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New York Times, Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Chinese poultry dish marinated in wine

Author:
Michael Paleos
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 77, Blocks: 38 Missing: {JQXZ} This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Paleos.
Michael Paleos notes:
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Jim Horne and I have met up a few times during pandemic lulls, and every time it involves the DRUNKEN CHICKEN at my local Asian fusion ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times5/11/22 ( No. 26,482 )
Across
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Drops the ball big-time : BLOWSIT
8
Home to about 60% of the world's population : ASIA
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One with a whistle ... who sometimes 1-Across? : REF
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Soccer superstar Cristiano : RONALDO
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Sporty car roof option : TTOP
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Genre of Death Cab for Cutie : EMO
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Tot's mount : ROCKINGHORSE
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Cold War jet : MIG
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Cover, as tasks : SEETO
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Connecticut Ivy Leaguer : ELI
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Willy Wonka prop : CANE
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Practically forever : AEONS
25
Jim Beam competitor : WILDTURKEY
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Gun : REV
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Auction action : BID
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Thinks the world of : ESTEEMS
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Hard to swallow, in a way : INEDIBLE
34
Shake a leg, in Shakespeare : HIE
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Chinese poultry dish marinated in wine : DRUNKENCHICKEN
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___-fi : SCI
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Torments : HARASSES
43
Residents of ancient Minos : CRETANS
47
PC key : ALT
48
Windy City rail system, in brief : CTA
49
1980 boxing film for which De Niro won Best Actor : RAGINGBULL
51
Criticize harshly : BLAST
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"Couldn't agree more!" : AMEN
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Name, as a price : ASK
55
___ bear : KOALA
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Flat refusals : NOS
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They're always ready for a good time ... or a description of 18-, 25-, 35- and 49-Across? : PARTYANIMALS
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Tree creature of Middle-earth : ENT
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Brothers Grimm villain : OGRE
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Legislative bodies : SENATES
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Marx's "___ Kapital" : DAS
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Cherry or walnut : WOOD
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Recliner feature : LEGREST
Down
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Remark from one having cold feet, perhaps : BRR
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Bit of unfinished business : LOOSEEND
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Cursory appraisal : ONCEOVER
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Rouse : WAKEN
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Pita pocket cuts, e.g. : SLITS
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Passport fig. : IDNO
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Dress (up), quaintly : TOG
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Island like Kiritimati : ATOLL
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Jazz piano style played by Fats Waller and Mary Lou Williams : STRIDE
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Siri's platform : IOS
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Copy : APE
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Fresh take on a classic, perhaps : REMAKE
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Slim Shady, by another name : EMINEM
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Some old-timers : FOGEYS
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Eric ___, 1980 Olympic speed skating gold medalist : HEIDEN
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Streaming sites? : CREEKS
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Cardinals' home, in stats : ARI
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Illusionist's skill : WILE
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Part of a casual layered look : TSHIRT
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College city in upstate New York : UTICA
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Blues legend with a guitar named Lucille : BBKING
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Hoffman who played Captain Hook : DUSTIN
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Early quinoa cultivator : INCAN
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Like chewable calcium, often : CHALKY
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Place for a concert or lecture : HALL
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Get really serious really quickly : ESCALATE
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Pitching statistic? : NETSALES
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Rode the bench : SAT
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Stretched to get a better look, say : CRANED
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___ Quimby, Beverly Cleary heroine : RAMONA
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Discharges : EGESTS
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Pizzeria chain : SBARRO
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Formal "you," in Spanish : USTED
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Sound of spring? : BOING
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Former L.A. Laker Odom : LAMAR
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Banjo spot, in song : KNEE
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"Right in the kisser!" : POW
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Fourth word in the "Star Wars" prologue : AGO
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Communication method in much of the 2021 film "CODA," for short : ASL
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Bygone Mach 1 breaker, in brief : SST

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

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