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New York Times, Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Come under fire, literally or figuratively

Author:
Rob Baker
Editor:
Will Shortz
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Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 78, Blocks: 36 Spans: 3 This is the debut puzzle for Mr. Baker.
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© 2022, The New York Times6/15/22 ( No. 26,517 )
Across
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Buds : PALS
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___ Empire, a.k.a. the Realm of the Four Parts : INCA
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Word with bar or bowl : SALAD
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Pizazz : ELAN
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Cup-and-saucer luncheons : TEAS
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Hot apple pie has one : AROMA
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Start of a punny quip with two correct answers : NOMATTERHOWMUCH
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Step up or down : STAIR
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Phnom ___ : PENH
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Oversight : LAPSE
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Aloof with : COOLTO
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Peter Sarsgaard's role in 2016's "Jackie," for short : RFK
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Part 2 of the quip : YOU
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Traveled to an island, in a way : FERRIED
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Children's author Carle : ERIC
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Squid predator : ORCA
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Wanting no more, say : SATED
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Part 3 of the quip : PUSHTHEENVELOPE
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Disoriented : ATSEA
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Cry at the end of a big job : DONE
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Files a petition : SUES
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Continue with : STICKTO
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Part 4 of the quip : ITS
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Lunar New Year : TET
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Play around : TINKER
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Philippine coins : PESOS
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Drop a line? : FISH
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Devise, as a plot : HATCH
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End of the quip : STILLSTATIONE/ARY
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Where shampoo was invented : INDIA
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Home of 66-Across : ASIA
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Stumble : TRIP
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___ footage : STOCK
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Many a driver's ed enrollee : TEEN
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Regarding : ASTO
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Writes : PENS
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Slews : ALOT
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Tibetan spiritual leader : LAMA
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Epitome of slowness : SNAIL
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Cousin ___ ("The Addams Family" member) : ITT
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Agatha Christie ___ Miller : NEE
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___ diem : CARPE
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Arthur ___, 1975 Wimbledon winner : ASHE
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Woodcutter's prop : SAWHORSE
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Spot for many a "mom" tattoo : ARM
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Singer Rawls : LOU
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Theater chain or cable channel : AMC
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Dit's counterpart : DAH
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Aid in busing : TRAY
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Back in the day : ONCE
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Fictional character who dreams about Heffalumps : POOH
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Positive response to "Agree?" : SUREDO
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Some exams : ORALS
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Skedaddled : LITOUT
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Conical shelter : TEEPEE
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Most unusual : ODDEST
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Meal : REPAST
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Tutti-___ : FRUTTI
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"___ Cousins" (1964 Elvis film) : KISSIN
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___ Mae (mortgage company) : FANNIE
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"10-4!" : CHECK
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Head to the office? : CEO
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Come under fire, literally or figuratively : TAKEFLAK
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Ones ordering lab tests? : VETS
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Heroine Prior of the "Divergent" series : TRIS
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London's ___ Square : SOHO
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Terrible twos, e.g. : PHASE
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Ed Asner role in 2003's "Elf" : SANTA
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"Right now!" : STAT
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Rips [five letters] : TEARS
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Lit ___ : CRIT
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Shot, for short : HYPO
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Certain sib : SIS
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"Explosive" cable channel : TNT
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The groom is usually the first to say it : IDO
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New driver's acquisition: Abbr. : LIC
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Something dispensed with in "business casual" : TIE
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Actor McShane : IAN

Answer summary: 3 unique to this puzzle, 1 unique to Shortz Era but used previously.

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