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New York Times, Friday, June 10, 2022

After beginning?

Author:
Blake Slonecker
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Blake Slonecker

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 62, Blocks: 36 Missing: {JQVXZ} Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry. This is puzzle # 3 for Mr. Slonecker.
Blake Slonecker notes:
When I started work on this puzzle, I wanted to keep the word count low, place crossing stacks in the center, and maintain 90-degree ... read more
Jim Horne notes:
Jim here, sitting in for Jeff Chen who is celebrating Día de los REYES (Three Kings' Day) six months late. If you drive out to Belle ... read more
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© 2022, The New York Times6/10/22 ( No. 26,512 )
Across
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Puzzling start? : ACROSS
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Like some rum : SPICED
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Where catalysts produce reactions, informally : CHEMLAB
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"Sounds good, but … huh-uh" : YEAHNO
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Root vegetable with stringy stalks : CELERIAC
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Offset : NEGATE
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B preceder : ORAL
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Painter's protectors : DROPCLOTHS
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Blogroll assortment : SITES
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Pretense : GUISE
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Roll : BUN
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Show of authority, metaphorically : TEETH
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Apple ___ : INC
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After beginning? : POST
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Like Gen-Z fans of classic rock, say : BORNTOOLATE
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Things often controlled with remotes : GARAGEDOORS
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Guaranteed success : SUREFIREHIT
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The Rolling Stones' "___ a Rainbow" : SHES
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Ride, in a way : NAG
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Some sneaks : NIKES
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Quaint confirmation : TIS
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Scientist for whom a part of the brain is named : BROCA
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Skimpy : SCANT
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With sauce : INSOLENTLY
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Swenson of "Benson" : INGA
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Fresh start : NEWDAY
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Gets a late start? : SLEEPSIN
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"Get out of here!" : GOHOME
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Birthplace of the Black Panther Party : OAKLAND
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Bad things for a lecturer to hear : SNORES
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"There's no wrong way to eat a ___" (classic tagline) : REESES
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Buttonhole : ACCOST
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Parisian sweets? : CHERIE
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Get it : RELATE
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Parts of many breakfast buffets : OMELETBARS
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Pick for pics, in brief : SLR
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Hypothesized : SAID
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Harmonizes : SYNCS
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Key partner? : PEELE
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"I, ___," Shakespeare-inspired novel written from the villain's perspective : IAGO
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Some customer service agents nowadays : CHATBOTS
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Gush : ENTHUSE
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"___ matter" : DOESNT
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Rudely interrupting : BARGINGINON
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Offsets : COUNTERACTS
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Common condiment with fajitas : PICODEGALLO
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Support against collapse, with "up" : SHORE
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Something past or present : PARTICIPLE
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W.W. II Dambusters grp. : RAF
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"That's a good one!" : OOH
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Butcher shop choices : LOINS
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Question asked by a surprise caller : GUESSWHO
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Try to persuade through lies : SHINEON
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Smarts : STINGS
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Home of the continental U.S.'s geographic center : KANSAS
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Road runner? : ENGINE
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Foul ball's place, maybe : STANDS
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Finger : BLAME
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Día de los ___ (Spanish holiday) : REYES
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What someone with anosmia cannot detect : ODOR
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Vintage, e.g. : YEAR
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Just get (by) : EKE

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

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