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New York Times, Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Author:
Ashish Vengsarkar
Editor:
Will Shortz
Blog:
Physics Nobelist who co-discovered cosmic microwave background radiation, confirming 1-Across
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Ashish Vengsarkar

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 76, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQXY} Spans: 3 This is puzzle # 16 for Mr. Vengsarkar. Wednesday freshness: 57%
Ashish Vengsarkar notes:
Dr. Arno Penzias, who once headed Bell Labs in the 1990's, turned 88 on April 26th. This puzzle is a tribute to Arno and a fond ... read more
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Ashish is back! I always enjoyed catching up with him at the ACPT, both of us having spent a lot of time and lost many life-years to ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times5/19/21 ( No. 26,125 )
Across
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This is the way the world began, per 51-Across : BIGBANG
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Track makers : TREADS
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Refuge : SAFEAREA
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Form a scab, say : HEALUP
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At an ungodly hour : PASTONESBEDTIME
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Words before a date : ASOF
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Just below C level? : DPLUS
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OPEC unit: Abbr. : BBL
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Develop wrinkles, say : AGE
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Literature Nobelist who penned 71-Across : TSELIOT
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Question from one who's lost : WHEREAMI
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Small battery type : AAA
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Away : OUT
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Salon brand with 100% vegan products : AVEDA
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Throngs : MOBS
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Tomorrow's cash flow assessed today : NETPRESENTVALUE
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Boris Godunov, for one : TSAR
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World capital NE of Vientiane : HANOI
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___ lab : DNA
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"Yadda, yadda, yadda" : ETC
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Fictional N.Y.C. locale on children's TV : SESAMEST
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Physics Nobelist who co-discovered cosmic microwave background radiation, confirming 1-Across : PENZIAS
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___-mo : SLO
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Home of the Rosa Parks Museum: Abbr. : ALA
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Fishing net : TRAWL
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E.P.A. targets since the '70s : PCBS
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Classic film series that anticipated the invention of hoverboards : BACKTOTHEFUTURE
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Mosey : STROLL
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Spots for hoops : EARLOBES
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Conical construction : TEEPEE
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"This is the way the world ends," per 24-Across : WHIMPER
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What do ewe say? : BAAS
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"In that case ..." : IFSO
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Make good progress : GETFAR
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Chinese dumpling : BAO
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Man's nickname that omits "-old" : ARN
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It's a must : NEED
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[OMG!] : GASP
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"This land," in "This Land Is Your Land" : THEUSA
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It's west of Yemen : REDSEA
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"Dig in!" : EAT
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"It was my evil twin!" is not a convincing one : ALIBI
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___ octopus, creature so named for its large, earlike fins : DUMBO
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Like C-O-L-O-U-R or M-E-T-R-E : SPELT
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Spot for a soothing scrub : SPA
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All-consonant diner order : BLT
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Reverse, e.g. : GEAR
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Rain gutter locale : EAVE
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Dalai ___ : LAMA
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"I ___ bite" : WONT
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Shades : HUES
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James played by Beyoncé in a 2008 biopic : ETTA
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Gym shorts material : MESH
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Notions : IDEAS
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Actress Hathaway : ANNE
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Ye ___ Shoppe : OLDE
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Supply at a barbecue : BUNS
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Airline assignment : SEAT
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Head of a country, informally : PREZ
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Chuck : TOSS
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Container for nitroglycerin, say : VIAL
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Dot in "i" or "j" : TITTLE
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King of music : CAROLE
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Hairstyle popularized by the Beatles : MOPTOP
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___ Blue Ribbon : PABST
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Bring joy to : ELATE
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Shiny button material : NACRE
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Day after 66-Down: Abbr. : SAT
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"That was close!" : WHEW
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Two-time Emmy winner Remini : LEAH
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27, to 3 : CUBE
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Family member, in rural dialect : BRER
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French possessive : SES
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Keystone ___ (character in slapstick comedy) : KOP
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Day before 54-Down: Abbr. : FRI
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Einstein's German birthplace : ULM

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