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New York Times, Thursday, May 13, 2021

Food staple referred to as "the gold of the Incas"

Author:
Natan Last, Andy Kravis and The J.A.S.A. Crossword Class
Editor:
Will Shortz
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347/17/20075/13/202110
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8125198
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1.60370
Natan Last
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2411/3/20135/13/202116
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51264231
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1.62150
Andy Kravis

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 16 Words: 79, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JKVXZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 34 for Mr. Last. This is puzzle # 24 for Mr. Kravis.
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© 2021, The New York Times5/13/21 ( No. 26,119 )
Across
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Thymus, e.g. : GLAND
6
Man's name that can follow "v" or "r" to form an English word : IGOR
10
Blown away : AWED
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Food staple referred to as "the gold of the Incas" : QUINOA
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PlayStation's creator : SONY
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Prego alternative : RAGU
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Direction of some subway trains : UPTOWN
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"Dude, Where's My Car?" [1979] : SALEMSLOT
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What's on the agenda : ITEM
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Excessively showy : GAUDY
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Cheese akin to cheddar : COLBY
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"What's Eating Gilbert Grape" [2019] : PARASITE
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Petulant retort : CANSO
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Wood strip : LATH
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Snazziness : ELAN
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Hill figure, for short : POL
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Pal of Porthos and Aramis : ATHOS
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Key of Beethoven's "Eroica" : EFLAT
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"Qué ___?" : PASA
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"Who Framed Roger Rabbit" [1995] : THEUSUALSUSPECTS
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C.D. holders, maybe : IRAS
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Obsess in front of the mirror : PREEN
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Much-abbreviated Latin phrase : IDEST
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NPR's ___ Radio Hour : TED
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Memorization : ROTE
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"Swans Reflecting Elephants," e.g. : DALI
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Spur : EGGON
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"How the West Was Won" [1969, 2010] : TRUEGRIT
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One of 150 in the Bible : PSALM
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Award-winning Streep : MERYL
57
Hindu avatar : RAMA
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"O Brother, Where Art Thou?" [1990] : HOMEALONE
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Settings for some courts : ARENAS
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"You said it, sister!" : AMEN
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Woody and Buzz's owner in "Toy Story" : ANDY
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What was cool for a long time? : ICEAGE
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Supermodel Holliday : TESS
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Top dog : BOSS
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One of a noted quintet : TASTE
Down
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Sanjay of CNN : GUPTA
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One of about five of blood in the average adult body : LITER
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Out of the ordinary : ANOMALOUS
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Partner of here : NOW
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"Fiddlesticks!" : DANGIT
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Children, in legalese : ISSUE
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Spur : GOAD
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Word before child or human : ONLY
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Manhattan component : RYE
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Firebug's activity : ARSON
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Room for art : WALLSPACE
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Results of flattery : EGOBOOSTS
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___-free : DUTY
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Bon mot : QUIP
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Thom ___ (shoe brand) : MCAN
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Fundamentally : ATHEART
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Fresh stuff : SASS
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Musical featuring the Jellicle Ball : CATS
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"What ___?" : ELSE
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Get a load of this! : LAUNDRY
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Have legs, so to speak : LAST
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Beavering away : ATIT
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More than a couple : THREESOME
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Psy-ops, say : HEADGAMES
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Scram : FLEE
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Breeders' documents : PEDIGREES
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"___ reflection ..." : UPON
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Rug buyer's consideration : PILE
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Film that lost to "Green Book" for Best Picture : ROMA
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Café order : AULAIT
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Valleys : GLENS
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Low pocket pair in Texas hold 'em : TREYS
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Charged : RANAT
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P.R. concern : IMAGE
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Stun, in a way : TASE
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Cool, '90s-style : PHAT
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Like early Elvis records : MONO
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Codas : ENDS
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Chocolate ___ : LAB
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Elvis's record label : RCA

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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