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New York Times, Wednesday, May 25, 2022

One-named ancient satirist … or a Pokémon character

Author:
Christopher Youngs
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Missing: {BFJQXZ} This is puzzle # 2 for Mr. Youngs.
Christopher Youngs notes:
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Jeff Chen notes:
Christopher is being too hard on himself. It's true that an abundance of "add letters for kooky results" themes makes it difficult to ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times5/25/22 ( No. 26,496 )
Across
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Green spot in a city : PARK
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Top dog : ALPHA
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___ threat : IDLE
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Monopoly token replaced by a cat in 2013 : IRON
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Like the boondocks : RURAL
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"… ___ the twain shall meet" : NEER
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Group of winners at a film awards show? : PODIUMCAST
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Reminder of a past injury : SCAR
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Discharges : EMITS
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Not real royals, maybe : IMPOSTORS
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Executed, as a program : RAN
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Team ___ : USA
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Something to take up or let out : HEM
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Target for William Tell? : CRANIUMAPPLE
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Singing Crow : SHERYL
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Cause of some breathing problems : SMOG
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F-, for one : ION
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Command-C, on a Mac : COPY
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Turn into a film, e.g. : ADAPT
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To boot : ALSO
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Comedian Wong : ALI
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Personification of Earth, in Greek myth : GAIA
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Tiny parts of archipelagoes : ISLETS
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Where séance leaders get their degrees? : MEDIUMSCHOOL
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Unfinished crusade of the 1970s, in brief : ERA
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Inning : baseball :: ___ : curling : END
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Eggs in a lab : OVA
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Art of bone carving : SCRIMSHAW
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Green spot in a desert : OASIS
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Actors who don't play their roles subtly : HAMS
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Lo-o-ong lecture from a parent? : TEDIUMTALK
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Early Ron Howard role : OPIE
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"___ you a little short for a stormtrooper?": Princess Leia : ARENT
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Do more than just check out : OGLE
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Fling : TOSS
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The Rockies, e.g. : RANGE
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Drink from a Viking's goblet : MEAD
Down
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Itinerant musician with a flute : PIPER
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Patisserie allure : AROMA
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"The Kiss" sculptor : RODIN
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Heal, as a broken bone : KNIT
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Word after long or strong : ARM
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One-named ancient satirist … or a Pokémon character : LUCIAN
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Baby buggy in Piccadilly Circus : PRAM
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Hinged bit of hardware : HASP
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Cher, voicewise : ALTO
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Part of a foot : INSTEP
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Convert into a higher-level language, as computer code : DECOMPILE
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King of English theater : LEAR
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Muffs : ERRS
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Crime of great interest : USURY
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Carpet type : SHAG
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Arabic "peace" : SALAAM
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Alan Paton's "___, the Beloved Country" : CRY
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Oscar ___, player of Poe Dameron in "Star Wars" films : ISAAC
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One who calls people out : UMP
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Statement to a chair of a meeting : MOTION
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In need of directions : LOST
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Grandson of Adam and Eve : ENOS
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Almost every get-rich-quick scheme : SCAM
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Spot in a green : HOLE
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Outer layer of skin : EPIDERMIS
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Throw shade at : DIS
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Monopolist's portion : ALL
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Territory ceded by Spain to the U.S. in 1898 : GUAM
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Vice city : SODOM
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Van Gogh work that in 1987 became the most expensive painting ever sold : IRISES
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Chopping : HEWING
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___ orange : OSAGE
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Home on the Riviera, say : VILLA
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Didn't contain one's curiosity : ASKED
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Attempt : SHOT
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Aria da ___ : CAPO
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Symbol on an "8" key : STAR
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Juno's Greek counterpart : HERA
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Mideast's Gulf of ___ : ADEN
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Itsy-bitsy bit : ATOM
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Tribe for which the 45th state is named : UTE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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