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New York Times, Saturday, May 8, 2021

Pumbaa's friend in "The Lion King"

Author:
David Steinberg
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 33 Missing: {FJQVXZ} This is puzzle # 101 for Mr. Steinberg.
David Steinberg notes:
This puzzle's minitheme has a funny backstory. In the pre-COVID days, I used to create a monthly word puzzle out of sticky notes and ... read more
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Apparently, I've spent too much time running Monte Carlo analysis for my fantasy basketball team because I dropped in NBA ALL-STAR ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times5/8/21 ( No. 26,114 )
Across
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Supreme court member? : NBAALLSTAR
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III, e.g., in "Richard III" : ACT
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Number of days it takes Mercury to orbit the sun : EIGHTYEIGHT
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It becomes another question when its first letter is moved to the end : WHO
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"Wall Street" catchphrase : GREEDISGOOD
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Chump : SAP
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Just a bit : ATOM
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Like the last in a line : NTH
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Wear : SPORT
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Day to post a throwback picture on social media: Abbr. : THU
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What a nod might mean : IGETIT
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___ bowl : ACAI
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Perfumery compound : ESTER
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Actress Shields, mother of Brooke : TERI
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One stoner to another : DUDE
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Satisfied sigh : AAH
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What a shrug might mean : NOMATTER
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Was up, in a sense : BATTED
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Nibbles : NOSHES
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Cheap cab, perhaps : HOUSERED
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Org. with an annual Codebreaker Challenge : NSA
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More than suspicious of : ONTO
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Be in the works : BREW
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Irish name that's a Slavic name backward : AIDAN
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The old you? : THOU
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Like some unpleasant comments : SNARKY
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Kind of trip taken solo : EGO
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Utah's "Industry," e.g. : MOTTO
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Camper's gear chain : REI
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Throw (together) : SLAP
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It can lay a one-and-a-half-pound egg : EMU
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"Hold on!" : WAITAMINUTE
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Calculator button next to cos : SIN
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Words after "The end"? : NIGHTYNIGHT
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Lead-in to stars or daylight : SEE
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Soft, green food : MASHEDPEAS
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Void : NEGATE
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Once-in-a-lifetime events : BIRTHS
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Get too old : AGEOUT
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"I'm right here" : AHEM
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Business letters : LTD
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Horizontal : LYING
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Walt Whitman wrote one beginning "Lo, 'tis autumn" : SESTET
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Turn right, say : TIGHTEN
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Years ___ : AGO
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Sorority letter : RHO
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"How adorable!" : AWSOCUTE
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It involves much ear-tugging and head-shaking : CHARADES
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Grade-A : TOPTIER
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Notable examples of crossing a line, in brief : TDS
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Noodle dish whose name indicates its cuisine : PADTHAI
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Steaming : IRATE
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Club type : IRON
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Pumbaa's friend in "The Lion King" : TIMON
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Goes on a dinner date, e.g. : EATSOUT
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They may be used in a pinch : HERBS
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Composition test : ASSAY
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Easy friendliness : BONHOMIE
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Correction for a wild pitch : AUTOTUNE
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"Marriage Story" Oscar winner : DERN
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Dumpster fire : HOTMESS
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Lacks : DEARTHS
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Ring in the holiday spirit? : WREATH
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Flood : DELUGE
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Annual genre writing award : AGATHA
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Common complex rule : NOPETS
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Celebrity portmanteau beginning in 2012 : KIMYE
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Accept the blame for : OWN
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Impertinent sort : SNIP
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Archery need : AIM
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Grocery store found in Michigan? : IGA
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Pete Buttigieg's home state: Abbr. : IND

Answer summary: 4 unique to this puzzle.

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