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New York Times, Saturday, May 29, 2021

Protection of a protagonist for narrative purposes, in slang

Author:
Adam Aaronson
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 33 Missing: {JQVXZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Aaronson.
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© 2021, The New York Times5/29/21 ( No. 26,135 )
Across
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Protection of a protagonist for narrative purposes, in slang : PLOTARMOR
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Rum-soaked treats : BABAS
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Get in the pool, say : RIDESHARE
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Actress Grant of "Weeds" : ALLIE
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"Not always" : ITDEPENDS
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Water from a water fountain : SPURT
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Judge : DEEM
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Help out with a job : ABET
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Frequent book setting : SHELF
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Elicit an "Oops!," maybe : ERR
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Goad : SPUR
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Chuck at a high speed : YEAGER
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Timely question? : WHENISIT
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Hot Chelle ___, rock group with the 2011 hit "Tonight Tonight" : RAE
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Have a sneaking suspicion : FEAR
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Tuck's partner : NIP
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Nickname for a toy : PEKE
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All knotted up : TANGLY
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Key arrangements made for house sitters? : SPARES
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Lose one's vigor : WILT
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Latin possessive : MEA
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Subj. for the 2009 Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom, the first woman to receive it : ECON
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Typical taxi toppers : ADS
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Big names in the news : MASTHEAD
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Really into : KEENON
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Father of Jörmungandr : LOKI
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Inflation stat, for short : PSI
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Source of honeydew : APHID
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Ginger at a sushi bar : GARI
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Ones who've split : SECT
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Who can get in the way of what Alicia Keys feels for you, in a 2007 hit : NOONE
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Rude question following an unsolicited idea : ANDYOUARE
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Dummkopfs : DOPES
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Aid in getting a smooth shot : STEADICAM
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Email ___ : ALERT
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Lines of communication in schools? : PASYSTEMS
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Annual June celebration : PRIDE
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About two-thirds of a 7-Eleven Double Gulp : LITER
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Farther out there : ODDER
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Brim : TEEM
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Spreader of venom : ASP
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Four-time Emmy winner from Coney Island, N.Y. : RHEAPERLMAN
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Bunch of hipsters? : MANBUN
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Use Uber Eats or DoorDash, say : ORDERIN
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Break : REST
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___ hound : BASSET
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α : ALPHA
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Like some tropical seas : BLUEGREEN
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Caulking might prevent them : AIRLEAKS
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Release : SETFREE
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Carpet type : SHAG
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Exclamation popularized by "Die Hard" : YIPPEEKIYAY
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Said, informally : WENT
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Start of a cheer : SIS
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Blind optimist's downfall : FALSEHOPE
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Goad : PROD
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Habitat for a starfish : TIDEPOOL
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Roger's equivalent : YES
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Fruit rich in antioxidants and vowels : ACAI
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Source of Vibranium in the Marvel universe : WAKANDA
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Home to the world's busiest airport : ATLANTA
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Low-key : MODEST
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Packs : HORDES
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Montana, e.g., informally : NINER
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"Ciao" : PEACE
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"Get out!" : SCRAM
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Subjects for gossips : ITEMS
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[I'm in shock!] : GASP
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Fit : SUIT
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Some E.R. cases : ODS

Answer summary: 9 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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