFO
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Some unwanted mail : SPAM
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Terse bit of advice : DONT
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Half of an ice cream brand with a fake Danish name : HAAGEN
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Work up a sweat : TOIL
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Rent : TORE
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Like tap water in a restaurant : FREE
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Iris part : AREOLA
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Wing it [Africa] : CHADLIBYA
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Blue : LEWD
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Chew out : RAILON
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Après-ski drink : HOTCOCOA
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Complete rip-off [Asia] : LAOSCAMBODIA
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Barrel-flavored, as wine : OAKY
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Washington, D.C., legalized it in 2014 : POT
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Wealthy king of legend : CROESUS
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Recess : ALCOVE
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Charge for admission : FEE
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See 101-Down : LUND
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Quaint contraction : TIS
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Record company [Central America] : GUATEMALABELIZE
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Two-time third-party presidential candidate : PEROT
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"The Walking Dead" channel : AMC
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Beyond great : SUPER
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Baking measure : CUP
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Cerebral : BRAINY
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Take in : REAP
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___ shoots (salad ingredient) : PEA
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One of five for a dolphin : FIN
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Supple leather : DOESKIN
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Proboscis, informally : SNOOT
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What subjects and verbs must do [Europe] : BULGARIAGREECE
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Ancho pepper, before drying : POBLANO
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Puzzled : BEMUSED
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Sort by urgency of need [Europe] : AUSTRIAGERMANY
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Misgiving : QUALM
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Where meditators look : INWARDS
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___ candy : EAR
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Planet where the cry "Shazbot!" is said to have originated : ORK
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Food chain link : PREY
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Treats prepared on an open fire : SMORES
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Part of O.E.D.: Abbr. : ENG
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Organic fertilizer : GUANO
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Hold up : ROB
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Male 91-Acrosses : HARTS
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T-shirt size [South America] : BRAZILARGENTINA
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Not to mention : AND
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Forest ranger : DEER
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Shapes made by thumbs and index fingers : ELS
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Glossed over : ELIDED
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Like some toy cars : DIECAST
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Sportage maker : KIA
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___ Cochran, Mississippi senator from 1978 to 2018 : THAD
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First month of the year without a U.S. federal holiday [Asia] : MYANMARCHINA
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Dismissed out of hand : WROTEOFF
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Want badly : YENFOR
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Sit at a red light, say : IDLE
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Biblical outcast [South America] : CHILEPERU
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Exclamation from a cheek pincher : SOCUTE
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Org. behind the New Horizons project : NASA
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One whose job prospects go up in smoke? : POPE
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Responsibility : ONUS
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Biggest U.S. union, familiarly : THENEA
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Set of two : DYAD
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City north of Des Moines : AMES
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Resident of the Palazzo Ducale : DOGE
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Hankering : ITCH
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Manhattan neighborhood west of the East Village : NOHO
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Order : FIAT
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Cranky codger : OLDCOOT
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"Reach for the sky!" : STICKEMUP
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Sandwich often served with remoulade sauce : POBOY
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Killer of the Night King on "Game of Thrones" : ARYA
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"Throw ___ bone" : MEA
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Key of Debussy's "Clair de Lune" : DFLAT
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Black pie crust component : OREO
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Lead-in to many a joke on "The Daily Show" : NEWSCLIP
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Senator who once served as an editor of the Harvard Law Review : TEDCRUZ
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Hurt : HARMED
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Many Omanis : ARABS
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Group seen in gathering clouds? : AEIOU
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Discovery that might cause a rush : GOLDSTRIKE
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Wellsian race of the future : ELOI
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Gram : NANA
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Objects in one of Jesus' miracles : LOAVES
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Singer Lisa : LOEB
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Top of the line : AONE
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Fruit with an obovate shape : PEAR
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Media for scientists : AGARS
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Unit of brightness : LUMEN
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Raw material for Cadbury : CACAO
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Popular Amazon Prime dramedy from Britain : FLEABAG
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Kind of column seen on the Jefferson Memorial : IONIC
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"Funny Girl" composer Jule : STYNE
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Copy : APE
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Vaper's device, informally : ECIG
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Nutritional snack from Clif : LUNABAR
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Trig, for calc, e.g. : PREREQ
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Relaxed : EASEDUP
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Some wetlands : BOGS
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Snack with a recommended microwave time of just three seconds : POPTART
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Theater impresario Ziegfeld : FLORENZ
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Abbr. in a genealogical tree : DAU
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___ Strait, separator of Australia and Papua New Guinea : TORRES
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What one is in Paris? : UNE
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Kylo ___, "Star Wars" antagonist : REN
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Candy heart phrase : IMYOURS
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Raises one's paddle, say : BIDS
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Each verse of "Deck the Halls" has 32 of them : LAS
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Host Tyler of "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" : AISHA
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Dishearten : UNMAN
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Scottish tradition before battle : SWORDDANCE
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"We Three Kings" subjects : MAGI
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Deodorant brand : ARRID
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Sierra ___ : LEONE
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"Whoops, sorry about that!" : MYBAD
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Sensationalist newspaper : RAG
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Openings under desks : KNEEHOLES
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Observance first celebrated in 1970 : EARTHDAY
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Big to-do : GALA
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Like "Saturday Night Live" : ONLATE
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Put up with : BEAR
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Pull back : RESCIND
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Mother of 60-Down : LEIA
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Item in a toxic internet "challenge" : TIDEPOD
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Region around the Beltway, informally : DCAREA
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Just for laughs : INFUN
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Put on a show : EMOTE
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Work with one's hands : KNEAD
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Poppycock : TRIPE
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Classic computer game set on an abandoned island : MYST
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Michelle of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" : YEOH
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With 37-Across, Ingrid Bergman's role in "Casablanca" : ILSA
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Tricky pronoun to use : WHOM
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Wine opener? : OENO
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'60s dance craze that evolved from the Chicken : FRUG
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Join : FUSE
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Helper during taxing times? : CPA

Answer summary: 15 unique to this puzzle, 1 debuted here and reused later, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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