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New York Times, Monday, May 10, 2021

Low-altitude clouds

Author:
Zhouqin Burnikel
Editor:
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 77, Blocks: 39 Missing: {FJQXZ} Spans: 1 Grid has mirror symmetry. This is puzzle # 72 for Ms. Burnikel. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
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© 2021, The New York Times5/10/21 ( No. 26,116 )
Across
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Desktop computer covered by AppleCare : IMAC
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Opposite of buys : SELLS
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PBS science show since 1974 : NOVA
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___ Raton, Fla. : BOCA
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Clothing crease : PLEAT
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Like the climate of Death Valley : ARID
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Easy-to-peel citrus fruits : MANDARINORANGES
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Sherri's twin sister on "The Simpsons" : TERRI
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Stockpile : AMASS
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Main ingredients in meringue : EGGWHITES
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Verbal shrug : MEH
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Warmly welcome, as a new era : USHERIN
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Whack on the head : BOP
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"Do not ___" (blackboard words) : ERASE
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Variety : ILK
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Big name in tractors : DEERE
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Shapes of Frisbees and tiddlywinks : DISKS
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Welcome gift upon arriving at Honolulu International Airport : LEI
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Mascara mishap : SMEAR
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Sore, as after a workout : ACHY
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NASCAR champion Hamlin : DENNY
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Apt name for a car mechanic? : OTTO
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Scientist's workplace : LAB
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Facial expressions : VISAGES
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"Do you ___ my drift?" : GET
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What many children begin to do in kindergarten : READ
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Practice for a bout : SPAR
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Website with trivia quizzes : SPORCLE
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"Medicine" that doesn't actually contain medicine : PLACEBO
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Axed : HEWN
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Love to pieces : ADORE
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Estate beneficiary : HEIR
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Coffeehouse dispensers : URNS
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First episode in a TV series : PILOT
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Change for a five : ONES
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Try out : TEST
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Cherry throwaways : STEMS
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World capital where the Nobel Peace Prize is awarded : OSLO
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Creator of Watson on "Jeopardy!" : IBM
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Protective trench : MOAT
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Target of the skin cream Retin-A : ACNE
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Close-knit group : CADRE
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Bits of parsley : SPRIGS
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Man's name hidden in "reliableness" : ELI
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Man's name hidden in "reliableness" : LEN
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Language akin to Thai : LAO
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Low-altitude clouds : STRATI
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Grannies : NANAS
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A.C.L.U. and others : ORGS
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Fights (for) : VIES
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Commercials : ADS
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Has a war of words : ARGUES
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Changes, as the Constitution : AMENDS
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Fritters (away), as time : WHILES
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Montana's capital : HELENA
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Peeving : IRKING
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Purple Heart, e.g. : MEDAL
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TV journalist Hill : ERICA
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Crispy breakfast side dish : HASHBROWNS
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Salad base similar to Swiss chard : BEETGREENS
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Speak from a podium, say : ORATE
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Two-time presidential candidate Ross : PEROT
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"The ___ is falling!" (Chicken Little's cry) : SKY
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Angsty music genre : EMO
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Worked out in a pool : DIDLAPS
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"We should do that!" : YESLETS
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Rug cleaner, informally : VAC
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Spot for a mud facial : SPA
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___ & Young (accounting firm) : ERNST
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"Bless you!" elicitor : ACHOO
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Closed : SHUT
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Father, in French : PERE
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Make tweaks to : EDIT
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Dance with a king and queen : PROM
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Actress Jessica of "Hitchcock" : BIEL
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Approximately : ORSO
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Fútbol cheer : OLE

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