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GAME OVER

New York Times, Sunday, May 30, 2021

Tabloid nickname for mother Nadya Suleman

Author:
Adam Wagner
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Adam Wagner

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Rows: 21, Columns: 21 Words: 140, Blocks: 70 Missing: {QZ} This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Wagner.
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Adam Wagner notes:
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© 2021, The New York Times5/30/21 ( No. 26,136 )
Across
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Gilda of the original "S.N.L." cast : RADNER
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They may need to be cut off : SOTS
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Ways of making ends meet? : SEAMS
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Degree in design, for short : BFA
19
Cow's-milk cheese that's often grated : ASIAGO
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Sweet 16 org. : NCAA
21
Honor named for a Greek goddess : CLIOAWARD
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Site of a lighthouse that was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World : PHAROS
24
"___ pass" : ITLL
25
Where snow leopards and blue sheep roam : HIMALAYAS
26
King of a nursery rhyme : COLE
27
Went to bat (for) : ADVOCATED
30
Test versions : BETAS
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Good fashion sense, in modern slang : DRIP
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Appear : SEEM
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Features of some indoor arenas : DOMES
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Theater curtain material : SCRIM
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Fired off, say : SENT
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Grind : SLOG
40
Money of the Philippines : PESOS
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Follow : HEED
43
One giving a khutbah sermon : IMAM
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Smaller alternative to a Quarter Pounder : MACJR
48
Chicago team, in old "S.N.L." sketches : DABEARS
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Ski lodge mugful : HOTCOCOA
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Fraternity letter : RHO
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King of ancient Israel : DAVID
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Comic actress Gasteyer : ANA
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Left, cutesily : WENTBYEBYE
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Great Lakes nation : ONEIDA
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Pickup line? : RAM
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Like the columns of the Lincoln Memorial : DORIC
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Cures : ANTIDOTES
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"___ we good?" : ARE
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King of ancient Egypt : TUT
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Tattoo artist, so to speak : INKER
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Org. with a complex code : IRS
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"Happy Days" network : ABC
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Beach Boys song set to the tune of Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen" : SURFINUSA
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King of myth : MIDAS
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4G letters : LTE
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___ pace : SNAILS
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Not doing so hot : INBADSHAPE
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F-, e.g. : ION
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Discourage : DETER
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Waze way: Abbr. : RTE
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Piece of plastic with a gladiator pictured on it : AMEXCARD
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Physics demonstration often done from the roof of a school : EGGDROP
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___-Briggs Type Indicator (popular personality test) : MYERS
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"I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure," e.g. : OATH
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King of Shakespeare : LEAR
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"Keep Austin ___" (city slogan) : WEIRD
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Annual presidential address, for short : SOTU
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Partner : ALLY
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"No worries" : ITSOK
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"Bon appétit!" : ENJOY
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Christ, to Bach : JESU
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Place : LIEU
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Chimney channels : FLUES
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Warning on presents stashed in the closet : DONOTOPEN
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King of Skull Island : KONG
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"Huddle up!" : BRINGITIN
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Actress Elisabeth : SHUE
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When: Sp. : CUANDO
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Early adolescent years, so to speak : TENDERAGE
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Engage : HIRE
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Opposite of wind up : UNREEL
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Infinitesimal : WEE
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Toys with much assembly required : LEGOS
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Travel brochure listings : INNS
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Named : TITLED
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Some hip-hop collectibles : RAPCDS
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On dry land : ASHORE
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Join a conference call, say : DIALIN
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Quick to fall asleep, in a way : NARCOLEPTIC
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Sense of self : EGO
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Día de San Valentín gifts : ROSAS
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Tearfully complain : SNIVEL
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Tabloid nickname for mother Nadya Suleman : OCTOMOM
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Powder in the powder room : TALC
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Course with greens : SALAD
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Machiavellian sort : SCHEMER
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Omits : ELIDES
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Objective : AIM
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Gateway city to Utah's Arches National Park : MOAB
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Some after-Christmas announcements : SALES
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Home to about one in five Californians : BAYAREA
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Long-running sitcom set in Seattle : FRASIER
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Them's the breaks! : ADS
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Spent some time on YouTube, say : WATCHEDAVIDEO
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Nobel Peace Prize recipient who wrote "No Future Without Forgiveness" : DESMONDTUTU
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Sought-after position : TOPJOB
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Pop : SODA
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G.P.s, e.g. : MDS
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City about 25 miles SE of Chicago, IL : GARYIN
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___-faire (social adeptness) : SAVOIR
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Level the playing field? : MOW
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Put one past : ACE
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One ending for a classic board game - another of which (when a player resigns) is represented visually six times in this puzzle : CHECKMATE
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Tough spots : BINDS
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Bother incessantly : HARASS
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Scoring win after win : ONARUN
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Mowry who starred alongside her twin Tia in the '90s sitcom "Sister, Sister" : TAMERA
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___ Z : ATO
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Cubs' place to play home games : DEN
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Wilson who wrote the lyrics to 75-Across : BRIAN
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Play areas : YARDS
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The "Bel Paese," to locals : ITALIA
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Borrower : DEBTOR
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Scale : ASCEND
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Quintessentially cowardly : TIMIDASAMOUSE
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Mosaic maker : TILER
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Remove from under the seat in front of you, say : UNSTOW
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Ducks known for their soft down feathers : EIDERS
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Tinker (with) : FIDDLEAROUND
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Yes or no follower : SIR
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"I've got it!" : AHA
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Rob ___, British comedian and TV personality : BRYDON
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Samosa tidbit : PEA
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Part of an office phone no. : EXT
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Tool for a duel : EPEE
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Sidewalk drawings : CHALKART
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One of the Manning brothers : ELI
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Disentangle oneself : GETFREE
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Main source of energy? : GASLINE
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Breakout 1993 single for Counting Crows : MRJONES
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Stay awhile : SOJOURN
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Only color of the rainbow not seen on the L.G.B.T. pride flag : INDIGO
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Portable dwellings : TEPEES
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Richie with the #1 hit "All Night Long" : LIONEL
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Borrower : LENDEE
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Potato cultivar that was developed in Ontario, despite its name : YUKONGOLD
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Pelvic exercise : KEGEL
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Nintendo dino : YOSHI
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Like diamonds from a mine : UNCUT
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Father : SIRE
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Weak, as a case : THIN
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"Oh, and another thing ...," for short : BTW
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Graffiti signature : TAG
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College, to a Brit : UNI

Answer summary: 11 unique to this puzzle, 3 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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