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A RARE FIND

New York Times, Sunday, May 2, 2021

Item hidden somewhere in this puzzle (where is it?)

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Sunday, April 18, 2021.
Author:
Johan Vass
Editor:
Will Shortz
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14/18/20210
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Johan Vass

This puzzle:

Rows: 22, Columns: 20 Words: 134, Blocks: 90 Missing: {QVXZ} This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Vass. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Will Shortz notes:
Johan Vass is a restaurant worker in Stockholm, Sweden. Though he has never been to the United States, he has been solving American crosswords for many years. He says his personal ... read more
Johan Vass notes:
So happy to be making my New York Times debut! This has been a goal of mine for quite a few years now. I'm not exactly new to crossword-making though, far from it. I've just ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love the audacity, stacking a whole lot of HAY around a hidden NEEDLE. I've considered doing something similar with a DOGPILE, but any time you get more than three themers piled ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times4/18/21 ( No. 26,094 )
Across
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Not express, in a way : LOCAL
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Second person in the Bible : THOU
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One of the Blues Brothers : JAKE
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"History of the World, ___" (Mel Brooks film that doesn't actually have a sequel) : PARTI
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Grp. with Bills and Chargers : AFC
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Bridal adornment at Indian weddings : HENNA
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Buckets : ATON
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Goggle : STARE
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Bird that went the way of the dodo (before the dodo) : MOA
23
Mr. ___, scheming socialite in "Emma" : ELTON
24
See 105-Across : WARD
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Popular action film franchise ... or what trying to find the item in this puzzle can be described as : MISSIONIMPOSSIBLE
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"There's no use" ... like trying to find the item in this puzzle? : ITSALOSTCAUSE
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"The ___ Holmes Mysteries," young adult series made into a 2020 film : ENOLA
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Hosp. procedure : MRI
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Keys : ISLETS
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Architect Maya : LIN
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Foreign correspondent, maybe : PENPAL
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1976 greatest hits album with a palindromic title : OLEELO
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Site of Hercules' first labor : NEMEA
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What's-___-name : HIS
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Experimental offshoot of punk : NOISEROCK
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Echidna's prey : ANT
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Service with nearly two billion users : GMAIL
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___ reaction : GUT
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Deep cut : GASH
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Liquor store requests : IDS
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Frees (of) : RIDS
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Quiet summons : PSST
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Greases : OILSUP
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What's at the center of some court battles? : NET
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City of Angels : ANAHEIM
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Danger for an exterminator : RATBITE
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Scratch the surface of : MAR
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Certain customizable computer game character : SIM
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Kick starter? : SCISSOR
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America of "Ugly Betty" : FERRERA
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[Batman punches a bad guy] : POW
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Onetime name for China : CATHAY
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They have big mouths : BAYS
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Over : ANEW
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More than umbrage : IRE
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Two-wheeled carriage : SHAY
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"Anchorman" anchorman : RON
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Simple earrings : STUDS
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Duck Hunt console, for short : NES
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Walking with flair : SASHAYING
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Odd article of clothing to wear with a tank top : TIE
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Reached : GOTTO
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Man's name that anagrams to HYENAS : SHAYNE
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Did a Don Corleone impression, maybe : RASPED
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Consonantless "yes" : OUI
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Actress Atwell of the "Avengers" movies : HAYLEY
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Product whose sizes have letters : BRA
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Clickable images : ICONS
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"As you can imagine ..." : NEEDLESSTOSAY
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Item hidden somewhere in this puzzle (where is it?) : NEEDLEINAHAYSTACK
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With 24-Across, Emmy winner for "Once and Again" : SELA
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Writer Horatio : ALGER
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Word before an explanation : SEE
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Boxer Ali : LAILA
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Bookmarked things : URLS
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Vowelless "yes" : MMHMM
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Personal datum: Abbr. : SSN
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Long-gone : OLDEN
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Site that competes with Amazon Handmade : ETSY
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Affliction also known as a hordeolum : STYE
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Mean : NASTY
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Collectible records : LPS
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___ milk : OAT
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Packs tightly : CRAMSIN
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Areas in many malls : ATRIA
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Eldest of the von Trapp children : LIESL
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Mnemosyne's daughters : THEMUSES
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Benefits : HELPS
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En pointe, in ballet : ONTOE
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Pizza chain since 1943, familiarly : UNOS
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Weapon for Samson against the Philistines : JAWBONE
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Whatsoever : ATALL
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"North" or "South" land : KOREA
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Undoing : END
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Faulty : AMISS
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Subway fare : FOOTLONGS
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Impact equally in the opposite direction : CANCELOUT
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Actor Elgort of "The Fault in Our Stars" : ANSEL
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Taints : SOILS
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Sheepish response to "Where did the last cookie go?" : IATEIT
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How checks are written : ININK
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Hellion : IMP
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"Boyz N the Hood" protagonist : TRE
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Run an online scam : PHISH
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Feel rotten : AIL
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Bona fide : LEGIT
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Big brush maker : ORALB
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Starting point on a computer : MAINMENU
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Won over : ENDEARED
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See 50-Down : ATSTRAWS
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Become rigid and inflexible : OSSIFY
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Slides : CHUTES
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With 44-Down, making futile attempts ... and an extra hint to this puzzle's theme : GRASPING
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Small black-and-white treat : MINIOREO
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Batman portrayer on '60s TV : ADAMWEST
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Google Photos precursor : PICASA
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Workers in forges : SMITHS
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Murder weapon in "The Talented Mr. Ripley" : OAR
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What "/" may mean : PER
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Key used to get out, but not in : ESC
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Man's name that means "king" : ROY
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Palindromic leaders : SHAHS
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Doctor's order : SAYAH
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They may be fixed : RATES
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Highland beauty : BONNYLASS
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The titular bad guy in "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" : ANGELEYES
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Capital of Saudi Arabia : RIYADH
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Singer with the 2016 platinum album "This Is Acting" : SIA
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In good shape : SOUND
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"Know what I'm talkin' about?" : YAHEARME
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Secret rendezvous : TRYST
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Like child's play : TOOEASY
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Block where Sesame Street can be found? : PBSKIDS
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Notable period : ERA
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It's constantly breaking around the world : DAY
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"The straight path" : ISLAM
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German steel city : ESSEN
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Like neon : INERT
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Bar rooms? : CELLS
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It never occurs above the Arctic Circle during the summer solstice : NIGHT
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One may be sworn : ENEMY
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Claw : TALON
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Seat of Florida's Marion County : OCALA
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Eugene O'Neill's "Desire Under the ___" : ELMS
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Go after : SUE
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Word before ride or slide : LET
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Which card to pick from a magician? : ANY

Answer summary: 12 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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