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New York Times, Saturday, June 12, 2021

"How Long ___ Black Future Month?" (N. K. Jemisin short-story collection)

Author:
Brooke Husic and Brian Thomas
Editor:
Will Shortz
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This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 70, Blocks: 33 Missing: {QW} This is puzzle # 4 for Ms. Husic. This is puzzle # 12 for Mr. Thomas. Jeff Chen's Puzzle of the Week pick.
Constructor notes:
BROOKE: What a true honor to co-construct with Brian, one of my idols in themeless gridding, and to share the weekend with my day one ... read more
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© 2021, The New York Times6/12/21 ( No. 26,149 )
Across
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One with a train, maybe : BRIDE
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Stick around on July 4? : SPARKLER
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Shake : TREMOR
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Lincoln, for one : AUTOMAKE
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Middle name of the writer born Nelle Lee : HARPER
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"Unbelievable!" : IMAMAZED
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Maintains : AVERS
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Regulator of IUDs : FDA
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Rep : CRED
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Prefix with -graph : TELE
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Prefix with -graph : TRI
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Hotel room extra : COT
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"Star Trek" catchphrase : HESDEADJIM
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Nursing ___ : BRA
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Carefully exiting a parking space, say : EASINGOUT
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Compile : POOL
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Fragrant rice : BASMATI
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Zooms past : RACESBY
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Dendrogram, more familiarly : TREE
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Hit below the belt : PLAYDIRTY
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Part of P.S.T.: Abbr. : STD
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Comes around, say : SEESREASON
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Do nothin' : VEG
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"How Long ___ Black Future Month?" (N. K. Jemisin short-story collection) : TIL
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Scoop : INFO
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Word with secret or source : OPEN
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Order for a big party, maybe : KEG
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Pumped : AMPED
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"There's no hope for me now" : IMAGONER
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Kind of flour used in marzipan : ALMOND
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Elbows, e.g. : MACARONI
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Appropriates : COOPTS
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It covers the field : PRESSBOX
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Minute, informally : EENSY
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Cause of an uptick in Scottish tourism beginning in 1995 : BRAVEHEART
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Like albums that include bonus tracks, often : RERELEASED
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"Let's see what you've got" : IMPRESSME
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They might go for a few bucks : DOES
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Overthrow, e.g. : ERR
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Tied the knot : SAIDIDO
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Sponsor of Usain Bolt : PUMA
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___ distance : ATA
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Setting for a meet cute : ROMCOM
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Retailer originally named the S. S. Kresge Company : KMART
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Do nothing : LAZE
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Just got (by) : EKED
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What those with protanomaly have difficulty seeing : RED
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Word uttered while pointing : THAT
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Like eggshells : FRAGILE
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Very low stake? : TENTPEG
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Acropolis, e.g. : CITADEL
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___ de los Reyes : DIA
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Hold together with duct tape, maybe : JURYRIG
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Orchestra that performs an annual Fireworks Spectacular : BOSTONPOPS
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First and last name of Rihanna : ROBYNFENTY
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___ Raisman, second-most-decorated Olympic gymnast in U.S. history : ALY
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Fruit that's a major Chinese export : PERSIMMON
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Best-selling K-pop group : BTS
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Org. with operations : CIA
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Obelix's friend in comics : ASTERIX
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Some Spanish titles : SENORS
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Home of the Strat, the tallest observation tower in the U.S. : VEGAS
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Some calculations in 40-Down : ODDS
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Actor ___ Benson Miller : OMAR
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Rate : PACE
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Numbers game : KENO
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Ingredient in some gel face masks : ALOE
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Puck, for one : IMP
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San Francisco's ___ Hill : NOB
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Asexual, informally : ACE

Answer summary: 5 unique to this puzzle.

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