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New York Times, Friday, May 27, 2022

Lures into a relationship by using a fictional online persona

Author:
David Distenfeld
Editor:
Will Shortz
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David Distenfeld

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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 30 Missing: {JQVXYZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Distenfeld.
David Distenfeld notes:
It has come to my attention that I am debuting the phrase ALL THE FEELS in today's puzzle, and for that, I would like to apologize. I ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jim here. sitting in for Jeff who's getting his mustache waxed. CATFISHES is already a decent answer, but it's an interesting ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times5/27/22 ( No. 26,498 )
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Lures into a relationship by using a fictional online persona : CATFISHES
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Occasion for a high flute? : TOAST
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Like households with stay-at-home spouses, typically : ONEINCOME
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Like many spiral notebooks : RULED
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It may be taken for dramatic effect : LONGPAUSE
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World record holder? : ATLAS
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"Do the Right Thing" pizzeria : SALS
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Get around : SKIRT
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Giant mfr. of industrial machinery : ITT
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5/15, e.g. : IDES
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Hawaiian chorus : ALOHAS
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___ job : TOW
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Onboardee : NEWHIRE
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Follower of many state names : EDU
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Really dry : ARID
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Season ticket holder, maybe : DIEHARDFAN
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Pond blossom : LOTUS
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Rockets can be found in it, in brief : NBA
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Infiltrates : SEEPS
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Dealing with technical details, say : INTHEWEEDS
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Blowout : FETE
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Put away : ATE
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Herbal infusions : TISANES
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Do-over : LET
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"Psycho" psycho : NORMAN
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First name in gossip : RONA
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Some SAT takers : SRS
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Not be completely accurate with : FUDGE
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Spanish key : ISLA
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Kind of cake with layers of coffee and chocolate : OPERA
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Where to find 55 and over? : RADIODIAL
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Resource in the game Catan : WHEAT
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Film technique that accommodates wide- and full-screen display : OPENMATTE
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Act crabby? : SIDLE
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Parents obsessed with play dates? : STAGEMOMS
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Mustard, for one: Abbr. : COL
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"Is that ___?" : ANO
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Start of a count : TEN
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Some pudding ingredients : FIGS
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Hurting : INPAIN
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Like the milk in café au lait, sometimes : SCALDED
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Improbable orders for oenophiles : HOUSEWINES
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Myanmar has two of them : EMS
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Matches : SEES
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They're used during film production and promotion : TRAILERS
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The one in "Layla" lasts 3 minutes 48 seconds : OUTRO
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Mixed emotions, so to speak : ALLTHEFEELS
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Jacques Cousteau's milieu : SEA
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Parts of some bowls, in brief : TDS
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Journalist Swisher : KARA
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Dressing option : ITALIAN
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Home of the largest street fair in North America : TORONTO
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Modern-day scroll, of a sort : TWITTERFEED
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Mama grizzly : SHEBEAR
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Item to pack for a trip abroad : ADAPTER
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Down times? : SUNSETS
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"Really? Wow!" : IHADNOIDEA
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"Thanks, Captain Obvious" : DUH
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Telephone trio : DEF
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Prepared to end an engagement : SETADATE
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Buffalo ___ : WING
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Picking up : SENSING
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Oscar Wilde tragedy : SALOME
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Many a work by the artist Banksy : MURAL
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Mythical archer : EROS
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Driver in Hollywood : ADAM
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Reactions to strikes? : OWS
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Letter after upsilon : PHI
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Suitable : APT
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"Was ___ blame?" : ITO
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Source of withdrawal? : ATM
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Article in a French newspaper : LES

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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