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New York Times, Saturday, May 22, 2021

Author:
Sid Sivakumar and Matthew Stock
Editor:
Will Shortz
Portmanteau coinage for the uneducated and uncultured
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Matthew Stock

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 64, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQWYZ} Spans: 1 This is puzzle # 8 for Mr. Sivakumar. This is puzzle # 4 for Mr. Stock. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick. Saturday freshness: 57%
Constructor notes:
SID: This puzzle owes its existence to a grid design technique I associate most strongly with Robyn Weintraub. Robyn often places her ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I love the aesthetics of the unusual black square "canes" — reminds me of a CANDY CANES puzzle Mary Lou and I did years back. And ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times5/22/21 ( No. 26,128 )
Across
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Regarding : ASFOR
6
Take back, in a way : REPO
10
Start of an aside : ALSO
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Omega competitor : SEIKO
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Something hitting a nerve? : AXON
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Papyrus, e.g. : REED
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"Take me with you!" : ILLGO
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Begin flirting with someone, so to speak : MAKEAMOVE
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Assign : ALLOT
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Hoth, in "Star Wars" : ICEPLANET
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___ rule : MOB
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They don't hold water : STRAINERS
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Feudal figure : LIEGE
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Panegyric, e.g. : PRAISE
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Sci-fi enemy collective, perhaps : EVILEMPIRE
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Ones born beginning in the early 2010s : GENERATIONALPHA
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They might cut to the chase : HEISTFILMS
38
Electrically balanced, in chemistry : APOLAR
42
Leaders at the Kaaba : IMAMS
43
"Things are going great for me!" : IMONAROLL
46
Muscle worked in rowing exercises, for short : LAT
47
Portmanteau coinage for the uneducated and uncultured : BOOBOISIE
48
Touches, e.g. : IPODS
51
Special pawn move in chess : ENPASSANT
52
Many a Madrileño : SENOR
53
Enemy of Wonder Woman : ARES
54
Best Picture-nominated 2011 film based on a children's book : HUGO
55
Certain Caribbean, informally : TRINI
56
Self-___ : MADE
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What might help you get out of a rough spot? : IRON
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Is just awful : SUCKS
Down
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Home to 41-Down : ASIA
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Convince : SELL
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"I wanna know all the details" : FILLMEIN
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Start of a modern inquiry : OKGOOGLE
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Drink similar to sarsaparilla : ROOTBEER
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Co-star of 1984's "Ghostbusters" : RAMIS
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Right on : EXACT
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Aces with aces? : POKERPROS
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Like some households : ONEPARENT
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Designer with an eponymous hotel in the Burj Khalifa : ARMANI
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Currency units in West Africa : LEONES
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Grievous : SEVERE
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"Golden Boy" playwright : ODETS
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Actress Shawkat of "Arrested Development" : ALIA
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Assignment for an anchor : LEG
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"___ noticed ..." : IVE
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Great Hindu sage : MAHARISHI
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Late-Triassic flier : PTEROSAUR
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It can be found right on a clock : III
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"100 Years ... 100 Stars" and others, in brief : AFILISTS
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The world's largest desert capital, after Cairo, Egypt : LIMAPERU
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Like a relationship with an ex, maybe : PLATONIC
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Utterance while chewing on a pencil : HMM
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One often sent packing? : ASS
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Deity that becomes a given name when its fifth letter is moved to the front : AMONRA
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Beat : POOPED
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Looking to steal, say : ONBASE
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So-called "Land of a Million Elephants" : LAOS
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Building support : IBEAM
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Words not everyone understands : LINGO
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Intimate : LETON
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Hit on the head, in slang : DONK
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Indian honorifics : SRIS

Answer summary:
6 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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