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New York Times, Friday, June 11, 2021

Best-selling video game that takes place in space

NOTE: This is the syndication date. The puzzle was published in the New York Times on Friday, May 7, 2021.
Author:
Brooke Husic
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 30 Missing: {XZ} Grid has diagonal symmetry. This is puzzle # 3 for Ms. Husic. NYT links: Across Lite PDF
Brooke Husic notes:
Hi solvers and onlookers, I'm so happy to see you and I hope you enjoyed this puzzle! It's a bit weird to contrast it with the puzzles ... read more
Jeff Chen notes:
I imagine plenty of people will think this grid is asymmetrical, but it exhibits a rare diagonal symmetry. I love it when people shift ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times5/7/21 ( No. 26,113 )
Across
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Tinder and others : APPS
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Appeal : DRAW
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Costa ___ : RICAN
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Activist Copeny known as "Little Miss Flint" : MARI
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City SW of Pyramid Lake : RENO
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Chilled : ONICE
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Kind of device used in filmmaking : PLOT
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Jafar's parrot in "Aladdin" : IAGO
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Big name in kitchen appliances : OSTER
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Unexpected : OUTOFLEFTFIELD
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Rhythmic : CADENT
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Constellation that Regulus is part of : LEO
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Decision-making time : DDAY
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Smartphone pop-up : ALERT
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Rotation calculation : TORQUE
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"That fits perfectly!" : ITSSOYOU
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Cosmopolitan : URBANE
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Sarcastic punch line to an insincere remark : NOT
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Energize, with "up" : PEP
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City whose name means "spring hill" : TELAVIV
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Total wrecks : FIASCOS
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Reciprocal of cosecant : SINE
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Best-selling video game that takes place in space : STARCRAFT
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Lets, say : REDOS
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Running apparel? : HOSE
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"Well done!" : NICEJOB
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Endangered : INPERIL
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Liquor brand that inspired the name of a Grammy-winning rapper : BACARDI
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Nonkosher deli order : REUBEN
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Something of interest to a business? : BANKLOAN
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Mathematician who lent his name to a test : TURING
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Singer who was an original judge on "The Voice" : AGUILERA
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Flies : SPEEDS
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Ab ___ (absent, in Latin) : ESSE
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Good to go : SET
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Hype (up) : AMP
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Home of many a tech start-up : PALOALTO
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___ moment (crowning achievement) : PROUDEST
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Stay-at-home workers : SITTERS
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Meaning : DRIFT
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Heartfelt : REAL
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"Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water 'Fore I Diiie" poet : ANGELOU
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Low speaker : WOOFER
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Mouth part : ROOF
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Esoterica : INSIDEBASEBALL
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Word that becomes its own synonym when RED is inserted between its first two letters : CITED
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Train that serves three Union Stations : ACELA
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Wonkish : NERDY
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Relevant : ONTOPIC
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Parts of a restaurant's overhead? : TOQUES
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Caleb represents him in "East of Eden" : CAIN
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Part of a ship's rigging : TOPSAIL
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Something bookmarked in a bookmark bar : URL
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Wishes : YEARNINGS
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Voracious : AVID
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Young 'un in Yucatán : NINO
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Anticipatory times : EVES
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Common items at merchandise stands : TOTEBAGS
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Giveaway : FREEBIE
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Banned refrigerant, for short : CFC
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Common items at merchandise stands : SHIRTS
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Build muscle : TONEUP
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Having the same number of karats, e.g. : ASPURE
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Coors Field athlete : ROCKIE
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Roman god of beginnings and endings : JANUS
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Tear : REND
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Some deer : ROES
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Truth's counterpart : DARE
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___ the finish : INAT
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Sweetie : BAE

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 2 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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