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New York Times, Thursday, June 10, 2021

Result of a poorly planned invasion of the Body Snatchers?

Author:
Sheldon Polonsky
Editor:
Will Shortz
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© 2021, The New York Times6/10/21 ( No. 26,147 )
Across
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Start of an encrypted web address : HTTPS
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"Go" follower : KART
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Hit the ___ : SACK
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"Color me surprised!" : IHADNOIDEA
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Everybody: Ger. : ALLE
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Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael? : RENAISSANCEFOUR
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Contractor's fig. : EST
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___ Beach, Calif. : PISMO
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Following : AFTER
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More treasured : DEARER
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Counterpart of down: Abbr. : ACR
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Polishing the chandelier in "The Phantom of the Opera" and laundering uniforms in "Hamilton"? : MUSICALCHORES
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Procrastinator's promise : SOON
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Port-___ (French cheese) : SALUT
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Like some nail polish shades : NUDE
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Day following hump day: Abbr. : THU
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"The Entertainer," e.g. : RAG
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Trace : BIT
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"___ 2 Proud 2 Beg" (TLC hit) : AINT
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Professor Moriarty's first name : JAMES
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Exchange for a tenner : ABES
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Result of a poorly planned invasion of the Body Snatchers? : NOTIMETOSPORE
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"Let's ___!" : EAT
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Biological cavity : ANTRUM
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Roll-on alternative : SPRAY
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Tuned in : AWARE
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Grp. with wands : TSA
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"I'm tired of all this negative media coverage"? : THEBADNEWSBORES
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Legendary queen once depicted on Tunisian currency : DIDO
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Consumers of audio and visual media only : NONREADERS
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Snail-like : SLOW
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Comedian Richter : ANDY
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Tessellated creatures in Escher prints : GEESE
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Brought on : HIRED
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"___ days ..." : THESE
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Equivalent : TANTAMOUNT
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Reason to avert one's eyes, for short : PDA
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Marsh birds : SNIPES
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X in XXX, maybe : KISS
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Name that derives from the Hebrew word for "earth" : ADAM
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First female U.S. attorney general : RENO
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X in XXX, maybe : TAC
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Most expensive spice in the world by weight : SAFFRON
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Frequently : ALOT
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Tip-off : CLUE
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Model Miranda : KERR
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God depicted wearing ostrich feathers : OSIRIS
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Per : EACH
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Be a political candidate : RUN
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___ Up, political group formed in response to the AIDS crisis : ACT
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A little over three grains : CARAT
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Big name in rental cars : ALAMO
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One- or two-person vehicles in the Olympics : LUGES
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Source of latex : RUBBERTREE
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Actress Falco : EDIE
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Hardens : SETS
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Ending of seven country names : STAN
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River that starts in Pittsburgh : OHIO
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Finish some gift-wrapping, say : TIEABOW
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Word before black or Blue : JET
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Meager : SPARSE
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"The only way to run away without leaving home," per Twyla Tharp : ART
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Rudolph on "S.N.L." : MAYA
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Carry-on limit, often : ONEBAG
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App's audience : USERS
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En ___ : MASSE
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Quality control guidelines: Abbr. : STDS
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Hartman who voiced Troy McClure on "The Simpsons" : PHIL
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Take two : REDO
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Unknown source, for short : ANON
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Make, as one's way : WEND
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Out of whack : AWRY
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It's stranded in a cell : DNA
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Bobbie Gentry's "___ to Billie Joe" : ODE

Answer summary: 7 unique to this puzzle.

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