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YOU DO THE MATH

New York Times, Sunday, May 23, 2021

They have stems and white heads

Author:
Jennifer Nebergall
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Jennifer Nebergall

This puzzle:

Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 138, Blocks: 72 Missing: {JQZ} This is the debut puzzle for Ms. Nebergall.
Will Shortz notes:
Jennifer Nebergall, of Boulder, Colo., is a former finance director at the University of Colorado. She started doing crosswords several years ago as a weekly tradition over Sunday brunch ... read more
Jennifer Nebergall notes:
I am delighted to be making my crossword debut. I began doing crossword puzzles only a few years ago. When I decided to set a goal of constructing one myself and hopefully seeing it in the ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
Given that Will Shortz gets about 200 submissions per week these days — for only 7 slots! — prospective constructors have to be resilient. Persistent. Open to the reality that sometimes a ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times5/23/21 ( No. 26,129 )
Across
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Supply for an ultimate Frisbee team : DISCS
6
2019 box-office flop described by one critic as "Les Meowsérables" : CATS
10
Picks the brain of : ASKS
14
Extemporizes : VAMPS
19
"Why should ___?" : ICARE
20
Feeling tender : ACHY
21
Apartment, in real estate lingo : UNIT
22
How spring rolls are cooked : INOIL
23
Oscar-winning actress born Mary Louise : MERYL
24
One side of a 2015 nuclear agreement : IRAN
25
It's irreversible : TIME
26
University of Florida athlete : GATOR
27
"That was great!" - "No, it stunk!" : DIFFERENCEOFOPINIONS
31
Setting for Jo Nesbo's best-selling crime novels : OSLO
32
They have stems and white heads : HALFNOTES
33
Mild, light-colored cigars : CLAROS
36
Have because of : OWETO
38
Drive (from) : OUST
39
Recurring pain? : IMP
42
Route 70 in {Route 10, Route 95, Route 101, Route 70, Route 25} : HIGHWAYMEDIAN
45
Snitch : TATTLER
47
Hit film set aboard the spaceship Nostromo : ALIEN
48
Cereal grain : OAT
49
Fastener that leaves a flush surface : TNUT
51
Modern party planning tool : EVITE
52
Lofty : TALL
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Collector's item : CURIO
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Word after combat or cowboy : BOOT
58
What two Vikings have explored : MARS
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Royal staff : SCEPTER
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Sort represented by the 🤓 emoji : NERD
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Fruits often used in sushi : AVOCADOS
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Cattle in [cattle / pigs] : STOCKDIVIDEND
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Burrito condiment : HOTSAUCE
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Vodka mixer : SODA
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Hopeless predicament : RATTRAP
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Birthstone for Hillary Clinton, Kamala Harris and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez : OPAL
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Toffee bar brand : SKOR
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What the nose knows : SMELL
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Major move, for short : RELO
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"... unless you disagree" : ORNOT
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Naturally occurring hexagonal crystals : SNOW
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"Dames at ___" (Broadway musical) : SEA
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Was fed up : HADIT
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Comics character with the dog Daisy : DAGWOOD
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Bear x tiger : ANIMALPRODUCT
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"Billions" airer, for short : SHO
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Et ___ : ALIA
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Hamilton, to Burr : ENEMY
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Green cards, informally : AMEXES
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Offering to a houseguest : SPAREROOM
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Hardly any : AFEW
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Car in {plane, car, train, horse, car, car, train} : MODEOFTRANSPORTATION
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Pong company : ATARI
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Shakespeare character who inquires "Are your doors lock'd?" : IAGO
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Greet grandly : HAIL
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Provide funding for : ENDOW
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Was accepted : GOTIN
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___ mess, English dessert of berries, meringue and whipped cream : ETON
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Its merchandise often comes with pictorial instructions : IKEA
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"Set Fire to the Rain" singer : ADELE
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Part of a golf club : SHAFT
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Mathematician Descartes : RENE
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Credit application figs. : SSNS
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PC platform popular in the '80s : MSDOS
Down
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Grow faint : DIM
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Coffee order specification : ICED
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Garment whose name sounds like an apology : SARI
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Sign of distress : CRYFORHELP
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Like many wildflower seeds : SELFSOWN
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Boutros Boutros-Ghali's home city : CAIRO
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Nearly 5,000 square yards : ACRE
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Comparative word : THAN
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Matched up : SYNCHED
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What has interest in a car? : AUTOLOAN
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Sound of disdain : SNIFF
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Long, loose robe : KIMONO
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Leave momentarily : STEPOUT
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Brief evocative account : VIGNETTE
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Diarist Nin : ANAIS
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"Hello ___" (old cellphone ad line) : MOTO
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Subatomic particle : PION
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Some nice cameras, for short : SLRS
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Wife of Albert Einstein : ELSA
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Wipe out, slangily : EATIT
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"___ deal" : ITSA
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Has a tête-à-tête : CHATS
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Pale pinkish purple : LILAC
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Light-footed : AGILE
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Muhammad's father-in-law : OMAR
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Cause of a smudge : WETINK
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First work read in Columbia's Literature Humanities course : ILIAD
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Like some news coverage : METRO
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Squeeze : PRESS
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"Nice going!" : YOUROCK
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Crux of the matter : NUB
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Rating for risqué shows : TVMA
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___-in-the-hole (British dish) : TOAD
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Whale constellation : CETUS
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Massive ref. books : OEDS
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Have things in common : OVERLAP
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Like music that uses conventional keys and harmony : TONAL
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Org. whose website has a "What Can I Bring?" section : TSA
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Summer Olympics host before Tokyo : RIO
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They may come in a boxed set : DVDS
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Summer hrs. in Iowa : CDT
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Co. captains? : CEOS
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First line of a Seuss classic : IAMSAM
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Parts of cars and stoves : HOODS
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High-profile interviewer of Harry and Meghan : OPRAH
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Style of "Roxanne" in "Moulin Rouge!" : TANGO
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Drawn-out : SLOW
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Easterlies : TRADEWINDS
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Done again : REDUX
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Chef Waters who pioneered the organic food movement : ALICE
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Mrs. ___, "Beauty and the Beast" character : POTTS
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Kind of vaccine used against Covid : RNA
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Slippery : EELY
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Partially : TOAPOINT
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Two-person meeting : ONEONONE
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Certain sots : WINOS
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Words often replaced when singing "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" : HOMETEAM
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Disney character who says "Some people are worth melting for" : OLAF
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Less sportsmanlike : DIRTIER
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Where the King lived : MEMPHIS
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Tennis's Nadal, familiarly : RAFA
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Make sparkling : AERATE
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Font flourish : SERIF
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Tease : RAGON
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Cartographic collection : ATLAS
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In Touch and Out, for two : MAGS
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Texter's "Then again ..." : OTOH
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Cloud contents : DATA
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Trees under which truffles might grow : OAKS
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"De ___" (response to "Merci") : RIEN
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Took too much, for short : ODED
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___ contendere : NOLO
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___ Moore, antipoverty entrepreneur of the Robin Hood Foundation : WES

Answer summary: 8 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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